Over the President’s Day weekend we took a trip to Disneyland (California) to celebrate a special family birthday. We were excited for full immersion into the ‘happiest place on earth’, a break from winter’s chill and to focus exclusively on having fun.

We were not in the park long before we realized ‘excitement’ was not the only thing in the air. There was the most delicious smell of sugary, cinnamon fried dough. Utterly intoxicating. Churros. They smelled so alluring and of course were NOT gluten free. We paused to reminisce about being able to eat those types of things when we could eat gluten (though I’m unsure any of us had actually eaten a Churro), shook it off and sped along to do Space Mountain one more time before the crowds descended on the park.

This was not our only inhalation of the perfect mouth-watering snack. We encountered them again….


  • 1 cup Water
  • 1 stick (8 tablespoons) unsalted Butter
  • ¼ teaspoon Kosher Salt
  • ½ cup plus 1 tablespoon granulated Sugar
  • 1 cup Gluten Free Flour (I used Pamela’s Artisan Flour Blend)*
  • 3 Eggs, room temperature
  • 1 teaspoon ground Cinnamon
  • Canola or Vegetable Oil (enough to be 1 inch deep in pot used for frying)
  • Supplies: Pastry Bag, 1-inch star tip, Candy thermometer


  1. Begin to heat oil in a large pan. The optimum length of the churros is about 4-6 inches so the pan should be large enough to accommodate that length. Using a candy thermometer allow oil to reach 350 degrees. Oil can be heating while dough is constructed. It is important once cooking the churros that the temperature remain at 350 so as to not under or over cook the churro. Undercooking will leave them greasy; overcooking will alter their flavor.
  2. In a medium pan over medium-high heat, combine the water and butter. Bring to a boil to melt butter; whisk to fully combine.
  3. Add salt and 1 tablespoon of the granulated sugar; bring to a boil. Add gluten-free flour and stir vigorously and constantly until the mixture forms a slightly sticky dough; about 1-2 minutes. Remove from heat immediately and do not overcook.

You can find complete recipes of this Cinnamon-Sugar Gluten Free Churros in boulderlocavore.com

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