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Homemade Churros

These fried cinnamon-sugar goodies from the Country Woman Test Kitchen are best when fresh and hot. Try them with cups of coffee or hot chocolate. Don't be surprised if people start dunking...and then go back for more fritters.
  • Total Time
    Prep: 15 min. + cooling Cook: 20 min.
  • Makes
    about 1 dozen


  • 1/2 cup water
  • 1/2 cup 2% milk
  • 1 tablespoon canola oil
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1 large egg, room temperature
  • 1/4 teaspoon grated lemon zest
  • Additional oil for frying
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon


  • In a large saucepan, bring the water, milk, oil and salt to a boil. Add flour all at once and stir until a smooth ball forms. Transfer to a large bowl; let stand for 5 minutes.
  • Beat on medium-high speed for 1 minute or until the dough softens. Add egg and lemon zest; beat for 1-2 minutes. Set aside to cool.
  • In a deep cast-iron or heavy skillet, heat 1 in. oil to 375°. Insert a large star tip in a pastry bag; fill with dough. On a baking sheet, pipe dough into 4-in. strips.
  • Transfer strips to skillet and fry until golden brown on both sides. Drain on paper towels. Combine the sugar and cinnamon; sprinkle over churros. Serve warm.
Nutrition Facts
1 fritter: 122 calories, 5g fat (1g saturated fat), 17mg cholesterol, 60mg sodium, 17g carbohydrate (9g sugars, 0 fiber), 2g protein.
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  • shannondobos
    Feb 3, 2021

    These were delicious and totally worth the effort. The dough is a bit difficult to work with - mine was much stiffer than I anticipated it being, so it made it tricky to pipe the churros. I am questioning whether I measured either the liquid or flour incorrectly. The family gobbled these up. Don't anticipate any leftovers with this one

  • amygattuso
    May 6, 2020

    Time consuming but Delicious! My churro loving daughter approved.

  • Maiden Faire
    Oct 1, 2012

    Hardly fair to give this a 3 star rating because you chose to mess it up. In baking sugar is considered a liquid...because it acts as one. You removed a 1/2 cup of liquid then complain that it was too dense! If you choose to eliminate sugar from your diet, i think that's admirable. However, do your research prior to removing it from recipes dependent on it. If you are desiring some sort of sweetness (which why else make a type of donut) I suggest using whey-low or agave. Both are 100% natural (not toxic substitutes) and both are extremely low on the glycemic index. Whey-low would use the same amount as sugar, agave, I'm not certain of the conversion. If you still find it too sweet, use less whey-low. Perhaps you can use unsweeted apple juice in place of the sugar.

  • whitacre
    Feb 12, 2012

    My husband does not eat sugar and I try to stay away from it as well. I made these without the sugar. I added cinnamon in the dough and we dipped the finished product in cinnamon honey. They were a little dense and tasted okay. I may try this recipe again but make some changes to see if I can get them to taste better.