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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!
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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.
- Frying Oil – Peanut, Canola, or Vegetable
- Powdered Pancake Mix
- Vanilla Extract
- Powdered Sugar
- 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 or dutch oven halfway filled (about 64 ounces) with frying oil and voila! homemade deep fryer. In a deep skillet, 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 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 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.
Next, add your pancake mix to a large mixing bowl. To that add in the milk, egg, and vanilla extract. Give a good whisk 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 so as not to clump or cook the egg.
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.
Dredge each oreo in thick pancake batter. Slowly and carefully transfer the Oreo to the dutch oven in batches of five. Allow each cookie to brown on the bottom before flipping. Cookies will puff up. When completely golden brown, remove with a spider strainer.
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.
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
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.
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.
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
Deep Fried Oreos are delicious, hot little clouds of chocolate and cream with a dusting of powdered sugar, frequently enjoyed at state fairs.
Homemade Deep Fried Oreos with Pancake Mix
- Deep Skillet or 6 Quart Dutch Oven
- Measuring Cups
- 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.