Churro Donuts combines two of my favorite sweet treats: churros and donuts! These fluffy baked donuts are rolled in cinnamon sugar and topped with dulce de leche.

Looking down on a a churro donut with a shiny dulce de leche glaze

Ingredients for Churro Donuts:

Ingredients for baked donuts:

  • All-purpose flour. Measuring the flour correctly is very important. I suggest weighing your flour out (I use this scale). If you want to use a measuring cup, make sure you spoon the flour into the cup and level it off with a knife. Don’t use the cup to scoop directly from the flour.
  • Light brown sugar. Brown sugar adds flavor and a softer texture to the final product.
  • Salt. Salt is a must in baked goods. It will help to balance out the sweetness and improve the overall flavor.
  • Baking powder. Baking powder will help the baked donuts to rise.
  • Full-fat sour cream. Sour cream will make the donuts extra moist and fluffy.
  • Unsalted butter.  I always make sure to use unsalted butter when baking because there is no “standard” for the amount of salt they can add to butter. So if you add salt to a recipe and then use salted butter you could end up with a very salty end product.
  • Egg. It will be easier to incorporate the eggs into the batter if they are at room temperature. 

Ingredients for cinnamon sugar topping:

  • Ground Cinnamon. This will add flavor to the topping.
  • Granulated Sugar. This will add sweetness to the topping.

Ingredients for dulce de leche:

  • Sweetened Condensed Milk. This will be heated up until a thick caramel forms.
All of the ingredients for baked donuts

How to make Churro Donuts

Baked Donuts

STEP 1: Preheat your oven to 350 degrees (F). Spray your donut mold with non-stick spray and set it aside.

STEP 2: In a medium-sized bowl whisk together the flour, light brown sugar, salt, and baking powder. Be sure there are no lumps.

The dry ingredients mixed together

STEP 3: In a separate bowl mix the wet ingredients.

The wet ingredients mixed together

STEP 4: Gently fold the wet ingredients into the dry ingredients until they are well combined. The batter will be thick.

The batter for baked donuts

STEP 5: Spoon or pipe the batter into your molds and fill them up about 3/4 of the way to the top.

STEP 6: Place your donuts in the pre-heated oven. They usually take about 15-17 minutes to bake, but I started checking them around 10 minutes to see if the pan needs to be turned. You’ll know they are finished when you lightly press on a donut and it springs back.

STEP 7: Remove from the oven and let the baked donuts cool in the molds until cool enough to remove. Then cool the donuts completely before rolling in cinnamon sugar.

Cinnamon Sugar Topping

Step 1: In a small bowl combine the sugar and cinnamon. Mix until well combined.

Dulce De Leche

There are several ways to make dulce de leche. I used a “shortcut” method where you just heat up sweetened condensed milk in the instant pot. I will link all of the ways that you can make it below.

Churro Donut Assembly

Step 1: When the donuts have mostly cooled roll each donut in the cinnamon sugar mixture to coat fully.

Step 2: Transfer the dulce de leche to a piping bag fitted with a small piping tip or use a spoon to drizzle the dulce de leche over each donut.

A churro donut sitting on top of a glass of milk

Can I make baked donuts ahead of time?

I WOULDN’T RECOMMEND IT. Donuts are best eaten the same day that they are made.

You can, however, make the batter ahead of time, refrigerate it or freeze it (depending on how far ahead of time you are making the donut batter), and then bake the donuts when you are ready to eat them.

a donut being dipped into a glass of milk

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a donut being dipped into a glass of milk

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Churro Donuts

These fluffy baked donuts are rolled in cinnamon sugar and topped with dulce de leche.
Prep Time15 mins
Cook Time17 mins
Total Time32 mins
Course: Breakfast, Dessert
Cuisine: American
Keyword: baked donuts, churro donuts, cinnamon sugar, Donut, donuts, dulce de leche
Servings: 8 donuts

Ingredients

For Donuts:

  • 1 cup (120 grams) all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 cup (107 grams) light brown sugar
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/2 cup (114 grams) full-fat sour cream
  • 2 1/2 tablespoons (35 grams) unsalted butter melted
  • 1 large egg

For Topping:

  • 1/4 cup (50 grams) granulated sugar
  • 2 teaspoons ground cinnamon

For Dulce De Leche:

  • 1 can sweetened condensed milk

Instructions

For Donuts:

  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees (F). Spray your donut mold with non-stick spray and set aside.
  • In a medium-sized bowl whisk together the flour, light brown sugar, salt, and baking powder.
  • In a separate bowl mix the wet ingredients, make sure the melted butter has cooled or it will curdle the sour cream and cook the egg.
  • Gently fold the wet ingredients into the dry ingredients until they are well combined. The dough will be much thicker than you think it will be, so don’t be alarmed. Also, be sure not to overmix your dough or your baked donuts will be tough.
  • Spoon or pipe the batter into your molds and fill them up to the top. If you’re using a silicone mold, place it on a cookie sheet before you put them in the oven, this will make it easier to get them in and out of the oven.
  • Place your donuts in the pre-heated oven. They usually take about 15-17 minutes to bake, but I started checking them around 10 minutes to see if the pan needs to be turned. You’ll know they are finished when you lightly press on a donut and it springs back.
  • Remove from oven and allow to cool in the pan for 10 minutes and then remove from pan and allow to cool.

For Topping:

  • In a small bowl combine the sugar and cinnamon. Mix until well combined.

For Dulce De Leche:

  • Use whatever method you prefer for making dulce de leche. I listed all of them in the post above. I used the instant pot method

For Assembly:

  • When the donuts have mostly cooled roll each donut in the cinnamon sugar mixture to coat fully.
  • Transfer the dulce de leche to a piping bag fitted with a small piping tip or use a spoon to drizzle the dulce de leche over each donut.
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