How to Make It
Fill a pot with 2 inches of oil. Heat until it reaches 375 degrees Fahrenheit; a candy thermometer will come in handy for this part.
In a saucepan over medium heat, add 1 tablespoon sugar to the water until it dissolves. This will create a simple syrup.
Combine 1/4 cup sugar and cinnamon in another bowl. Set aside.
Mix flour, salt, and 1 tablespoon oil in a separate bowl. (All the dishes you'll have to do will be worth it. Promise.)
Gradually add the simple syrup. Mix well.
Add dollops of dough to the hot oil using a teaspoon measuring spoon. If you’d like your churro bites to be more uniform, use a pastry bag with a metal piping tip.
Cook each churro for 30 to 45 seconds, flipping halfway. Work in small batches so the churros don’t stick together.
Using a slotted spoon, place on a plate lined with a paper towel.
Toss in cinnamon sugar until completely covered. Serve warm with chocolate syrup, powdered sugar, or as is.