When it comes to the happiest places on earth, it's easy to see why Disney theme parks are high up on the list. The parks are home to a wide range of mouthwatering treats, just like their popular churro bites. Luckily, you don't have to go far to enjoy this crispy, cinnamon-coated snack. With this copycat recipe, you can make Disney theme park churro bites in the comfort of your own home.
Things You'll Need
1 cup water
1 stick (8 tablespoons) butter
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/2 tablespoon + 1/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon, divided
1 1/4 cups all-purpose flour
2 cups canola or vegetable oil, plus more if needed
1/2 cup sugar
Large star tip
Large piping bag
If you don't have a piping bag or tip, you can use a large resealable freezer bag with the corner cut off. Your churros won't have the traditional grooves, but they'll taste just as great.
In a small or medium saucepan, combine the water, butter, salt and 1/4 teaspoon cinnamon. Bring to a rapid boil, then reduce to a simmer.
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Carefully add the all-purpose flour.
Mix the batter vigorously. Use a large fork to break up any clumps.
Continue mixing until the dough forms into a ball. Let sit for 10 minutes. This will ensure that the eggs don't cook when you add them.
Add the eggs, one by one. Mix well to combine. If your saucepan is too small to do this, you can transfer the dough to a large bowl. Once you've mixed in all the eggs, chill in the refrigerator for 10 to 15 minutes.
Fill the large piping bag with batter. In a pot, carefully heat the oil over medium-high heat. When it reaches 350°F, pipe the 1-inch pieces of dough into the oil. Place the tip close to the oil to prevent splattering. Cut the dough with scissors or a knife. Work in batches, if needed.
The exact amount of oil you'll need depends on whether you use a pot or saucepan, as well as its size and depth. It also depends on the thickness of your churros. In general, you'll want to make sure there is enough oil for the churros to be fully submerged.
Fry until the churros are crispy and golden brown. Remove the churros with a slotted spoon. Place on a plate lined with a paper towel.
In a shallow dish or bowl, combine the sugar and remaining cinnamon.
Toss the churros in the cinnamon sugar.
Serve your homemade churro bites with your dip of choice. Melted chocolate, caramel sauce and peanut butter are all tasty options.
You can even use the churro bites as a topping for ice cream, milkshakes or cake. Yum!