Some years ago, food concessions at county and state fairs in the South began deep-frying things that are not usually deep-fried, such as Hostess Twinkies, Oreo cookies, and even pickles! These rather unusual foods spread rapidly throughout the United States. I tasted my first deep-fried Oreo cookie at the Bloomsburg Fair in Bloomsburg, Pennsylvania. It was love at first taste! There is also a certain satisfaction in knowing that you are indulging in something that violates the rules of every current fad diet. Hell, Dr. Atkins is dead. Enjoy life while you can!

Here is the recipe for deep-fried Oreo cookies. Enjoy!

1-1/4 cups pancake mix, any brand

4 tablespoons sugar

1 egg

2/3 cup water

1 teaspoon vanilla extract

1 tablespoon cooking oil

1 package Oreo or comparable brand of chocolate sandwich cookies

Confectioner's (powdered) sugar

1-1/2 cups cooking oil for frying the cookies


Combine pancake mix and sugar in a small mixing bowl. Add the egg, water, vanilla extract, and cooking oil. Using an electric mixer, blend all ingredients, gradually increasing the speed of the mixer to make a thick batter and whip in plenty of air. Pour the cooking oil into a medium saucepan and heat the oil until a drop of batter dropped into it rapidly turns golden-brown.

Using a tablespoon, dip the cookies into the batter, then fry them. Turn them to allow even browning of the batter. When the batter is golden brown, remove the cookies with a spoon and drain them on folded paper towels. When they cool, sprinkle them with powdered sugar. Enjoy!

This recipe yields approximately two dozen fried cookies.

Hostess Twinkies is a registered trademark of the Continental Baking Company.

Oreo is a registered trademark of Nabisco.