Delicious, crispy and coated in cinnamon sugar. These Red Velvet Churro Bites are fried to perfection with just the right amount of crunch and taste amazing!
Let’s talk about Valentine’s Day guys, how do we feel about it? Are you guys excited to have an excuse to eat tons of chocolate and treats or do you feel like it’s just another made up holiday? I meannn i’m all for it.. I love candy and the cheesy stuffed animals, cards, flowers. You know, the whole sha-bang haha.
These Red Velvet Churro Bites are a true Valentines Day treat. They are also pretty easy to whip up using Red Velvet cake mix. Paired with a creamy chocolate ganache, a little crunch and a cinnamon sugar coating..AH so good! Like do I really even need to continue? Once you make these you will see exactly what I mean.
WHAT EXACTLY IS A CHURRO?
Essentially, they are a type of dessert made with dough that is fried and then coated with a mixture of sugar and cinnamon. This coating adds to the crispness as the sugar hits the hot churros. They can be served with different types of dipping sauces like a cream cheese sauce, chocolate ganache or even a nutella dipping sauce. They first originated in Spain and Portugal and are also very popular in Mexico.
HOW DO I KEEP CHURROS CRISPY?
To ensure their crispness, do not overcrowd the pan while frying. Overcrowding will lower the temperature of the oil which will make the pieces kinda soggy and not as crunchy as you would like them to be.
If you are going to serve them later, you can put them in the oven to stay warm at about 170F. That will keep them warm and crispy for about 30 minutes to an hour.
CAN YOU FREEZE CHURRO DOUGH?
Yes! After piping the churros on the sheet tray and freezing to hold their shape. You would simply add them to a freezer bag and store for up to 1 month. When you are ready to fry the churros, no need to thaw them out. You can remove them from the freezer for about 5 minutes to take the chill off then fry those babies!
CAN YOU COOK CHURROS IN THE AIR FRYER?
Heck Yes! Making Churros in the Air Fryer is super easy, I tested this recipe using my air fryer as well as the on the stove top frying the traditional way. They taste just as delicious as deep-fried churros but have fewer calories and are less of a pain than deep frying and handling hot oil. All you have to do after you remove them from the freezer, set your Air Fryer to 375F and cook them for about 10-12 minutes (checking half way through) until nice and crispy!
HOW DO YOU REHEAT CHURROS?
You can fry them again, put them in your air fryer or simply bake them in the oven on 350F for about 3 minutes to reheat them. I just recommend avoiding the microwave, because it will make them soggy.
- It is ok if a few little lumps of flour remain after adding the flour to the saucepan. Just do your best to stir vicariously to get them out in the beginning! I also recommend making sure your flour has no lumps prior to adding it to the saucepan to avoid this.
- Depending on the size of your piping bags you might have to divide the dough into batches.
- Use a star-shaped tip to get the perfect churro shape.
- If you don’t have piping bags or tips you could also use a ziplock bag and ditch the tip!
- Freezing the piped churros for 30minutes before frying makes them easier to handle and they will keep their shape better while air frying.
- Depending on your Air Fryer size you may have to bake the churros in batches if you choose to go this route. Keep in mind that they will expand a bit while baking so leave a little room between them.
- Immediately transfer the churros to the cinnamon sugar mixture. This makes the sugar mixture stick better to them.
- Churros taste best served warm. They don’t taste as good cold or reheated honestly.
Red Velvet Churro Bites
For the Churros
- 2 Cups Water
- ¼ Cup Granulated Sugar
- 4 Tablespoons Butter
- 1 Cup All Purpose Flour
- 1 Cup Red Velvet Cake Mix
- 2 Eggs
- Canola Oil for Frying
- Medium Star Tip
- Piping Bag
For the Cinnamon Sugar Mixture
- 1-2 Teaspoons Cinnamon, more as needed
- ½ Cup Granulated Sugar
For the Choclate Ganache
- 1 Cup Semi- Sweet Chocolate Chips
- ½ Cup Heavy Cream
- In a saucepot over medium heat, bring water, sugar, and butter to a boil. Add in the flour and the cake mix and stir vigorously until mix has no visbale lumps or pockets
- Remove from heat and add the eggs, stirring until the dough becomes a ball.
- Transfer dough to a piping bag with a medium star tip.
- Pipe 2- 3 inch strips of the dough on a baking sheet and freeze for 30 minutes. you may need to break your dough up into two piping bags.
- Heat the canola oil in a deep pot over medium heat.
- Fry the red velvet churros for about 5-6 minutes or until a darker burgandy color. Be careful not to burn by moving peridodically while frying. Then remove and drain on paper towelsor a baking rack set over a baking sheet to catch any excess oil.
- Mix the cinnamon sugar mixture and roll the warm churros in it and serve with choclate ganache. Enjoy!