Fried Oreos

26 Servings
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 27 minutes
Total Time 37 minutes

Fried Oreos are a delicious carnival food made with chocolate sandwich cookies dipped in batter and fried, then topped with powdered sugar.

This amazing Dessert is a classic carnival treat. To make more fair food recipe options, you can also make Fried Cheese Curds, Popcorn Balls, and Corn Dogs from home. 

Sabrina’s Fried Oreos Recipe

This decadent treat is the ultimate indulgence, perfect for a kid’s birthday party or another celebration. Instead of going to a fair, you can bring the classic fair dessert to you with this simple recipe. Everyone is sure to love their favorite sandwich cookies prepared in a mouthwatering layer of fried dough.

When you serve Fried Oreos, you might want to add a dusting of confectioners sugar. This makes the outside similar to a funnel cake or other carnival items. Keep reading below for more serving ideas, or Fried Oreo pairings to make this recipe uniquely yours.

“What are Fried Oreos?”

Fried Oreos are a very popular fair food. You’ll see them all over the place at your local county fair alongside other popular fried foods like fried Snickers, fried Twinkies, or Fried Reeses. They are an Oreo-lovers dream. The Oreos are dipped in batter that becomes puffy and tender once it’s fried. Biting into a Fried Oreo is almost like biting into a little doughnut with an Oreo in the middle. Due to the wet batter surrounding it once it’s dipped, the Oreo becomes tender too, so every bite just melts in your mouth.

“Can Fried Oreos be made ahead?”

Fried Oreos really are best made fresh. They need to be served warm and will have a different texture if reheated. If you don’t mind a different texture, you can make the Fried Oreos but do not dust them with sugar or add any toppings. Let them drain and cool completely. Store in an airtight container in the refrigerator, then reheat in your air fryer, or in the oven at 350 degrees.

Ingredients

  • Liquid Ingredients: To start the frying batter, you’ll whisk together 1 cup milk, 1 large egg, and 1 tablespoon melted butter. All the liquid ingredients are easy to blend, and they make a creamy buttery coating for the Oreos.
  • 1 cup Pancake mix: For the dry ingredients, you can use Bisquick or another brand of store-bought pancake mix. This makes the batter super easy because you don’t have to worry about sifting together flour, baking powder, and other dry ingredients yourself. Instead, just use the premade mix, and it’ll turn out with golden, delicious batter.
  • Oreos: The center of the fried treats are the easiest part because all you have to do is pick up a package of chocolate Oreos from the store.
  • Vegetable oil: Vegetable oil is used for frying. Make sure you have enough oil so that the Oreos can be covered while the batter fries. You want to make the heated oil about 3 inches deep.
Fried Oreos Ingredients in Bowls

Kitchen Tools & Equipment

  • Large Mixing Bowl and Whisk: You’ll need a good size mixing bowl to hold all of your ingredients and allow plenty of room to sift in the dry ingredients. A whisk is your best tool to combine everything well.
  • Sifter: A sifter will help you achieve lump-free batter. While it breaks up any lumps in your pancake mix, it will also add a little bit of air to the batter for a light dough.
  • Large Pot and Tongs: Grab a large pot to fry your Oreos. It needs to be big enough to hold at least 3 inches of oil with room to spare for splatter, and wide enough to hold up to 4 battered Oreos without them crowding each other. You’ll have to flip the Oreos while they fry, so used gentle tongs for that, preferable rubber tongs.
  • Thermometer: You need a thermometer to ensure you oil is at the right temperature. Too hot, or too cold, and your Oreos will not turn out right. A candy thermometer is a good choice here.

How to Make Fried Oreos

Time needed: 37 minutes.

  1. Batter Wet Ingredients

    Add the milk, egg, and melted butter to a large mixing bowl. Then whisk the bowl of batter well. Fried Oreos Batter

  2. Batter Dry Ingredients

    Sift the pancake mix into a separate bowl. Then add it to the wet ingredients.Fried Oreos Batter

  3. Finish Batter

    Whisk until there are no lumps remaining. Let the batter sit for 5 minutes before frying.Fried Oreos Batter

  4. Prepare for Frying

    Add 3 inches of oil to a large pot, and heat it on the stovetop to 375 degrees. Be careful that the oil doesn’t start boiling too hard, or it can easily burn you. Dip 3-4 Oreos in the batter so that they’re coated for frying.Fried Oreos Being Dipped in Batter

  5. Cooking Time

    Add 3-4 Oreos to the hot frying oil at a time. Fry each of them for about 1 minute on each side until golden brown. Fried Oreos in Oil

  6. Flip

    Use tongs to flip the Oreos and remove them. Then coat the next batch in batter, and add them to the pan.Fried Oreos in Oil

  7. Finish

    Place the Fried Oreos on a paper towel-lined plate or wire rack. Let them cool for about 2 minutes.Fried Oreos on Cooling Rack

  8. Toppings

    Dust Fried Oreos with powdered sugar, and serve with raspberry jam if desired.Inside of Fried Oreos, Up Close

  • Fried Oreo Batter:
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  • : Place the Fried Oreos on a paper towel-lined plate. Let them cool for about 2 minutes, then dust them with powdered sugar, and serve with raspberry jam if desired.

Nutritional Facts

Recipe Tips & Tricks

Master the art of culinary perfection with these handy hints! (Change to fit recipe)

  1. Watch Oil Temperature
    • Avoid soggy Fried Oreos or Oreos that are golden brown on the outside, but raw inside, by keeping the oil at the right temperature. Watch the thermometer and adjust the heat as needed. Remember your temperature will dip a bit when you put the cool, battered Oreos in the oil, but it should rise back up fast enough so don’t crank the heat too high.
  2. Avoid Oily Fried Oreos
    • Make sure you allow the oil to drain from the Oreos before handling or topping them. Once they’re done frying, hold them over the oil to allow them to drip for a few seconds, then leave on paper towels or wire rack to drain for several minutes. If your paper towels get too soaked with oil, replace them in between batches. If you add powdered sugar onto oily Fried Oreos, you’ll end up with a sticky mess, so it is important to drain properly.

What to Pair With Fried Oreos

Enjoy Fried Oreos as dessert after any picnic or barbecue. Serve your Oreos up with your favorite jam or jelly for an easy and delicious dipping sauce at a party. You could also enjoy the Oreos with Chocolate Dipping Sauce, homemade Raspberry Jam, or Strawberry Jam if you prefer. Salted Caramel Sauce will bring a unique flavor to the Fried Oreos. If it’s warm outside, try pairing your Oreos alongside, or topped off with Vanilla Ice Cream or Strawberry Ice Cream and a drizzle of chocolate sauce for cool, chocolatey treats.

How to Store Fried Oreos

  • Serve: You shouldn’t leave Fried Oreos out at room temperature for more than a couple of hours.
  • Store: Fried Oreos definitely taste their best within 24 hours of frying them. However, if you want to store this recipe for later, you can put the Oreos in an airtight container to store in the fridge for up to 3 days. The Oreos become softer the longer you refrigerate them. To crisp them up again, you can put them on a baking sheet and put them in the oven to reheat them. Or, reheat them in an air fryer.
  • Freeze: You could also package Fried Oreos to keep in the freezer for 1-2 months. Just be sure to reheat them in the oven or an air fryer, or they’ll be too soft.

Ideas to Serve Fried Oreos

Fry up a bunch of Oreos and set them out at your next party instead of cupcakes or cookies. Serve them all on a platter, or use decorative cupcake liners that match your party theme to place 2 or 3 Fried Oreos in each liner. You can also use small cups to set out containers of Fried Oreos for guests to grab and go. Serve them with powdered sugar dusted over the top, a drizzle of the sauce of your choice, a dollop of whipped cream, and a handful of sprinkles to make them festive.

Alternative Cooking Techniques

Air Fryer Fried Oreos

Instead of making Deep-Fried Oreos on the stovetop, you can use your air fryer to make them. To make air fryer Fried Oreos, start by lining the air fryer basket with parchment paper, and spray the paper with oil. Then whisk together the frying batter as usual. Let the batter sit, and preheat the air fryer to 350 degrees. Then place 6 battered Oreos in the parchment-lined air fryer basket. Air fry for 7 minutes. Then remove the Oreos and repeat with the next batch.

Frequent Questions

How do I make Fried Oreos if I don’t have pancake mix?

You can quickly assemble your own pancake mix by combining 1 cup of flour, 1 ½ teaspoons baking powder, and ¼ teaspoon salt. Sift them together to ensure they’re well combined and you’ll be all set to make the batter.

Why are my Fried Oreos turning out soggy?

Soggy Fried Oreos could mean that your oil temperature is too low. The Oreos are soaking up the oil because they are in there cooking for too long. Make sure your thermometer is working properly, and that you watch it closely while cooking, keeping it close to 375 degrees the whole time.

Inside of Fried Oreos, Up Close

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Fried Oreos

Fried Oreos are a delicious carnival food made by dipping chocolate sandwich cookies in batter and frying, then topped with powdered sugar.
Yield 26 Servings
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 27 minutes
Total Time 37 minutes
Course Dessert
Cuisine American
Author Sabrina Snyder

Ingredients
 

  • 1 cup whole milk
  • 1 large egg
  • 1 tablespoon unsalted butter , melted
  • 1 cup pancake mix
  • 26 Oreo Cookies , 1 package
  • vegetable oil for frying
  • 1/2 cup powdered sugar , optional
  • 1 cup raspberry jam

Instructions

  • To a large bowl add the milk, egg and melted butter and whisk well.
  • Sift pancake mix, then add to the bowl and whisk well until no lumps are left.
  • Let sit for 5 minutes.
  • Heat 3″ of oil in a large pot to 375 degrees.
  • Dip the cookie in the batter then carefully add to the oil.
  • Fry 3-4 Oreo cookies at a time.
  • Fry for 1 minute on each side, until golden brown.
  • Cool for 2 minutes then dust with powdered sugar and serve with raspberry jam.

Nutrition

Calories: 125kcal | Carbohydrates: 22g | Protein: 2g | Fat: 4g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g | Monounsaturated Fat: 1g | Trans Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 12mg | Sodium: 91mg | Potassium: 61mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 14g | Vitamin A: 51IU | Vitamin C: 1mg | Calcium: 28mg | Iron: 1mg

Fried Oreos Variations

  • Decorating Fried Oreos: A simple dusting of powdered sugar will usually top off these Oreos, but there are other ways to decorate them. Try melting semi-sweet chocolate chips, then drizzle the melted chocolate over the top. You could also add colorful sprinkles or sanding sugar to the Fried Oreos, especially for a birthday. Top with a little bit of whipped cream and a cherry like you would a sundae.
  • Oreo Flavors: This recipe is typically made with classic chocolatey Oreos. However, an easy way to experiment with the recipe is by using different Oreo flavors. Double chocolate Oreos, mint Oreos, vanilla Oreos, red velvet Oreos, lemon Oreos, or birthday cake Oreos are all delicious options that you could try using for this recipe.

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About the Author: Sabrina Snyder

Sabrina is a professionally trained Private Chef of over 10 years with ServSafe Manager certification in food safety. She creates all the recipes here on Dinner, then Dessert, fueled in no small part by her love for bacon.

Sabrina Snyder is a professionally trained personal and private chef of over 10 years who is the creator and developer of all the recipes on Dinner, then Dessert.

She is also the author of the cookbook Dinner, then Dessert – Satisfying Meals Using Only 3, 5 or 7 Ingredients, published by Harper Collins.

She started Dinner, then Dessert as a business in her office as a lunch service for her coworkers who admired her lunches before going to culinary school and becoming a full time personal chef and private chef.

As a personal chef Sabrina would cook for families one day a week and cook their entire week of dinners. All grocery shopping, cooking and cleaning was done along with instructions on reheating. As a private chef she cooked for private parties and cooked in family homes in the evenings for families on a nightly basis after working as a personal chef during the day.

Sabrina has been certified as a ServSafe Manager since 2007 and was a longstanding member of the USPCA Personal Chef Association including being on the board of the Washington DC Chapter of Chefs in the US Personal Chef Association when they won Chapter of the year.

As a member of the community of food website creators Sabrina Snyder has spoken at many conferences regarding her experiences as a food writer including the Indulge Food Conference, Everything Food Conference, Haven Food Conference and IACP Annual Food Professionals Conference.

Sabrina lives with her family in sunny California.

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