Churro Bites with Miso Caramel

By Jeri Mobley-Arias
July 6, 2023 | Updated on July 6, 2023

Churro bites are fried to crispy, golden perfection, coated with cinnamon and sugar, and served with a decadent miso caramel dipping sauce. Satisfy your sweet tooth with this crowd-pleasing, easy snack.

For more delicious dessert recipes, try this Strawberry Shortcake with Jasmine Whipped Cream and Salted Caramel Popcorn next.

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If you’ve ever had churros at an amusement park, mall, or the drive-through at Taco Bell, then these homemade churro bites will definitely be a treat for your taste buds! Served fresh from the fryer, these mini churros are crunchy on the outside with a soft, doughy center. The cinnamon sugar will melt on the tip of your tongue and the sweet, salty, umami flavor of the miso caramel is the perfect finishing touch.

Why This Churro Bites Recipe Works

  • Better Than Storebought – Have you ever had a stale churro that’s past its prime? Skip the long lines and the freezer aisle at the grocery store. These have better flavor and texture.
  • Ideal for Sharing – Instead of long tubes, this is a bite-sized treat so they’re easier to grab and share. Put them on a platter and serve with miso caramel dip for a snack everyone will love at movie nights and parties.
  • Versatile – Serve them with different dipping sauces, stuff them, air fry them, or bake them. Have fun making these your way!
churro bites in a white bowl with miso caramel

What are churros?

Churros are deep-fried fried strips of pastry dough, rolled in cinnamon sugar. It originated in Spain but became popular as a Mexican dessert. It is often served at street carts, fairs, carnivals, amusement parks, and concerts.

Churros are often served with a dipping sauce or drizzled with a sauce. Sometimes they are stuffed with fillings like fruit, chocolate, or even cheesecake.

Tools You’ll Need

Ingredients You Will Need for Churro Bites

Churros made from scratch are made with pantry staples. The few specialty ingredients are easy to snag on Amazon or an Asian market.

Miso Caramel

  • Sugar – This is essential for caramel sauce.
  • Cold water – This helps the sugar caramelize.
  • Heavy cream – Use room temperature for easier mixing. This enriches the caramel.
  • Unsalted butter – This improves the flavor and texture, giving the caramel a bit more body.
  • White miso paste – This adds an amazing umami flavor that’s unexpected but delightfully delicious.
caramel-sauce-process showin before and after of cooking

Churro Bites

  • Milk – Use whole milk for the best results.
  • Water – Added moisture.
  • Unsalted butter – We are adding salt in order to control the amount of sodium.
  • Sugar – To sweeten the dough.
  • Diamond Crystal Salt This balances the sweetness.
  • Pure vanilla extract – For vanilla flavor.
  • All-purpose flour – The base of the dough.
  • Eggs – This holds everything together and provides structure.
  • Oil – For frying.

Cinnamon Sugar

  • Granulated sugar – Use this for sweetness and texture.
  • Saigon cinnamon – This has a warm, peppery flavor that is stronger than regular cinnamon.
caramel sauce in sauce pan

How To Make Churro Bites

Make the cinnamon sugar and miso caramel before frying the churro bites so they’re ready to go as soon as the snack is ready.

Cinnamon Sugar

Mix cinnamon and sugar in a shallow bowl and set aside.

Miso Caramel

  1. Add the sugar and water to a medium saucepan. Stir to combine, then cook over medium-high heat without stirring for 13–15 minutes, or until the mixture turns dark amber in color.
  2. Turn off the heat and carefully pour in the heavy cream. Whisk until the mixture is smooth, then add the butter and miso and whisk until fully incorporated. Let cool to room temperature.
process of how to make churros with milk, water and butter in one pan and then flour added to the other

Churro Bites

  1. Add milk, butter, water, sugar, salt, and vanilla to a saucepan over medium heat. Bring mixture to a low boil then immediately remove from the heat.
  2. Stir in flour with a wooden spoon until it comes together. Return the pan to the heat over medium-low. Stir consistently for 4 minutes, until the dough comes together in a ball. Dough should no longer stick to the pan.
  3. Transfer the ball to a standing mixer and leave to cool for 5 minutes.
  4. Turn the standing on low and allow the mixer to mix the dough for 30 seconds. Steam will release from the dough and that is expected. Add eggs one at a time, waiting until each egg is fully incorporated. The dough should be thick and smooth, similar to a custard.
  5. Transfer dough to a piping bag fitted with an 845 closed tip. Leave the dough in the piping bag for 6 minutes. Meanwhile, prepare the oil.
  6. Fill dutch oven with 2½ inches of oil. Fit the candy thermometer to the side of the dutch oven and heat oil over medium heat until the temperature reaches 350°F. Line a baking sheet with paper towels and top with wire rack.
  7. Work in batches of 3-4 churros at a time to avoid crowding. Carefully pipe the dough directly into the hot oil (about 2-2½ inches), then use scissors to cut the dough at the end of the piping tip. Keep a consistent temperature range of 350°F-359°F and consistently turn the churros until golden brown.
  8. Transfer to a wire rack for about 30 seconds, then quickly roll in the cinnamon sugar mixture. Transfer to a serving dish. Repeat until finished and be mindful of maintaining the frying temperature.
  9. Plate churros and pour the desired amount of miso caramel into a ramekin. Dip and enjoy!
placing the choux in the mixing bowl

Tips and Tricks

  • Don’t rush the cooling of the flour. The choux needs time to cool. If you add the eggs to early, you will end up with scrambled eggs in the dough.
  • Gradually add the eggs to the dough. This ensures they mix evenly into the dough. It will look separated at first, but that’s expected. The eggs will eventually incorporated into the choux.
  • Use a piping bag. Since the choux is thick, similar to custard-like consistency, I recommend using a piping bag as reusable sandwich bags are too thin and my burst while piping.
  • Use a candy thermometer to monitor the temperature of the frying oil. If the oil is too hot, the churros will cook too quickly, burning on the outside while uncooked in the middle. If the oil isn’t hot enough, the churros will cook unevenly. A safe temperature range is 350°F-359°F. This candy thermometer will ensure you are frying at the perfect temperature.
  • Use a dutch oven for the most consistent heating.
  • Immediately coat the churro bites with cinnamon sugar. If you wait for them to cool down, the sugar mixture won’t stick to the surface.
  • These are best enjoyed immediately. If you wait, they won’t be as crispy. However, you can store leftovers in an airtight container in the fridge for up to 2 days. Air fry to reheat them.
  • Use granulated sugar. As it is finer and will best affix to the churro.

Variations

  • Dipping Sauce: Don’t have the ingredients for miso caramel? Try dulce de leche. Strawberry sauce, cherry sauce, butterscotch, Nutella, or melted chocolate would be tasty too.
  • Baked Churro Bites: Skip the mess of frying and bake mini churro bites instead. Bake for 10 minutes at 350°F then broil until golden brown.
  • Air Fryer Churro Bites: Save some calories by skipping the oil and air frying churros. Air fry at 350°F for 10-15 minutes.
two churros frying in hot oil

Frequently Asked Questions

What is the best tip for churros?

I use this closed star tip which will yield the shape and size you see in the photo below.

What’s the difference between an open and closed star tip?

An open star tip has an open end which will produce churros with less defined groves. Closed tips with will create more defined grooves similar to the shape of Disneyland churros.

Are churros Mexican or Cuban?

Churros originated in Spain but are popular across the States, Central America, and South America.

Are churros meant to be crispy?

Yes. Fry the churros between 350°F-359°F for the perfect crispy coating.

Do real churros have filling?

Traditional churros do not have filling but you can stuff these churro bites with a variety of sauces.

close up view of churro bites in cinnamon sugar

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Churro Bites with Miso Caramel

Churro bites are fried to crispy, golden perfection, coated with cinnamon and sugar, and served with a decadent miso caramel dipping sauce. Satisfy your sweet tooth with this crowd-pleasing, easy snack.
Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 35 minutes
Total Time 55 minutes
Servings 4 peple
Author Jeri Mobley-Arias
Course Dessert, Snack
Cuisine Mexican, spanish

Equipment

  • 4-Quart Dutch Over
  • Candy Thermometer
  • Wire Rack
  • Spider strainer
  • Piping bag
  • 845 piping tip
  • Medium Saucepan
  • Baking Sheet
  • Wooden Spoon
  • Standing Mixer, with Paddle Attachment
  • Kitchen Scissors

Ingredients

Miso Caramel

  • 1 cup sugar
  • ¼ cup cold water
  • ¾ cup heavy cream, room temperature
  • 2 tablespoons unsalted butter
  • teaspoons white miso paste

Churro Bites

  • ½ cup milk
  • ½ cup water
  • 5 tablespoons unsalted butter
  • tablespoons sugar
  • ¾ teaspoon Diamond Crystal Salt
  • teaspoon pure vanilla extract
  • 1 cup all-purpose flour
  • 3 large eggs
  • Oil for frying

Cinnamon Sugar

  • 1 cup granulated sugar
  • 2 teaspoons saigon cinnamon

Instructions

Cinnamon Sugar

  • Mix cinnamon and sugar in a shallow bowl and set aside.

Miso Caramel

  • Add the sugar and water to a medium saucepan. Stir to combine, then cook over medium-high heat without stirring for 13–15 minutes, or until the mixture turns dark amber in color.
  • Turn off the heat and carefully pour in the heavy cream. Whisk until the mixture is smooth, then add the butter and miso and whisk until fully incorporated. Let cool to room temperature.

Churro Bites

  • In a medium saucepan over medium heat, add milk, butter, water, sugar, salt, and vanilla. Bring mixture to a low boil then immediately remove from the heat.
  • Add flour and stir with a wooden spoon until comes together. Return the pan to the heat over medium-low. Stir consistently for 4 minutes, until the dough comes together in a ball. Dough should no longer stick to the pan.
  • Transfer the ball to a standing mixer and leave to cool for 5 minutes.
  • Turn the standing on low and allow the mixer to mix the dough for 30 seconds. Steam will release from the dough and that is expected. Add eggs one at a time, waiting until each egg is fully incorporated. The dough should be thick and smooth, similar to a custard.
  • Transfer dough to a piping bag fitted with an 845 closed tip. Leave the dough in the piping bag for 6 minutes. Meanwhile, prepare the oil.
  • Fill a dutch oven with 2½1 inches of oil. Fit the candy thermometer to the side of the dutch oven and heat oil over medium heat until the temperature reaches 350°F. Line a baking sheet with paper towels and top with wire rack.
  • Work in batches of 3-4 churros at a time to avoid crowding. Carefully pipe the dough directly into the hot oil (about 2-2½ inches), then use scissors to cut the dough at the end of the piping tip. Keep a consistent temperature range of 350°F-359°F and consistently turn the churros until golden brown.
  • Transfer to a wire rack for about 30 seconds, then quickly roll in the cinnamon sugar mixture. Transfer to a serving dish. Repeat until finished and be mindful of maintaining the frying temperature.
  • Plate churros and pour desired amount of miso caramel in a ramekin. Dip and enjoy!
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