Cinnamon cream cheese stuffed inside puff pastry, fried, then rolled in cinnamon and sugar and dunked in chocolate ganache. These Stuffed Churro Bites will rock your socks!
Aren’t you guys excited for summer? My sister and I were having a park day during some of the nice weather we have been having, and while we were there her mother-in-law stopped by. She owns a Taco Time, and invited us over for some food.
My kids were really excited, and she was so gracious, and let them try a bunch of the new menu items they were rolling out. One of the things she let us try were these delicious bites of yumminess. I asked her what they were and she said they were a puff pastry that had a cinnamon cream cheese filling and were rolled in cinnamon and sugar. She said they were trying them out, but probably wouldn’t be able to put them on their menu. I told her what a shame that was, and she gave me a bag to bring home. How nice huh? They were so good you guys. We loved them, I would pull a few out here and there when I wanted a treat, and fry them up.
Then sadly, one day, they were ALL gone. Wah wah wah…
And you guys, they are ridiculously easy to throw together. And totally easy to customize as well. Which means more deep fried goodness for me, and an ever shrinking wardrobe! Haha, but every pair of too tight pants is worth it for the golden goodness of these churro bites dipped in a luscious chocolate ganache.
You will remember I asked her what they were made of, and she told me “puffed pastry” so I hauled my butt to the store and bought a package, then toyed with different amounts of cream cheese, cinnamon, and sugar until I found what to me was the ideal combination for the filling. Then I assembled a bunch, put them on a tray, and popped them in my freezer. Once they were frozen I put them in a freezer bag. And now, whenever I want one, I just pop them into my fryer (from frozen) and fry for 2-3 minutes, until golden brown. Then roll in cinnamon and sugar.
But to take these over the top I thought, why not add a dipping sauce? After all, most churros these days come with something fabulous to dip them in, and my churro bites should too.
And so the ganache. Rich, velvety, chocolate ganache!
You guys, when I was recipe testing these, I made A LOT, and my son snuck some in his back pack to school (in a container), and his teacher called me to thank me for the “delicious pastry” haha, so it is not just me that loves these things. You do not have to take my word for it. Make them, they are simple to make, and then enjoy!
The trickiest part is sealing up the edges of the puff pastry dough, but this can be done with a little water and some pinching. Just be sure not to overfill the centers.
Cinnamon Cream Cheese Stuffed Churro Bites
- 1 package puff pastry dough
- 1/3 cup softened cream cheese
- 1 Tbs cinnamon
- 2 Tbs sugar
- Oil for frying
- 1 Tbs butter melted
- Cinnamon and sugar to top them optional
- 3/4 cup semi sweet chocolate chips
- 3/4 cup milk chocolate chips
- 3/4 cup heavy cream
- 2 tablespoons butter
- Lay puff pastry dough out in sheets, and use a pizza cutter to cut into even strips about 1 inch wide and 2 inches long.
- Using a hand mixer, mix cream cheese, cinnamon, and sugar together
- Put a heaping teaspoon of filling in the center of each piece of puff pastry, and fold together, pressing edges together to form pillows, use a little water if needed to seal edges together.
- Freeze individually on a tray
- When ready to use, heat oil to 350 degrees
- Fry for 3-4 minutes (the longer you fry the crunchier the texture will be)
- Remove from fryer, and sprinkle with cinnamon and sugar immediately. Or brush with butter and sprinkle with cinnamon and sugar
- In a microwave safe bowl heat cream and butter for about 2 minutes
- Stir in both types of chocolate chips, and keep stirring.
- If the chocolate chips do not melt entirely, heat in 30 second intervals, and stir between until melted, this should really only need to be done once, maybe twice.
Our recipe card software calculates these nutrition facts based on averages for the above ingredients, different brands, and quality of produce/meats may have different nutritional information, always calculate your own based on the specific products you use in order to achieve accurate macros for this recipe.