It doesn’t get much better than fair food! ESPECIALLY when those fair foods are fried! Deep-fried cookie dough is ooey-gooey perfection. If you like it raw, you’ll like it deep-fried.
Creating Deep Fried Cookie Dough Balls
One of my favorite family memories growing up was going to the state fair! The Oregon state fair is amazing, fun rides and booths and AMAZING food.
I still love the fair as an adult, from the butter sculpture and the amazing crafts, the booths are so much fun to walk through – but really the booths are just there to give me time between all the food I eat!
The best fair food is always fried! I mean think about it! Elephant ears, churros, corn dogs, funnel cake… and of course the best – the deep fried foods.
It started with deep fried oreos – and now it includes things like twinkies, pop tarts, cookie dough, s’mores, snickers, and even sodas! (seriously I need to find fried coke this year to see how they are doing this)
A few years ago I made the basics at home – oreos, cookie dough, twinkies and snickers. This year I added homemade deep fried S’mores, pop tarts, cadbury eggs and cheesecake!!
Today I am sharing deep fried cookie dough balls! Start with your favorite cookie dough recipe rolled into small balls (I use the small cookie dough scoop).
Just take me to the deep fried Cookie Dough already!
If you’d rather skip my tips and tricks for deep fried cookie dough, along with links to other deep fried food recipes and get straight to this delicious fair food – simply scroll to the bottom of the page where you can find the printable recipe card.
Tips to Make the Perfect deep fried Cookie Dough
-Getting a deep-fryer is absolutely worth it if you fry often. (but an electric skillet can work as well)
-If you don’t want to spend the money on a deep fryer you will need a good thermometer and you’ll have to keep an eye on the pot and adjust the temperature as needed.
-Be sure to pick the right oil. Olive oil is not good for deep frying (too sensitive to heat), but many other oils are good, and their flavor can add to the dish.
-Freeze the cookie dough before deep frying it, this will stop it from melting before the batter is cooked and make it easier for the toothpick to stick in.
-Use a toothpick, not a fork, to dip the cookie dough into the batter and then in the oil. A fork will leave areas of the dough balls without batter covering them and result in the dough itself being fried. Which will lead to the dough melting out (making a mess in the oil) and leaving a shell of fried batter!
-When adding the batter covered cookie dough to the oil with the toothpick hold it submerged in the oil for a second to help the batter “set” around the dough and the bite starts to float.
-If you just drop the cookie dough into the oil one of two things tends to happen – the dough ball will sink to the bottom and the raw dough sticks to the fryer and breaks open when you try to take it out. Or it will float and batter on the top spreads and gets too thin before you turn it and you don’t get even batter coverage.
-Be careful to fry small bites of cookie dough, vs large balls, otherwise it might be too heavy and sink – resulting in a mess in the fryer!
-Have a jelly roll pan with newspaper and paper towels ready for letting the fried cookie dough drain before you start.
-You can reuse frying oil, just strain it into a container till you want to use it again. And if you fry meat, be sure to keep your meat frying oil and your everything-else frying oil separate. Cross contamination is unsanitary.
To fry this deep-fried Cookie Dough you’ll need
- deep fryer or a deep pot
- jelly roll pan
- small cookie dough scoop
Deep Fried Cookie Dough
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If you love deep fried Oreos you’ll love these other fried food recipes!
Monte Cristo Sandwiches | Deep Fried Mac and Cheese Bites | Fried Cheesecake Chimichangas
Deep Fried Oreos | Fried Peaches | Deep Fried Twinkies
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Deep Fried Cookie Dough
- 1 1/6 cups all-purpose flour
- 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
- 1/2 teaspoon salt
- 1/2 cup butter softened
- 1/3 cup granulated sugar
- 3/8 cup packed light brown sugar
- 3/4 teaspoon vanilla extract
- 1 lrg eggs
- 3/4 cups mini chocolate chips
- 1 C all-purpose flour
- 2 tsp baking powder
- 1/2 tsp salt
- 1 Tbsp granulated sugar
- 3/4 C whole milk
- 1 lrg egg
- 2 Tbsp melted butter
- mix the flour, baking soda and salt in small bowl.
- Beat butter, granulated sugar, brown sugar and vanilla extract in large mixer bowl until creamy.
- Add eggs and mix well.
- Add the flour mixture and beat until combined (scrap the sides if needed)
- Stir in mini chocolate chips
- roll into little balls using a small cookie scoop
- Freeze the little balls for at least 2 hours, I prefer overnight
- Heat the oil to 375 degrees F
- Whisk all the other ingredients until smooth.
- Bring out the dough balls (only a few at a time)
- Stick'em with a toothpick
- Drench in batter, shake the excess of slightly
- Fry for 1 – 1 1/2 minutes top and bottom
- Serve warm!
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