Churro Bites ~ Disneyland Copycat Recipe

I have told you all that I’m a So Cal girl. I grew up about 10 minutes from Disneyland. Up until I moved away from Orange County, Disneyland was a weekly occurrence for me. I marched in the parades there for years. I sang with my choir there multiple times per year. It was our place to go – even if just for dinner & to catch a couple rides on a slow Tuesday evening. I could see the nightly fireworks from my house. I grew up with them. I went to Disneyland for my birthday every single year & celebrated numerous other occasions there. It is ingrained into my soul & will always be dear to my heart. Since it’s been a while since I have visited I have been craving my favorite Disney treat- Disneyland Churros for a while. So I would love to recreate them & these Churro Bites ~ Disneyland Copycat Recipe turned out great.

Churro Bites ~ Disneyland Copycat Recipe

The smell of cinnamon & sugar drifting through the house had everyone coming in to see what I was up to.

Churro Bites ~ Disneyland Copycat Recipe

Normally one would make these with the ultra-large 1-1/2″ star tip on the piping bag. That would result in the regular Disney sized churros. Well – I thought for sure in all the mountains of cake decorating supplies I brought back home from my mom’s- that I had that exact tip. Apparently I do not- so I used the 1″ instead. Made for a smaller churro diameter.

Churro Bites ~ Disneyland Copycat Recipe

They still taste just as good as I remember – always best while still warm.

Churro Bites ~ Disneyland Copycat Recipe

I don’t remember any sort of dipping sauce when I bought my churros growing up. You went to the guy pushing the cart & that was all you got.

Churro Bites ~ Disneyland Copycat Recipe

Add a little Dulce de Leche for some, Toasted Coconut Hot Fudge, Triple Berry Sauce, Peanut Butter Sauce & Mocha Dulce de Leche. Each one was great with these churros.

Churro Bites ~ Disneyland Copycat Recipe

Churro Bites ~ Disneyland Copycat Recipe


  • 1/2 cup milk
  • 1/2 cup water
  • 3 Tbsp butter, diced
  • 2 tsp granulated sugar
  • 1/4 tsp + 1/8 tsp salt
  • 1/2 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1 cup all-purpose flour
  • canola oil, for frying
  • Cinnamon coating
  • 3/4 cup granulated sugar (to start - I kept adding more sugar as the mixture moistened from the heat)
  • 3 tsp ground cinnamon


  1. In a small mixing bowl, whisk together 1/2 cup granulated sugar and cinnamon. Set aside.
  2. Heat 1 1/2 inches of oil in a large pot over medium heat to 360 degrees (Watch this closely - though the entire cooking process - important to maintain your temperature).
  3. In a separate medium saucepan combine milk, water, butter, 2 tsp sugar, and salt and bring mixture just to a boil.
  4. Once boiling, remove from heat and immediately stir in vanilla and flour.
  5. Stir together with spatula & smooth any lumps. Stir until mixture comes together and is smooth. Transfer to a piping bag fitted with a large open star tip
  6. Pipe 2-4 inches of dough out into oil
  7. Cut dough & to allow dough to drop into oil
  8. I recommend working in small batches as the dough likes to travel in the oil & come together. Allow churros to fry until golden brown - remove with a wire strainer
  9. Drain on a wire rack for a couple minutes.
  10. Toss warm, drained churros into sugar mixture to evenly coat.
  11. Serve warm with dipping sauce if desired.

Try these dipping sauces I used with these churros!

Triple Berry Sauce,

Triple Berry Sauce

Mocha Dulce de Leche

Mocha Dulce de Leche

Crock Pot Dulce de Leche

Crock Pot Dulce de Leche

Toasted Coconut Hot Fudge

Toasted Coconut Hot Fudge


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  1. says

    Wow, I didn’t realize you were that close growing up. That is so cool! I grew up close to Busch Gardens and it was such a treat to go every year. I remember not being able to sleep the night before, due to the excitement. I LoVE the churros there, probably very similar to Disney’s. Can’t wait to try your recipe! Thanks for sharing!!

  2. kim says

    Yum! I can taste those now! How fun that you spent so much time at Disneyland growing up. I bet you have volumes of memories.

  3. says

    I’ve never had or made a churro, but these look delicious! I’m hunting for things to make with my kids over the summer and this one would be perfect. They look so easy!! Pinning!

  4. foodtasticmom2013 says

    These look SO delicious! I’ve never even made a fried doughnut, let along a churro. I think I need to change that :) Pinned!

  5. says

    Those sauces look out of this world! You’ve taken the Disneyland churro to new heights :) I grew up going to Disneyland at least once a year (from San Diego) and still, if I miss a year, I start yearning to go there again. So fun, for kids and kids-at-heart.

  6. Jen @ YummyHealthyEasy says

    Wait, where do you live now?? I live in South Bay, so not too far from Disneyland! I hate to say that I haven’t been in six years (hanging my head in shame, ha!) I need to take my boys soon. These churros look so good! I love the dipping sauces, too! Great idea, Gina!

    • says

      I’m in North Idaho now-(Coeur d’Alene) so really far from home. :( Maybe we can get together when I make my next trip down. Possibly fall- fingers crossed. Would love to see you!!

  7. says

    I grew up on the East coast and have been to Disney World but I just moved to Cali so I’m excited to get to Disneyland soon! I love love churros, these look so yummy~

  8. says

    Thanks for linking with us at Family Fun Friday. Just dropping by to let you know you’re featured this week. The party goes live Thurs at 3:00 Central. I hope you’ll stop by again.

    • says

      Hi Maria- if you click just under this first image – where it says “Click to continue reading” it will take you to the full post with the recipe.

  9. says

    Thanks so much for sharing your childhood memories and this delish recipe with us! My children will loves these!

    Thank you for sharing your creativity at my Show-Licious Craft & Recipe Party. Join the party each Saturday morning!
    ~ Ashley