Monday, December 8, 2014

Fried Sugar Cookie Dough Drop Donuts

The 12 Donuts of Christmas, Day 4: Fried Sugar Cookie Dough

I'll be the first to say it -- deep fried cookie dough is ridiculous. Over the top.

But I will also say this: your friends will get a huge kick out of these. They're super easy to make before a party and I guarantee someone will say something to the effect of, "Is that deep fried cookie dough? As in crazy fried fair food?? I've always wanted to try that!!"

For these babies, I started with a basic sugar cookie dough (without eggs), shaped it into little balls, froze them, dipped them in a tempura batter mix and then fried them in no time. The tempura mix worked great for fried cookie dough because it was easy to prepare, coated the cookie dough balls thoroughly and didn't compete with the flavor of the dough. It also fried up with a fantastic crunch without being heavy, soggy or bready. Just delightful, in a greasy-sweet sort of way...but worth a try, for sure!

(makes 12 drop donuts)

Sugar Cookie Dough: 
1/2 cup unsalted butter, softened 
1/2 cup powdered sugar
1/2 cup sugar
1 tsp vanilla extract
1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour 
1/4 tsp fine sea salt

Tempura Batter:
1 cup tempura mix
3/4 cup cold whole milk
peanut oil for frying

White Icing (optional):
2 cups powdered sugar 
1 tsp light corn syrup 
1/2 tsp vanilla extract 
pinch of fine sea salt
2 to 4 tbs whole milk 
sprinkles (optional)


  1. In a large bowl, cream butter, powdered sugar and sugar. Stir in vanilla, flour and salt until well combined. 
  2. Using your hands or a 1 1/2 tbs scoop, drop balls of cookie dough onto a parchment-lined cookie sheet. Freeze for at least 2 hours. 
  3. Fill a heavy-bottomed pot 2” deep with peanut oil and heat to 375° F. While oil is heating, prepare tempura batter by whisking tempura mix and cold milk. 
  4. Coat frozen cookie dough balls in tempura batter and fry for 1 minute or until golden brown. Transfer to wire rack to cool. 
  5. If using, prepare white icing by combining powdered sugar, corn syrup, vanilla, sea salt and whole milk in a large bowl. Beat until smooth. Decorate donuts with white icing and sprinkles.

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