Grilled Churros with Nutella Sauce

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


Grilled Churros with Nutella Sauce

Based on the Baked Churros recipe on

Prep time: 30 min | Cook time: 15 min | Total time: 45 min

Yield: 6 servings


  • 2 tablespoons brown sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/3 cup + 2 tablespoons unsalted butter, divided
  • 1 cup all-purpose flour
  • 2 eggs
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1/4 cup sugar
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1/3 cup Nutella chocolate hazelnut spread
  • 2 tablespoons milk


  1. Preheat the panini grill to high heat, about 425°F.
  2. In a medium saucepan, combine 1 cup water, brown sugar, salt and 1/3 cup butter and bring to a boil, 10 to 12 minutes.
  3. Remove from heat and add flour all at once, stirring vigorously with a large wooden spoon until well blended and the mixture pulls away from the side of the bowl. Transfer to a bowl and let cool 5 minutes.
  4. Beat in eggs one at a time, making sure the dough is smooth before adding the next egg. Add in the vanilla. Beat the dough until it is smooth and shiny.
  5. Spoon the dough into a pastry bag (or a plastic bag with a corner snipped off to create a narrow opening). Working in batches, squeeze dough directly onto the panini grill in 4-inch strips, leaving space for each churro to expand.
  6. Close the grill lid, leaving about 1/8″-1/4″ of space between the dough and the lid. Grill for 5 minutes or until browned and cooked through.
  7. While the churros are grilling, heat the Nutella and milk in a small saucepan over medium heat until combined well and heated through. Transfer Nutella sauce to a small dipping bowl.
  8. In a large plastic or paper bag, combine sugar and cinnamon. Brush melted butter over the churros, add them to the cinnamon sugar and shake the bag to coat. Serve warm with Nutella sauce for dipping.



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  1. How creative & fun! 🙂

    Posted 5.3.11 Reply
  2. 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 🙂

    Posted 5.3.11 Reply
  3. Shaina wrote:

    It looks like they turned out just gorgeous, Kathy! I love churros, so this is definitely going on my must-make list.

    Posted 5.4.11 Reply
  4. What an ingenious way to make churros!! Love it.

    Posted 5.4.11 Reply
  5. Shawnda wrote:

    What a great alternative to frying!

    Posted 5.4.11 Reply
  6. Ooo, I like these! I’m not a fan of frying anything, these are a great lower-fat alternative to traditional churros.

    Posted 5.4.11 Reply
  7. awesome idea!! I’m so trying these 🙂

    Posted 5.4.11 Reply
  8. 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! 🙂

    Posted 5.4.11 Reply
  9. Memoria wrote:

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

    Posted 5.4.11 Reply
  10. This is a fantastic idea, Kathy. I never would have though of making churros this way.

    Posted 5.4.11 Reply
  11. 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.

    Posted 5.4.11 Reply
  12. Megan wrote:

    I call them delicious! 😉

    Posted 5.4.11 Reply
  13. 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. 😉

    Posted 5.4.11 Reply
  14. Maria wrote:

    Perfect for summer bbq’s!

    Posted 5.5.11 Reply
  15. I never thought to grill churros! Genius!

    Posted 5.6.11 Reply
  16. Winnie wrote:

    This is brilliant! I love churros but hate frying stuff, so I will have to give this a try!

    Posted 5.6.11 Reply
  17. Oh what a great idea…

    Posted 5.9.11 Reply
  18. Mindy wrote:

    Hmmm…I think I may have to try this! I love churros, but haven’t seen them anywhere here in Kentucky!

    Posted 5.12.11 Reply
  19. Ooooh I love churros dipped in chocolate…especially Nutella! They are perfect for breakfast! Trust me! 🙂

    Posted 5.18.11 Reply
  20. Oh. My. God.
    This is what heaven tastes like.

    Posted 5.22.11 Reply
  21. Nicole wrote:


    Posted 7.27.11 Reply
  22. Jennifer wrote:

    Mine came out like soggy pancakes. Tips?

    Posted 5.24.12 Reply
    • Kathy wrote:

      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?

      Posted 5.24.12 Reply
      • Jennifer wrote:

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

        Posted 5.24.12 Reply
        • Kathy wrote:

          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.

          Posted 5.24.12 Reply