deep fried cookie dough
Make this yummy fair treat at home with edible cookie dough and a quick dipping batter. 
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Deep Fried Cookie Dough takes cookies to a whole new level! The crispy golden outside and the gooey cookie dough inside makes for a truly special dessert.

Deep Fried Cookie Dough takes cookies to a whole new level! The crispy golden outside and the gooey cookie dough inside makes for a truly special dessert.

Summer is just around the corner, and that means some of the best county fairs will be open for business. I’ve been to the LA County Fair a few times, and it’s HUGE.

There are more buildings and exhibits there than you could ever see in three days. Personally, I prefer the Del Mar fair. San Diego is so beautiful in the summer, and the racetrack and the buildings around it are lovely. But what’s the best part of any county fair? The FOOD, of course!

There’s nothing you can’t deep fry and serve on a stick. 🙂

Deep friend cookie dough sprinkled with powdered sugar and drizzled with chocolate

Last year, they were literally serving deep fried butter. BUTTER.

Hi again, Princess Pinky readers! It’s Nicole from Simple and Seasonal. OK, I love butter as much as the next gal, but I certainly don’t want to eat it battered and deep fried. *shudder*

These deep fried cookie dough balls are much better than pickles, Twinkies, Oreos or anything else you can think to deep fry. At least I think so!

And don’t worry about whether or not it’s safe to eat! I used an egg-free cookie dough because even with the frying, the inside doesn’t get cooked all the way.

The gooey center with melted chocolate chips is the best part. You can do this with a basic pancake batter, but I found a batter recipe from Ashlee Marie that goes so well with these cookie dough balls!

The outside of the Deep Fried Cookie Dough crisps up with a nice crunch and the inside has a great texture that holds on to the cookie dough. It is like the best chocolate chip cookie you have ever had fresh out of the oven.

You know the kind….where it is warm and gooey and slightly undercooked, but the outside of the cookie is perfectly golden brown.

I just got an Air Fryer the other day and cannot wait to see if these will work in there!! Check out Jenn’s article on How to Use an Air Fryer to help make some of your everyday fried recipes a little bit healthier!

Deep fried cookie dough bite
  1. Make sure your oil for frying is the right temperature. You want to keep it at 375. If it’s too cool, the balls will be greasy and heavy. If it’s too hot, the batter will cook too quickly and taste burnt.
  2. Use an electric fryer with temperature control or keep a candy thermometer in your pot on the stove so you can watch the temperature.
  3. Be sure the cookie dough is frozen well and only take a few out at a time so they stay cold. If they are too soft, they’ll fall apart in the oil and you’ll have a mess on your hands.

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deep fried cookie dough
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Make this yummy fair treat at home with edible cookie dough and a quick dipping batter. 
Prep Time 15 minutes
Total Time 15 minutes


  • 1 batch chocolate chip cookie dough
  • 1 cup flour
  • 2 tsp baking powder
  • ½ tsp salt
  • 1 tbsp sugar
  • ¾ cup milk
  • 1 egg beaten
  • 2 tbsp melted butter
  • oil for frying


For the cookie dough

  • Make a batch of egg free cookie dough (click here for the recipe) and place in the freezer to cool quickly. Once it's hardened a bit, cut it into 1" squares and roll them into balls. Place them in the freezer for at least 2 hours (the longer, the better.) 

For the batter

  • Fill a pan or deep fryer with enough oil to cover the cookie dough balls. Heat the oil to 375 degrees.
  • Mix all the ingredients together until smooth (just use a whisk or spoon)
  • Take out a few cookie dough balls from the freezer (just 2-3 at a time so they stay frozen) and dip in the batter. Use a plastic fork with the middle tines removed for easy dipping. Scrape the excess batter off the bottom of the fork and then gently drop into the hot oil. 
  • Cook for 60-90 seconds, until golden brown. The dough balls will float, so you need to turn them once while cooking to get the golden brown color all the way around. Only cook a few at a time, unless you have a large fryer. 
  • Drain on a paper towel to remove excess oil. Dust with powdered sugar and drizzle with melted chocolate before serving warm. If you want to go WAY over the top, serve with ice cream! 

Nutrition Info

Calories: 887kcal | Carbohydrates: 121g | Protein: 25g | Fat: 34g | Saturated Fat: 19g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 2g | Monounsaturated Fat: 9g | Trans Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 246mg | Sodium: 1488mg | Potassium: 1286mg | Fiber: 4g | Sugar: 22g | Vitamin A: 1234IU | Calcium: 623mg | Iron: 7mg
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      1. Have you tried the cookie dough in the air-freyer yet? It a been two years….. I really want to do this.