This recipe is so easy and takes less than 15 minutes from start to finish.
What is a churro?
A churro is a fried-dough pastry. They are a traditional dessert in Spain and Portugal, but they are also very popular in the United States as well!
They can be thick or thin, but they are usually covered in a sugar coating.
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Why are these called Cheater Churros?
The secret to these churros being so easy to make is this ingredient: Frozen Puff Pastry Sheets.
You could make your own dough and spend time deep-frying it, but instead we use the puff pastry dough and bake it in the oven! Easy to make, less messy, a little healthier . . . so many reasons why I love this recipe.
You simply roll out the dough (I used a pizza cutter, which made it so simple), cut it into rectangles, then bake them (no deep frying required!).
When they come out of the oven, they are flaky and warm and when you dip them in butter and cinnamon and sugar, it’s pure heaven.
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ingredients needed for baked churros:
- Frozen puff pastry sheet (I found them in the dessert freezer section of my grocery store)
Don’t have puff pastry dough?
Some of our readers have used other things as their dough base. Here are some of their suggestions:
- biscuit dough (though not as flaky and crisp, they are a yummy treat)
- pie crust (cut up strips of leftover pie crust and sprinkle with cinnamon and sugar, then bake)
- pizza dough (cut into strips, bake, dip in cinnamon sugar)
- make your own churro dough (this recipe looks delicious and easy!)
We would not recommend using phyllo dough . . . it does not puff up like puff pastry dough does.
How to make Baked Churros:
Begin by preheating the oven to 450 degrees Fahrenheit.
Because the puff pastry is frozen, you will want to pull it out of the freezer 1-2 hours in advance. The dough will still be cold, but it won’t be frozen.
Inside the box will be 2 sheets of puff pastry. The recipe only uses 1 sheet of puff pastry, so you can either place the other sheet back in the freezer or double the recipe.
Start by unfolding the sheet and then cut it in half lengthwise. Then cut each half crosswise into 1-inch-wide strips. You should get about 9 from each side, 18 in total.
Next, line a baking sheet with parchment paper (or wax paper can work too) and spray it with non-stick cooking spray. Place the strips of dough on the parchment paper.
PRO TIP: Make sure to leave about 1 inch between each strip of dough to avoid them sticking together as they will plump up.
Once all of the strips of dough are on the cooking sheet, place them into the oven for 8-10 minutes or until they turn a nice golden brown color (mine only took 8 minutes, but every oven is different. You just want to make sure that they don’t overbake).
While the churros are baking in the oven, take the cinnamon and sugar and combine them completely to make the infamous cinnamon-sugar coating.
Also, pop the butter in the oven for about 30-45 seconds to melt it.
Pro tip: use long rectangle-like containers to make it easy to dip the pastry strips into the butter and cinnamon sugar mix!
After the churro pastry has taken on the wonderful golden brown color and you take them out of the oven, dip each of the pastry puffs into the melted butter and then immediately afterward roll it in the cinnamon-sugar mixture.
Place each churro pastry on a wire rack for at least 5 minutes or until the churros have dried and cooled completely. Then ENJOY!!
Can you make them ahead of time?
These churros are best enjoyed the day that you make them. I also feel that they are best to serve immediately (I like them to still be warm).
If you need to warm them up, you could put them in the microwave for a few seconds, but reheated churros tend to not be as “crisp” as they are when they are fresh.
If you have leftovers, I would store them in an air-tight container for 1-2 days. We have not had them last longer than 24 hours at our house, so I am not sure how well the leftovers hold up!
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Check out these other churro recipes:
- Instant Pot Churro Bites
- Churro Fries with Honey Butter Sauce
- Copycat Disneyland Churro Funnel Cake
- Churro Caramel Corn Pops
- Cinnamon Churro Chex Mix
- Churro Waffles
Recipe adapted from: Munchkin Munchies