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One of my favorite places at the Disneyland Resort is Cars Land in Disney California Adventure. The Imagineers just did an amazing job making you feel like you actually are driving right down the main strip of Radiator Springs.
I love that there are so many great shops, some fun rides, and oh…the food! My family’s favorite spot to get a quick bit to eat is at the Cozy Cone. There are lots of fun “cone-coctions” to cure your hunger. My favorite- the Churro Bites with Chocolate Dipping Sauce. YUM!
Now, when you are missing Disneyland you have to figure out how to get your Disney fix at home. I already recreated the Mickey’s Premium Ice Cream Bar so the next item on my list were those yummy churro bites.
Even though I wanted to create them as closely as possible to the original, I also wanted to have a recipe the Goof could help with- which meant I wanted a no-frying method. The ones I made turned out really good, but I will explain how to make them both with frying and baking so you can choose the method you want to use!
Here is what you will need to make the Churro Bites.
For the Churro Bites you will need:
Piping bag (or quart size ziploc bag) and a star shaped decorating tip (1-1.5″)
1 cup water
1/2 cup butter
1 cup all-purpose flour
1 Tbsp sugar
1 tsp vanilla
For the Cinnamon Sugar you will need:
1/3 cup sugar
2 Tbsp Cinnamon
Mix them together.
(Or you can use cinnamon sugar)
For the chocolate dipping sauce you will need:
6 ounces of your favorite milk chocolates – I chose Dove
(or you can use melting chocolate)
1 tsp oil
To Make The Churro Bites Batter
In a medium sauce pan pour water and add in butter. Melt together on medium heat, stirring as needed.
Once melted, add the flour- stirring continuously. Your arms may get a workout but trust me, the end result is worth it. Keep stirring (over the heat) until it thickens and clumps together. It will look somewhat like play dough.
Remove from heat and stir in eggs one at a time. Stir each egg in until completely mixed before adding the next one. Add the vanilla and sugar and stir until mixed well and you have a smooth batter. (See picture)
Put your tip on your piping bag. I used a quart size ziploc bag, cut a hole in the tip and then put the decorating tip inside the bag, poking through the hole.
Now there are 2 ways to make your churro bites- baking or frying. I will give you instructions for both. We have done them both ways and while we prefer the fried method, we prefer not to have to deal with hot grease more.
To Fry Your Churro Bites
In a large pan, heat up oil until it reaches 360° F. You will need to keep the oil at this temperature.
Squeeze batter out through the tip of the bag. Break off after about 1.5-2 inches and let it drop into the oil. Repeat for about 6-8 pieces.
Remove from oil once they are browned, putting on a plate lined with paper towels to catch the oil.
While still hot, roll in your cinnamon sugar mixture.
Repeat until you have finished using your batter.
To Bake Your Churro Bites
Preheat oven to 425°
Line a baking sheet with either baking paper or aluminum foil (baking paper works better but we used aluminum this time and it worked just fine).
Take your piping bag and squeeze 1.5-2 inch sections of batter on the pan in rows.
Spray lightly with cooking oil.
Place in oven for 12-15 minutes- until they start to turn golden brown.
Remove from oven and immediately roll them in cinnamon sugar mixture.
To Make Your Chocolate Dipping Sauce
Put your chocolates in a microwave safe bowl. Heat for 20 seconds and stir. Add in oil. Continue heating and stirring in 20 second increments. Once smooth and creamy, it is ready to serve.
Serve warm with warm churro bites.
YUM! I hope you enjoy these yummy Cars Land treats.
(You can scroll all the way to the bottom of the post for a printable version of this recipe!)
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