Air-Fryer Gingerbread Churros

A touch of molasses and ginger gives these cinnamon-sugar treats a gingerbread twist. Dunk them into a maple-syrup-sweetened cream cheese dip or try caramel sauce, melted chocolate or chocolate hazelnut spread.

a recipe photo of the Air-Fryer Gingerbread Churros
Photo: Photographer: Brie Passano, Food Stylist: Greg Luna, Art Director: Stephanie Hunter
Active Time:
20 mins
Total Time:
1 hr 5 mins
Nutrition Profile:


  • 1 cup water

  • 4 tablespoons unsalted butter (1/2 stick)

  • 2 tablespoons molasses

  • ½ teaspoon salt

  • 1 cup all-purpose flour

  • 1 large egg

  • Cooking spray

  • 3 tablespoons granulated sugar

  • ½ teaspoon ground ginger

  • ½ teaspoon ground cinnamon

  • ¼ teaspoon ground nutmeg

  • Cream Cheese-Maple Dip (see Tip) or caramel sauce, melted dark chocolate or chocolate-hazelnut spread (optional)


  1. 1. Combine water, butter, molasses and salt in a medium saucepan. Cook over medium-high heat until the butter is melted and the mixture starts to boil. Remove from heat. Using a wooden spoon, stir in flour until completely incorporated and the mixture starts to pull away from the sides of the pan. Let cool for 5 minutes.

  2. Add egg to the dough and stir until completely incorporated. Transfer the dough to a pastry bag fitted with a large star tip. Line a large rimmed baking sheet with parchment paper. Pipe the dough into 18 (3- to 4-inch) logs about 1 inch apart on the prepared baking sheet. Transfer the pan to the freezer and freeze for 30 minutes.

  3. Lightly coat the churros with cooking spray. Working in batches as necessary, place the churros in an even layer in the basket of an air fryer. Cook at 380°F, turning once, until golden, 10 to 12 minutes.

  4. Meanwhile, combine sugar, ginger, cinnamon and nutmeg in a shallow dish. Roll the warm churros in the sugar mixture to coat. Serve with Cream Cheese-Maple Dip or drizzle with caramel sauce, melted chocolate or chocolate-hazelnut spread, if desired.


Air fryer; pastry bag with star tip; parchment paper


To prepare Cream Cheese-Maple Dip, beat 4 oz. softened reduced-fat cream cheese, 1/2 cup reduced-fat sour cream and 1 Tbsp. pure maple syrup in a medium bowl with an electric mixer until smooth.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

202 Calories
9g Fat
28g Carbs
3g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 6
Serving Size 3 churros
Calories 202
% Daily Value *
Total Carbohydrate 28g 10%
Dietary Fiber 1g 4%
Total Sugars 11g
Protein 3g 6%
Total Fat 9g 12%
Saturated Fat 5g 25%
Cholesterol 51mg 17%
Sodium 211mg 9%
Potassium 137mg 3%

Nutrition information is calculated by a registered dietitian using an ingredient database but should be considered an estimate.

* Daily Values (DVs) are the recommended amounts of nutrients to consume each day. Percent Daily Value (%DV) found on nutrition labels tells you how much a serving of a particular food or recipe contributes to each of those total recommended amounts. Per the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), the daily value is based on a standard 2,000 calorie diet. Depending on your calorie needs or if you have a health condition, you may need more or less of particular nutrients. (For example, it’s recommended that people following a heart-healthy diet eat less sodium on a daily basis compared to those following a standard diet.)

(-) Information is not currently available for this nutrient. If you are following a special diet for medical reasons, be sure to consult with your primary care provider or a registered dietitian to better understand your personal nutrition needs.

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