This Simple Air Fryer Hack Makes Carnival-Worthy Fried Oreos

Homemade fair food has never been easier.

By: Katherine Lok
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The biggest state fairs across the country may be canceled this year, but that doesn't mean you can't get your fair food fix this summer. Even though you may be missing the true carnival experience, you can still recreate one of the classics at home with an air fryer. While it's extra handy on summer days when it's too hot to deep-fry or turn on the oven, our simple hack for Air Fryer Fried Oreos is your ticket to enjoying fair food any time of the year.

Our trick for making carnival-worthy fried Oreos involves something you might already have in your pantry: pancake mix! This simple shortcut takes the guesswork out of making a batter from scratch that's not too dense or thin by using a pre-made mix to ensure a light, sweet and crispy coating for the cookies. It's also easy to adjust the consistency of the batter by adding a little more of the mix so that it thickly coats the Oreo enough to hold its shape.

When it comes time to air fry, just make sure to place an Oreo on each corner of the parchment paper lining so it won't fly up during cooking. Once your fried Oreos are puffed and golden, dust with confectioner's sugar to your heart's desire.

Now that you've got the batter down, feel free to go crazy and experiment with other types of candy and cookies! After all, isn't that what fair food is all about?

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