I have a secret. Baking is not my most favorite thing to do at Chrismtas time. That’s right. I said it and I’m not taking it back. I love making a variety of Christmas treats for my friends, family and clients – but I don’t want to spend the whole day in the kitchen on my feet.

Around here I am somewhat famous for my Chrismtas Treats. I’m sure it would come as a surprise that I consistently look for the fastest, easiest and best tasting creations. Enter the crowd pleasing churro Chex mix!

Churro Chex Mix is amazing in so many ways! One it’s delicious, Two it’s unbelievably easy to make, and Three it adds so much variety to your Chrismtas cookie tins! Churro Chex mix is irresistibly sweet sugary & buttery with a touch of soft caramel!

I like to do a generous amount of Churro Chex Mix, fresh baked cookies, and hard Chrismtas Candies. People tend to be sad when it’s gone so I like to send them off with a week supply of munchies! Specifically that magical week between Christmas and New Year when no one knows what day it is!

When people try my Churro Chex Mix they are immediately hooked! Adam said “Wow! This is really special! You can tell a lot of love went into this”! Ha! Mission accomplished!

Ingredients

  • 5 cups rice cereal such as Rice Chex
  • 5 cups corn cereal such as Corn Chex
  • 2 cups pretzel sticks
  • 2 cups Cinnamon Toast Churros Cereal(no substitution if can’t find since it’s added at the end)

Churro Sauce

  • 1½ cups packed light brown sugar
  • ¾ cup unsalted butter (1½ sticks)
  • 2 tsp Mexican Vanilla Extract
  • 6 tbsp light corn syrup
  • ¼ tsp plus ⅛ tsp baking soda
  • ½ tsp salt

Churro Topping

  • 1½ cups granulated sugar
  • 5 tsp ground cinnamon
  • 1 cup baking caramel bits

Instructions

  • Preheat oven to 350°F.
  • Prepare two large rimmed baking sheets with foil. Spray well with cooking spray.
  • Mix together 1½ cups granulated sugar and 5 tsp cinnamon. Remove ½ cup cinnamon-sugar mixture for later.
  • Mix together rice cereal, corn cereal, pretzel sticks and divide it into two large mixing bowls.
  • In a medium saucepan over medium heat, melt butter, brown sugar, Mexican vanilla, and corn syrup. Once the edges of the saucepan have bubbles then cook and stir for 1 minute. Stir in baking soda and salt.
  • Pour ½ the mixture into one cereal mix bowl. Use 2 spatulas to toss together until the mixture is coated well. Repeat with the remaining bowl.
  • Evenly spread mixtures on to prepared sheet pans. Sprinkle with cinnamon sugar and coat well by tossing it with your hands until most of it sticks to the sticky cereal. Spread mixture into in a single layer.
  • Bake in oven for 5 minutes. Remove pans and toss mixture. Bake another 4 minutes.
  • Sprinkle remaining ½ cup cinnamon sugar over the top of the churro chex mix. Allow to cool slightly and gently break apart any large chunks.
  • Once completely cool, toss with caramel bits and cinnamon toast churro cereal if using. Store in ziplock bags.

There are definitely some variations you can do to Churro Chex Mix but I personally don’t mess with it too much! I get too many compliments on Churro Chex Mix to go messing with a good thing!

Enjoy!