Churro Crumbs ~ a tasty crumb mixture creating morsels of the craveable cinnamon sugar churro-like flavoring, and while it is savory and rich, it is not too sweet, these cinnamon-sugar crumbles are created to be used as a perfect a swirl mix-in, or topping to any baking recipe from cookies, to pies to cakes! Perfect for any Mexican-Inspired dessert you might be making!
You might also recognize it as my famed Dutch crumb topping used in multiple recipes over the years, just with a bit less cinnamon intensity!
Why You’ll Love This Churro Crumb Recipe
- Easy to make
- An intensely fragrant crumb bite
- Can top anything from pies to cakes
- Could be a mix-in with chocolate dessert recipes
- It’s literally under 5 ingredients
- The ingredients are easy to find
If you love Dutch crumb-topped pies, this is going to make you very happy!
In fact, I’ve shared over 6 recipes with you over the last 10 years that have this topping, or these crumbs on them, but just with a bit less intense in flavor, and I’ll reshare those at the end of the post so you can see how versatile this recipe is.
You will note that I do not make the dutch crumbles alternative to just eat, it is always a mix-in to a recipe be it a swirl or
Equipment Needed to Make Crumbles of Churro Topping
- Large Mixing bowl
- Measure Cup
- Hand Mixer Optional
Ingredients For Your Churro Crumbs
- Salted Butter
- AP Flour
- Brown Sugar
- Granulated Sugar
WOW, yep, it is that easy, and other ingredients are minimalist and if you recall all of my dutch crumb pies have this in or on them, as do a few of the pastry I’ve shared over the years, so now you know that crumbles by any other name truly are what dutch crumb pies are topped with instead of that second pie pastry crust!
How To Make Churro Crumbs
Thes cinnamon sugar morsels are baked into or onto my desserts, creating either a swirl effect or a crunchy topping.
Step 1: Prep For The Churro Swirl Crumbles
Grab your measuring cup, mixer, and your large mixing bowl.
Step 2: Creating the churro-flavored topping mixture
In your mixing bowl, add the butter, brown sugar, granulated sugar, and flour.
Mix lightly with the hand mixer, then stop when it begins to resemble crumbles.
Then scrape down the sides and finish mixing the crumbles of churro topping using your spatula to mix and cut the mixture.
You’ll not want to mix with the hand mixer as you need crumbs, not a paste.
Step 3: Divide The Churro Swirl Mixture (only if you are using this mixture for both a topping and a swirl (otherwise skip to Step 4)
If you are using this topping for both as a topping and a swirling mixture in 1 recipe, you’ll want to divide the mixture in half and set the second bowl aside.
In 1 bowl, you will now add additional sugar and cinnamon to power up the crumbles of the churro topping mixture, and then set that aside and skip to step 5.
Step 4: Preparing the Churro Crumbles
If you did not divide your mixture in half you will be adding additional granulated sugar and cinnamon at this step.
This addition will add in more flavor, and of course, if you want you could skip this step altogether.
Step 5: Finish The Mexican-Inspired Baking Crumbs
You are now done mixing and combining and these are ready to be mixed into or placed atop any item you are baking where you want a great flavor and crunch at the same time.
What To Pair With Your Churro Crumbles
Now how could you use the cinnamon sugar swirl mixture or the flavored topping?
Popular Substitutions and Additions
- You can use more or less cinnamon as you prefer
- Add in a little bit of fiery cayenne pepper
- Add a dash of black pepper if you want a bit of depth without heat
How To Reheat & Store The Churro Crumbs?
I do not reheat, or store, these heavenly morsels, I make them as needed because it is far too easy to do so.
Churro Crumbles FAQs
Can I Use More Cinnamon in the Crumbs?
Yes, you can add more or less cinnamon as you prefer when you make these to adjust to your taste.
Can I Use These Churro-Like Crumbles on Pie?
Yes! In fact, if you have used recipes on my website from 10 years back and forward, you will see recipes with the title ‘Dutch Crumb’ and this is what the top layer of the pies are!
Other Mexican-Inspired Party Recipes You Will Love
Each of the recipes below are easy to make and perfect for any Mexican Fiesta or Party you might be having or going to.
- Peach Margaritas
- Pear Margaritas
- Pink Lemonade Margaritas
- Arroz Verde
- Fiesta Cake
- Fiesta Donuts
- Dutch Crumb Peach Pie
- Dutch Crumb Bluebbery Peach Pie
- Peach Pastries with Dutch Crumb topping
Mexican Holidays To use any of the recipes
- Cinco de Mayo
- Dia de Los Muertos
- Dia de Reyes Magos
- Taco Tuessdays
- Feliz Cumpleanos
Make Sure To Come Back and Tell Me How Your Churro Crumble Turned Out and What You Used It On!
Please note, I never eat this raw, I always use it topped or swirled into a baking recipe and I do not make and store the recipe.
This is such an easy addition to baked recipes like cheesecakes, and cupcakes, that you will definitely want to try it and it really does not take more than 5 minutes to make.
I would suggest not overmixing and if possible to mix the whole ingredient combination by hand rather than by mixer, thereby leaving this more in crumb-like pieces rather than a more powdery consistency.
Do not add to much butter and do not over add flour as it will drag the taste and consistency all over the board.
As always I suggest a room temperature butter and melted does work well too! But IMO a room temperature butter will work into the ingredients, but I do work with both melted as well as softened with equally favorable results.
The heat that you can add in should be tested little by little to see what your tolerance is for the uplifting kick that a cayenne and black pepper mix do impart.
Here is the simple recipe ~ Dana XO
- ½ c salted butter softened
- 1 c flour
- ⅔ c packed brown sugar
- 2 tbsp granulated sugar
- 2 tbsp. cinnamon more or less as you desire
- 1 tsp cayenne pepper * Optional
- 1 tsp black pepper *optional
- Place your mixing bowl in front of you and set up your hand mixer
- In your mixing bowl, add the butter, brown sugar, granulated sugar, and flour
- Add in the brown sugar and cinnamon *read blog post for how much cinnamon and why
- Mix lightly with the hand mixer, then stop when it begins to resemble crumbles.
- Then scrape down the sides and finish mixing the crumbles of churro topping using your spatula to mix and cut the mixture.
- You'll not want to mix with the hand mixer as you need crumbs, not a paste
- Divide The Churro Swirl Mixture (only if you are using this mixture for both a topping and a swirl (otherwise skip to Step 4)
- If you are using this topping for both as a topping and a swirling mixture in 1 recipe, you'll want to divide the mixture in half and set the second bowl aside(if not skip the next step and this one)
- In 1 bowl, you will now add additional sugar and cinnamon to power up the crumbles of the churro topping mixture, and then set that aside
- If you did not divide your mixture in half you will be adding additional granulated sugar and cinnamon at this step. This addition will add in more flavor, and of course, if you want you could skip this step altogether
- Finish The Mexican-Inspired Baking Crumb
- You are now done mixing and combining and these are ready to be mixed into or placed atop any item you are baking where you want a great flavor and crunch at the same time