Skip the freezer aisle and get dipping with this fast, fresh and crowd-friendly recipe for Easy Churro Bites.

Easy Churro Bites in red basket lined with white food paper with dipping sauces in background.

Churros and I have a storied history. One you may have read about way back in 2013, when I first shared a favorite churro recipe. Well, you hot, crispy, fried nuggets of delicious dough, we meet again.

Churro batter in nonstick saucepan

But this time, they are in the form of churro bites. So what does this mean? If you have my same approach to fried dough (ahem, doughnuts are a food group around here), that translates to one thing: You can eat endless churro bites and not actually keep track of the quantity, which means they’re way better than your average size churro.

It’s sort of like how you can eat an entire bag of baked potato chips and convince yourself that it was a way better decision than eating half a bag of the deep-fried version. Not that I’m an expert on that type of thing, but I digress…

Stockpot with hot oil and slotted spoon with fried churro bites.

This recipe for Easy Churro Bites has been a long time coming. There’s just something about a miniature size dessert that ignites my taste buds and has me running to swap the skinny jeans for sweatpants.

And believe me on this one, you will want to be full-on stretch-panting in preparation for this recipe, because one taste of these hot, crispy, golden brown, deep-fried and perfectly poppable churro bites will leave you contemplating whoever invented skinny jeans in the first place.

Easy Churro Bites in white bowl with cinnamon-sugar mixture.

Enjoy them freshly rolled in cinnamon and sugar, or get fancy with a dipping sauce or three for the ultimate in dunking pleasure. I like the trio of warm chocolate sauce, caramel sauce and strawberry sauce to really cover all of the flavor bases, but no one’s going to say “no” if butterscotch or raspberry sauce make an appearance.

They are as good as you hope they are and as satisfying as you need them to be. So why go big when small is just too good to pass up?

Easy Churro Bites in red basket lined with white food paper with dipping sauces in background.

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Easy Churro Bites

Skip the freezer aisle and get dipping with this fast, fresh and crowd-friendly recipe for Easy Churro Bites.
4.82 from 16 votes
Easy Churro Bites in red basket lined with white food paper with dipping sauces in background.
Prep Time 10 mins
Cook Time 5 mins
Total Time 15 mins
Servings 6 servings

Ingredients 

  • 1/2 cup plus 2 Tablespoons sugar, divided
  • 2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
  • 2 Tablespoons vegetable oil, plus more for frying
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 cup water
  • 1 cup all-purpose flour

Equipment:

  • Deep-fry thermometer; sealable plastic bag or piping bag; star-shaped pastry tip (optional)

Instructions 

  • In a shallow dish, whisk together ½ cup sugar with the cinnamon and set the mixture aside. 
  • In a small nonstick saucepan set over medium-high heat, whisk together the remaining 2 tablespoons sugar with 2 tablespoons vegetable oil, ½ teaspoon salt and 1 cup water. Bring the mixture to a boil then remove it from the heat and stir in the flour until a ball forms.
  • Transfer the churro dough to a piping bag fitted with a star-shaped tip (optional). 
  • Add about 4 inches of vegetable oil to a stockpot set over medium-high heat and attach the deep-fry thermometer. Line a baking sheet with paper towels. 
  • Once the oil reaches 360°F, pipe the churro dough into the hot oil and use scissors to cut the dough every 1/2-inch as it releases into the oil. (Do not overcrowd the pan!) Fry the churro bites until they are golden brown on all sides then using a slotted spoon, transfer them to the paper towel-lined baking sheet. 
  • Allow the churro bites to drain for 2 minutes on the paper towels then transfer then roll them in the cinnamon-sugar mixture. Repeat the frying, draining and coating process with the remaining dough, returning the oil to 360°F between batches. Serve the churro bites warm with your choice of sauces. 
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Nutrition

Calories: 182kcal, Carbohydrates: 33g, Protein: 2g, Fat: 4g, Saturated Fat: 3g, Sodium: 194mg, Potassium: 22mg, Sugar: 16g, Calcium: 10mg, Iron: 1mg

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  1. 2 stars
    While the dough was good, I fried these just like you said, followed the instructions, and were still really doughy. Even cooked a few longer to see if that would help, still didn’t. Not sure what went wrong!

  2. Wanting to make these for end of Reading month celebration. How many churros does 1 batch make? Thanks in advance.

  3. I decided to make these at the last minute for taco night. I just wanted a small batch of churros and didn’t use the recipe I normally use (which is basically a choux dough). I was disappointed in these. They were very bland tasting, tough and seems like all I could taste was the oil.

  4. 5 stars
    Made this up for dessert tonight and was so impressed with how easy it was and how great they came out

  5. 5 stars
    i had to make 2 batches of these amazing things, also you can make different sizes with the same dough too i made some fry ones and normal sized ones and the regular bite sized one and extra small bite sized ones
    10/10 Amazing; we love it for breakfast and snacking

  6. 5 stars
    Thank you this so a very good recipe little hard to find out how big I wanted them personally but all in all pretty good I’d just recommend I little less sugar for coating it maybe 1/3 cup instead

    1. I haven’t tried that substitution so I can’t say with certainty what the results would be. Let me know if you give it a shot, Joe!

    1. Hi! Because these are deep-fried, they really should be served immediately after they’re cooked, so I wouldn’t recommend making them ahead of time.

    1. Hi there! You definitely do not want to be deep-frying with olive oil. You’ll need to use vegetable or canola oil. Olive oil doesn’t have a high enough smoke point so it’s going to make whatever you try to fry get burned very quickly. Hope that helps!

  7. 5 stars
    I tried making my first fried food, and WOW what a fab recipe! Thanks so much!

    Would it be okay to bake this same dough? And what settings should I use?? I want to have this so much more but I feel guilty eating fried food haha

    1. I’m thrilled you enjoyed the recipe, Ree! And I’ve never tried baking the churro bites so I can’t say with certainty what the results would be.

  8. I was a little scared t trying this recipe because it didn’t have butter or eggs but my family loves it and this is perfect for lunch bag desserts for next school year or the summer.

  9. 5 stars
    I was skeptical at first because it did not call for butter or eggs! But I just made them and it was absolutely FIRE!!!! It was so delicious and easy to make! I will be making these for every special occasion!

  10. About how many does it make,I have a big family and wondering if 6 servings would be enough. (I’ve seen you say it depends on how thick/ big you make the dough but when you make it how many does it typically make if you had to guess?)

  11. Two questions-
    ~Can I fry them in canola oil?
    ~I’m not quite sure if the thermometer I have is for deep frying . How can I tell? It says it goes from -58 to 392 degrees F

    1. Hi Jenny – Yes, you can deep-fry with canola oil. It’s hard to say what kind of thermometer you have without seeing it, but you’ll want to use one that can clip-on to the edge of your stockpot.

    1. Hi Marcia! You can drop a small amount of dough into the fryer to test the oil temp (but a thermometer ensures the most accurate frying time!).

  12. 5 stars
    Very surprised at how good these turned out!
    I did add 1/2 tbs of vanilla to my batter
    Delicious and super quick

  13. 5 stars
    The recipe is amazing. However, for some reason when my family and I made them, no matter how long they were in the deep fryer, they were still doughy on the inside. How do you make them so they aren’t doughy?

    1. Hi Bella! My guess is the churros were likely too large/thick or your oil wasn’t at the right temp. Did you use a deep-fry thermometer? That will guarantee both the inside and outside cook correctly. :)

  14. 5 stars
    My students and I love this recipe!! We cook estos churritos on our early out viernes and para holidays. A surefire hit, easily cooked in our classroom.

  15. Roughly is 6 serving of the way you cut the churro yeild around 2-3 or maybe more cups? I have to serve this to a lot of people (its a large party) so i need to know how much i need to multiply this recipe.

    1. Hi Jenni! It really all depends on what size you cut the churro bites and how thick you roll the ropes.

    1. Hi Jonathan! It totally depends on what size you cut the churro bites and how thick you roll the ropes.