Puff Pastry Baked Churros Recipe ('Cheater Churros') (2024)

A crunchy churro baked in your oven . . . and in 15 minutes or less! Enjoy all of the cinnamon, sugar and wonderfully buttery flaky layers without having to fry them (and they taste as good as a fried churro!).

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We love all things churro on our website (have you tried our Cinnamon Churro Chex Mix?! It’s amazing!), but this is my favorite churro recipe that I make. You’ll love these Puff Pastry Baked Churro Recipe or (Cheater Churros)!


A churro is a fried-dough pastry. They are a traditional dessert in Spain and Portugal, but they are also very popular in the United States as well!

They can be thick or thin, but they are usually covered in a sugar coating.

Many people like to dip their churros inhot chocolate,dulce de leche, coffee, or even achocolate dip.

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Ingredients needed for baked churros:

  1. Frozen puff pastry sheet (I found them in the dessert freezer section of my grocery store)
  2. Sugar
  3. Cinnamon
  4. Butter

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Don’t have puff pastry dough?

Some of our readers have used other things as their dough base. Here are some of their suggestions:

  • biscuit dough (though not as flaky and crisp, they are a yummy treat)
  • pie crust (cut up strips of leftover pie crust and sprinkle with cinnamon and sugar, then bake)
  • pizza dough (cut into strips, bake, dip in cinnamon sugar)
  • make your own churro dough (this recipe looks delicious and easy!)

We would not recommend using phyllo dough . . . it does not puff up like puff pastry dough does.

How to make this Puff Pastry Baked Churro Recipe:

Begin by preheating the oven to 450 degrees Fahrenheit.

Because the puff pastry is frozen, you will want to pull it out of the freezer 1-2 hours in advance. The dough will still be cold, but it won’t be frozen.

Inside the box will be 2 sheets of puff pastry. The recipe only uses 1 sheet of puff pastry, so you can either place the other sheet back in the freezer or double the recipe.

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Start by unfolding the sheet and then cut it in half lengthwise. Then cut each half crosswise into 1-inch-wide strips. You should get about 9 from each side, 18 in total.

Next, line a baking sheet with parchment paper (or wax paper can work too) and spray it with non-stick cooking spray. Place the strips of dough on the parchment paper.

PRO TIP: Make sure to leave about 1 inch between each strip of dough to avoid them sticking together as they will plump up.

Once all of the strips of dough are on the cooking sheet, place them into the oven for 8-10 minutes or until they turn a nice golden brown color (mine only took 8 minutes, but every oven is different. You just want to make sure that they don’t overbake).

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While the churros are baking in the oven, take the cinnamon and sugar and combine them completely to make the infamous cinnamon-sugar coating.

Also, pop the butter in the oven for about 30-45 seconds to melt it.

Pro tip: use long rectangle-like containers to make it easy to dip the pastry strips into the butter and cinnamon sugar mix!

After the churro pastry has taken on the wonderful golden brown color and you take them out of the oven, dip each of the pastry puffs into the melted butter and then immediately afterward roll it in the cinnamon-sugar mixture.

Place each churro pastry on a wire rack for at least 5 minutes or until the churros have dried and cooled completely. Then ENJOY!!

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Can you make this Puff Pastry Baked Churro Recipe ahead of time?

These churros are best enjoyed the day that you make them. I also feel that they are best to serve immediately (I like them to still be warm).

If you need to warm them up, you could put them in the microwave for a few seconds, but reheated churros tend to not be as “crisp” as they are when they are fresh.

If you have leftovers, I would store them in an air-tight container for 1-2 days. We have not had them last longer than 24 hours at our house, so I am not sure how well the leftovers hold up!

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Check out these other churro recipes:

  • Instant Pot Churro Bites
  • Churro Fries with Honey Butter Sauce
  • Copycat Disneyland Churro Funnel Cake
  • Churro Caramel Corn Pops
  • Cinnamon Churro Chex Mix
  • Churro Waffles

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Serves: 18

Puff Pastry Baked Churros Recipe (Cheater Churros)

Our delicious Puff Pastry Baked Churro Recipe make the perfect "cheater churros" for a quick and delicious baked snack!



  • 1 sheet frozenpastry puff sheet thawed
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
  • 1/4 cup butter


  • Preheat oven to 450 degrees F

  • Unfold and cut puff pastry sheets in half lengthwise, and cut each half crosswise into 1-inch-wide strips. Place strips on a lightly greased parchment paper-lined baking sheet.

  • Bake 8-10 minutes or until golden brown (mine only took 8 minutes).

  • Meanwhile, combine sugar and cinnamon in a bowl.

  • Remove pastry sheets from oven and dip in melted butter, then roll in cinnamon-sugar mixture.

  • Let stand on a wire rack for 5 minutes or until dry.


  • These churros are best enjoyed the day that you make them. I also feel that they are best to serve immediately (I like them to still be warm).


Calories: 99 kcal · Carbohydrates: 12 g · Protein: 1 g · Fat: 5 g · Saturated Fat: 1 g · Cholesterol: 1 mg · Sodium: 37 mg · Potassium: 13 mg · Fiber: 1 g · Sugar: 6 g · Vitamin A: 6 IU · Calcium: 7 mg · Iron: 1 mg


  • parchment paper

  • Baking Sheet

  • Mixing Bowl

  • Cooling Rack

Recipe Details

Course: Dessert

Cuisine: American

Recipe adapted from: Munchkin Munchies

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  1. Allyssa says:

    I'm a chicken at deep frying things too, so this is a great alternative! Plus, they look incredibly delicious!

  2. Sara @ CleverPinkPirate.com says:

    Looks so easy yet sooooo delicious! Thanks for sharing, I pinned it too!

  3. Chane' says:

    I can't wait to try these!!!

  4. Little Mommy says:

    Love these!

  5. amultifariousme says:

    YUM! I am salivating at the thought of trying these :-D

  6. Laura Perry says:

    This easy recipe has me pretty excited. Can't wait to try them!! :)

  7. Erin says:

    Looks so good!

  8. Bake Up, Little Suzy says:

    Perfect timing! I'm making an Argentinian-inspired dinner for Handsome Greg, and I wanted to end with churros, but I DESPISE frying in my kitchen. It makes such a mess. Then you have to deal with all that oil, and the house smells like the State Fair for days.

    This is perfect!

  9. Sue says:

    Glad you liked them, and they're so easy~peasy! Thanks for the link-love:)

  10. 14c2bd7a-6bca-11e1-878e-000bcdcb8a73 says:

    These were a big hit today. They are so light and airy... family absolutely loved them. Ingenious! Thanks for a great recipe!

  11. Alison @ Oopsey Daisy says:

    Just pinned!! :) I am serious about making these. Churros are one of my favorite things!

  12. Jon and Diana says:

    What is a pastry puff sheet?? help!

  13. Jon and Diana says:

    What is a pastry puff sheet?? help!

  14. Camille says:

    It's a frozen pastry that you find in the freezer aisle. At my grocery store, it is near the Cool-Whip and frozen fruit!

  15. lilLawyer says:

    Going to make for a family BBQ tonight! I'm awful at frozen dough recipes so cross your fingers. And is it greased parchment lined or is it grease OR parchment lined sheet? Thanks!

  16. Five Little Chefs says:

    My Little Chefs made these! They were a hit! What a wonderful recipe for kids! http://www.fivelittlechefs.com/2012/03/baked-cinnamon-sugar-churros.html

  17. Sandra says:

    These were a huge hit with my 3 children, thanks for sharing your great recipes.

  18. Tanya @ Lovely Greens says:

    We have guests this week and I'm looking for a snacky-dessert that would be easy, quick and delicious. This definitely fits the bill!

  19. kierste says:

    Can't wait to make these, thank you!!!

  20. Colleen U. says:

    Do you think Phyllo dough would work for these? I planned on making these this week but when I went to the grocery store I just couldn't bring myself to pay $4.50 for the Puff Pastry dough :/

  21. Six Sisters says:

    Sorry Colleen, we have never worked with Phyllo dough. So we're not sure how that would turn out. Let us know! :)

  22. Six Sisters says:

    Don't use phyllo dough! It wouldn't turn out fluffy and would have a really different, papery type texture. If you don't want to buy the puff pastry, some people make them with biscuit dough and bake them according to the package directions after rolling them in cinnamon and sugar. -Elyse from Six Sisters

  23. Kelly K says:

    I just made these. So GOOOOOOOOD! Much, much better than the ones we've gotten at restaurants and parks.

  24. Michelle says:

    Would using pastry dough work instead of puff pastry?

  25. Cyd says:

    We haven't tried that. The main thing is that you want it to puff up. So if you think the pastry dough will puff up, you should be fine.

  26. Debbie says:

    do you have to make these the day of- or will they keep covered , would love to have soe make ahead recipes

  27. Cyd says:

    We have made them the night before and put them in an airtight container and they were fine.

  28. Sophie says:

    They look delicious! And really simple to make. Will definitely make these. Thanks!

  29. Barb says:

    My mom used to cut up strips of leftover pie crust and sprinkle with cinnamon sugar.

  30. Barb says:

    My mom used to cut up strips of leftover pie crust and sprinkle with cinnamon sugar.

  31. Barbara says:

    Mine too! I never knew what Churros were and, curious, went looking for a recipe. Imagine my surprise. These were a favorite at our house 65 years ago. Too funny!

  32. sharon says:

    Yes, Mom always used left over pie crust. We just called them crust cookies. They don't puff up, but taste great!

  33. Scarlet says:

    Totally agree, hate the after affects of frying inside. Anxious to try these yummy looking treats on family. They will think I have cooking talent they didn’t know about.

  34. Tabitha Ramos says:

    Made these tonight and they were very good!! Everybody loves them!! About the best semi homemade churro anyone could ask for!!

  35. Cyd says:

    We are so glad that you like our Puff Pastry Baked Churros. They are one of our favorites. Have a great weekend and stay safe!

  36. Nevada Fatty says:

    10/10 would make again. My waist line hates you, these are so good!

  37. Geri says:

    Can I stuff these with chocolate after they cool.

  38. Momma Cyd says:

    The sky is the limit on all the fun things you can do with these churros.

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