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Fried Cookie Dough and Other Homemade Fair Food Recipes

a basket of fried cookie dough

This weekend I attempted to recreate the fried cookie dough we had at the fair recently. It’s become a tradition of mine to try to recreate some of the fair food recipes I see and eat at the fair. The fried ones are usually the easiest.

These were super simple to make. I had some cookie dough I previously made sitting in the freezer, but you can use premade refrigerated cookie dough just as easily. After all, you aren’t baking them into cookies, so you don’t need a fancy cookie recipe.
fried cookie dough in a basket
When I had tried the fried cookie dough at the fair, I thought it tasted like chocolate chip donut holes. I previously used a pancake batter for my deep fried fair foods like my fried oreos, but this time I decided to use Pillsbury biscuit dough, so that it would fry up like a donut. It was also easier to wrap the cookie dough and protect it in the biscuit dough. Recipe is at the end of the post
one fried cookie dough sliced in half on a napkin
Here is a round-up of other fair foods I’ve made over the years:

Chocolate Covered Bacon
chocolate covered bacon photo

Fried Avocados
fried avocado photo

Fried Oreos
fried oreos photo

Fried Pickles
fried pickles photo

Fried Thin Mints
fried thin mints

Mexican Ice Cream
mexican fried ice cream recipe

Homemade Potato Chips
homemade potato chips recipe

Soft Pretzels
soft pretzels photo

Deep Fried Cookie Dough

Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 10 minutes
Total Time: 20 minutes
Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American
I love recreating fair food treats and these fried cookie doughs are a favorite.


  • Premade refrigerated cookie dough
  • Pillsbury biscuit dough
  • oil for frying


  • Make 1 inch balls with cookie dough and place back in the refrigerator until right before frying. 
  • Separate each biscuit dough slice into two. Roll out each piece and flatten slightly with rolling pin. Heat oil in pot being used for frying. Wrap dough around cold cookie dough, making sure to seal it properly. 
  • Drop into hot oil and fry for a few minutes on each side until golden brown. Repeat with remaining dough. Dust with powdered sugar before serving. You can also add a chocolate drizzle.

The nutrition information provided are only estimates based on an online nutritional calculator. I am not a certified nutritionist. Please consult a professional nutritionist or doctor for accurate information and any dietary restrictions and concerns you may have.

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8 comments on “Fried Cookie Dough and Other Homemade Fair Food Recipes”

  1. Yum this looks so good!

  2. I’d SO buy these at the fair!

  3. Oh, these are sinfully delicious!! I’d so love to bite into one now 🙂
    I hope you don’t mind if I use it in the food fight feature tomorrow (photo and link back only!)

  4. Oh my heck! I am your newest stalker, I mean follower! Fried food?! Yes, please. And this is genius. Can’t wait to make this!!!

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