Cinnamon Sugar Churro Popovers are super easy to make and popping with flavor! All you need is 10 minutes to mix up the batter, then bake in a muffin tin until golden, puffed perfection. Brush the warm popovers with butter, sprinkle with cinnamon sugar and serve with homemade vanilla icing. So amazing!!
I always thought that popovers looked and sounded so fancy, so I never tried making them at home. But, it turns out, they're actually super easy to make! You have to give them a try, and I promise you won't be disappointed! Especially since these popovers closely resemble a delicious cinnamon sugar churro!
Churros have always been a favorite of mine! Man, they are good. Churro's were pretty much the only reason I ever wanted to go to Taco John's - Hello, Taco Bell's biggest fan over here 😂 and you're probably thinking, what about potato oles?! Well, I've never really been big into them. I mean they're fine, but Taco Bell's cheese fiesta potatoes are WAY better. Thank goodness they brought those back.
But, you'll soon find out for yourself how delicious these churro popovers are. Brushing the popovers with butter and rolling them in cinnamon sugar was the best decision I ever made. And unlike churros, popovers don't require any frying, meaning less mess and less time. That's a win.
To make the popovers, you simply whisk together eggs and milk until nice and frothy with bubbles on top - this is key! Then whisk in flour, salt and butter. The consistency will resemble a thin pancake batter. Pour the batter into a hot muffin tin and bake for 20 minutes. They will be puffed and golden.
The trick is to resist the urge to open the oven because if you do you'll let out the hot air and steam that the popovers need to rise, causing them to fall. Even though they'll still taste great, you'll be left with short, dense popovers. Not nearly as fun to eat 😉
But, seriously, I am obsessed.
They are AMAZING. They're so airy and light and delicious. Such a fun dessert. I highly recommend you serve the popovers with vanilla icing because dipping them in the icing is my favorite!
Milk. To make the batter, you need warm milk. Not hot, just not cold. Pop the milk in the microwave for 1 minute to warm it up. For the vanilla icing, you can use cold though. Also, using 2% or whole milk is recommended.
Eggs. You need 3 room temperature eggs. Place the eggs (while still in their shells) in a bowl of hot water for about 10 minutes.
Flour. All-purpose flour. To measure the flour, use a spoon to scoop the flour into the measuring cup and use the edge of the spoon of a butter knife to level it off. Dipping the measuring cup directly in the flour can result in too much flour.
Salt. To give the popovers some flavor. I just use table salt, but kosher or sea salt work too. You can also add a pinch of salt to the vanilla icing to balance the sweetness.
Butter. You will need melted butter to mix into the batter, as well as to brush on the warm popovers before rolling in cinnamon sugar.
Powdered sugar & vanilla extract. To make the vanilla icing.
Tips & tricks to help your popovers pop.
Use warm milk and eggs. Using cold ingredients will hold your popovers back from their full popping glory. Warm the milk by placing it in the microwave for 30 seconds, stir it, then microwave for another 30 seconds. To warm the eggs, before cracking, place the eggs in a bowl of hot water for about 10 minutes.
Warm the muffin tin in the oven. About 2-3 minutes before you pour the batter into the muffin tin, place the greased muffin in the hot oven to get it nice and hot.
Make sure you whisk the eggs and milk until bubbly. When I say whisk the eggs for 1-2 minutes, I mean set a timer and whisk like crazy. You want the top of the egg and milk mixture to be very frothy.
Don't open the oven. I know it's hard, but don't open the oven before the 20 minutes is up. You'll release the steam and hot air that the popovers need to rise. The oven door slamming shut can also cause the popovers to fall. Don't do it.
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Muffin Tin Cinnamon Sugar Churro Popovers
- 1 ½ cups warm milk
- 3 eggs, room temperature
- 1 ½ cups all-purpose flour (spoon into measuring cup and level)
- ½ teaspoon salt
- 3 tablespoons melted butter + more for brushing on the warm popovers
- ½ cup granulated sugar
- 1 ½ tablespoons cinnamon
- 1 cup powdered sugar
- 2-3 tablespoons milk, half & half or heavy cream
- ½ teaspoon vanilla
- pinch of salt
- To quickly bring the eggs to room temperature, place the uncracked eggs into a bowl of hot water. Let sit for about 10 minutes. To warm the milk, microwave for about 1 minute, stirring halfway through.
- Position one oven rack on the second lowest shelf. Make sure the other oven racks aren't directly above so the popovers have room to expand. Preheat the oven to 450 degrees F. Spray a 12-cup muffin tin with olive oil spray or grease with a little butter.
- In a medium-size bowl, whisk together the milk and eggs until well combined and frothy, about 1-2 minutes. Whisk the flour and salt into the egg and milk mixture until just combined, about 30 seconds. Lastly, whisk in the 3 tablespoons of melted butter.
- Place the greased muffin tin in the hot oven for abot 2-3 minutes before filling the cups. Remove the hot muffin tin from the oven and evenly divide the batter among the muffin cups until they're about ¾ full. Bake for 20 minutes, or until the popovers are puffed and a deep golden brown. Do not open the oven while the popovers bake! If using a popover tin, reduce the heat to 350 after 20 minutes and bake an additional 15-20 minutes.
- While the popovers bake, make the cinnamon sugar and the vanilla icing.Cinnamon sugar: In a small bowl, mix together the sugar and cinnamon.Vanilla icing: In a small bowl, mix together the powdered sugar, milk, vanilla and salt. If the icing is too thick, add a little more milk. If it's too thin, add more powdered sugar.
- Melt about 1-2 tablespoons of butter then brush the warm popovers with the butter. Roll the buttered popovers thorugh the cinnamon sugar.
- Serve with vanilla icing! Pleaes note, popovers are best served warm and fresh!