Cronut Inventor Dominique Ansel's Wild New Churro Dessert, and 5 Other Churros We Love

These treats are definitely filling us with holiday churr.

If anyone knows how to transform classic desserts into wildly original pastries that hit the sweet spot, it’s Dominique Ansel (of Cronut and Cookie Shot fame). His latest? An innovative twist on the popular Spanish and Mexican snack, the churro, a deep-fried pastry resembling a cruller.

Ansel's Churro Duo is much more involved than it sounds: The pastry consists of two interlocking 3D churro pyramids, one made with black sesame and black sugar, and the other made with white sesame and cinnamon sugar. Both are fried-to-order and served warm with an accompanying side of salted caramel dipping sauce.

Photo courtesy of Dominique Ansel Bakery Japan.

Alas, for now you can only get this at Dominique Ansel Bakery Japan in Tokyo. But while he ponders bringing the dessert stateside, you can sink your teeth into these 5 other inventive churro riffs—made with everything from cookie butter to salt cod—closer to home.

Red Velvet Churros

Southern California's Bosscat Kitchen & Libations, known for its chic comfort food and extensive roster of whiskeys, will spread to Houston too in January, and guests in either state can try the red velvet churros. They're served with cookie butter cream for a decadent dessert that's worth the splurge. Photo courtesy of Bosscat Kitchen & Libations.

Churros Ice Cream Sandwich 

L.A.’s Toca Madera triple-threat dessert brings together a warm cinnamon and sugar churro with spiced Mexican chocolate shavings with dulce de leche ice cream, for one of the best grownup ice cream sandwiches around. Photo courtesy of Toca Madera/Facebook.

Salt Cod Churros

Turning the traditional churro on its head, The Running Goose in L.A. goes in a savory direction with its unique salt-cod-filled churros. Crispy deep-fried batons are joined by lemon and saffron aioli for maximum dipping pleasure. Photo courtesy of gennefer/Instagram.

Churro Cups

La Churreria in New York City serves up a dream-team combo of churros and ice cream sundaes. The fried dough treats come with your choice of sundaes, from the Sunday Funday with coffee cream, hot chocolate, whipped cream and cocoa nibs to the Strawberry Cup (pictured) with dulce de leche, strawberry compote whipped cream and chocolate shavings. Photo courtesy of spoonnyc/Instagram.

Boniato Churros

Fried boniato (white sweet potato) and vanilla dough set the churros at Nacional 27 in Chicago apart from the pack. Sealing the deal are toppings of dulce de leche ice cream, candied Brazil nuts, and caramel and chocolate sauces. Photo courtesy of Nacional 27/Facebook.

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