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Air Fryer Churros fried to golden perfection make a delicious dessert for your next Mexican-themed party! Freshly baked and coated with cinnamon-sugar this easy Air Fryer dessert is a lot easier to make at home than you think.

sugared churros in a glass bowl with parchment with a small white bowl of nutella in the background

This easy churros recipe makes it so easy to create a classic Mexcian dessert at home with only a few simple ingredients. So much easier to make than deep fried and more delicious than baked churros, this recipe for homemade churros is a family favorite!

what is a churro

Churros are a dessert made from fried dough that is popular in Spain and Mexico. They are normally deep-fried but taste as delicious made in the Air Fryer.

A sweet treat air fried until golden and tossed in cinnamon-sugar that makes a great dessert for every day but is perfect for Cinco de Mayo or your next Mexican-themed party! You have to try this easy Air Fryer Churro recipe!

close-up of sugared churros

how to make churros

Making Churros in the Air Fryer is easier than you think. They taste as delicious as deep-fried churros but have fewer calories and are easier to make without the need for handling hot oil. Homemade churros are

What Ingredients Do You Need to Make Churros?

  • Water
  • Unsalted butter
  • Sugar
  • Salt
  • All-purpose flour
  • Eggs
  • Vanilla extract
  • Oil Spray

For authentic Mexican Churros, you will also need a mixture of sugar and cinnamon to coat the baked churros. This adds flavor, sweetness, and crunch to this simple recipe. The great thing about churros is that you probably have all these ingredients in your pantry!

How to make air fryer churros collage

Tips and Tricks to make the BEST Homemade Churros

  • This recipe makes about 35 4-inch long churros.
  • It is ok if a few little lumps of flour remain after adding the flour to the saucepan.
  • Depending on the size of your piping bags you might have to divide the dough into batches.
  • Use a star-shaped tip to get the perfect shapes. I use a Wilton 1M tip.
  • If you don’t have piping bags or tips you could also use a ziplock or freezer bag.
  • Refrigerating the piped churros makes them easier to handle and they will keep their shape better while air frying.
  • Don’t refrigerate the piped churros longer than 1 hour or they will dry out.
  • If you have leftover dough you can store it wrapped in plastic wrap overnight. Let it come to room temperature before piping it into shapes, it is very difficult to pipe the cold dough.
  • Depending on you Air Fryer you might have to bake the churros in batches. They will increase in size a little bit while baking so leave some room between them.
  • Immediately transfer the baked churros to the cinnamon sugar mixture. This makes the sugar mixture stick better to them.
  • Churros taste best served warm. They don’t keep well. I don’t recommend freezing the baked churros.
  • Serve with warmed up Nutella, Chocolate Sauce (churros con chocolate), Caramel Sauce, or Whipped Cream.
sugared churro being dipped into nutella, churros in the background

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Air Fryer Churros

Air Fryer Churros fried to golden perfection make a delicious dessert for your next Mexican-themed party!
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 10 minutes
Resting Time: 1 hour
Total Time: 20 minutes
Servings: 8 people

Ingredients 

  • 1 cup water
  • 1/3 cup unsalted butter, cut into cubes
  • 2 Tbsp granulated sugar
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 1 cup all-purpose flour
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • oil spray

Cinnamon-sugar coating:

  • 1/2 cup granulated sugar
  • 3/4 tsp ground cinnamon

Instructions 

  • Put a silicone baking mat on a baking sheet and spray with oil spray.
  • In a medium saucepan add water, butter, sugar, and salt. Bring to a boil over medium-high heat.
  • Reduce heat to medium-low and add flour to the saucepan. Stirring constantly with a rubber spatula cook until the dough comes together and is smooth.
  • Remove from heat and transfer the dough to a mixing bowl. Let cool for 4 minutes.
  • Add eggs and vanilla extract to the mixing bowl and mix using an electric hand mixer or stand mixer until dough comes together. The mixture will look like gluey mashed potatoes. Use your hands to press lumps together into a ball and transfer to a large piping bag fitted with a large star-shaped tip.
  • Pipe churros onto the greased baking mat, into 4-inch lengths and cut end with scissors.
  • Refrigerate piped churros on the baking sheet for 1 hour.
  • Carefully transfer churros with a cookie spatula to the Air Fryer basket, leaving about 1/2-inch space between churros. Spray churros with oil spray. Depending on the size of your Air Fryer you have to fry them in batches.
  • Air fry at 375 degrees F for 10-12 minutes until golden brown.
  • In a shallow bowl combine granulated sugar and cinnamon.
  • Immediately transfer baked churros to the bowl with the sugar mixture and toss to coat. Working in batches. Serve warm with Nutella or chocolate dipping sauce.

Nutrition

Calories: 204kcal | Carbohydrates: 27g | Protein: 3g | Fat: 9g | Saturated Fat: 5g | Cholesterol: 61mg | Sodium: 91mg | Potassium: 31mg | Sugar: 15g | Vitamin A: 295IU | Calcium: 13mg | Iron: 0.9mg
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81 Comments

  1. Once you have airfried them, can you put them in the oven to keep them warm (maybe 200 degrees) for about 30-45 minutes? I want to make them for a group of people, but do not want to be cooking them when they are here.

  2. 5 stars
    Very yummy and easy to make. I had to fry mine for a little longer to get the middle to not be as soft but it was easy enough even though I had already coated them in cinnamon sugar, I put them back in for a couple more mins and then re-coated, they taste very “homemade” in the best way! Put the other half of the dough in the fridge to make again tomorrow.

  3. 5 stars
    Made today. They’re delicious. Love the air fryer approach not left with a greasy or oily mess! Taste like regular churros!

  4. Not leaving the dough for longer than an hour is something that should be highlighted in the recipe itself, not buried in the tips section.

  5. Yummy. I love to dip mine in peach, raspberry or strawberry pie filling(if you will)whipped up homemade….Add some cheesecake you got a delectable dessert!

    1. Does the dough freeze well? Or can I pipe churos, cover w plastic and freeze then fry them a day later?
      I want to make them for a work potluck. I dont want them to get too stale.