Baked Churro Donuts

Baked Churro Donuts

Baked Churro Donuts with cinnamon sugar is a great combination of two perfect treats:

Churros and Donuts!

The bonus: No yeast and no frying

My family loves both churros and donuts so I thought it would be fun to combine the two of them into one. The results were amazing. Just 30 minutes to warm fluffy donuts.

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What is a churro donut?

A cross between a churro and a donut, these treats are packed full of delicious cinnamon. “Quick” bread donuts, means there is no yeast involved and they come together easily. Unlike traditional donuts and churros, they are baked instead of fried.

The texture of baked donuts will be more cake-like. Because there is no yeast they will be more dense, but still tender and soft. The best part is you can make these donuts at home quickly.

Ingredients for Baked Churro Donuts

This easy recipe uses common ingredients from the pantry and refrigerator.

  • Unsalted Butter
  • Milk – we use 1 or 2% for this recipe
  • Eggs
  • Vanilla Extract
  • All-purpose Flour
  • Sugar
  • Cinnamon – we like Ceylon or Saigon Cinnamon
  • Baking Powder
  • Salt
Churro Donuts in Cinnamon Sugar

Baked Churro Donuts in Cinnamon Sugar

How to make Churro Donuts:

  • Oil or butter a non-stick donut pan. Make sure it is really well coated to prevent any sticking.
  • Combine the dry ingredients in a small bowl – flour, sugar, baking powder, salt, and cinnamon
  • In a larger bowl combine the liquids – melted cooled butter, milk, egg, the additional egg white, and vanilla extract
  • Slowly add the liquid ingredients to the dry ingredients and mix very gently, just to combine. Do not overmix the batter which can overwork the gluten in the flour.
  • Fill the cavity of each donut mold about 3/4 full.
  • Bake for about 20-25 minutes. Donuts should have a slight spring if you touch them, or you can test with a toothpick. It should be clean with no real crumbs attached.
  • Cool the donuts for about 5-minutes before removing them from the pan.
  • To quickly remove flip the pan over and gently tap on the bottom.
  • Let cool another 15 minutes on a wire rack.
  • While donuts are cooling, melt butter and let cool to room temperature.
  • In a shallow bowl combine sugar and cinnamon and mix to combine.
  • Using a pastry brush coat donuts all over with melted butter and then toss with cinnamon-sugar mixture, flipping to coat all over.

Fill donut pan 3/4 full before baking
Fill donut pan 3/4 full

Are baked donuts healthier?

While we wouldn’t say baked donuts are a “healthy” treat they are certainly healthier than their fried counterparts. The average baked donut has 190 calories and 8 grams of fat, whereas the average glazed fried donut has 260 calories and 14 grams of fat.

Baked Cinnamon Churro Donuts on a rack

Using a Donut Pan:

We use a donut pan from Wilton but any brand will work. Here is a link to the one I use: Wilton Donut Pans. These pans work well because they are non-stick and just the right size. Much like making a cake, you will still need to coat the pans well with butter or non-stick cooking spray in order to make sure the donuts release easily after baking.

Donut Pan
Non-stick Donut Pan

What is the flavor of Churro Donuts?

The baked churro donut is all about the cinnamon! There is cinnamon in the batter and more cinnamon in the coating. So much cinnamon goodness! Our personal preference is Ceylon or Saignon cinnamon because it has a deeper flavor, but any cinnamon will work.

It’s important to use pure vanilla extract. If you haven’t started making your own yet check out our recipe here for making homemade vanilla extract. It’s just 2 ingredients!

Homemade Vanilla Extract in bottle
Homemade Pure Vanilla Extract

Finishing the Churro Donuts:

Once your donuts have cooled you will paint them in melted butter. I like to use a pastry brush to coat my donuts with butter rather than dunking them because you can ensure a light coat. You really need just enough butter to make sure the cinnamon sugar coating sticks. Like I said before – it’s all about the cinnamon!

Buttering the baked donuts
Buttering the baked donuts

After buttering the baked donuts you will then roll them in a shallow bowl of cinnamon sugar. Make sure you coat the whole donut!

Want to dip your churro donuts in chocolate sauce?

The answer is: Of course you do!

You can make a batch of our decadent warm 10-minute Hot Fudge Sauce or our Easy Salted Caramel Sauce to serve alongside these churro donuts and then save the leftovers for your next bowl of ice cream.

hot fudge sauce

Other great desserts to try:

Churro Donuts in Cinnamon Sugar
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Baked Churro Donuts with Chocolate Sauce

Baked Churro Donuts are the best of a donut and a churro. The cinnamon shines through until the final bite! Finish with a dark chocolate sauce.
Prep Time20 mins
Cook Time25 mins
Total Time45 mins
Course: Breakfast, Dessert
Cuisine: American
Servings: 12 donuts
Calories: 190kcal
Author: Cyndy Ufkes

Equipment

  • Donut Pan

Ingredients

Donuts:

  • 4 Tbsp butter, melted and cooled to almost room temperature
  • cups milk
  • 1 egg
  • 1 egg white
  • 1 Tbsp vanilla
  • 1 cup flour
  • ½ cup sugar
  • 2 tsp cinnamon
  • ¾ tsp baking powder
  • ½ tsp salt

Cinnamon Topping:

  • 4 Tbsp butter, melted and slightly cooled
  • ½ cup sugar
  • 1 Tbsp cinnamon

Instructions

Donuts:

  • Preheat oven to 350°F
    Heavily oil or butter a non-stick donut pan.
  • In a large bowl combine flour, sugar, cinnamon, baking powder, and salt.
  • In a medium bowl whisk together melted cooled butter, milk, egg, egg white and vanilla until well combined.
  • Slowly add the liquid ingredients to the dry ingredients and mix gently until combined and no lumps remain. Do not overmix.
  • Fill the cavity of each donut mold about 3/4 full.
  • Cook about 20-25 minutes. Donuts are done when they have a slight spring to the touch. They will not be tall like yeast donuts.
    Cool on a wire cooling rack.
  • Allow donuts to cool for about 5 minutes in the pan. Loosen around the edges and center and flip the pan to release the donuts. Allow another 5 minutes to cool.

Cinnamon Topping:

  • While donuts are cooling, melt butter and let cool to room temperature but not solidify, in a small bowl.
  • In a shallow bowl combine sugar and cinnamon.
  • With a pastry brush coat all sides of the donuts with butter. Coat all sides in sugar-cinnamon mixture. Repeat with remaining donuts and serve.
  • If not serving right away keep covered.

Notes

Nutrition

Calories: 190kcal | Carbohydrates: 26g | Protein: 2g | Fat: 8g | Saturated Fat: 5g | Trans Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 35mg | Sodium: 206mg | Potassium: 47mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 18g | Vitamin A: 278IU | Vitamin C: 1mg | Calcium: 46mg | Iron: 1mg


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