Cinnamon mixed with the delicious flavor of apple in a fluffy, slightly crunchy churro is not only the perfect street food, but these Easy Apple Churros make an amazing fall snack too!

Easy Apple Churros

Originally published August 25, 2013.

I was pretty excited when I heard our theme this week was Global Street Foods.

The problem was, I hadn’t sampled a whole ton of street foods. At least not in the last few years.

Here in St. Louis, we don’t have a normal “street food” so all I could think of was taco’s, hot dogs and… drum roll please… Churros!

I lived in Miami, Florida for a year or so when I was 20 and Churro’s were EVERYWHERE. We bought them all the time. All.The.Time.

Easy Apple Churros

I miss living somewhere I could get them all the time, however I don’t miss living in Miami, Florida.

Well, okay I might miss the beaches a little.

And a few of the great friends I had when I lived there… but other than that, I only miss the Churros.

So I decided that was what I was making.

And to kick it up a notch, since it’s Back to School time at our house, we decided to make an apple version instead of the traditional version.

Easy Apple Churros

You could very easily leave out the shredded apple, and substitute water or milk for the apple juice and have a more traditional churro.

We liked these.

Now I did title this post “Apple Churro’s with Dulce De Leche”, and during our photography session, we completely forgot the dulce de leche.

So it’s not pictured.

However, I’m going to tell you how to make it. It is included below.

It’s ridiculously easy, but it takes some time.

Easy Apple Churros

How to Make Dulce De Leche: 

You need a single can of Sweetened Condensed Milk. Remove the Label completely.

Set the can in a crockpot.

Fill the crockpot with water until it completely covers the can.

Turn it on high at cook it for 4 1/2 hours.

You can do this on the stove as well, fill a large pot with water, put in the can completely covered with water and boil on the stovetop for 4 1/2 hours.

When it’s done, allow it to cool for a bit before handling it, obviously.

Once it’s cool enough to touch, remove the lid on the can and stir the creamy dulce de leche and you’re good to go.

Makes great dip for fruits, baked goods, churros, goes great drizzled over any flavor of ice cream and drizzled over cakes. You can google if you’re looking for more ways to enjoy it, because there are a LOT!

Easy Apple Churros

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Recipe for Easy Apple Churros

Easy Apple Churros FEATURED

Easy Apple Churro’s with Dulce De Leche

Nicole Cook
Delicious Churros with an Apple Twist in honor of the kiddo’s heading Back to School
5 from 3 votes
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 2 minutes
Total Time 2 minutes
Course Appetizers, Snacks and Small Bite Recipes
Cuisine American
Servings 24
Calories 50 kcal


For the Churro Dough

  • 1 cup apple juice
  • ¼ cup shredded apple
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • 2 ½ Tablespoons granulated sugar
  • 2 ¼ Tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 Cup all purpose Flour
  • ½ Tablespoons 5 Spice

For the Sugar Coating

  • 1 teaspoon 5 spice
  • ¼ cup granulated sugar


  • In a deep pot, heat oil (we use canola oil for this) on high. You want at least 2" of oil in the pot.
  • In a small pan over medium heat, stir the apple juice, salt, 2 1/2 tablespoons of sugar and the olive oil until it starts to boil.
  • Remove from stove and immediately stir the flour, five spice and shredded apple into the pan. The dough will get VERY thick, but do your best to get it all mixed up. I suggest using a stand mixer if you have one.
  • Once you dough is well mixed, spoon it into a pastry bag with a large star tip.
  • Pipe strips of dough into the oil. I suggest only doing one or two at a time, because they tend to want to hug each other no matter how wide your pan is. You can do them as long or as short as you want. We stuck with about 4" to make them easier to eat, but you could make them 8" if you want.
  • Pipe a strip, fry it until it's a light golden brown and remove immediately. (2-4 minutes or so)
  • Drain them on paper towel to soak up all that extra oil.
  • When you have completed all your fried churros, in a bowl mix up the sugar and the 5 spice for the coating.
  • While the churro's are still warm, roll each churro in the sugar/spice mixture until fully coated. Eat & Enjoy!


Calories: 50kcalCarbohydrates: 9gProtein: 1gFat: 1gSaturated Fat: 0.2gPolyunsaturated Fat: 0.2gMonounsaturated Fat: 1gSodium: 49mgPotassium: 22mgFiber: 0.2gSugar: 4gVitamin A: 2IUVitamin C: 0.2mgCalcium: 4mgIron: 0.4mg
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  1. Churros are so good. I have not had one in a very long time. I like how these are dairyfree, well as long as we will leave the Dulce de Lece off 🙂 Fantastic recipe. Thank you for sharing.

  2. Your churros look better than any churro I’ve seen at the Santa Monica Pier, Nicole. Not only are you the SEO Queen after this Sunday Supper you may well receive the title of Churro Queen =)

    Thank you for the Dulce de leche recipe…Now I want a slow cooker!

  3. Did you know we have special equipment to fill churros with dulce de leche here? It’s a thick and long needle filled with ddl, inserted in the middle, so it’s filled with the stuff. Churros are one of our sweet street foods, so fantastic when just made. Love this recipe Nicole! Now I know I don´t have to try and see which one!

  4. Fried dough = good. Fried dough with added apples = better. Fried dough with apples, topped with dulce de leche = the BEST. That is all.

  5. Perfect street food, churros remind me of Disney and our local amusement park. They are one of my daughter’s favs!! Yours look so very good and I love the apple in them!!

  6. I love churros way too much for my own good! These look fantastic…and who needs the sauce anyway? I would eat that whole batch as-is! 😉 I love your addition of apples, as well…these WILL be made in my house very soon. WILL!

  7. Perfect street food, churros remind me of Disney and our local amusement park. They are one of my daughter’s favs!! Yours look so very good and I love the apple in them!!

  8. Ive been looking forward to this post since seeing the lineup. You took two of my favorite things and combined them (churrons and dulce de leche). YUM YUM YUM!!!

  9. Nicole, these are incredible churros! They look better than the ones I see for sale. I love that you made them apple flavoured and paired it with dulce de leche (I’m drooling just thinking about it). My husband would go crazy over these, he loves apple desserts.

  10. 1. You combined churros AND dulce de leche? Genius.

    2. You can make dulce de leche IN A CROCKPOT?!?!? Double genius.

  11. G’day! LOVE the flavor combination, Nicole, true!
    I only recently rediscovered churros and fell in love with them again too!
    Cheers! Joanne

  12. Your churros look absolutely amazing! I make my own dulce de leche (with a slightly different recipe) and it’s always worth the extra effort.

  13. I’ve only had churros at amusement parks so I don’t know what an authentic one is like. However, an apple version with dulce de leche sounds even better.

  14. Perfect street food, churros remind me of Disney and our local amusement park. They are one of my daughter’s favs!! Yours look so very good and I love the apple in them!!

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