Little Nuggets O’ Love

 

easy churro bites with chocolate dulce de leche dip

 

Why am I writing this post at 9:00 at night? Now I’m craving these babies!! Oh, they are so, stinking good! I have heard that Costco and Disneyland have really yummy churros, unfortunately I’ve had neither. And every time I look up a recipe for churros I usually throw in my hat and call it quits. I just don’t feel up to the hassle. Or at least I didn’t. Then we headed out to Bryan, and Lisa’s house for a relaxing Saturday afternoon and I decided to experiment with an easy churro recpie. It did not work. And I’ve been on the hunt ever since.

 

 

easy churro bites with chocolate dulce de leche dip

 

 

We chose to use Peppridge Farm  puff pastry which is one of the all time best pre-made items that you can buy for sweet or savory dishes. Kind of like these Avocado Napoleans, Crimini Tartlets, etc. I thought I could be tricky and roll the puff pastry in the butter/cinnamon sugar mixture ahead or time, but the dough it too light and the butter just makes them flat and nasty. However, after you pull them out of the oven if you hurry and do the butter and then cinnamon sugar they actually stay really well coated. And then you have to dunk them.

 

I actually posted a stuffed churro recipe, (basically the same thing only you stuff the churros) at Sweet Treats More, so you’ll have to check that out too.  But, while we (Mr. Handsome and I) were talking about making churros he mentioned that he wanted to dip his in chocolate or dulce de leche. GENIUS! I stirred (and it was hard work) the two together and we all had a moment of silence for the chocolatey perfection. Seriously, no one was talking. It was delicious.

 

What Is Puff Pastry?

Puff pastry is a light, buttery, flaky, pastry that is useful for making both sweet and savory dishes.

Puff pastry is made from a  dough composed of dough and butter or other solid fat.

The butter is put inside the dough, making a paton which is repeatedly folded and rolled out before baking.

 

 

Where Do You Find Puff Pastry?

 

Puff pastry sheets are found in the freezer section of a grocery store.

 

Is Dulce de Leche The Same as Caramel?

Dulce de Leche is not the same thing as caramel.

Dulce de leche is usually made by heating up condensed milk.

Condensed milk contains higher sugar levels than regular milk, and when it’s heated the sugar browns, creating the golden brown color.

Caramel is made with a base of water, heavy whipping cream, sugar, and butter.

While they do have similar flavors, they are not the same thing.

Little Nuggets O’ Love

Churro Bites

Ingredients:

  • 1 Sheet (two come in a package) of defrosted Puff Pastry dough *See note
  • 1/4 Cup Butter, Melted
  • 1/3 Cup Cinnamon Sugar

For the Dip

  • 1/3 Cup Nutella
  • 1/3 Cup Dulce de Leche *see note

Directions:

  1. Sprinkle the counter with a little flour and lay the puff pastry out flat.
  2. Use a floured rolling pin to roll the dough out a little more and get rid of the creases from being folded.
  3. Slice the dough into long strips and then into little 1-1/2″ pieces.
  4. Heat the oven to 400 degrees.
  5. Line a baking sheet with a silpat or parchment paper.
  6. Place the “nugget” churros on the pan and bake for 15-18 minutes or until lightly golden and baked through.
  7. Remove from the oven and dump into the melted butter in a pie dish.
  8. Toss with a slotted spoon, carefully and dump them into another pie dish with the cinnamon sugar.
  9. Toss to coat and set aside.

For the Dip

  1. Stir the nutella and dulce de leche together.
  2. Heating slightly in a microwave is optional.

Dip and enjoy!

I prefer to let my dough defrost in the wrapper in order to avoid dry dough later on.

Dulce de leche can be found at most grocery stores on the international or baking aisle.

Nutrition Information

Yield: 1 recipe, Serving Size: 1

  • Amount Per Serving:
  • Calories: 2127 Calories
  • Total Fat: 90.7g
  • Cholesterol: 151mg
  • Carbohydrates: 297.3g
  • Fiber: 11.5g
  • Sugar: 171.5g
  • Protein: 32.7g
All images and text ©Carrian Cheney for Oh Sweet Basil.

 

 

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Carrian Cheney

Lover of all things beautiful, good and delicious. Wife, mother, friend, foodie.

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30 comments on “Little Nuggets O’ Love”

  1. Thanks for posting this recipe.

  2. I am seriously adding more nutella and dulce de leche to my shopping list! Genius to mix the two!!!

  3. Holy moly. This looks AMAZING! I hope you had a sweet Valentine’s my dear!

  4. Oh my word. You did not just mix Nutella and dulce de leche. No way. That did not happen.

    Ugh. I’m putting on my fat pants.

  5. I love churros! these little bites look incredible!

  6. LOVE this idea! I have a special place in my heart for churros, but they really are too much of a pain to make at home on a normal day. Definitely giving these guys a try soon. Thanks for another great recipe!!

  7. Such a fun idea to use puff pastry for churros.

  8. these sound so stinking good. And look at how cute they are??? Love them already!

  9. I LOVE churros! These are so perfect!! I can’t wait to try them!

  10. Cute! I love these little guys. I could see how it would be dangerous just having a plate of these sitting in front of me…

  11. OH MY WORD. You’re killing me with these! I can almost taste them. I sent Fred to the store last night kinda late to get me some sweetened condensed milk so I could make dulce de leche today. Which I still plan on doing even though it’s dinner time. 🙂

  12. Churros & Chocolate Sauce, my favorite dessert! LOVE that these are baked! Thanks for posting!

  13. Woman, I’m never going to stick to a diet of no sweets with posts like these!

  14. Oh wow, these look wonderful!

  15. The churros are awesome but I am SO crushing on that chocolate sauce. It sounds SOOOO good!

  16. I can’t even begin to tell you how much I want these!

  17. I’m always writing my posts at 10PM and it’s the worst! Life of a food blogger, right?

    No, but seriously, these little nuggets of love look crazy good. They’ll come in real handy for my midnight snacks when I’m blogging!

  18. These are too cute, lady! what a great idea!

  19. Mmmmm, its so hard not to lick my computer! I just want to grab it and shove them in my mouth! So perfect! In love with the sauce too!

  20. I’d say nugget of love is the best way to describe these!

  21. I’ll take a million of these, please and thank you. 🙂

  22. I love those moments…eating and no one is making a peep (except the occasional mmmm) because the food is so good. Funny how silence can be such a good compliment!

  23. Oooh these are like little bites from heaven! They look so divine!