Baked Brown Butter Churro Donuts

Baked Brown Butter Churro Doughnuts

Celebrate Cinco de Mayo in style with this creative and unique Baked Brown Butter Churro Donut recipe.  Be prepared to become addicted to your donut pan. 

My biggest win in life.  Landing Asheley as my wife. My biggest failure.  Not getting a donut pan sooner. Seriously, this little piece of metal might just have changed the course of my entire life.  I suddenly have renewed energy and a deeper sense of existence on this planet.  It’s a big deal. And while the rest of my blogging cohorts were flaunting whimsically creative baked donut recipes for months now, I was stuck without, dreaming of the day I could finally make my donut debut.  And that day is today.  With these Baked Brown Butter Churro Donuts.  Woot.

Baked Brown Butter Churro Doughnuts

I haven’t seen Asheley so excited about a recipe since she scarfed down a whole batch of this Gluten-Free Blueberry Almond Granola with Chia Seeds at an alarming rate. And I have to admit… full disclosure time… I secretly thought baked donuts were going to be terrible.  That’s kinda why I didn’t buy a donut pan sooner.  I thought I was just going to be disappointed. Normally I hate being wrong.  But this was not one of those times.  Wrong felt (and tasted) so good.

Baked Brown Butter Churro Doughnuts

Why churro donuts?  Because silly, Cinco de Mayo is less than THREE weeks away!!!  Are you excited?!  Like, really excited?!?! Don’t tell me I’m the only one.  I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again. Cinco de Mayo is my favorite non-major holiday of the year. Way above St. Patrick’s Day, Valentine’s Day, 4th of July, and even Halloween.  Yea, I like it that much.

Baked Brown Butter Churro Doughnuts

And listen, the brown butter is pretty important.  Don’t skip on it.  I started using brown butter in baking around Christmas time in cookie recipes and found it creates a noticeably deeper, more complex flavor.

Baked Brown Butter Churro Doughnuts

Exam time.  Donut or Doughnut? What’s your preferred spelling? Mine, 100% is doughnut.  And apparently that’s the correct spelling, although donut has become more widely popular now. So I used donut for this post title to be trendy with the times.  I kinda feel like I’m selling out though.  Ah, #foodbloggerproblems.

Baked Brown Butter Churro Doughnuts


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Homemade Baked Churro Donuts
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  • 3 tablespoons unsalted butter
  • 1 cup all-purpose flour
  • ¾ cup sugar
  • ¾ teaspoon baking powder
  • ¼ teaspoon baking soda
  • ½ teaspoon Kosher salt
  • ½ teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1 large egg
  • ½ cup plus 2 tablespoons buttermilk
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
for the churro coating
  • ½ cup sugar
  • ½ cup brown sugar
  • 1 tablespoon cinnamon
  • 3 tablespoons unsalted butter
  1. Preheat oven to 350°F. Lightly grease a doughnut pan with nonstick cooking spray and set aside.
  2. Melt 3 tablespoons butter in a small saucepan over medium-low heat, stirring occasionally. Butter will crackle and foam a bit as it browns. Once butter is light brown and smells nutty, remove from heat and immediately transfer to a small bowl. Be careful, it goes from brown butter to black burnt butter quickly.
  3. In a medium mixing bowl, whisk together flour, sugar, baking powder, baking soda, salt, and cinnamon.
  4. In a small mixing bowl, whisk together egg, buttermilk, and vanilla extract. Measure out 2 tablespoons of the browned butter and whisk into the wet ingredients.
  5. Add wet ingredients to dry ingredeints. Stir together until ingredients are well combined, but do not overmix.
  6. Spoon batter into a large ziploc bag and use a scissor to cut about a ½" piece off one corner to create a makeshift disposable pastry bag. Fill each well in the doughnut pan approximately ¾ full. Alternatively, use a spoon to fill donut pan and smooth out batter.
  7. Place in the oven and bake for 9-12 minutes, until a toothpick inserted into doughnut comes out clean. Remove from the oven and allow to cool in the pan before inverting onto a wire rack to cool completely.
  8. Combine sugar, brown, sugar, and cinnamon in a small bowl. Melt remaining 3 tablespoons butter in another small bowl. Working one at a time, lightly brush doughnut with butter, and roll around in sugar mixture until evenly coated.
  9. Devour immediately or store at room temperature in a ziploc bag. But really, devour immediately.
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Serving size: 6 doughnuts


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  1. says

    I don’t even have to taste these to know I’d love em! I love churros. I love donuts. What’s not to love?
    Have a beautiful Wednesday Chris!

  2. says

    Confession time: I hate donuts. Boom, there I said it!
    Like I can’t stomach them (but that applies to almost all fried food.)
    And I’ve been quite skeptical about baked donuts as well BUT if you (Sitting Wolf) guarantee that they’re worth it, I’m willing to give it a try.
    And tbh, those bad boys sure looks awesome! 😉

    • says

      You get a personal sitting wolf seal of approval from baked donuts Mike. Hahaha. I’m still in shock that you don’t like donuts. Have you tried Doughnut Plant (there’s one in LES, one is Chelsea)?? They are like SUPER amazing. You need to start cranking out some Paleo donuts!

  3. says

    Happy doughnut day debut, Chris!
    You beat me to it. I have been secretly feeling quite envious of all the baked doughnut blogging pros out there but STILL haven’t got my own pan yet to join the club. Soon.
    Love the simple and yet ‘with a little something extra’ approach here you got with that brown butter and cinnamon. 😉

    • says

      Thanks so much Helen! It’s never too late to join the club :) Trust me, it’s worth it! And thanks… that brown butter definitely makes a difference!

  4. says

    Chris! This sounds delicious! I love churros. I need to get a donut pan right away. Baked sounds so much more “do-able” than fried.

    • says

      Juilanne, you’ve totally made my day. I’m so happy and proud that you are taking the plunge. And no, my friend, it is you that rocks :)

  5. Donna says

    A friend with a donut pan made these for me today. Now I need a donut pan. Holy cow. Amazing.