You might think oyster crackers and sweet snacks have nothing to do with each other, but you would be mistaken. See, you can take an oyster cracker (or a whole bunch of them) and with a few ingredients and a little baking, turn it into something very much resembling a bite-sized churro. Who would have thought? But believe it – these Sweet and Salty Churro Bites are an irresistible, all-too-poppable sweet snack.
More or less, what you’re doing here is coating the oyster crackers in a hot caramel mixture before dusting them with cinnamon and sugar. It’s easy. And it’s delicious.
You’ll bring butter and brown sugar to a boil on the stovetop and after two minutes remove it from the heat and stir in some cinnamon and vanilla.
Then you just pour it alllllll over the oyster crackers…
… And mix it all together with a rubber spatula until it’s well coated.
Ten minutes in the oven crisps everything up and caramelizes things a bit further…
… And then you sprinkle it all with plenty of cinnamon-sugar.
They have that dusting of cinnamon-sugar coating like a churro, they have the crunch of a churro… they’re a bite-sized little churro-inspired delight. Churros and oyster crackers? Who knew!
Sweet and Salty Churro Bites
5m prep time
15m cook time
- 5 cups oyster crackers
- 1 cup unsalted butter
- 1 cup light brown sugar
- 3 teaspoons cinnamon, divided
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
- 2 tablespoons granulated sugar
- 3/4 teaspoon kosher salt
- Preheat oven to 350°F and line a baking sheet with foil.
- Spread out crackers evenly on baking sheet. Set aside.
- In a medium saucepan over medium heat, combine butter and brown sugar. Bring mixture to a boil, stirring constantly, and let boil 2 minutes.
- Remove from heat and stir in the 2 teaspoons cinnamon and vanilla. Pour over crackers, and using a rubber spatula, stir until evenly coated.
- Bake until mixture is bubbly, about 10 minutes.
- While crackers bake, stir together the granulated sugar, remaining 1 teaspoon cinnamon, and salt. Set aside.
- When you remove crackers from the oven, sprinkle with cinnamon sugar mixture, then set aside crackers to cool. Once cool, break into pieces, serve, and enjoy!
Recipe adapted from Cookies and Cups.