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Remember when I dubbed this the Summer of Ice Cream, way back on Monday? I have an addendum.
[But don’t worry. The Summer of Ice Cream is still totally on.]
However, it’s also the summer of this:
Glorious globes of gooey goodness
Yes, friends, this is the summer when I make peace with deep frying and give state fairs everywhere a serious run for their money!
I’ve always been a little fascinated-slash-horrified by the news stories I read every summer about the latest deep-fried foods coming out of amusement parks and fairs. Fried bubble gum! And Kool-Aid! And PB&J! America, what is going on?
I’ve decided that carnies shouldn’t be hogging all the frying fun, so I’ll be tackling some fun and crazy frying projects over the next month or so. Every Friday (or Fry-day—see what I did there?) I’ll share a new fried dessert recipe with you. Forget the Ferris wheels and roller coasters—here at SugarHero, we make our own fun!Up first: Deep-Fried Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough!
Have you ever eaten a cookie and thought to yourself, “This cookie is pretty tasty, but it would be better if it were less baked, but still warm and melty, and also encased in a layer of sweet, crispy fried dough?” You’re in luck, because I have the perfect recipe for you.To be honest, this was new territory for me, and although I thought the idea of deep-fried cookie dough sounded good, I had no clue how it would actually turn out. I was thrilled when these unassuming balls of dough proved to be really, really, really good, or as Jason described them, “Mmmmaaarmmssdlfalskhkasboiasdfntwwaaa…” (He sort of trailed off into drool at the end.)
In the interest of scientific inquiry, I tried a number of variations for this dessert: I made cookie dough both with eggs and without eggs. I tried batters with eggs and without eggs. I fried the balls both when they were frozen, and when they were merely chilled. And of course, I tasted each batch. For science! So when I say that these balls are really, really good, you know that I can be trusted, because I think I’ve eaten more deep fried cookie dough than anyone else, ever. That’s an achievement I’ll be bragging about at the next class reunion for sure.
So let’s talk about what you’re actually getting when you deep fry cookie dough. After frying, the balls are beautifully smooth and round, with a crispy, slightly sweet coating that’s hard and crunchy on the outside, but nicely fluffy on the inside. The cookie dough becomes melted and warm and starts to cook around the edges, but definitely remains dough-like in the center. If you eat them when they’re fresh from the fryer the dough portion is gooey, like in the picture above, but if you let them cool to lukewarm, the dough will continue to cook and set, and will be a little more solid, like in the picture below.
It is definitely still like eating cookie dough, rather than a fried cookie, so use that as your guide in determining whether you’d like this dessert. I think the chocolate chips are absolutely necessary to give them the best flavor and texture, so don’t get any cute ideas about trying this with plain sugar cookie dough or something. But as far as making other changes, go crazy! Try adding other flavors of baking chips, or even chopped candy bars, or experiment with the dough itself and do a chocolate variation instead.
Of course fried foods will never be healthy, and are, as Cookie Monster might say, a “sometimes food.” But that’s true for almost any dessert, so as long as we’re not all eating fried cookie dough for dinner every night, it’s all good. Let’s do this thing. Go a little crazy in the kitchen, try something new, and show those carnies a thing or two!
Deep Fried Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough
For the Cookie Dough:
- 4 oz unsalted butter, at room temperature
- 1/3 cup granulated sugar
- 1/3 cup packed brown sugar
- 1 large egg, at room temperature
- 1 tsp vanilla extract
- 1 1/4 cups all-purpose flour
- 1/2 tsp salt
- 1 cup chocolate chips
To Batter and Fry:
- 1 1/4 cup all-purpose flour
- 1 tsp baking powder
- 1/4 tsp salt
- 1/4 cup granulated sugar
- 1 cup milk, 1 cup + 2 tbsp
- 2 tsp vegetable oil
- 1 quart oil, for frying
- Candy/Deep Fry thermometer
Make the Cookie Dough:
- Combine the butter and both sugars in the bowl of a large stand mixer fitted with a paddle attachment. Beat them together for 2-3 minutes, until light and fluffy. Scrape down the sides of the bowl, then add the egg and vanilla extract and beat on low speed until combined. Stop the mixer, add the flour and salt, and mix again on low speed until most of the flour streaks are gone.
- Stop mixing, add the chocolate chips, and stir everything together with a spatula until it’s well-mixed. Use a 1-inch cookie scoop or a spoon to form the dough into 1-inch balls, and place them on a waxed paper-lined baking sheet. You should get about 20 cookies from this recipe. Chill the dough in the refrigerator until the balls are firm, at least 1 hour. Dough can be made several days in advance and kept, well-wrapped, in the refrigerator until ready to use.
Batter and Fry:
- To make the batter, whisk together the flour, baking powder, salt, and sugar in a medium bowl. Add the milk and 2 tsp of vegetable oil, and whisk until the batter is smooth and free of lumps.Pour the frying oil into a medium saucepan so that it’s 2 inches deep. Insert a candy/deep fry thermometer and heat the oil over medium heat until it reaches 360 F (182 C). Once at 360 F, take a chilled ball of cookie dough and dip it in the batter, turning it over with your hands until it’s completely covered. Let excess batter drip back into the bowl, then gently drop it into the oil. Repeat with 2-3 more dough balls, so you’re frying 3-4 at a time.
- Fry the balls for about 2 minutes per side, flipping as necessary so that they cook evenly.Fry the cookie dough balls until they’re puffed and a dark golden brown on all sides. Remove them from the oil using a frying skimmer or slotted spoon and place them on a paper towel-lined baking sheet to drain. Repeat with the rest of the cookie dough balls and batter. Watch the temperature of the oil and keep it between 360 F-370 F (182 – 188 C)—remove it from the heat if it gets too hot, or let it warm up in between batches if the temperature drops too much.
- These balls are best served warm, but not hot. Garnish them with a drizzle of chocolate sauce, a side of whipped cream, a sprinkling of powdered sugar, or nothing at all!
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I really need to try these! They look amazing and like they’d just melt in your mouth! 🙂
You really, REALLY need to! But the question is, how will you work rhubarb into this dessert? 🙂
Oh man – I need this! Ryan Seacrest was just talking about this on the morning too so I’ve been craving this like crazy!
What?! I thought I was cutting edge, and here I am doing the same thing Ryan Seacrest is. Obviously I need to be listening to more morning radio to know what’s up…
I mean…. I really want to say all kinds of things about this but I’m completely speechless. How about I’ll just take a couple batches!!
Done and DONE! Heaven knows I’ve eaten more than my share already, you need to come take the rest off my hands…
Just found your blog. I will indeed be sharing it with my friends and family. Love the recipes and how well it is put together!
And this recipe has two of my favorite words in it…..Fried and Chocolate…LOL
Thanks Cricket! If those are your two favorite words I think we’re meant to be BFF…
I didn’t think chocochippers could get any better.
Thanks Coco! Turns out deep frying DOES make everything better! 🙂
You somehow managed to make Friday (fry-day) even more amazing! Gotta try this!
Haha, Fry-day is now my favorite day of the week! (Well, actually Thursday, since that’s when I make the fried goodies. Shhhh…)
Yes, I too am horrified of all of the deep fried goodness (if you can even call it that) that I hear about. However, if I saw these deep fried chocolate cookie dough treats, I’d definitely try them! Pinned!
Watch out! I went from being horrified to mildly curious to making deep fried abominations myself…it’s a slippery slope! Thanks Julie. 🙂
Seriously this looks too good to be allowed! Must try this! Must try this!
You must, you must! Thanks Jo. Let me know how it goes if you give it a try!
Too far! You have officially gone too far. (I mean… I want to eat those. All of them. And you know what? If you are going to deep-fry something and then eat that something, you are so right: it should absolutely be cookie dough.)
There is NO SUCH THING as too far!
This looks easy enough that I think I will try it.
Thanks Dave! Seeing your name gave me a great idea: deep fried fudge?!
Wow. I kinda can’t believe this! My kids would LOVE these. Totally sounds like an outdoor deep-fry family bonding session just waiting to happen!! Good stuff….
Wow, I need to be adopted by your family! Mine just did hot dogs and stuff… Thanks Sara! And I love your blog name. 🙂
Elizabeth Q. Sugarhero (I’m sure that’s your name) you have officially raised the stakes! These look like something the devil himself would concoct to lure people to the dark side. Or Darth Vader, because the dark side was a Star Wars thing, I think. Either way, I slow clap at these fried cookie dough balls. SLOW. CLAP.
Sarah you crack me up on a daily basis. I am now changing my legal name to Elizabeth Q. Sugarhero, and I told Jason I’m expecting a slow clap every time I walk into a room from now on.
OH my word. I made this a couple weeks ago and it was AMAZING! Like life changing amazing! I love that you made the fry batter.
Awesome to hear we’re on the same wavelength! And apparently Ryan Seacrest is on our wavelength too, since he was talking about this earlier in the week…? Great minds obviously think alike.
Soy loco por lo cookie dough frito! Love this, obviously. And I really appreciate that you tested this a bajillion different ways–science is alive and well at Sugar Hero!
Fortunately cookie dough frito is legal in both Mexico AND the US. Now to get Richard Simmons to endorse them!
Did you use mini or regular size chocolate chips in this recipe. Also, what type of chocolate chips did you use milk, semi, bittersweet etc.
Hi Jackie! I used regular semi-sweet chocolate chips, which I liked because there were big pockets of melted chocolate–but I’m sure mini chips would also work. I’d say either semi-sweet or bittersweet chocolate is best, milk might be a bit too sweet (but then again, I’m a dark chocolate lover, so take that into account).
Um…wow. That’s all.
Sometimes nothing else needs to be said! 🙂
There are no eggs listed in the ingredients but mentioned in the instructions. How many eggs? I would love to try this seeing that chocolate chip cookies are my favorite!
Never mind. I see it now. Lol.
omg.. these look ridiculously amazing! I haven’t played with frying much. What is the best type of oil to use?
Thanks Alyson! I think the conventional frying wisdom is that peanut oil is one of the best to use, because it has a high smoke point. I didn’t have any in the house and used vegetable oil, and it worked out perfectly.
Awesome, thank you!
These look so good! A definite must try. FYI for those wary of raw dough, it’s the flour you’re more likely to get salmonella from than the eggs.
Excellent point! I actually had a conversation about this with another food writer earlier this year, and this is the information she got from a food scientist about how to make raw flour safe to eat:
“Put the flour in an oven-proof bag. One of the purposes of the bag is to prevent moisture loss during the heating process. Set the oven at 250F. Heat the flour until the center temperature of the flour reaches 165F for 20 minutes. Remove the bag from the oven and let it cool for one hour. Then, use the treated flour to make the dough balls.”
I myself am not too concerned about it, but it’s good to know for those who might be worried.
In case you were wondering… you don’t want to be lazy and skip the batter. Doesn’t turn out so well LOL! On the plus side my deep fyer smells like cookies temporarily until I replace the oil.
Haha! Good to know! Sorry they didn’t work out, but we can say you did it for science, right? And at least you have a nice cookie smell to comfort you. Please let me know what you think if you try it again!
worst recipe ever….I followed it EXACTLY…and EVERY one opened up and the dough went everywhere…it is also pretty impossible to “turn” them over…save your money and time
Hi Kari, I’m so sorry to hear that the recipe didn’t work for you! I hate to hear that. If you ever want some help troubleshooting, please don’t hesitate to email me at elizabeth (at) sugarhero.com.
I saw these on facebook and made them the next day. They were a lot of work, but so good! I don’t usually fry things so I burned a few in the beginning but most of them turned out. My family loved them, thank you! Do you think they would work with other kinds of cookie dough?
Thanks, Joyce! I appreciate the feedback and am glad your family liked them! I would say that they would work with other firm-textured cookie doughs (nothing too soft that would spread during frying), and I also think that the chocolate chips in the dough really improved them, so maybe consider adding chocolate to whatever dough you want to do. But yes, experiment, and please let me know how your other doughs turn out!
Can’t wait to try this recipe. Thanks for the research.
Your recipe calls for vegetable oil. Most vegetable oil in the US is really soy oil — which I’m allergic too.
What about using peanut oil or coconut oil? sounds like it would taste better to me!
Hi Colin, Peanut oil should work well! It’s a great oil for frying as it is stable at higher temperatures. I’ve never tried frying with coconut oil, but from what I have read it is also a good choice for deep frying, and it might add a great flavor as well. If you give it a try with alternate oils I’d love to hear what you think! And I definitely need to experiment with coconut oil now…
I tried this recipie using store bought pillsbury cookie dough and it worked great! Delicious!
Hi Elisabeth! I’d love doing this cookies! But there’s a thing that I haven’t understood well… What have I to do after preparing the dough and putting it in the fridge but before frying the balls?
Hi Martina, Once the balls are formed, all you have to do is make the batter, dip them in the batter, and fry them! That’s it. 🙂 Does that make sense?
Stop it! These are ahhmazing! A must make for sure! Thanks!
Can’t stop, won’t stop! Thanks!
How do you get the cookie dough from coming out while cooking? It’s covered in all sides when I put them in…
I made these tonight substituting the sugar and brown sugar with Splenda brown sugar mix. Also used sugar free chocolate chips and skipped the powdered sugar. Amazing!
What innovative ideas! I’m so glad it all worked out and you liked it! I will be sure to spread the word if anyone is looking for those replacements as well. Thank you for sharing 🙂
What happened when you cooked from frozen? I have some peanut butter chocolate chip dough begging to be fried, but it’s in my deep freeze.
Hmm, my guess is that it would just be more raw in the middle because it wouldn’t be able to cook as quickly as the outside. But if that sounds good to you, that wouldn’t be a problem at all! Raw cookie dough is yummy too!
I recently came across your site. I’m in love. There are so many wonderful recipes on here that I will be able to WOW with thru the holidays. Thank you, I’m your newest fan.
So glad to hear it! Happy cooking and happy holidays!
So gonna make these tonight and a movie
Sounds like a fun night! Thank you so much!
Can I freeze these and pull them out when I want to use them? would it be the same process frying them? if so how long will they last frozen? Thank you for your time.
Hey, I would say they could stay frozen for about 2-3 weeks. They could freeze for longer but that will change how fresh they are. It isn’t like they will go bad but 2-3 weeks will keep them good! As for the frying process you will follow the recipe, however I suggest you put them into the fridge to defrost for about 20-30 minutes. The thing with it being frozen is you don’t want the inside to still be cold when the outside is about to burn. They wont take that long to thaw so 20-30 minutes should be good in the fridge! I hope that helps! I would love to hear how you like them!
Is it 600 calories per cookie dough ball? How big is a serving?
Hi Jaxon, I’m sorry for the confusion. When the nutritional information was added, it included the full quart of vegetable oil (for frying) in the calculations. I’ve re-run it without that quart, and instead estimated a teaspoon of oil was added to each serving during the frying process. This is a rough estimate but should be much more accurate than the original numbers. Thanks for pointing this out.
Everyone couldn’t stop eating these !
Thanks Jessica, they really are delicious!
this was very tasty
Hello Phillip! Anything deep fried has got to be good, right?! So glad you enjoyed this recipe. Thanks for trying it.
So I had to leave a review for these because Oh My God! These were perfect. I followed the recipe to the letter and was left with beautifully fried crisp dough filled with molten cookie dough. I also realized a quarter of the way through that there was no way I could finish all of these without them going bad. Going on a hunch I froze 3/4 of the dough for another time and had a cup of so of batter left over. The batter. The batter is absolutely perfect for funnel cakes and turned this single recipe into a dual purpose one that satisfied my none chocolate lovers. Thank you for this gem. It’s most definitely going into my monthly rotation.
Hi Marshay!! Thank you so much for the great review and baking tips for future readers. So glad you enjoyed this recipe. I love hearing your baking success stories!! Cheers.