Churro Bars are a fun and delicious twist to classic deep-fried churros. These easy churro bars only take 30 minutes to make with a few pantry-staple ingredients. Let me show you how to make this fun Tex-Mex inspired treat today!
Growing up in South Texas, I was accustomed to a different type of desserts. I love all kinds of Tex-Mex inspired treats – such as arroz con leche, bunulos, and churros!
These churro bars are loaded with the same familiar and comforting flavors of traditional deep fried churros and their buttery dough with cinnamon sugar. Once the dough is pressed into a baking dish and baked, it’s sliced into squares and enjoyed as is or with whipped cream, vanilla ice cream, or chocolate sauce!
What Are Churro Bars?
Churro bars are a delicious twist to traditional churros in dessert bar form. Like traditional churros, these churro bars are loaded with sweet cinnamon flavor, a soft center, and a slightly crispy exterior.
The churro bars dough is pressed into a baking dish and baked – a healthier alternative to traditional deep-fried churros. They’re cut into bars or squares and served with whipped cream, caramel sauce, or vanilla ice cream.
Churro Bars Ingredients
- brown sugar
- baking powder
- granulated sugar
Butter – You will want to use unsalted butter for these bars. If you happen to use salted, be sure to omit the salt. You can always add salt but can’t take it away.
Sugar – Regular granulated sugar and brown sugar are needed for these churro bars.
Flour – You can use regular white flour for these bars. You can also use a gluten-free substitute flour such as King Arthur’s measure for measure gluten free flour blend.
How To Make Churro Bars
Step 1: Prepare
Preheat the oven and grease the baking pan.
Step 2: Make the Dough
In a mixing bowl, first combine the butter and sugar, followed by the egg, and then the dry ingredients until well combined.
Step 3: Assemble the Churro Bars
Press the dough into the baking dish and sprinkle cinnamon sugar over the top.
Step 4: Bake and Serve
Bake the churro bars for 25 minutes. Remove and slice into bars or squares and serve!
Other Cinnamon Desserts To Try
- Cinnamon Swirl Cheesecake
- Cinnamon Roll Cookies
- Chocolate Chip Cinnamon Rolls
- Cinnamon Apple Crumb Cake
What Does Churro Mean?
“Churro” originates from Spanish cuisine and refers to fried pastry dough. While the exact origin of this term is unclear, some believe it’s derived from the shape of the pastry, which resembles the horns of the Churra sheep commonly bred in Spain.
Churros have become a very popular sweet snack and dessert, not only in Spanish-speaking regions but also throughout the world, including the United States.
Do These Have Cream Cheese In Them?
No, these churro bars don’t have cream cheese, although there is a cheesecake version.
Can I Double The Recipe?
Absolutely! You can double this recipe and use one 9×13 baking dish or two 9×9 baking pans and rotate the two baking pans between the oven racks to ensure that the churro bars are baked evenly.
How Do I Store Leftovers?
Leftover churro bars should be wrapped in plastic wrap and stored in an airtight container at room temperature for 2-3 days or in the fridge for up to a week.
These leftover churro bars can be served chilled, at room temperature, or reheated in the oven at 350F for 5-10 minutes or in the microwave for 10-20 seconds.
Can I Freeze Them?
Yes! Wrap individual churro bars with plastic wrap and aluminum foil and store these churro bars in an airtight container or Ziploc bag for up to 3 months. Thaw overnight in the fridge or at room temperature and serve as is or heated slightly.
- ½ cup butter, softened
- 1 cup brown sugar
- 1 egg
- 1 cup flour
- ¼ tsp salt
- ½ tsp baking powder
- 1 tsp cinnamon
- Cinnamon Sugar Topping:
- ½ cup granulated sugar
- 1 ½ tsp cinnamon
1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Grease a 9x9 baking pan and set aside.
2. In a large mixing bowl, mix together butter and brown sugar until well incorporated.
3. Add egg to sugar mixture and mix until well incorporated.
4. Add flour, salt, baking powder, and cinnamon to the sugar mixture and mix until combined.
5. Press the dough into an even layer into the bottom of your prepared baking dish.
6. In a small bowl whisk together sugar and cinnamon for the topping.
7. Sprinkle cinnamon sugar topping across the bars.
8. Bake for 25 minutes or until no longer gooey in the middle.
9. Enjoy and store leftovers in an airtight container.
More Dessert Bars To Try
- Caramel Macchiato Blondie Bars
- Sugar Cookie Bars
- Pumpkin Bars With Cream Cheese Frosting
- Banana Cheesecake Bars
- Lemon Lime Macaroon Bars
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