Easy Air Fryer Churros with Chocolate Dipping Sauce

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air fryer churros

How to Make Air Fryer Churros!

Guess what. You don’t have to deep fry (or go to Disneyland) to get awesome churros! These air fryer churros are so delicious and easy! No hot oil needed. And the mini size is actually really nice and easy to eat. Great appetizer, snack, or fun air fryer dessert! Everyone loves them!

how to make air fryer churros dough

The churro dough comes together pretty easily with common ingredients – water, butter, sugar, salt, flour, eggs, and vanilla. You probably already have everything you need to make air fryer churros right now!

churro dough for air fryer

If you don’t have piping bag, you can use a Ziploc bag with the corner cut off. I like using disposable piping bags because they are so easy and convenient! The Wilton 1M tip works well for these cute mini churros.

how to make air fryer churros

Refrigerating the churros before air frying helps make the dough more manageable and helps the churros keep their shape better. However, you don’t want to refrigerate for longer than an hour or the dough will dry out.

I get about 32 churros from this recipe, but that number can easily vary depending on the size of the churros. 🙂 If you have leftover dough you can store it wrapped in plastic wrap, airtight, in the refrigerator overnight. Let the dough come to room temperature before piping.

churros air fryer

How Long to Cook Air Fryer Churros

Depending on your air fryer, the churros only take about 8 minutes to cook! No need to flip or spray the basket. But you do want to spray the churros once they are in the air fryer basket with an oil spray to help them crisp up and brown evenly. (I use avocado oil spray.)

The amount of churros you can air fry at one time will depend on the size your air fryer. If you have a handy air fryer rack, you can double up and air fry two layers of churros at a time! I gotta get one!

Keep an eye on those air fryer churros during the last few minutes to make sure they don’t get too dark. After a batch or two in your air fryer, you’ll get a feel for how long is just the right amount of cooking time.

cinnamon sugar air fryer churros

If you have trouble getting the cinnamon-sugar coating to stick to your air fryer churros, try brushing the churros with some melted butter, then rolling them in the cinnamon-sugar. It usually works well without the butter though, as long as you get them right into the cinnamon-sugar immediately after air frying.

easy air fryer churros

How to Serve Air Fryer Churros

Serve right away, while still warm, for best results. Warm, fresh churros are delicious as they are, but you can serve them with dipping options too! Here are some ideas that may take your churros to the next level:

chocolate dipping sauce for air fryer churros

Chocolate Dipping Sauce

  • 6 tablespoons chocolate chips
  • 1/4 cup heavy cream

Add 6 tablespoons chocolate chips and 1/4 cup heavy cream to a microwave-safe bowl. Microwave in 30-second increments, stirring in between, until smooth.

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easy air fryer churros with chocolate dipping sauce

Easy Air Fryer Churros with Chocolate Dipping Sauce

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Prep Time: 20 minutes + 30 minutes chill time | Cook Time: 8 minutes
Yield: 32 mini churros | Serves: 8

Ingredients

  • 1 cup water
  • 1/3 cup unsalted butter, cut into cubes
  • 2 tablespoons sugar
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1 cup all-purpose flour
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • oil spray
  • Cinnamon-Sugar Coating

  • 1/4 cup sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon

Instructions

  1. Prepare a baking sheet with a silicone baking mat, spray with oil spray.
  2. In a medium saucepan over medium-high heat, add water, butter, sugar, and salt. Bring to a boil.
  3. Reduce heat to medium-low, add flour and stir constantly until the the dough comes together and is smooth. Transfer dough to a mixing bowl. Let cool for 4 minutes.
  4. Add eggs and vanilla and mix with an electric mixer until dough comes together. It will look kind of like thick, sticky mashed potatoes. Transfer dough to a piping bag fitted with a large star tip (like Wilton 1M).
  5. Pipe dough onto the prepared baking sheet in 4-inch lengths, cutting the end with scissors. Then refrigerate for 30 minutes, or up to an hour.
  6. Carefully transfer churros with a cookie spatula to the air fryer basket, leaving about 1/2 inch between churros. If you have a rack for your air fryer basket, you can cook two layers at the same time. Spray churros with oil spray.
  7. Air fry at 375˚F/191˚C for 8-10 minutes, until golden brown. (Cooking time may vary depending on the air fryer.)
  8. In a shallow bowl, combine the sugar and cinnamon. Immediately after air frying, dump the churros into the cinnamon-sugar mixture and roll or toss to coat. Serve fresh and warm.

Notes

Chocolate Dipping Sauce: Add 6 tablespoons chocolate chips and 1/4 cup heavy cream to a microwave-safe bowl. Microwave in 30-second increments, stirring in between, until smooth.

Recipe Adapted From: Plated Cravings

Meal Type: Appetizers and Snacks, Desserts, 4th of July, Back to School, Fall, New Year's Eve, Super Bowl Party, Meatless
Categories: Cookies and Treats, Finger Food and Dips, Mexican, Air Fryer

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