Grilled Churros with Nutella Sauce

by on May 3, 2011

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After a month devoted to grilled cheese, allow me to take a brief break from sandwiches and try something a little different on the panini grill. Like churros.

If you’ve ever had a fresh churro, hot out of the fryer, its ridges sparkling with cinnamon and sugar then you know the magic of this Spanish doughnut. I credit a Panini Happy reader for starting me along the path of trying to make Grilled Churros. Actually, she e-mailed me about making beignets on the panini grill, a similar concept that I’d love to try soon. But she got me thinking about grilling doughnuts in general. Since it’s almost Cinco de Mayo, why not grill a type that’s popular in Mexico? Plus, they’ve got ridges!

Just pipe the churro dough directly onto the grates

The technique was really simple – rather than pipe the pâte à choux (pastry dough) into hot oil, I applied it directly to the panini grill grates. With traditional churros you use a star tip to make ridges in the dough, but here the grates took care of that job. After five minutes I took them off the grill and brushed a little melted butter over the ridges, which drew the cinnamon sugar like a magnet. Finally, I made a quick Nutella sauce for dipping.

Obviously, I’m taking some liberties with calling these little finger-shaped pastries churros. Since they’re grilled, their texture is softer and more tender rather than crispy like the traditional deep-fried version. But they’re oblong and skinny like a churro, they’re made of pastry dough like a churro, they have ridges like a churro and they’re coated in cinnamon sugar like a churro. Whatever you decide to call them, they make a great sweet breakfast treat.

Grilled Churros with Nutella Sauce

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1 DessertForTwo May 3, 2011 at 10:25 pm

How creative & fun! 🙂


2 cooking rookie May 3, 2011 at 10:37 pm

This is ingenious! I’ve been wanting to make churos for a long time, but the deep frying has always deterred me. This is a perfect solution! And the look so cute, like little spoons – just meant for nutella :-). Saved to favorites, Stumbled and Liked on FB 🙂
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3 Shaina May 4, 2011 at 12:08 am

It looks like they turned out just gorgeous, Kathy! I love churros, so this is definitely going on my must-make list.
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4 Lauren @ Healthy Food For Living May 4, 2011 at 5:22 am

What an ingenious way to make churros!! Love it.
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5 Shawnda May 4, 2011 at 5:39 am

What a great alternative to frying!


6 Sylvie @ Gourmande in the Kitchen May 4, 2011 at 6:11 am

Ooo, I like these! I’m not a fan of frying anything, these are a great lower-fat alternative to traditional churros.
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7 megan @ whatmegansmaking May 4, 2011 at 6:55 am

awesome idea!! I’m so trying these 🙂
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8 Lindsay @ Pinch of Yum May 4, 2011 at 1:56 pm

I am SO HAPPY to have found this recipe. I studied abroad in Spain and gorged myself on churros and chocolate for 4 months… and I have yet to make them since returning to the states (and it’s been over 4 years…!) I am also conveniently an obsessive panini maker fan. So this is my perfect recipe. Thanks! 🙂


9 Memoria May 4, 2011 at 3:22 pm

Now you’re making me want to get a panini grill just for this recipe. Your churros look yummy!


10 Cookin' Canuck May 4, 2011 at 6:03 pm

This is a fantastic idea, Kathy. I never would have though of making churros this way.


11 Heather @ Multiply Delicious May 4, 2011 at 7:33 pm

Ooo, I love these! What a wonderful idea to make churros! I’m not a fan of frying, but love churros. I know what I’ll be trying this weekend. Thanks Kathy!! I can’t wait to try these.
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12 Megan May 4, 2011 at 7:58 pm

I call them delicious! 😉


13 Carolyn Jung May 4, 2011 at 9:25 pm

Anything dunked into Nutella has got to be a winner! Plus, I love how the panini churros are easier to make than the fried ones. Probably more healthful, too. Well, at least that’s what I’ll tell myself when I have seconds. 😉
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14 Maria May 5, 2011 at 2:08 pm

Perfect for summer bbq’s!


15 Mackenzie@The Caramel Cookie May 6, 2011 at 4:32 am

I never thought to grill churros! Genius!
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16 Winnie May 6, 2011 at 3:14 pm

This is brilliant! I love churros but hate frying stuff, so I will have to give this a try!
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17 The Food Hunter May 9, 2011 at 12:21 pm

Oh what a great idea…


18 Mindy May 12, 2011 at 9:21 am

Hmmm…I think I may have to try this! I love churros, but haven’t seen them anywhere here in Kentucky!
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19 Kate@Diethood May 18, 2011 at 8:13 pm

Ooooh I love churros dipped in chocolate…especially Nutella! They are perfect for breakfast! Trust me! 🙂


20 Marge Perry May 22, 2011 at 3:21 pm

Oh. My. God.
This is what heaven tastes like.


21 Nicole July 27, 2011 at 3:38 pm



22 Jennifer May 24, 2012 at 6:18 pm

Mine came out like soggy pancakes. Tips?


23 Kathy May 24, 2012 at 6:28 pm

They certainly shouldn’t be soggy. What was the consistency of the batter before it went on the grill? Sounds like perhaps they weren’t cooked through long enough (if they were wet at all) or perhaps an ingredient may have been missing?


24 Jennifer May 24, 2012 at 7:13 pm

I made sure to double check all the ingredients. The dough was thick and sticky. Does using a mixer affect the dough?


25 Kathy May 24, 2012 at 8:26 pm

A mixer could affect things. Your dough sounds like it was the right consistency. It’s hard to know exactly where things went awry without actually observing what happened. Different grills also heat differently, there are lots of variables that could cause different results. Whatever went wrong, I’m sorry it didn’t work well for you.


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