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Homemade Deep Fried Oreos with Pancake Mix

Deep Fried Oreos are delicious, hot little clouds of chocolate and cream with a dusting of powdered sugar, frequently enjoyed at state fairs. With fairs being canceled this year, you can enjoy this homemade Deep Fried Oreo recipe any day of the week!

Three homemade deep fried oreos dusted with cinnamon powdered sugar are stacked on top of each other with a white background. The top deep fried oreo has a single bite taken out of it, exposing the inside of this favorite fair food.
Bring the fair home with hot, fluffy pockets of dough surrounding iconic Oreos dusted with cinnamon and powdered sugar.

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Attend any state or county fair and you’re bound to find a variety of deep fried fair foods. From deep fried chicken tenders to funnel cake, and deep fried pickles to the iconic deep fried Oreo cookie – the fair brings our childhood culinary dreams to life! These deep fried Oreos are no exception. Their crunchy, flakey, golden brown exterior paired with a fluffy filling, and gooey, semi-melted Oreo cookie is a match made in deep fried fair food heaven.

While the kids might be disappointed about the carnival being canceled this year, this deep fried Oreo recipe with just 10 ingredients including the frying oil, makes it super quick and easy to provide them with a little taste of nostalgia. So let the kids go wild creating their own home rodeo while you whip up this easy recipe.

Ingredients for Deep Fried Oreos

I love that deep fried Oreos can be made with pantry staples. Because honestly, who doesn’t have Oreos in their pantry? In just a few steps and about 30 minutes, you’ll be enjoying a creamy, chocolatey dessert.

Ingredients for deep fried oreos laid out in glass bowls on a white marble countertop: cinnamon, butter, Oreos, milk, powdered sugar, butter, vanilla extract, pancake mix, and peanut oil.
With less than 10 ingredients you can whip up a fairground favorite to settle your sweet tooth cravings.
  • Frying Oil – Peanut, Canola, or Vegetable
  • Oreos
  • Powdered Pancake Mix
  • Milk
  • Egg
  • Vanilla Extract
  • Butter
  • Powdered Sugar
  • Cinnamon
  • Extra Toppings or Dip

How to make Deep Fried Oreos without a deep fryer

The magic of the dutch oven is that you always have a deep fryer at your fingertips. There’s no need for a fancy “top of the line” kitchen fryolator. Use a deep skillet (affiliate link) or dutch oven halfway filled (about 64 ounces) with frying oil and voila! homemade deep fryer. In a deep skillet (affiliate link), you’ll want to fill at least 2 inches deep with oil.

How to make Deep Fried Oreos with pancake mix

Start with a 5 to 6-quart dutch oven (affiliate link) on the stovetop over medium-low heat. Pour your oil of choice, we recommend peanut oil, into the dutch oven and allow to come up to a temperature of 350F. Use an infrared thermometer (affiliate link) to check the oil temperature as it sits. You can also use a candy thermometer attached to the side of the dutch oven. Check the temperature before and after each batch of Oreos that are fried.

Image of a Thermoworks Infrared Thermometer displaying the temperature of 351.6 degrees F when pointed at a dutch oven of fry oil.
The best oil temperature for deep frying is between 350F-360F.

Next, add your pancake mix to a large mixing bowl. To that add in the milk, egg, and vanilla extract. Give a good whisk (affiliate link) to combine ingredients. Melt your butter in a separate small bowl or cup. When the oil is just about to temperature, slowly pour in the butter to the pancake batter and whisk (affiliate link) so as not to clump or cook the egg.

Photo of a large bowl containing batter ingredients for deep fried oreos: pancake mix, milk, egg, vanilla extract. Loose Oreos are on the white marble table top next to the bowl.
Assemble the batter as the oil comes to temperature.

In a separate smaller bowl, sift together the cinnamon and powdered sugar. Set that to the side for dusting later.

When your oil is ready, take five Oreos at a time and dredge them in the pancake batter. Use a fork to flip them over and ensure they have been completely covered. Use the fork to transfer the batter covered Oreo to the dutch oven of hot oil. Gently drop and shake off the Oreo into the oil. It should start to bubble immediately.

Watch your Oreos carefully and flip them as the bottom side turns golden brown. Remove them from the dutch oven once completely golden brown and transfer them to a paper towel lined plate or basket for draining the excess oil.

Finished deep fried oreos dusted with powdered cinnamon sugar in a basket with white parchment paper.
Dust with cinnamon powdered sugar or choose a dipping sauce. There’s no wrong way to enjoy a deep fried Oreo.

As they cool, dust them with your cinnamon powdered sugar. Enjoy while warm. Though they are equally delicious room temperature dunked in milk like a standard cookie.

How to store and reheat deep fried oreos

How to store leftover deep fried oreos

I recommend eating these the same day. The sooner the better. However, we understand the need to make large batches for parties and then wanting to enjoy them the next day. To store them, place into an airtight container in single layers with paper towels in-between sub-sequential layers. If making them the day before your party, wait until after reheating to add the powdered sugar. Enjoy them within 3 days of frying at the latest.

How to reheat leftover deep fried oreos

When ready to consume, place a cookie rack on a sheet pan and preheat the oven to 275F. Evenly space the fried oreos on the cookie rack so the heat can circulate around each Oreo and any oil that gets stirred up can drip off onto the cookie sheet below. Reheat in the oven for just a few minutes. Dust with powdered sugar and enjoy. *Disclaimer: they may not be as good as freshly fried, but they’ll get the craving satisfied.*

Can I use Double Stuffed Oreos?

Yes! You can easily pick your favorite Oreo or sandwich cookie to deep fry. Keep the easy batter the same and simply switch out the cookie with your favorite variation. Double Stuffed Oreos work wonderfully and provide a bit more cream filling.

Image of two deep fried oreos in the foreground nestled together. One has a bite taken out of it. In the background a clear glass of milk and a white basket of deep fried oreos.
Dunk them in milk like your favorite cookie – only better!

At home Fair Fun!

As if fried Oreos aren’t good enough, let’s make a game out of it for the kids to enjoy. Grab a few different packs of Oreos: Double Stuffed, Lemon Oreos, Thin Mint Oreos, and Peanut Butter Oreos, to name a few. Fry them all according to the recipe below. Then mix them up on a plate so you don’t know which are which. Have the kids close their eyes and pick one to enjoy. Then have them describe the taste and which one they think they have. Keep score of who gets the most right for a prize! Though let’s be honest – everyone is a winner with deep fried Oreos!

Dipping Sauces for Deep Fried Oreos

As if these aren’t decadent enough, you can certainly dip these tasty treats in Guinness chocolate sauce, strawberry sauce, or a raspberry jam.

Deep Fried Oreos are delicious, hot little clouds of chocolate and cream with a dusting of powdered sugar, frequently enjoyed at state fairs.

close up of fried Oreo with powdered sugar on top
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Homemade Deep Fried Oreos with Pancake Mix

Deep Fried Oreos are delicious, hot little clouds of chocolate and cream with a dusting of powdered sugar, frequently enjoyed at state fairs.
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Prep Time:10 mins
Cook Time:20 mins
Total Time:30 mins

Equipment

Ingredients

  • 64 ounces peanut oil
  • 1-1/2 cups pancake mix
  • 1 cup whole milk
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 egg
  • 2 Tablespoons butter melted
  • 1/3 cup powdered sugar
  • 1 Tablespoon ground cinnamon
  • 14.3 ounces oreos

Instructions

  • In a large dutch oven on the stovetop over medium-low, heat the peanut oil to 350F.* Do this while assembling other ingredients.
  • In a large bowl combine pancake mix, milk, egg, vanilla extract, and melted butter with a whisk until no clumps appear.
  • In a small bowl combine cinnamon and powdered sugar with a dry whisk. Set aside.
  • Coat the Oreos in the batter in batches of five using a fork to cover completely. Carefully drop the battered Oreo into the hot oil and fry for just a few minutes until golden brown. Turn the cookie over and allow to brown on the other side.
  • Remove the fried Oreos using a spider strainer and place onto a paper towel lined plate. Allow to cool slightly and dust with cinnamon powdered sugar.

Notes

*Be sure to check out the post for detailed tips and tricks for making the perfect Deep Fried Oreos. 

Nutrition

Calories: 1249kcal | Carbohydrates: 25g | Protein: 2g | Fat: 129g | Saturated Fat: 23g | Cholesterol: 20mg | Sodium: 141mg | Potassium: 59mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 14g | Vitamin A: 100IU | Calcium: 42mg | Iron: 1mg
Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American
Keyword: cookies, deep fried, fair food, fried food, sweets
Servings: 15 people
Calories: 1249kcal
Author: Katie Chase

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