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Churro Donuts: the delicious recipe for easy baked donuts

Total time: 25 Min
Difficulty: Low
Serves: 12 people
By Cookist
Unsalted butter
3 tbsp
All-purpose flour
1 cup
3/4 cup
Baking powder
3/4 tsp
Baking soda
1/4 tsp
Kosher Salt
1/2 tsp
1/2 tsp
Large egg
1/2 cup + 2 tbsp
Vanilla Extract
1 tsp
for the churro coating
1/2 cup
Brown sugar
1/2 cup
1 tbsp
Unsalted butter
3 tbsp

If you're a fan of churros, you'll love this easy, baked churro donut recipe. With their soft, fluffy texture and incredible cinnamon-sugar flavor, there's nothing like a fresh batch of homemade churro donuts.

They have the same irresistible flavor of churros but in donut form. The best part is that they're a little healthier than both regular churros and regular donuts because they're baked instead of fried.

Giving these donuts their churro flavor is so easy. Once you've baked the donuts, take them out of the oven, brush them with butter, then roll them through cinnamon sugar. Delicious! They're perfect with a cup of coffee or tea as a sweet breakfast or a tasty snack in the afternoon.


What is a Churro Donut?

Churro donuts are baked donuts that are rolled in cinnamon sugar, just like classic churros. They're super easy to make and incredibly delicious. They're also slightly healthier than regular churros because they're baked instead of deep-fried.

Baked Churro Donut Ingredients

There are a few key ingredients you'll need to make churro donuts at home.

Sugar and cinnamon are essential for the coating – this is what will give your donuts their churro flavor.

To make the actual donuts, you'll need flour, sugar, and butter.

Buttermilk, baking powder, and baking soda will help leaven your donuts, giving them a wonderfully fluffy, lighter-than-air texture.

Cinnamon and vanilla will give them a fantastic flavor.


How to Make Churro Donuts 

To make the best-ever churro donuts at home, start by browning the butter in a skillet over medium-low heat. Browning the butter will give your donuts a rich, nutty flavor. Be careful not to burn the butter. Once browned, pour it into a bowl.

Mix the dry ingredients in a bowl. In another bowl, combine the egg, buttermilk, and vanilla. Mix in 2 tablespoons of brown butter. Fold the wet ingredients into the dry ingredients until just combined.

Put the batter into a ziplock bag and snip off the corner. Fill each well of a donut pan until it's 3/4 full, then bake the donuts for 9 to 12 minutes at 350F. Take them out and let them cool on a rack.

Combine the cinnamon, brown sugar, and sugar in a small bowl. Melt the butter. Brush each donut with the butter. Roll the donuts in the cinnamon-sugar mixture. Serve immediately – these churro donuts taste best when enjoyed fresh.


Tips for the Best Churro Donuts 

Stir the butter while it's browning. It should be medium brown and nutty.

Don't overmix the batter.

You'll know your donuts are done baking when a toothpick inserted into the middle comes out clean.

To make vegan-friendly donuts, you can use plant-based butter or margarine instead of dairy butter and tofu, a flax egg, or applesauce instead of an egg.

Prefer fried donuts? No problem, you can deep fry your churro donuts for a few minutes on each side, until they turn golden brown.

To make them in the air fryer, spray the basket of your air fryer with cooking spray then cook them for 4 minutes at 350F.

For ultra-decadent churro donuts, use a piping bag to pipe chocolate into the donuts. You can also use other flavored fillings such as caramel, custard, or jam.

Use a mini donut pan to make mini churro donuts.

To make keto-friendly donuts, use almond flour, coconut or almond milk, and sweetener

How to Store Baked Churro Donuts

Keep your churro donuts fresh by storing them in an airtight container at room temperature for up to 2 days.

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Preheat your oven to 350F. Grease a donut pan with cooking spray or butter. Brown the butter over medium-low heat. Once it browns and smells nutty, pour the butter into a small bowl.

In a separate bowl, combine flour, sugar, baking powder, baking soda, salt, and cinnamon.

In a second bowl, buttermilk, and vanilla.

Beat an egg.

Whisk in 2 tablespoons of brown butter.

Beat the buttermilk mixture into the flour mixture until just combined.

Pour the batter into a large sealable bag. Cut off one corner. Fill each donut pan until it's ¾ full.

Bake the donuts for 9 to 12 minutes.

Take the pan out and place the donuts on a rack to cool completely.

Whisk the cinnamon, brown sugar, and sugar in a small bowl.

Melt the butter and pour it into a bowl. Brush each donut with the butter.

Roll the donuts in the cinnamon-sugar mixture.

Serve immediately.


Use room temperature ingredients to make your donuts. Room temperature ingredients will blend more easily.

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