Chocolate Peppermint Churros

It's that time of year again! The peppermint drinks have come out at the coffee shops and it has dropped into the 50's every night for the last week and a half, as close to winter as we'll get here in SoCal!


These churros make for a fun dessert for any holiday gathering. They can be eaten for Hannukah, as it is the tradition to eat fried food during the holiday. They can be eaten for Christmas, as peppermint has become synonymous with the holiday.


They can can eaten on just about any occasion because they are so darn delicious!


Dough

1 Cup water

½ Cup (1 stick) butter

⅓ Cup granulated sugar

1 ½ Tablespoons cocoa powder

1 ¼ Cups all purpose flour

3 Eggs


Topping

Crushed candy canes


Heat the water, cocoa powder, and butter in a sauce pan over medium-high heat until the butter is fully melted.


Turn the flame to low and stir in the flour. Cook over low heat, while stirring constantly for 3-5 minutes.


Place the dough into the bowl of a stand mixer and mix on low speed for two minutes to cool the dough. Mix in one egg at a time, making sure it is fully incorporated before adding another.


When the dough is fully mixed, transfer to a piping bag. Heat oil in a dutch oven or cast iron pan to 350 degrees Fahrenheit.


Using the piping bag, pipe once inch pieces of dough into the oil. Cook for 6-8 minutes.


Immediately after removing from the oil, place into a bowl with crushed candy canes and toss to coat.


Eat within the 2 hours of making for best results.



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