If you go to a county fair in the southern United States, you will find a wide selection of fried foods not found anywhere else. Some of these fried dishes have expanded beyond that area of the world, like fried okra, corn dogs, and funnel cake, but others have mostly been confined to a small area of the country and have rarely extended beyond there.
I’m talking about fried Snickers bars, fried pickles, and fried Oreos. These are the kind of delicacies that are looked on negatively in a lot of places as overindulgent foods. They may be taking things just a little too far with the idea of fried food, but these are not the kind of food you would want to have every day, anyway. I think the deep fried dessert is worth a shot for anyone who wants to expand their culinary experience with a wide variety of foods.
You may want to learn how to make fried Oreos yourself as a way to experience this cultural food firsthand. It’s not a healthy food, by any means, but it is something that is worth experiencing at least once.
You are not likely to find deep fried Oreos being sold near where you live, if you don’t live in the deep South. You may hear about them and people may joke about how ridiculous they are or share stories about how delicious they are, but they can be difficult to find for sale if you don’t live in certain areas of the US.
That’s why I want to share with you how to make deep fried Oreos. I will share with you a few different ways you can make them so that you have some options, and I hope you enjoy this delicacy as much as I have.
How to Make Fried Oreos at Home
Deep fried Oreos are essentially taking the Oreo and dipping it into a batter, similar to pancake batter, and then deep frying it. That’s about all there is to it, but I will walk you through the process of how to make fried Oreos with flour and the other ingredients necessary.
The simplest way to make this dish is using a pre made pancake mix. That will save you a few steps, and I will show you how to make fried Oreos with pancake mix. It’s super easy and quick and probably the best way to enjoy fried Oreos.
How to Make Fried Oreos at Home
- 1 pack of Oreos (18 oz.), or any cream-filled chocolate cookies/
- 1 eggs
- 2 quartz of vegetable oil ( for frying)
- 1 cup of milk
- 2 tsp of vegetable oil
- 1 cup of pancake mix
- Warm up the frying oil in a deep fryer or pot on the stove to 375 degrees Fahrenheit.
- Mix together the vegetable oil, egg, and milk in a bowl.
- Add in the pancake mix and mix until smooth.
- Take the cookies and dip them into the batter one at a time. Place them into the hot oil and just fry a few at a time.
- Fry the cookies in the oil until they are golden brown, which should only take around 2 minutes. Adjust the heat as necessary if you find that the cookies are burning or not cooking quickly enough. Be sure to drain the excess oil off of the Oreos after they come out of the oil.
How to Make Batter for Fried Oreos
You can make the batter using a pre made pancake mix like I showed you, but you can make it from scratch as well. Most people will want to know how to make deep fried Oreos with pancake mix, but there are definite benefits to making the batter without any pre made ingredients.
Using all fresh ingredients and no pre made mix takes more time, but you can control the ingredients and proportions better and ensure that everything comes out just the way you want it to.
Here is a batter mix recipe you can use for how to make fried Oreos ingredients from scratch:
Fried Oreos Ingredients from Scratch:
- 1 cup of flour
- 1 ¼ tsp of salt
- 1 egg
- ½ tbsp of baking powder
- 2 tbsp of sugar
- 2 tsp of vanilla extract
- ¾ cup of whole milk
- Just mix your dry ingredients together and then your wet ones and combine them. This is how to make batter for deep fried Oreos. If the batter is too thick, you can add another quarter cup of milk, if necessary.
How to Make Fried Oreos without Eggs
You can also make this recipe without using any eggs. You will need some sort of binder for the ingredients in the batter. For that, we are going to make vegan flax eggs. This binds the ingredients together and keeps them for separating, also helping the batter to stick to the cookies so your dish doesn’t fall apart in the oil and make a big mess.
If you are vegan and want to avoid animal products, then you can still enjoy deep fried Oreos. You just have to have a substitute for the eggs to make this work. To make the flax seed eggs, just mix flax seeds and water together. That’s all you need for this substitution, and it makes for delicious deep fried Oreos just the same.
How to Make Fried Oreos in Air Fryer
The recipe I gave you earlier shows you how to make this dish in a deep fryer. But now I want to show you how to make fried Oreos without a deep fryer. If you want to avoid using so much oil and having so much fat in your Oreos, then you can do that with an air fryer.
It is a great way to cook your Oreos in a healthier way. No one eats deep fried Oreos trying to be healthy, but you can get rid of some of the fat and oil and make this a bit better for you. Why not look out for your health in little ways where you can?
So, how to make fried Oreos in an air fryer? You can use the same recipe I gave you earlier. That works just as well in the air fryer, and the recipe doesn’t have to change at all.
What differs is the cooking instructions. The batter is quick and easy to mix up, and you can mix it while the air fryer is heating up. Preheat the air fryer to 350 degrees Fahrenheit.
You should line the air fryer basket with parchment paper and then spray it down with cooking spray. Once the fryer is heated up and your batter is made, you can dip your cookies in the batter. Then, lay the cookies down on the parchment paper without letting them come into contact with each other.
They need enough room to cook thoroughly and evenly. I suggest putting a cookie in each corner of the paper to keep the parchment paper from coming out as the air fryer cooks the food. Cook your food for about 7 minutes in the air fryer, until the cookies turn golden brown on the outside.
You can dust the finished cookies with confectioner’s sugar for that authentic carnival/county fair look.