Red Velvet Churros

What's not to love about cinnamon-sugar covered red velvet churros paired with a sweet cream cheese dipping sauce?


  • For the churros:
  • 1 cup water
  • 1/2 cup butter
  • Red food dye
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1 cup minus 1 tablespoon flour
  • 1 tablespoon cocoa powder
  • 3 eggs, beaten
  • Cinnamon sugar (1/2 cup granulated sugar mixed with 1 teaspoon cinnamon)
  • For the cream cheese dip:
  • 4 ounces cream cheese, softened
  • 2 to 4 tablespoons whole milk
  • 1/4 cup powdered sugar
  • Pinch of salt


  1. Make the churro dough: In a medium saucepan, combine water, butter and red dye. Bring to a boil over high heat. While stirring, gradually add the flour, cocoa powder and salt. Continue to mix until a dough ball starts to form. Cook for another minute. Remove from heat.
  2. Transfer dough to a stand mixer with the paddle attachment. While dough is still warm, beat in one egg at a time on high speed. Dough might look like it’s separating but it will come together. Mix until all eggs are combined and dough is smooth. Place in piping back with a star tip.
  3. Fry the churros: In a heavy stock pot, heat 4 inches of vegetable oil to 350 degrees. Using the piping bag, squeeze churro dough strips into oil, and cook for about 2 minutes per side. Remove from oil, and let cool slightly. Roll churros in cinnamon sugar.
  4. Make the dip: In a small bowl, combine softened cream cheese, milk, powdered sugar and pinch of salt until creamy and smooth. Serve alongside churros.