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Deep-Fried Cookie Dough

side view of deep fried cookie dough in a basket

I would like to dedicate this post to Hayley from The Domestic Rebel . Thanks to Hayley, I was introduced to Torchy’s Tacos in Austin, Texas. Besides having some amazing tacos, they also have deep-fried cookie dough. Having a limited experience will deep-fried desserts, I was overcome with joy as I bit into the soft chocolaty center. Their deep-fried cookie dough was crisp on the outside and soft in the middle with melted chocolate chips. I set out to recreate this deep-fried deliciousness at home.

overhead of a basket filled with cookie dough bites

Besides being a little messy, this was pretty fun. Plus, it gave us an excuse to make homemade chicken fingers with the deep fryer (Thanks Jef!). I had some helpers with my deep-fried dough and we had a great time.

Edible cookie dough is kind of amazing. I coated my cookie dough with a mixture of egg, pancake mix and crushed corn flakes. The corn flakes give the outside a crunchy layer without dominating the cookie dough flavor.

overhead of cookie dough breading ingredients

I made my dough just before I was ready to deep fry. At first I thought it would be better to deep fry when the dough was cold, however the dough gets too dry. Plus you want the centers to heat up and the chocolate to melt; therefore I think it’s best to make the dough just before you are ready.

cookie dough bite broken in half next to other bites

I happened to use a deep fryer for mine, but you could do this with a Dutch oven on the stovetop as well. Start by preparing the cookie dough.

cookie dough balls on a plate

Use caution when deep-frying. Oil is extremely hot. Use tongs or spoons to lift dough balls out of deep fryer. I also recommend using oven mitts when handling deep-fry baskets.

cookie dough bites in a fryer basket
cookie dough bite with a bite out held

So now I am obsessed with deep-frying. It is WAY easier than making things on the stovetop. However, I am also more than willing to let other people do the work for me.

side view of a. cookie dough bite with a bite out with a basket in the background
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Deep Fried Cookie Dough Balls

Deep-Fried Cookie Dough

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  • Author: Julianne Dell
  • Prep Time: 30 minutes
  • Cook Time: 2 minutes
  • Total Time: 32 minutes
  • Yield: 24 bites
  • Category: Dessert
  • Method: Fried
  • Cuisine: American


Soft and chewy edible cookie dough is given a crispy coating when deep-fried and topped with powdered sugar.


For the Cookie Dough:

  • 1 ¼ cups (175g) all-purpose flour, heat treated
  • ½ cup (113g) unsalted butter, softened
  • ½ cup (95g) granulated sugar
  • 1/3 cup (73g) light brown sugar, packed
  • ¼ teaspoon salt
  • 3 tablespoons (45ml) milk
  • 1 tablespoon (15ml) vanilla extract
  • ½ cup (90g) mini chocolate chip

For the Batter:

  • 34 C Vegetable oil for frying
  • 3 C Crushed Corn Flakes
  • 1 Large egg
  • 1 C Water
  • 2 C Dry pancake mix
  • 23 tbsp Powered sugar
  • Additional powdered sugar for dusting


For the Cookie Dough:

  1. Preheat the oven to 350°F. Bake the flour on a baking sheet lined with parchment paper for approximately 10 minutes, or until the temperature of the flour reaches 160°F. Stir the flour halfway through and allow it to cool completely. Sift the flour through a fine mesh sieve.
  2. Soften the butter in the microwave for 20-30 seconds. In a large mixing bowl, combine the butter, granulated sugar and brown sugar and beat until creamy.
  3. Add the heat-treated flour, salt, vanilla extract and 1 tablespoon of milk. Beat together until the dough starts to form. Add additional milk as needed until the dough reaches your desired consistency. Mix in the chocolate chips.
  4. Roll dough into balls, about 1 1/2 tablespoons for each. Set aside.

For the Batter:

  1. Preheat oil to 365°.
  2. Use a food processor to crush Corn Flakes into small pieces. Set aside in a medium-sized bowl.
  3. In a separate medium-sized bowl, beat the egg with a fork. Add water.
  4. Add 1 cup of dry pancake mix and powdered sugar and whisk together until smooth.
  5. In a third bowl, place the remaining dry pancake mix.

For Assembly:

  1. Roll dough in dry pancake mix, then dip into the wet batter, and lastly, roll in Corn Flake crumbs.
  2. Place dough ball in the oil and fry for one minute and 30 seconds.
  3. Remove from the deep fryer and tap off excess oil and place on a paper towel to dry the dough ball and absorb the remaining oil. Allow them to cool for several minutes before eating.
  4. Sprinkle with powdered sugar or drizzle with chocolate syrup.


Recipe adapted from Taylor Takes A Taste


  • Serving Size: 24 Cookie Balls

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30 thoughts on “Deep-Fried Cookie Dough”

  1. These taste nothing like Torchy’s and I am sorry I spent so much time and money only to throw them all away. Don’t bother.

    1. Julianne - Beyond Frosting
      Beyond Frosting

      Hi Cynthia, I am sorry it didn’t suite your tastebuds. It would be nearly impossible for me to match their flavors without having their recipe. Instead, this is my version inspired by Torchy’s. Everyone I’ve made these for has really enjoyed them.

  2. You’re my hero deep frying cookie dough! I’ve had deep fried Oreos so I imagine they are similar but better.

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    Thank you Pintrest, I am now heading to a friends house… they have the turkey fryer going, and they are not frying a turkey! Its a bring your own whatever you wanna fry type of thing…. and I just found my thing! 😉

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    Sarah @ Miss CandiQuik

    Love it! These look so great – they turned out perfect! Wish I was there to taste them ;). Great photos. Have a fab weekend. -Sarah

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      Thanks Sarah! It was so much fun. I am just glad we managed to get back into town on the bus. I think the bus driver probably thought we were the biggest weirdoes.

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    Jackie @ The Seaside Baker

    OMG these were dream worthy! Your’s look exactly like Torchy’s! Beautiful!

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    The Domestic Rebel

    YES YES YESSSS. These look identical to Torchy’s but I bet they taste even better 🙂 and I am totally willing to roadtrip it back out there for some more tacos! Ole!!

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    Cathy Pollak ~ Noble Pig

    Oh wow, I mean I can’t even wait to try this! My kids will love me when I bring this out of the kitchen!

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      Thanks Renee, I have seen corn flakes used for deep fried items before and captain crunch as well! I like the cornflakes since the taste is somewhat neutral.

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      Thanks Christina! I don’t get to the fair often but I have a feeling this one also be one of my favorites!