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Happy National Donut Day


Today is National Donut Day. Celebrated on the first Friday in June every year, National Donut Day pays homage to those delicious holed treats Americans have been enjoying for decades. 
In Mexico, the most similiar thing to a donut is a churro. Originating in Spain, it’s a long piece of fried dough, dipped in sugar, that’s typically eaten in the morning with a cafe con leche or a thick hot chocolate drink. 

Here’s a recipe for churros:


  • 1 cup water
  • 2 ½ tablespoons white sugar
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • 2 tablespoons vegetable oil
  • 1 cup all-purpose flour
  • 2 quarts oil for frying
  • ½ cup white sugar, or to taste
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon


  1. In a small saucepan over medium heat, combine water, 2 ½ tablespoons sugar, salt and 2 tablespoons vegetable oil. Bring to a boil and remove from heat. Stir in flour until mixture forms a ball.
  2. Heat oil for frying in deep-fryer or deep skillet to 375 degrees F (190 degrees C). Pipe strips of dough into hot oil using a pastry bag. Fry until golden; drain on paper towels.
  3. Combine ½ cup sugar and cinnamon. Roll drained churros in cinnamon and sugar mixture.

*Fun fact: The donut wasn’t always like we know it today: the hole in the donut’s center came about sometime between 1800 and 1850.