Air Fried Oreos vs. Deep Fried Oreos Challenge

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I have a confession. I only go to the fair for the food. Specifically, deep fried Oreos. They are my weakness. There’s something about the fried, warm, ooey-gooey treats that I can’t resist. But we haven’t been to the fair in a while and well, I’m trying to eat healthier. So what’s a girl to do?

Now that I have an air fryer, I figured I would try to recreate those yummy deep fried Oreos from the fair. I went searching for the perfect air fried Oreo recipe and was disappointed with the options. Most suggest that you buy crescent dough from the refrigerated section of your local supermarket. And while they sounded like a good idea, they just didn’t taste the same.

When I told my family that I was going to try to find a new option, they begged me to just stick with the deep fried version. Which gave me an idea… why not make it into a little contest and see which is better… deep fried Oreos or air fried Oreos.  Read on to see which ones they preferred!

deep fried oreos in a basket

Deep Fried Oreos

I’m pretty sure we nailed these. They were so close to the deep fried Oreos we buy at the fair, we couldn’t believe it.  If you love funnel cakes and Oreos, this is the perfect marriage of flavors. All you need is oil, powdered sugar, Oreos and our recipe for homemade funnel cakes (if you want a shortcut, you can also use the store-bought funnel cake mix)!

These deep fried Oreos are exactly like the ones you get at the fair. Ooey-gooey and so delicious!

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deep fried oreos in a basket

Deep Fried Oreos


    Description

    Just like the deep fried Oreos you buy at the fair, they are ooey-gooey and so delicious!


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    Ingredients


    Instructions

    1. Pour approx 1½ inch of oil into a pan and heat on medium-high heat. You want the oil to be higher than the Oreo.
    2. Mix funnel cake batter according to our directions or packaging (most will just have you add water).
    3. Once oil is hot, dip an Oreo cookie into the batter and make sure it’s fully covered
    4. Place batter dipped Oreo into the heated oil. Once you start to see it turn brown (it will be 1-2 minutes), remove and place on a paper towel, on top of a plate. Repeat.
    5. Top with powdered sugar and serve warm.

    • Category: Dessert

    stack of deep fried oreos

    plate of deep fried oreos

    Air Fried Oreos

    This was definitely not as easy as I thought it would be. I scoured the internet for options aside from the store bought crescent dough. Pancake batter? Too runny. Funnel cake mix? Also too runny. I thought about adding flour to either one of those to try to form a dough that can be rolled, but I didn’t want it to taste too floury.

    Then, as I was watching a baking competition on tv last weekend, it hit me… PUFF PASTRY DOUGH! Perfect! But have you ever seen them make it? It takes time. You have to chill it, roll it, fold it, chill it again, let it proof. Who has time for all that? When you want fried Oreos, you want them now, not in 14 hours. But guess what?! The store sells puff pastry dough in the freezer section!

    They are super flaky and lack the grease that the deep fried Oreos have.

    Finally an air fried Oreo recipe that can compete with the deep fried Oreos we get at the fair!

    air fried oreos in a basket

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    Air Fried Oreos


      Description

      Love fried Oreos but trying to stay away from deep fried foods? These air fryer Oreos are crispy on the outside and ooey-gooey on the inside!


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      Ingredients

      • 1 pkg Oreos
      • 1 pkg puff pastry dough
      • powdered sugar
      • chocolate syrup

      Instructions

      1. Remove the puff pastry dough from the box and let thaw, according to package.
      2. You'll find that the dough is folded into three parts. Using a pizza cutter, separate those three parts and then cut each of those into 4 equal squares.
      3. Using a square of dough, place an Oreo in the center, fold each corner into center of the oreo and pinch any open areas. The Oreo should be fully covered.
      4. Place 4 dough wrapped Oreos into the air fryer basket. Make sure they aren't touching. Cook on 400° for 8 minutes. Repeat.
      5. Top with powdered sugar and drizzle chocolate syrup. Serve warm.

      • Category: Dessert

      stack of air fried oreos

      plate of air fried oreos

      close up of air fried oreos with chocolate drizzle and powdered sugar

      Which One Was Best?

      So, which do you think was the bigger hit? Believe it or not, it was a tie! And our youngest, she would have been the tie breaker, but she couldn’t choose a favorite because she liked them both so much.

      If you are a fried Oreo fan, I’d love for you to try these recipes and let me know which you prefer! Don’t forget to check out all of our kid friendly recipes!

      Two delicious recipes for fried Oreos, one deep fried and one air fried. But which one will win my family's heart?

       

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      53 Comments
      • Tisha
        June 23, 2020

        I LOVE THIS idea!!!! I have to try it, I love oreos but haven’t ever fried them! Now I need to try both ways!

      • Lisa Joy Thompson
        February 28, 2020

        These both look amazing! And I can see how it would be a tie. Choosing a favorite fried Oreo would be like choosing a favorite child! 🙂
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      • Carmen
        November 14, 2019

        I need to make these for the holidays. Looks so good!

      • Catherine
        October 30, 2019

        Confession, I’ve never tried a fried oreo though I’ve heard of them. I wish I could try one of each and taste the difference myself. I would have thought a pie crust dough instead of cresent dough honestly, but the funnel cake batter is a much better idea! I’m so tempted to get an air fryer this season!

      • Melanie williams
        October 30, 2019

        Oh wow you have deffo got my taste buds going for sure. Looks yummy xx

      • Lyanna Soria
        October 30, 2019

        That’s quite an interesting recipe. I don’t think I’ve tried Air fried and Deep-fried Oreos before but that looks quite delicious.
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      • littlemisadvencha
        October 30, 2019

        wooooow. the first picture made me woooow! I would so love to taste both air fried Oreos and deep fried Oreos. I’m drooling right now.
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      • Yeah Lifestyle
        October 30, 2019

        This looks so indulgent and moreish! Both my kids love Oreos and this just pushes it up a notch. I would love to try both the air fried and deep fried Oreos to see which was best
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      • Amber S Battishill
        October 29, 2019

        I’ve never heard of fried oreos before! These sound and look amazing! I’m always looking for new air fryer recipes so I’m going to pin this!
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      • Ashley
        October 29, 2019

        Tried the Air Fried Oreos tonight and they’re SO good! My kids are big fans of fried Oreos at fairs in the summer and this was just a perfect treat. No frying and super easy!
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      • Monika
        October 29, 2019

        THIS IS CRAZY! And I absolutely love it! Oreos are my absolute favorite snack!

      • Shannon Gurnee
        October 29, 2019

        I’ve heard of Deep Fried OREOs, but not Air Fried OREOs. Sounds like a yummy treat!
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      • Garf
        October 29, 2019

        This looks so yummy. Now, I need to buy an air fryer. I love Oreos.
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      • Emman Damian
        October 29, 2019

        I would vote for air fried oreos! It’s healthier and less oil. Much tastier too!
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      • Carolyn
        October 29, 2019

        Oh man, my husband really wants an air fryer because he thinks it’d be cool and once he sees that you can do fried Oreos in this he’s going to flip haha! It looks so yummy and that’s cool it’s a tie!
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      • Claudia Krusch
        October 29, 2019

        The air fried looks fluffy, more like something my family would enjoy! Thank you for sharing such great recipes!
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      • Ashley Rollins
        October 29, 2019

        Oh wow! We used to serve these in a restaurant I worked at in Illinois and I love that you made a healthier take on it! They are SO GOOD.

      • Rachel
        October 29, 2019

        I also only go to the fair for the food. I am afraid of frying things at my house.
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      • Helen Little
        October 29, 2019

        What an interesting experiment! I bet they both taste amazing, I love Oreos!

      • Krissy
        October 29, 2019

        My mouth is watering. I’ve always wanted to try an air fryer. These look amazing!

      • Joanna
        October 29, 2019

        I have never heard about deep fried Oreos before. You have made me very curious, I’d love to try them out. I don’t have an air fryer so it will have to be deep fried for me.
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      • Jennifer
        October 29, 2019

        This is awesome. I had no idea I could make Fried Oreos like this. Now, I am off to get some puff pastry so I can give this a try.
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      • Catalina
        October 29, 2019

        wow! This is definitely an interesting recipe that my kids will love!

      • Annemarie LeBlanc
        October 29, 2019

        I like both versions so I can’t help you with the stats. Haha. Air fried would be healthier but I can’t say no if someone offers me a deep fried one.

      • Marina
        October 29, 2019

        Oreo are vegan, so I might try this recipe. Thanks for sharing x
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      • Toni
        October 29, 2019

        I think I need to try both of these!! They look SO good!!
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      • EMILY ZIELINSKI
        October 29, 2019

        oh my! Well I just found out that Oreos are Vegan the other day, so I may very well have to try this!!

      • Kelly Martin
        October 29, 2019

        I never knew there was such a thing as deep fried Oreos! They look delicious. The air fried ones look great as well!

      • joy
        October 29, 2019

        that’s good to hear the air fried were not as greasy. i have never had either b/c they sound so sweet but if i had to choose i would go for the air fried.

      • Kat&Phil
        October 28, 2019

        Well played indeed! Still catching up on this air frier technology. Good to know no good recipe goes unturned;)

      • Nicole Bertrand
        October 28, 2019

        I just had my first fried oreo EVER a couple of weeks ago. I plan on getting my husband an air fryer for Christmas, so we’ll have to try these with the kids for sure!

      • Nate
        October 28, 2019

        I’m all about deep fried oreos! I had some in downtown last week and it was so good!

      • Cinny
        October 28, 2019

        This should be fun to try out! I’m always looking for reasons to use my air fryer.

      • Celebrate Woman Today
        October 28, 2019

        This is so awesome looking pastries with sweets inside! I have never done any thing like that. Time has come to follow your recipe.
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      • kita
        October 28, 2019

        this is what heaven looks like my gawd. I am afraid to make this because I will eat all but this is a must. Pinning now

      • Cindy Neko
        October 28, 2019

        I love the way that air fried Oreos look like they have so much less grease. I’ll definitely be trying that recipe.

      • Kathy
        October 28, 2019

        Wow, these sure look amazing. I have never tried deep fried Oreos before. This is something I’ve always wanted to try though. They sound delicious.

      • Amy Desrosiers
        October 28, 2019

        Wow, these OREOs look way too good! I have never tried a fried OREO but I sure do want to about now!

      • Brianne Tursi Manz
        October 28, 2019

        I’ve heard of deep-fried Oreos, but not air-fried. I would like to try this challenge!

      • kumamonjeng
        October 28, 2019

        Wow, I never knew you can air-fried or deep-fried oreo! I love the idea and I will choose to air-fried as I just have gotten a Phillip air-fryer recently.
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      • Nothing the trusty air fryer can’t do!

      • Tara Pittman
        October 28, 2019

        I know that my family would love these. I love the idea of puff pastry instead of deep frying.

      • Stacie
        October 28, 2019

        I am very excited about this recipe. I love finding healthy alternatives that taste just as good as the original. I actually prefer that less greasy feel.
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      • jill nunn
        October 28, 2019

        Ohhh this is one of my favorite fair foods. Gosh, I dunno if I should try to make them at home that could be dangerous!
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      • Fiona Cambouropoulos
        October 28, 2019

        Oh my, I’ve never heard of deep fried or air fried Oreos. Both sound like a wicked lovely weakness. I’ll have to try them both!
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      • Roy
        October 28, 2019

        I would love to try both to check out the difference myself. I love fried stuff, especially fried Oreos.
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      • Cristina Petrini
        October 28, 2019

        Fried oreo? It is undoubtedly the coolest and most original idea I’ve read. I’m going to make these for Halloween.
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      • Nicole
        October 28, 2019

        I think I am going to buy an air fryer just for this recipe! 🙂

      • Ooh I recently got an air fryer so need to try this! I love that you can enjoy fried food with less fat! Great to know they tasted really similar!

      • robin rue
        October 28, 2019

        Yummers! I love fried oreos, so I will definitely have to give these a try!

      • Dana
        October 28, 2019

        They both look and sound delicious, but I love the lack of grease that comes with air frying. I can’t wait to give them a try. I’ve been looking for something new to make.
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      • Jill
        October 28, 2019

        The air fried Oreos sound like the winner to me. I’ve always loved the flavor of this dessert, but I never liked all that grease.
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