Fair season is right around the corner, which means the state fair and its food are on the mind, deep-fried and delicious! A fan favorite, deep-fried Oreo cookies are incredibly hard to resist! The deep-fried Oreo cookie is also easy enough to make for those that can't wait to get their hands on one, to recreate them at home!

Introduced by Charlie Boghosian, the man dubbed as "Chicken Charlie" or "The Man Who Fries Everything", the deep-fried Oreo cookie was born at the 2002 Los Angeles County Fair. This delectable and indulgent treat can now be found at almost any state fair and carnival.



  • 2 quarts vegetable oil
  • 18 Oreo cookies
  • 1 cup pancake mix
  • 1 cup water
  • powdered sugar, for dusting


  1. Place the Oreo cookies in the refrigerator to chill. Next, line a plate with paper towels. Set aside.

  2. In a large pot, heat the oil over medium-high heat until it has reached a temperature of 375 degrees on a digital instant-read thermometer.

  3. Meanwhile, in a medium bowl, whisk together the pancake mix and water until smooth.

  4. Remove the Oreo cookies from the refrigerator. Using a pair of tongs, dip each Oreo cookie into the pancake batter, coating the entire surface. Carefully lower each coated cookie into the frying oil. Only fry 3-4 cookies at a time to not overcrowd the pot.

  5. Fry each cookie until golden-brown, about 1-2 minutes. Flip, then brown the other side. Remove the cookie with a slotted spoon to the paper-towel-lined plate before serving. Serve immediately with a dusting of powdered sugar.


  • plate
  • paper towels
  • large pot
  • digital instant-read thermometer
  • medium bowl
  • whisk
  • tongs
  • slotted spoon

Recipe Notes

Deep-fried Oreo cookies are best enjoyed fresh, immediately after they are fried. Although they may be consumed the following day, they will be soggy and have an oily texture.

What Is A Deep Fried Oreo Cookie?

oreo cookie

A deep-fried Oreo cookie consists of a melty Oreo cookie creme center, hugged by warm golden-brown fried dough. Traditionally, a chocolate Oreo cookie is used for the center of the tasty, sweet dessert. But, with all of the unique flavors of Oreo cookies, this fried treat could become even more novel than it already is.

For a delicious twist, try golden Oreos, carrot cake Oreos, fudge-covered Oreos, white chocolate fudge covered Oreos, double stuffed Oreos, or peanut butter Oreos.

Deep Fried Oreo Cookie Add-Ons

vanilla ice cream with rainbow sprinkles

Take your deep-fried Oreo cookies to the next level by topping them with creamy, rich ice cream and your preferred toppings to create a magnificent deep-fried Oreo ice cream sundae. Or keep it simple with a light dusting of powdered sugar and a drizzle of chocolate sauce.

Don't feel like you are tied to original Oreos! There is always a wide range of flavor options at the store that are ready for deep frying, such as golden Oreos, carrot cake Oreos, fudge-covered Oreos, white chocolate fudge covered Oreos, double stuffed Oreos, or peanut butter Oreos.

Relive the state fair and prepare some deep-fried Oreo cookies! Fried to perfection, this sinfully delicious fair staple will become your new guilty pleasure.