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The Best Homemade Disney Churros Recipe

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The Best Homemade Disney Churros 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! 

Homemade churros on a plate with hot fudge sauce, text "Homemade Disney Churros"

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I am self-admitted Disney addict. 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 few years ago, Disney began selling Lightsaber Churros. Delicious, sweet, fried dough, sprinkled with red or blue sugar, depending on whether or not you choose the dark side.


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Pictures of these awesome churros were 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.


Homemade Disney Churros dusted with red and blue sugar to look like light saber churros.


After much trial and error, I finally have achieved, what I think, is the BEST homemade Disney Churros recipe.


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.  But,  if you are a Star Wars fan, 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).


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  • 1 Cup Water
  • 6 Tablespoons Butter
  • 2 Tablespoons Sugar
  • 1 Teaspoon Vanilla Extract
  • 1 Cup All-Purpose Flour
  • 1 Teaspoon Salt
  • 2 Eggs
  • Oil for Frying
  • 1/2 Cup Sugar
  • 1 Tablespoon Cinnamon
  • Food Coloring for Lightsaber Churros


Helpful Kitchen Tools



How to Make Homemade Disney Churros



  • Heat the water, sugar, salt and butter on the stove until boiling.


  • Remove it from the heat and stir in the flour 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, about 10 minutes.


  • Use a hand mixer to beat in the eggs, then set aside. 


Homemade Disney Churros dough in a glass bowl with a spatula.


  • While the dough is cooling, pour the 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.


  • Classic Disney Churros: Mix 1/2 cup sugar and 1 tablespoon of cinnamon and place in a large dish.


  • 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.


Cinnamon and sugar in a bowl on a baking sheet to make Homemade Disney Churros.
Blue cinnamon sugar in a bowl next to a bowl of red cinnamon sugar to make homemade Disney Churros.


  • Place the dough in a ziplock bag or piping bag. I like to use disposable piping bags because they are sturdier than ziplock bags and require no clean up!


  • To give the churros their unique shape, use a large star tip. 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.


Homemade Disney Churros dough being put in a cup with a disposable piping bag.
Homemade Disney Churros Dough in a piping bag with a large star tip.


  • 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 them 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.


Homemade Disney Churros being fried in oil in a pan.
Homemade Disney Churros just removed from oil and placed on a paper towel with silicone tongs.


  • After removing the churros, roll them in the cinnamon/sugar mixture to coat. Don’t wait too long, or the mixture won’t stick.


Homemade Disney Churros laying in a dish with cinnamon sugar.
Homemade Disney Churros being dusted with blue cinnamon sugar held by blue silicone tongs.


Serve the churros warm with melted chocolate or hot fudge sauce. Yum!


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Churros on a plate with a dish of hot fudge.

The Best Homemade Churros plus How to Make Lightsaber Churros

Yield: 30
Prep Time: 20 minutes
Cook Time: 6 minutes
Total Time: 26 minutes

The Best Homemade Disney Churros Recipe is a great way to bring some Disney magic home! The churros are crunchy on the outside and soft on the inside with a hint of vanilla. Dusted with cinnamon sugar. Add color to the sugar to make the popular Lightsaber churros!


  • 2 cups Water
  • 1/4 cup Sugar
  • 1/2 tsp Salt
  • 3 tbsp Canola Oil
  • 2 cups flour
  • 2 Eggs
  • 1 tbsp vanilla
  • Canola Oil, for frying
  • 1 cup Sugar, for topping
  • 3 tsp cinnamon, for topping


  1. In a saucepan over medium heat, mix together the water, sugar, salt and 3 tbsp canola oil until it reaches a boil.
  2. Remove from heat and stir in the flour, cinnamon and vanilla. Allow the dough to cool for 10 minutes.
  3. Use a hand mixer to mix in eggs and set aside.
  4. Add the frying oil to a soup pot or deep fryer and heat to 360 degrees.
  5. Place the dough in a piping bag with a large star tip and pipe a six inch churro into the hot oil, using a knife to cut off the end. Work in small batches, about 3 or 4 churros at a time.
  6. Fry the churros on each side for about 3-4 minutes until they are golden brown. Remove the churros and place on a paper towel lined plate.
  7. Immediately roll the churros in the cinnamon sugar mixture to coat. Serve the churros warm with melted chocolate or hot fudge sauce.

Cinnamon/Sugar Mixture

  1. Lightsaber Churros: Place half the sugar in a bowl with 1 1/2 teaspoons of cinnamon. Mix. Place 6-8 drops of red food coloring in the bowl and mix until incorporated. Repeat with other half of ingredients, using blue food coloring. May the Force Be With You.
Nutrition Information:
Yield: 30 Serving Size: 1 Churro
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 86Total Fat: 2gSaturated Fat: 0gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 2gCholesterol: 12mgSodium: 44mgCarbohydrates: 15gFiber: 0gSugar: 8gProtein: 1g

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Sunday 28th of January 2018

I love Disney too. And churros of course. Great recipe. The smell really brought me to Disney. Thanks.


Monday 29th of January 2018

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