How to Make Churros and Chocolate

  • 01 of 08

    Step 1 - Measure Ingredients for Churros and Chocolate

    Churrera or Cookie Press for Churros
    Churrera or Cookie Press for Churros. (c) 2008 Lisa Sierra

    Churros and chocolate are a rich and tasty combination. The Spanish typically eat them together as a snack, whether at a chocolateria, as an afternoon merienda or late night stop at the street vendor on the way home. Churros are light and crispy Spanish fritters, long and ridged. Spanish hot chocolate is very thick and creamy.


    Note: To see the churro-making process in a short, 3-minute video, watch How to Make Churros Video.


    Preparation Time: 20
    Cook Time: 10
    Yield: Serves 2


    To make churros and...MORE chocolate, you’ll need a large heavy-bottomed frying pan, 2 medium sauce pans, a mixing bowl, a fork, 2 large spoons and a pair of tongs. To shape the churros, you'll need to squeeze the dough through a large cookie press or "churrera" and a disc with a large star-shaped opening as pictured above, or a pastry bag with a star-shaped nozel.


    Measure all ingrededients below into separate containers and set aside.


    Churro Ingredients:


    • 1 cup white flour
    • 1/4 tsp baking powder
    • 1 cup water
    • 1 Tbsp vegetable oil
    • 1/8 tsp salt
    • 1 tsp granulated sugar
    • 16-32 oz vegetable oil for frying (Canola or Sunflower)
    • Several Tbsp Granulated Sugar or Honey to Sprinkle

    Hot Chocolate Ingredients:


    • 16 oz (250 ml) whole milk
    • 3 ounces=3 squares (93 gr) baking chocolate, cut into smaller pieces*
    • 1/3-1/2 cup sugar
    • 1/2 tsp. cornstarch

    * Substitute 4 ounces of semi-sweet chocolate chips for baking chocolate and sugar.


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  • 02 of 08

    Step 2 - Boil Water with Oil, Salt and Sugar

    How to Make Churros - Mix Water, Oil, Sugar and Salt and Bring to a Boil
    Mix Water, Oil, Sugar and Salt and Bring to a Boil. (c) 2008 Lisa Sierra

    In a medium sauce pan, pour 1 cup water. Add oil, salt, sugar and stir. Bring water to a boil.


    Pour vegetable oil into a large heavy bottomed frying pan. Make sure there is about 2 inches of oil in the pan to cover the churros, and so that they float freely while frying. Set pan aside until needed.


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  • 03 of 08

    Step 3 - Mix Dry Ingredients for Churros

    Measure and Mix Dry Ingredients for Churros
    Measure and Mix Dry Ingredients for Churros. (c) 2008 Lisa Sierra

    While waiting for water to boil, dry the cup used to measure the water and use it to measure flour, since it is necessary to have equal parts flour and water. Pour flour into a medium-sized mixing bowl. Add baking powder and stir.


    If there is room on the stove, heat oil in frying pan on high.


    Note: Measuring cups for wet and dry ingredients normally would be different, however for this recipe it is important to use the same measuring cup.


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  • 04 of 08

    Step 4 - Mix Water and Dry Ingredients to Form Dough

    Churro Dough is Smooth and Sticky
    Churro Dough is Smooth and Sticky. (c) 2008 Lisa Sierra

    Once water boils, remove saucepan from stove. Slowly pour boiling water from saucepan into flour mixture - stirring constantly with a fork until it is a smooth dough without lumps. Stir only until mixed and smooth. Dough should not be runny like a batter, but rather a smooth, but sticky dough.


    Note: Proceed immediately to the next step. If dough is left to sit in bowl, it will begin to dry out and will be difficult to squeeze through the cookie press.


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  • 05 of 08

    Step 5 - Spoon Churro Dough into Cookie Press or Pastry Bag

    Fill the Churrera (cookie press) or Pastry Bag
    Fill the Churrera (cookie press) or Pastry Bag. (c) 2008 Lisa Sierra

    Spoon dough into the cookie press or pastry bag. After filling the cookie press, put the top/handle on and make sure to push down the press so there is no air in the cylinder.


    Frying pan with oil should be heating over medium-high to high heat.


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  • 06 of 08

    Step 6 - Fry Churros Until Golden Brown

    Fry Churros Until Golden
    Fry Churros Until Golden. (c) 2008 Lisa Sierra

    Carefully squeeze dough into hot oil (350-375F degrees) and fry until golden brown. Usually, the dough will form a ring as the dough is squeezed into the oil.


    Do not put too much dough in the pan. The churros must float freely while frying. When golden brown, turn and brown other side.


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  • 07 of 08

    Step 7 - Drain Churros and Heat Milk for Chocolate

    Drain Churros on Paper Towel
    Drain Churros on Paper Towel. (c) 2008 Lisa Sierra

    Carefully remove churros with tongs, and place on paper towels to drain. If more dough is in cookie press, squeeze into pan and fry.


    While churros drain, pour the cold milk for hot chocolate into a medium saucepan and add the cornstarch. Whisk to dissolve the cornstarch. Once the cornstarch is dissolved, heat the milk on medium high just until it boils, then remove from heat.


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  • 08 of 08

    Step 8 - Sprinkle Churros with Sugar, Mix Chocolate with Milk

    Sprinkle Churros with Sugar and Serve
    Sprinkle Churros with Sugar and Serve. (c) 2008 Lisa Sierra

    Once drained, cut churros into convenient lengths. Sprinkle with sugar and arrange on a serving dish.


    After removing milk from heat, add the chocolate immediately, and begin stirring until the chocolate is completely melted, and sugar is dissolved. p>


    Return the pan to the stove on medium heat and stir slowly. (Do not heat the milk over high heat as this will cause lumping.) Taste the chocolate for sweetness and adjust sugar if needed. The milk mixture should thicken quickly. As soon as you see it...MORE thicken, remove the pan from the heat so the cornstarch will not thin. Ladle into cups and serve hot, along with the churros.


    Note: Wash the spoon after each time you taste the chocolate because enzymes in your mouth cause a thickening cornstarch mixture to thin.