Hooray! It's Christmas once again. The holiday that has the power to reawaken your inner child. It's so magical that it wraps you in a blanket of love and hope, inspiring you to be a better person. No wonder it’s known as "the most wonderful time of the year" because you can't help but get into the holiday spirit and spread cheer. Even if you aren't in the mood to celebrate just yet, the tinsel and brightly colored decorations, twinkling lights, and nostalgic music from every direction will surely put you in a merry mood.
Planning our holiday parties is something we look forward to all year because we want everyone to feel special. And Christmas gatherings are made all the better with the addition of homemade sweet treats. And what could be more delightful than deep-fried Oreos?
Everyone loves this dippable, lickable, and twistable snack. Since their creation, Oreos have become the ubiquitous and universally cherished chocolate sandwich cookies. They are so popular that a "National Oreo Day" was created to celebrate this indulgent treat.
How do you make an already crave-worthy snack even better? Deep fry it! Fried Oreos will undoubtedly satisfy your sweet tooth. A single bite presents so many layers and textures. The crisp battered coating, satisfying cookie crunch, and creamy melt-in-your-mouth center will make you forget about funnel cakes and other desserts.
If you're interested in making deep-fried Oreos at home for the holidays, just follow this simple recipe. But, before we get there, here are some amusing facts about our favorite cookie that will inspire you to include it in your menu, holiday or not.
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9 Exciting Facts About Oreo Cookies
- Nabisco made the first Oreo cookies in New York City on March 6, 1912. It debuted with classic Oreos and a lemon meringue flavor, which was discontinued in 1920. Even though Kraft Foods now owns it, the cookie sandwich created in 1912 has not changed.
- Various Oreo flavors have been introduced worldwide for years, including key lime pie, cinnamon bun flavor, Mississippi mud pie, and waffles with syrup. Other distinctive Oreo flavors include cotton candy, peppermint bark, chocolate hazelnut, jelly donut, chocolate strawberry, and toasted coconut.
- Over 10 Oreo shapes and sizes exist. Football-shaped, big-stuffed, double-stuffed, and mini-sized Oreo cookies are among them.
- If you stacked all the Oreos made since 1912, they'd reach the moon. With an estimated 40 billion cookies sold each year, you could round the globe five times over if you stacked them on top of each other.
- If you like Oreos, you're probably aware that there's a special spoon for dipping them in milk. The Dipr was created by a couple tired of losing their cookies to their milk.
- To commemorate Pride Month in 2012, Oreo developed a poster depicting an Oreo with layers of cream filling representing the colors of the LGBT rainbow. However, the colorful cream fillings were never made. The banner was solely intended to express their community support.
- Oreos are different in China. They have four layers of a crispy biscuit filled with vanilla or chocolate cream, similar to a wafer.
- China also came out with two savory Oreo fillings- hot chicken wing and wasabi. After releasing these two "sensational" flavors, #MyOreoCreation was launched in the United States. It was a campaign to get ideas for new fillings. Cherry Cola and kettle corn were two of the options chosen. Those who proposed these concepts received a sample box.
- Oreo ran a contest in 2019 and released a special edition with a mystery filling. Whoever guessed the flavor wins $50,000. After several participants tried to identify their newest cookie flavor, Oreo announced that "churro" would be their latest cookie flavor. The winner's identity was not revealed.
Don't these fascinating Oreo tidbits make you want to give them a festive makeover and serve them to your loved ones? Then, let's get started.
Deep-Fried Oreo Recipe
So, what exactly are the ingredients for fried Oreos? You may be surprised that they are readily available in your pantry.
- 2 quarts vegetable oil for frying
- 3/4 cup milk
- 1 large egg
- 1/4 tsp. vanilla extract
- 2 teaspoons vegetable oil
- 1.5 cups pancake mix
- 1 pack (18 cookies) of cream-filled Oreo cookies. Double-stuffed Oreos are the best, but you're welcome to experiment.
Note: If you are vegan, you can substitute eggs and dairy products with flax eggs and non-dairy milk such as oat or soy milk.
- Heat the oil in a deep fryer or large saucepan to 375°F.
- In a large mixing bowl, combine the milk, egg, vanilla extract, and two teaspoons of vegetable oil. Whisk them until smooth. Then, stir in the pancake mix until there are no dry lumps.
- Dip cookies into the batter and carefully set them in the heated oil. Do this one at a time to ensure even coating. Don't leave them there too long, or they'll get soggy.
- Drop them in the oil carefully and fry for three minutes or until golden brown. To guarantee even cooking, do this in batches (4-5 cookies at a time). Rest them on a paper towel-lined plate before serving.
- If desired, sift powdered sugar on top. You may also sprinkle cinnamon or cocoa powder. If you want a dipping sauce, raspberry sauce is a great option.
Some people refer to fried Oreo as Oreo tempura. Though they are both deep-fried, they are not identical. Oreo tempuras contain additional ingredients that enhance their chocolatey and luscious creaminess. You should also give them a shot.
Deep-Fried Oreos Without the Pancake Mix
"How do you make deep-fried Oreos without a pancake mix?" is a question we often hear. If you're worried about not being able to make fried Oreos without it, don't be.
Pancake mixes are, indeed, convenient. However, you can make the batter from scratch easily.
Deep-fried Oreo Batter Ingredients:
- 1 cup flour
- 1 teaspoon baking powder
- ½ teaspoon salt
- 1 tablespoon granulated sugar
- 1 cup milk
Combine the flour, baking powder, salt, and granulated sugar in a large mixing bowl. Whisk while you add the milk to the mixture. The consistency will be similar to pancake batter. A few little lumps are acceptable.
Reheating Fried Oreos
Serving fried Oreos right from the pan is the best way to enjoy them. While this exquisite treat's crisp and creamy richness makes leftovers impossible, it can still happen.
If it does, reheat it for a few minutes in a 425°F oven. However, it probably won't compare to the fresh ones.
FryAway with Delight
When it comes to deep-frying, one of the most important considerations is how to dispose of the excess oil. Don't let this deter you from making your favorite recipe because there is a workaround.
This Christmas, fry all you want and enjoy the season. FryAway will help clean up the oily mess.