Apple Cider Churros

Fried apple cider churros, tossed in a sweet cinnamon-sugar mixture and served with homemade caramel sauce.

Fried apple cider churros with salted caramel sauce recipe from @bakedbyrachel

I’ve always been a fan of fried food over baked… at least when there is a choice between the two.

Fried donuts over baked because baked donuts are just cake shaped like a donut.

Fried potatoes (aka fries). I imagine they shouldn’t be called fries if they’re baked. Then they should be called baked potato strips. Of course England calls them chips and they call our chips, crisps.

There’s also chicken, wontons and so many other wonderful things that taste amazing when fried.

That’s not to say that all baked versions are gross, it’s just that the fried counterparts are typically significantly better. And when properly fried, they’re not at all greasy like many believe they are.

Fried apple cider churros with salted caramel sauce recipe from @bakedbyrachel

Fried churros…a classic. They never disappoint. Crunchy crisp dough, fried and coated in a sweet cinnamon-sugar mixture. Just amazing and such a fun treat. And, they’re truly easy to make!

I decided to put a Fall spin on things, changing up an ordinary batch of churros into sweet apple cider churros. The perfect seasonal variety! And, instead of the traditional chocolate sauce for dipping, I opted for salted caramel sauce.

Caramel and apple are a perfect match, so it was a no brainer.
Grab a jug of apple cider and your favorite caramel sauce! These apple cider churros should definitely be part of your weekend plans.

Fried apple cider churros with salted caramel sauce recipe from @bakedbyrachel

Apple Cider Churros

Fried apple cider churros, tossed in a sweet cinnamon-sugar mixture and served with homemade caramel sauce.
Prep Time15 minutes
Cook Time10 minutes
Total Time25 minutes
Course: Dessert
Cuisine: Mexican
Servings: 12 plus


  • 1 C apple cider
  • 1/3 C unsalted butter
  • 2 Tb and 1/2C granulated sugar divided
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1/2 tsp vanilla extract
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1 C all purpose flour
  • 3 1/2 tsp cinnamon divided
  • 1/4 tsp nutmeg
  • Pinch of ground cloves
  • 1 batch salted caramel sauce


  • Add apple cider, butter, 2 tablespoons of granulated sugar and salt to a medium saucepan set over medium high heat. Stir to combine and bring to a boil. When mixture comes to a boil, stir in flour, 2 teaspoons of cinnamon, nutmeg and cloves. Continue stirring until mixture is fully combined and pulls away from the sides of the pan. Remove from heat, transferring mixture to a large bowl or stand mixer bowl. Cool for 10 minutes.
  • Mix by hand or in a stand mixer using a paddle attatchment. Mix in vanilla and 1 egg at a time. Mix until fully combined. Transfer mixture to a large piping bag fit with a 1M piping tip
  • In a medium shallow bowl, combine remaining 1 1/2 teaspoons cinnamon and 1/2 cup granulated sugar. Set aside. 
  • Heat vegetable oil to 375F° in a deep fryer or large stockpot. 
  • Prepare a baking sheet with paper towels. 
  • When oil is properly heated, pipe 3-5-inch long sections of dough into the hot oil. Snip off cleanly with scissors. Fry in batches for 2 minutes or until golden brown, flipping halfway through. Drain on paper towels. When cool enough to touch, toss in cinnamon-sugar mixture and transfer to a clean tray. 


Recipe yields roughly 2-3 dozen.
An original recipe from Baked by Rachel

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24 Responses to “Apple Cider Churros”

  1. #
    Becca @ Amuse Your Bouche — October 23, 2015 at 5:53 am

    Ohhhh my goodness. I am in LOVE. The thought of apple-y churros with SALTED CARAMEL sauce?! Absolute heaven.

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      Rachel — October 24, 2015 at 9:10 am

      Thanks Becca!

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    Arman @ thebigmansworld — October 23, 2015 at 7:25 am

    This looks beyond delicious…what magic CAN’T happen when fried?! :)

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      Rachel — October 24, 2015 at 9:10 am

      Thanks Arman!

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    Kristen @ A Mind Full Mom — October 23, 2015 at 7:45 am

    These look incredible. I love fried churros as well, but sadly my body hates all things fried. However, maybe just one wouldn’t hurt?! Too good to pass up!

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      Rachel — October 24, 2015 at 9:11 am

      I agree… maybe just one ;) Thanks Kristen!

  4. #
    Jessica @ Stuck On Sweet — October 23, 2015 at 8:22 am

    Totally agree on the fried food opinion – fried is just better. These churros look amazing – perfect for Fall!

    • #
      Rachel — October 24, 2015 at 9:11 am

      It really is! And thanks Jessica!

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    Sarah @Whole and Heavenly Oven — October 23, 2015 at 8:54 am

    That caramel sauce!! These churros are nothing short of genius and I have no doubt that I would eat them ALL. ;) Gorgeous!

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      Rachel — October 24, 2015 at 9:11 am

      Thanks so much Sarah!

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    Marye — October 23, 2015 at 10:07 am

    These churros look so good! I think the apple cider makes a fantastic variation!

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      Rachel — October 24, 2015 at 9:11 am

      Thanks Marye :)

  7. #
    Melissa Falk — October 23, 2015 at 11:39 am

    Rachel, I love how tasty these look :)

    • #
      Rachel — October 24, 2015 at 9:11 am

      Thanks so much Melissa!

  8. #
    Megan {Country Cleaver} — October 24, 2015 at 10:47 am

    These make me so giddy for fall!!

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      Rachel — October 24, 2015 at 1:10 pm

      Thanks Megan! :)

  9. #
    Malinda @ Countryside Cravings — October 24, 2015 at 2:43 pm

    These sound heavenly! I agree fried always tastes better, I just hate the mess I make frying things so I don’t do it all that often. So maybe I should just practice more! :)

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      Rachel — October 25, 2015 at 9:11 am

      I find that it’s far less messy in a deep fryer vs stockpot. Plus, lots of paper towels. ;)

  10. #
    Laura | The Kiwi Country Girl — October 25, 2015 at 12:20 am

    We had dinner at a Mexican restaurant last night and finished with churros…they’ve been all I can think about since so this is perfect timing! YUM!

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      Rachel — October 25, 2015 at 9:10 am

      Thanks Laura! :)

  11. #
    Kathryn — October 28, 2015 at 10:23 am

    Apple cider churros? Two of my favourite things combined! These look DELICIOUS! And caramel sauce too?! Oh boy, I need to make these asap!

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      Rachel — October 28, 2015 at 1:09 pm

      You definitely do, Kathryn! :)

  12. #
    Myrtle — June 16, 2016 at 8:07 pm

    Thank you for all off your very tempting recipes.

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      Rachel — June 17, 2016 at 7:32 am

      I hope you enjoy them! :)

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