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Pumpkin Churros with Cinnamon Cream Cheese Sauce


Whew! I don’t know about you, but my kitchen smells like a carnival! I guess not everyone is busy prepping Chanukah posts, and will wait for the Fry Fest until it’s actually Chanukah. When I began to think about what Chanukah recipes I should put together, the very first thing that came to mind was churros, and we have a lot of extra pumpkin, and the two make a great pair. So, that’s how we got to pumpkin churros, and I’m pretty happy with the outcome.

Pumpkin Churros

I don’t know when I was first introduced to churros, but growing up in California, churros were a way of life. When I went to college, it seemed that the only place to get a churro was Disneyland, and I haven’t found a churro to taste in North Carolina. When I made these pumpkin churros, the smells, crunch and taste felt a bit like going home, and also felt like I was adding at least 7 pounds to my body.

Pumpkin Churros

The important thing to know about these pumpkin churros is that they are only good right out of the fryer. It’s kind of like french fries. After 10 minutes they go limp. But that fresh from the fryer crunch? Oh heavens to Betsy. So amazing! Oh, and on the side there is a truly decadent spiced cream cheese thing happening, and that could probably taste delicious on anything.

Pumpkin Churros

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Pumpkin Churros

Pumpkin Churros

Pumpkin Churros


    Pumpkin Churros
  1. 1 cup water
  2. 1/2 cup pumpkin puree
  3. 2 tablespoons vegetable oil
  4. 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  5. 1 3/4 cups all-purpose flour
  6. 3 tablespoons granulated sugar
  7. 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
  8. 1/4 teaspoon nutmeg
  9. 1/4 teaspoon ground cloves
  10. 1/4 teaspoon ground ginger
  11. 1/2 teaspoon salt
  12. 1 quart oil for frying
  13. 1/2 cup granulated sugar
  14. 2 teaspoons cinnamon
  15. Cinnamon Cream Cheese Sauce
  16. 8 oz cream cheese, softened
  17. 1/4 cup granulated sugar
  18. 1/4 cup light brown sugar
  19. 1/4 cup milk
  20. 1 tablespoon vanilla extract
  21. 2 teaspoons cinnamon
  22. 3 tablespoons pumpkin purée


  1. In a large bowl, whisk together water, pumpkin puree, vegetable oil and vanilla. Add in flour, sugar, cinnamon, nutmeg, ground cloves, ground ginger and salt. Use a wooden spoon or spatula to fold in the dry ingredients, until well combined. Cover bowl and place in refrigerator for 30-60 minutes.
  2. While the churro batter is chilling, heat oil for frying in deep-fryer or deep skillet to 375°F.
  3. In a stand mixer, beat cream cheese, granulated sugar, brown sugar, milk, vanilla extract, cinnamon and pumpkin purée until smooth. Set aside.
  4. In a small bowl, toss together 1/2 cup granulated sugar and 2 teaspoons cinnamon. Set aside.
  5. Once the churro batter has chilled, pipe a 4-inch strip of dough into the hot oil. Repeat, frying 3 or 4 strips at a time. F
  6. ry the churros, turning them once, until golden brown, about 2 minutes per side.
  7. Transfer the cooked churros to a plate lined with paper towels to drain for 1 minute. Then quickly toss in cinnamon sugar mixture.
  8. Serve hot with cream cheese dip on the side.


  1. Erin Nichols says

    Oh my goodness! These are right up my alley! Pumpkin and cinnamon are my weakness.

  2. Krissie Aguilar says

    WOW what a great idea! I never thought of combining pumpkin and churros. Love this!

  3. These sound amazing! I love eating everything pumpkin during this time of year, and I’ve only had churros once while at Disneyland. They were amazing! I really want to try your Pumpkin Churros now.

  4. Mary mozingo says

    is this even real?????? Seriously trying this…. I am already craving it just looking at the pictures!

  5. Mimi {Creative on the Side} says

    Wow! These Pumpkin Churros look and sound incredible!! I don’t know if I have ever had churros, but I think I must try some ASAP!

  6. My Daily She says

    Oh my goodness! I don’t know if I should thank you or scowl at you for providing this recipe. I can’t wait to make them!!!

  7. Lane & Holly @ With Two Spoons says

    Wowza-these look amazing! Pumpkin and cinnamon/sugar? I’m in!

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