Make Your Own Churro Bar

At your next party, skip the cake, cookies, and brownies. This time add some Mexican flair to your fiesta by making homemade churros and glazes, and setting up a DIY churro bar. We'll walk you through every step of the way with this delicious, easy-to-follow churro recipe and dynamite glaze-and-topping pairings.

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Glazed Churros

Delicious glazes are only a few ingredients and stirs away. And with four different flavors (not to mention the endless toppings you can display), every guest will be able to make a churro just how they like.

Homemade Churros

A churro bar can't be a churro bar without churros! Make your own using this easy-to-follow recipe.

Ingredients

  • 1 cup water
  • 1/3 cup butter
  • 2 tablespoons packed brown sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon anise seeds, crushed
  • 1 egg
  • 1/2 teaspoon almond extract
  • 1/2 teaspoon anise extract
  • Vegetable oil for deep-fat frying

Directions

  1. In a medium saucepan combine the water, butter, brown sugar, and salt. Bring to boiling over medium heat. Add flour and anise seeds all at once, stirring vigorously with a wooden spoon. Cook and stir until mixture forms a ball and pulls away from the sides of the pan. Remove from heat and cool for 10 minutes. Add egg, almond extract, and anise extract, beating mixture well with a wooden spoon.
  2. Preheat oven to 300 degrees F. Transfer mixture to a decorating bag fitted with a large open star tip. Line a large baking sheet with waxed paper. Pipe 4x1-inch logs onto the prepared baking sheet.
  3. In a deep saucepan heat 2 inches of oil to 375 degrees F. Fry logs, a few at a time, in hot oil about 2 minutes or until golden brown on both sides, turning once. Drain on paper towels. Keep warm in oven while frying the remaining churros.

Start Glazing!

Yes, churros are great on their own or topped with a classic cinnamon-and-sugar blend. But these fruity, sweet, creamy, and sour glazes take churros to the next level, if we do say so ourselves.

Orange

  1. Stir together 1/4 cup orange juice, 1 Tbsp. each melted butter and agave syrup or light-color corn syrup, and, if desired, 1 tsp. orange liqueur.
  2. Stir in 2 cups powdered sugar until smooth.
  3. If desired, tint with orange food coloring.

Lime

  1. Stir together 1/4 cup lime juice and 1 Tbsp. each melted butter and agave syrup or light-color corn syrup. 
  2. Stir in 2 cups powdered sugar until smooth. 
  3. If desired, tint with green food coloring.

Birthday Cake

  1. Stir together 1/4 cup whole milk, 1 Tbsp. each melted butter and light-color corn syrup, and 1 tsp. vanilla. 
  2. Stir in 2 cups powdered sugar until smooth.

Mexican Chocolate

  1. In a medium bowl microwave 4 oz. bittersweet chocolate pieces, 1/2 cup whole milk, 2 Tbsp. butter, 1 Tbsp. agave syrup or light-color corn syrup, 1 tsp. vanilla, and 1/2 tsp. ground cinnamon for 2 minutes or until melted and smooth, stirring every 30 seconds. 
  2. Stir in 2 cups powdered sugar until smooth.

Top It Off

While the glaze is still wet, sprinkle your churro with one (or more) of these proven-to-impress toppings. Know any guests who'd love a different topping on their churros? Get creative and try out your own ideas!

  • Finely chopped pistachio nuts
  • Multicolor sprinkles or jimmies
  • Orange, lime, or lemon zest
  • Crumbled bacon
  • Shredded or flaked coconut
  • Crumbled cookies

Spice It Up

Don't just top your churros—add some spice, too! These toppings may look more subtle, but they pack big flavor. Go classic (hey, cinna-sugar) or get creative (PSL churros, anyone?).

  • Cinnamon-sugar
  • Powdered sugar
  • Cocoa-peanut butter sugar (mix granulated sugar, powdered peanut butter, and unsweetened cocoa powder)
  • Spiced pumpkin sugar (mix granulated sugar and pumpkin pie spice)

More Mexican-Inspired Recipes

Don't stop at churros! Prepare an entire Mexican-inspired spread!

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