Cookie Dough? I fry that.

Maybe my taste buds are a bit unconventional, but when it comes to desserts, I think the raw dough/batter always tastes better than the final product. Biting into an ooey-gooey treat is much more satisfying than almost breaking your teeth while crunching into a hard cookie. This is probably why I thought spending $5 on three little balls of fried cookie dough at the state fair was a good investment. Obviously I don’t regret it since I am now sharing this spectacular treat with you, but I wasn’t too happy with myself at first for spending so much on such a small, unhealthy treat. Sometimes my sweet tooth just gets the best of me.


DEEP FRIED CHOCOLATE CHIP COOKIE DOUGH

Shout out to Food Network for this great recipe! http://www.foodnetwork.com

Prep: 25 min + Inactive: 30 min + Cook: 20 min = Total time: 1 hr 15 min
INGREDIENTS

Courtesy of “The Baker Mama”

For the cookie dough:

  • 2 ½ cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 cup (2 sticks) unsalted butter
  • 1 ½ cups brown sugar
  • ½ cup sugar
  • ½ cup pasteurized eggs
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 2 cups (12-ounce package) chocolate chips

For the batter:

  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 2 tablespoons sugar
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1 large egg
  • ½ cup seltzer water or club soda
  • Vegetable oil (for frying)

For my fellow college students on a budget and with a limited amount of time on their hands…

Feel free to ignore all of those steps and stop by whatever convenient store or market is closest to you and pick up some premade chocolate chip cookie dough. When I can’t find the motivation to put all of that effort into finding all of those ingredients and making my own cookie dough, Pillsbury has my back. God bless “Rams Market!” (shout out to my fellow UNC south campus students)


DIRECTIONS

For the cookie dough:

  1. Combine flour, baking soda, and salt into a bowl. Mix well; then set aside.

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  2. Use a mixer to beat the butter until the color appears to be lighter.
  3. Gradually add sugar and brown sugar and beat until it is light and fluffy.
  4. Add the eggs to the mixture one at a time and continue to beat until they are completely mixed in. Then add the vanilla.
  5. Finally, using a low speed, add the flour mixture and chocolate chips.
  6. To form the cookies, roll 2 teaspoons worth of cookie dough into a ball; then place the balls onto a cookie sheet. Once all the dough has been used, place them in the freezer for 30 minutes so that they can firm up.

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For the batter:

  1. Using a large bowl, whisk together the flour, sugar, and baking powder.
  2. Then add the egg and ½ of the seltzer and mix well. Add more seltzer as you see necessary, until the batter is thick and the consistency of heavy cream.

Unfortunately, you will still have to find a way to obtain the ingredients for the batter. But once you have everything you need, here’s what you need to do!


DIRECTIONS

  1. Heat the oil in a deep-fat fryer to 350°IMG_1105
  2. Dip the cold cookie dough balls into the batter and carefully drop them into the oil.
  3. You can fry a few at a time; be sure to turn them over a few times. Fry for about 3 minutes, or until golden brown.
  4. Place them on a paper towel to allow the oil to drain out.
  5. Feel free to top them with powdered sugar, chocolate syrup, or whatever you think sounds good!

Happy Eating!!


The first time I tried fried cookie dough was at the North Carolina State Fair this year. I stood in line for 10 minutes trying to decide whether I should get Mac & Cheese bites or fried chocolate chip cookie dough… I chose Mac & Cheese bites. Didn’t see that one coming, huh?

As I stood with my friends and ate my delicious Mac & Cheese bites, I realized I was the only one who didn’t get fried chocolate chip cookie dough. Of course my curiosity got the best of me and I decided to wait in line for another 10 minutes and spend another $5… It was worth it. I hope you enjoy this savory comfort food as much as I do.


For those of you who love cookie dough but can’t quite bring yourselves to enter the deep, dark, unhealthy world of fried food, I have just the thing for you!


RAW VEGAN CHOCOLATE CHIP COOKIE DOUGH BITES (also gluten-free & soy-free)

Shout out to Averie Cooks for the awesome recipe. http://www.averiecooks.com/

Total time: 10 min

INGREDIENTS

  • 2/3 cup raw cashews
  • 1/3 cup oats
  • 2 tablespoons agave
  • 1 tablespoon maple syrup
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • ¼ cup chocolate chips

DIRECTIONS

  1. Blend the cashews and oats in a food processor until they’re a fine powder. Make sure you don’t blend too much or else it will turn into cashew butter!
  2. Add the agave, maple, and vanilla and blend thoroughly. Once again, do not over-blend!
  3. Stir in the chocolate chips manually.
  4. Shape the dough into balls; if it is sticky, chilling it in the fridge will make it easier to work with.
  5. Happy Eating!!

Fair Food isn’t just for the Fair.

By: Emily Mellinger

I recently visited the North Carolina State Fair and I decided to be bold and switch it up a little. As a roller coaster enthusiast, every year I look forward to eating roasted corn and a funnel cake and then riding the fastest and most sickening rides I can find! This year was different. After hearing about the limitless amount of fried food that the fair has to offer, I decided it was time for me to explore. Of course I had to start off a little healthy and get some good old roasted corn, in an attempt to avoid eating solely fried food the entire day; but once I finished that cob, it was off to the “Wisconsin Cheese” stand for some fried cheddar nuggets.

My friends and I waited in that line for almost 30 minutes, but I can honestly say that these little nuggets of deliciousness are worth it! When it was finally our turn to order we decided to just get one bowl for all five of us to share, huge mistake. These things are so tasty and just two cheddar nuggets per person is not enough; although it was probably for the best. That way, I was able to save room for all of the other fair foods I tried that day, such as “fried mac & cheese” and “fried cookie dough” (recipes coming soon).

Cooking all of these fair foods at home makes me miss October and all of the excitement of the beginning of Fall. I hope you find this snack as satisfying and comforting as I did!

And now, the recipe you’ve all been waiting for…

Fried Wisconsin Cheese Nuggets

Ingredients:

  • 16-oz package of fresh white cheddar cheese curds
  • 2/3 cup whole milk
  • ½ cup flour
  • ¾ tsp baking powder
  • ¼ tsp salt
  • 2-4 cups corn oil for frying

1.  Combine the milk, flour, baking powder, and salt. Don’t put more than the ¼ tsp salt or else they will be too salty, since the cheese curds already have a salty taste to them.

2.  Coat the curds thoroughly in batter. If they’re not coated well enough, the cheese will melt and explode into burnt bits once they hit the oil.

3.  Heat your oil in a heavy pot until the deep fry thermometer reaches 350-375 degrees. Then drop in 8-10 curds at a time. Make sure they do not stick together. Leave them in there for a minute, until they are golden.

4.  Remove from the oil with a slotted spoon and place on a dish lined with a paper towel, which will absorb some of the oil.

5.  Feel free to serve with dipping sauces such as ranch and marinara to add a little bit of extra flavor.

Happy Eating!

Shout out to The Gunny Sack and Mallory’s Kitchen for the recipe and photos.

http://www.thegunnysack.com

http://www.malloryskitchen.com

Check out even more fair food recipes!!

Deep fried oreos

Carmel apples