The Best Homemade Disney Churros Recipe are the perfect blend of soft and crunchy fried dough with a hint of vanilla and are dusted with cinnamon and sugar. Your kids will love them colored like Disney’s Lightsaber Churros! So I am a total Disney addict. Like I’m obsessed. I am always planning our next trip and researching new and exciting things that are going on in the Disney Parks. Anyone who has visited Disneyland or Walt Disney World can tell you that you MUST eat a Disney Churro. There’s no way around it. There is no churro that comes close. A couple of weeks ago, Disney announced that they would be selling Lightsaber Churros. Delicious, sweet, fried dough that is sprinkled in red or blue sugar, depending on whether or not you choose the dark side. Pictures of these awesome churros have been posted all over Facebook and Instagram. When I started seeing them EVERYWHERE, I knew that I needed to make a homemade version for my family ASAP!
After much trial and error, I finally have achieved, what I think, is the BEST homemade version of Disney’s Churros. The dough is thick enough that they churros hold their shape when they are fried and it has a hint of vanilla which takes the flavor of these copycat churros to the next level! If you want a classic churro, you can roll them in the regular cinnamon/sugar mixture. If you want to bring some Disney Magic home, you should definitely make the Lightsaber version. Keep reading to find out how to color your cinnamon/sugar red or blue (hint: it’s super easy).
To prepare the dough, heat the water, sugar, salt and oil on the stove until boiling. Remove it from the heat and stir in the flour, cinnamon and vanilla until the dough is smooth. It only takes about 30 seconds. The dough should be thick, almost like biscuit dough. Let the dough cool a little.
While the dough is cooling, pour your oil into a large soup pot or deep fryer and heat it over medium high heat to 350-360 degrees. If you using a soup pot, make sure you use a candy/deep fryer thermometer to keep any eye on the temperature. It needs to stay in this temperature range in order for the churros to cook correctly.
While the oil is heating up, prepare the cinnamon/sugar mixtures. If you plan to make Lightsaber churros, mix 1/3 cup of sugar and 1 teaspoon of cinnamon together in a small bowl. Add 6-8 drops of red food coloring and mix with a spoon until the mixture is completely red. Repeat this step for the blue cinnamon sugar mixture.
Place the dough in a ziploc bag or piping bag. I like to use disposable piping bags because they are sturdier than ziploc bags and require no clean up! Win Win. To give the churros their unique shape, use a large star tip. Here’s a helpful tip: place the piping bag in a large cup and fold the ends over the top of the cup to hold the bag in place while filling.
Once the oil is about 360 degrees, slowly pipe a 6 inch line of dough into the oil. You may need to use a knife to cut off the end of the dough. Wait about 30 seconds and pipe another 6 inch line of dough into the oil. Work in small batches of 3 or 4 churros at a time. Cook for about 3 or 4 minutes and flip it over with heat resistant silicone tongs.. Let it fry on the other side for 3 or 4 minutes until it is golden. Remove the churros immediately and place them on a paper-towel lined plate.
After removing the churros, roll them in the cinnamon/sugar mixture to coat. Don’t wait too long, or the mixture won’t stick.
Serve the churros warm with melted chocolate or hot fudge sauce. Yum! Make sure you pin The Best Homemade Disney Churros Recipe plus How to Make Lightsaber Churros below! May the Force Be With You.
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