Spanish Buñuelos Recipe - Spanish Sabores

Spanish Buñuelos Recipe

Today David shares his classic Spanish buñuelos recipe, a fantastic winter treat here in Spain. This traditional fried dough is one of my favorites, don’t miss it with a steamy cup of hot chocolate to accompany! 

I know it’s Christmas when I start to smell buñuelos being fried. These light-as-air nuggets of fried dough appear every year around the holidays, deep-fried to crispy perfection by street carts and food trucks. 

The best part?

You can eat buñuelos whenever you want!

These sweet fried treats can be a guilty breakfast, an afternoon snack, or a well-deserved dessert after some late-night caroling. Made from a simple dough, you’ll most likely find them topped with a variety of sweet things from powdered sugar to chocolate and rich dulce de leche

Buñuelos, or bunyols, are a favorite treat in Valencia and a must in our Valencia gift guide!
Buñuelos are my favorite Christmas treat! Deep-fried, topped with sugar, filled with chocolate… what’s not to love?

They’re a common sight around Christmas markets across Spain, but go back a long way. The first people to make buñuelos were the Moriscos; Muslim converts to Christianity from Spain’s Moorish population. Their version was flavored with anise and honey, but my recipe is for the buñuelo I fell in love with—powdered sugar with chocolate for dipping!

To go all the way, I recommend you make Spanish hot chocolate to go along with these– you won’t regret it!

authentic spanish bunuelos recipe
I love simple buñuelos, dusted with powdered sugar! Photo from El Comidista.

Authentic Spanish Buñuelos Recipe: A Real Christmas Treat!

authentic spanish bunuelos recipe

Spanish Buñuelos Recipe

Buñuelos are a fantastic Christmas dessert from Spain, perfect for any time of day! Deep-fried dough with sugar and any filling you want, what's not to love?
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Course: Dessert
Cuisine: Spanish
Prep Time: 1 hour 20 minutes
Cook Time: 15 minutes
Total Time: 1 hour 35 minutes
Servings: 30 servings
Calories: 194.16kcal
Author: David Pope


  • 1 cup of milk
  • 1 cinnamon stick
  • 150 g of butter
  • Zest of one lemon
  • 1 and 2/3 cups of flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon of baking powder
  • 6 medium eggs
  • 2 cups of vegetable oil
  • Powdered sugar for serving
  • Optional: thick drinking chocolate or custard


  • In a medium-sized saucepan, heat the milk, cinnamon stick, lemon zest and butter. Bring to the boil.
  • Once the mixture is boiling, carefully remove the cinnamon stick and add the flour and baking powder.
  • Stir constantly for 5 minutes, keeping the saucepan on the heat.
  • Remove from heat, and add the eggs one at a time, beating vigorously.
  • When the dough is smooth (you can use a hand mixer if necessary), sit it aside in the saucepan for about an hour.
  • Set a large frying pan on medium-high heat and add the vegetable oil to a depth of about 1.5 inches.
  • When the oil is hot enough to fry with, start to carefully drop rough spoonfuls of the dough into the pan. Don't put too many in at one time, keep enough space so that the balls of dough remain separate.
  • When they start to turn a tasty golden brown, flip them over. Once they're cooked, they should go golden and start to float in the oil.
  • Remove the buñuelos from the pan one at a time using a slotted spoon, and place on paper towels.
  • Sprinkle with powdered sugar and serve straight away!
  • Optional: You can also serve the buñuelos with thick dark drinking chocolate on the side. There are plenty of different brands and sweetness levels to choose from, so choose the one you prefer most!


Calories: 194.16kcal | Carbohydrates: 3.75g | Protein: 1.84g | Fat: 19.73g | Saturated Fat: 14.85g | Cholesterol: 44.3mg | Sodium: 23.7mg | Potassium: 28.54mg | Fiber: 0.17g | Sugar: 0.46g | Vitamin A: 185.65IU | Calcium: 21.03mg | Iron: 0.36mg
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Looking for more Spanish desserts to try out this Christmas? Check out these easy fried donuts or our collection of Spanish desserts for some inspiration!


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