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Picnic Churros and Chocolate


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Picnic Churros and Chocolate

Katie Schur

If you're looking for a dessert that is elegant but easy, look no further! Churros and chocolate is one of my all-time favorite sweet tooth obsessions. While they are unique to bring to a party, they are actually incredibly easy to make. Plus, you can say that you made them yourself! All you need is tortillas, cinnamon, sugar and butter. With a little time in the oven, the toasted tortillas transform into a treat that's easy to store in a container and take to a party or a picnic. They don't need to be re-toasted, but they do taste better if eaten the same day. 

You can definitely eat these churros plain, but I highly recommend bringing along a dessert sauce. Stonewall Kitchen makes some delicious options that don't need refrigerated until they are open. It's perfect for carting along to a picnic. If you really want to go all out and melt your own chocolate, go right ahead. I've tried that too in a pinch, but for me saving the time is worth it. Plus the combination of sea salt, chocolate, cinnamon and caramel is perfect! 


Recipe for Churros (makes a snack for about 4 people)
-1 teaspoon of cinnamon
-2 tablespoons of sugar
-3 flour tortillas (I used Chi-Chi's fajita style)
-4 oz. (or half a stick of butter) melted
-1 jar of Stonewall Kitchen's Dark Chocolate Sea Salt Caramel Sauce

Directions: Line a rimmed cookie sheet with parchment paper and preheat oven to 425 degrees F. Slice tortillas in 1/2 inch strips. Twirl each strip around your finger and place on cookie sheet. Drizzle with melted butter. In a small bowl, mix together the cinnamon and sugar. Then sprinkle the cinnamon sugar mixture over the sliced tortilla strips. Place in the oven and bake for 5 minutes until crispy and fragrant. Remove from oven and let cool. 

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You can definitely enjoy your churros right in your kitchen, but if you'd like to transport them to enjoy somewhere special. I recommend storing in a covered container with a piece of parchment paper underneath the churros. Like this...

So go ahead, indulge your sweet tooth for a change. In my opinion it's always ok to eat dessert first. I enjoyed this test batch as an afternoon snack by some August wildflowers. If you're in the mood for happy hour, you could also add a delicious glass of wine. Chocolate and wine are best friends after all! Enjoy and share your favorite outdoor recipes with us @picnicperfectco.