Cinnamon Sugar Karioka with Spiced Chocolate Sauce

The mochi-like Filipino donut balls known as karioka get the churro treatment with cinnamon sugar and chocolate sauce.
4–6 servings
Prep Time
15 Mins
Active Time
05 Mins

If a donut and Japanese mochi had a baby, you'd get something like Filipino karioka (also karyoka or carioca). Like mochi, it has a chewy texture from glutinous rice flour; like a donut, it's deep-fried and rolled in sugar while warm. A common Filipino street food, the sweet snack comes skewered like barbecue, sometimes doused in a brown coconut syrup you might mistake for fishball sauce.

This karioka takes the churro route with cinnamon sugar and cayenne-spiked chocolate dipping sauce. But if you're feeling traditional, you can strip the recipe down for plain (but delicious) karioka. Just ditch the cinnamon and chocolate sauce, then make as directed.


  • 2 cups glutinous rice flour
  • 1 cup desiccated coconut
  • ½ cup water
  • 1 cup coconut milk
  • vegetable oil, for frying

Spiced Chocolate Sauce

  • 1 cup chocolate tablea
  • ½ cup whipped cream
  • 2 tbsp sugar
  • ½ tsp cayenne pepper

Cinnamon Sugar Coating

  • ¼ cup white sugar
  • 1 tbsp cinnamon
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