Easy Air Fryer Churros

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Air Fryer Churros are moist on the inside and have a nice golden crunchy outside rolled in cinnamon sugar. These tasty Mexican treats are fried until they’re golden ribbons of perfection. Read on to learn just how simple they are to make at home. 

 

finished air fryer churros ready to serve

Get ready to satisfy your sweet tooth with this recipe for healthier (and easier to make) air fryer churros. Thanks to the air fryer, you can easily make this better-for-you version of your favorite deep-fried pastry at home.

Making churros may seem complicated, but with this air fryer recipe, you can easily make these deliciously crunchy on the outside, light and fluffy inside pastry sticks.

No fuss, no muss, and with hardly any oil at all. Just Like my Air Fryer Beignets and these Air Fryer Homemade Pop Tarts.

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Air Fried Churros are perfect for serving up as dessert, sweet snacks, and even for breakfast. They pair perfectly with a nice mug of hot chocolate or coffee. #moveoverdonuts

close up of the finished air fryer churros

Why You’ll Love Them

  • Cinnamon and sugar in every bite
  • Easier to make than the deep fried version
  • Healthier than the traditional way to cook
  • Crisps up better than the baked version
  • An excellent sweet treat for kids like these Air Fryer Beignets.
  • Only uses water and 6 pantry staple ingredients

What Are Churros? 

Churros are fried pastry sticks tossed in a cinnamon sugar coating …aka little sticks of heaven. They’re usually served out of food trucks in Mexico and Spain. 

They’re made with the same kind of Pâte à choux dough used to make French cruller donuts, eclairs, and cream puffs. Pâte à choux is a dough that uses steam to rise instead of yeast. 

Traditionally this Mexican dessert are deep-fried in oil. Dealing with all that hot oil raises the risk of getting burned or making a huge mess. Luckily, we eliminate those problems when making churros in the Air Fryer

Get the complete ingredients list and instructions from the recipe card below. 

How To Make Air Fryer Churros 

  1. Mix the first 4 ingredients in a pan, bring to a boil, stirring constantly. 
  2. Add flour and continue to mix thoroughly. Remove from heat and continue to mix until smooth and the dough comes away from the side of the pan. 
  3. Add eggs one at a time, mix until smooth. Set aside to cool. 
  4. Preheat Air Fryer to 400F/200C.
  5. Fill a cake decorator bag with dough and add a 1/2-inch star tip. 
  6. Create sticks that are 3-4 inches in length by pushing the dough out of the bag onto a parchment paper. You can then transfer straight to the air fryer if you’re ready for them. If the dough is difficult to handle, place in the fridge for 30 minutes to firm up.
  7. Spray air fryer basket or tray with coconut oil or cooking spray. 
  8. Add about 8-10 churros in the air fryer basket or tray. Spritz with oil. 
  9. Cook on 400F/200C (french fry setting) for 5 minutes. 
  10. Once done and while still warm, roll in a cinnamon sugar mixture or powdered sugar. 
image collage showing the steps for making air fryer churros

Recipe Tips

  • These treats are best served warm
  • Use disposable cake decorator bags with tips that can be cut to any dimension to make these exactly how you want them. 
  • Don’t have cake decorator bags? Use a ziploc bag and cut the corner off to pipe the dough.
  • Place dough in the fridge for up to 30 minutes before frying to help firm up the dough and make them easier to handle. Any longer than 30 mins and the dough will start to dry out. 
  • If you have an air fryer with a rack, you can cook 2 batches at once. 
  • Leave room in between churros in the Air Fryer so they have room to expand while frying. 
  • If having trouble getting the batter to stop coming out of the piping bag, use scissors or a knife to cut off the batter sticks. 
  • Don’t forget to spray them with cooking spray or coconut oil before frying to help get them to crisp up nicely.
top down view of churros inside the air fryer basket

What Do You Coat These With?

Folks, another reason these homemade churros are such perfect pieces of heaven is that they’re so versatile. You can change the coating up to create the ultimate dessert or snack

Try these coatings:

  • cinnamon and sugar mixed together
  • cinnamon 
  • sugar
  • powdered sugar
air fryer churros on a baking rack being coated in cinnamon sugar

What Do You Dip Churros In?

Yet again, another thing to change out and to make your own favorite dessert or snack. Pick your favorite dipping sauce and try it out. 

Here are some options to try:

FAQs

How Long Do Air Fryer Churros Last?

Guys, these churro treats don’t last long in my house. They’re usually gone in the blink of an eye. These treats are best while still warm. 

However, if you still have some dessert leftover, you can store in an airtight container for a day or two. They definitely won’t be as crisp or as tasty as when they’re first pulled out of the fryer and tossed in sweetness. 

Why Do My Churros In Air Fryer Take Longer To Cook Than Yours?

Guys, it’s important to remember that all air fryers are different and can cook things in different amounts of time. 

Another thing to consider if your churros are taking longer than mine to cook are the size of your treats. If you’re making larger ones, they may need longer to cook. 

Make sure to check on your treats as they’re cooking so they don’t overcook. You may need to shake them in the basket midway through cooking so they don’t stick to the basket or tray. 

air fryer churros served with chocolate sauce

Why Do My Treats Taste Like Eggs? 

If you didn’t make your dough correctly, your treats may taste a little eggy. To prevent this from happening, make sure to remove the dough from the heat in step 2 before you mix in the flour and eggs. 

Doing this helps the butter and other ingredients cool down before adding the eggs, so you don’t cook the eggs into the dough. And make sure to stir and mix the eggs in fast so they don’t cook as you’re mixing.  

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Easy Air Fryer Churros

Air Fryer Churros are golden tasty pastry treats, where every bite has a tender inside with a crispy outside that’s tossed in cinnamon and sugar.
Prep Time10 minutes
Cook Time5 minutes
Total Time15 minutes
Course: Breakfast, Brunch, Dessert, Snack
Cuisine: air fryer, Mexican, Western
Servings: 4 servings
Calories: 440kcal
Author: Bintu Hardy

Ingredients

  • 1 cup (250mL) water
  • ¼ teaspoon salt
  • 1 Tbsp sugar
  • ½ cup (113g) butter
  • 1 cup (120g) all purpose flour
  • 4 eggs
  • Sifted powdered sugar and cinnamon or cinnamon sugar

Instructions

  • Mix the first 4 ingredients in a pan, bring to a boil, stirring constantly.
  • Add flour and continue to mix thoroughly. Remove from heat and continue to mix until smooth and the dough comes away from the side of the pan.
  • Add eggs one at a time, mix until smooth. Set aside to cool.
  • Preheat Air Fryer to 400F/200C.
  • Fill a cake decorator bag with dough and add a ½-inch star tip.
  • Create sticks that are 3-4 inches in length by pushing the dough out of the bag onto a parchment paper. You can then transfer straight to the air fryer if you’re ready for them. If the dough is difficult to handle, place in the fridge for 30 minutes to firm up.
  • Spray air fryer basket or tray with coconut oil or cooking spray.
  • Add about 8-10 churros in air fryer basket or tray. Spritz with oil.
  • Cook on 400F/200C (french fry setting) for 5 minutes.
  • Once done and while still warm, roll in cinnamon sugar mixture, cinnamon or regular sugar.
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Notes

  • These treats are best served warm. 
  • Use disposable cake decorator bags with tips that can be cut to any dimension to make these exactly how you want them. 
  • Don’t have cake decorator bags? Use a ziplock bag and cut the corner off.
  • Place dough in the fridge for up to 30 mins before frying to help firm up the dough and make them easier to handle. Any longer than 30 minutes and the dough will start to dry out. 
  • If you have an Air Fryer with a rack, you can cook 2 batches at once. 
  • Leave room in between churros in the Air Fryer so they have room to expand while frying. 
  • If having trouble getting the batter to stop coming out of the piping bag, use scissors or a knife to cut off the batter sticks
  • Don’t forget to spray them with cooking spray or coconut oil before frying to help get them to crisp up nicely.

Nutrition

Calories: 440kcal | Carbohydrates: 40g | Protein: 9g | Fat: 28g | Saturated Fat: 16g | Cholesterol: 225mg | Sodium: 414mg | Potassium: 94mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 16g | Vitamin A: 947IU | Calcium: 36mg | Iron: 2mg

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9 Comments

  1. Churros hold a special place in my heart, and finding an easier way to make them without compromising on that delightful taste is fantastic. The air fryer seems like a game-changer here, ensuring that coveted crunchiness without the excess oil – definitely a win-win!
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  2. 2 stars
    recipe shouldn’t call for 4 eggs. was very excited for them but came out tasting like eggs and not churros. almost like an egg puff pastry. i think maybe 2 eggs would have been more than fine. also going from the parchment paper to air fryer doesn’t really work either so just go straight to air fryer

  3. 5 stars
    These were delicious and addictive. I found that mine puffed up a LOT so they didnt keep the nice ridges of the piping nozzle. Any suggestions?

  4. 5 stars
    I have recently bought an air fryer, and I am excited to make churros using it! I think it is my baking project for the coming weekend. I love your recipe and explanations! I just hope to get the same result as yours!

  5. 5 stars
    I love that you made these churros in an air fryer! So genius! I love how crispy and golden it has made them!

  6. 5 stars
    Churros are one of my very favorite desserts! I love that you make these in an air fryer!

    1. Thanks, great to use the air fryer.
      I think 4 eggs may be too much, i tried these and they were very eggy. Having looked at other recipes, only 1 or 2 eggs werd used with the same quantity of other ingredients