Cookies ‘N Cream Funnel Cake: a Delicious State Fair Treat

One of the best things about the end of summer here is the Minnesota State Fair. Otherwise known as the “Great Minnesota Get Together”. Through the twelve days of the fair, there are animals, concerts, activities, and lots of food. You can pretty much find anything on a stick and many things deep fried. Most Minnesotans eat their way through the fair walking it off as they go. I must confess I am one of these people. French fries, cheese curds, and all you can drink milk for $2 are always on my list of what to eat. Also on my food list are deep fried Oreos® and funnel cake. So yummy!

I wanted to be able to enjoy and share a sweet, fair treat throughout the year. So I decided to not only make these desserts but combine them into a decadent dessert. This recipe for Cookies ‘N Cream Funnel Cake is a sweet tribute to delicious the State Fair food.

Cookies 'N Cream Funnel Cake

These are actually easy and quick to make. Depending on how big you like your funnel cakes, this recipe will make a enough for at least 4 people and easily 6 people. The crushed chocolate cookies in this funnel cake adds yummy, rich flavor.

What you will need to make cookies ‘n cream funnel cake is:

  • 1½ cups of flour
  • 1½ cups of crushed chocolate cookies (or Oreos®)
  • 3 tablespoons sugar
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • 1 large egg
  • 2 cups of milk
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • oil for frying
  • powdered sugar to sprinkle over

So let’s start cooking! Place a large pot with enough oil for frying over medium-high heat. You will need to heat the oil to about 350°. I actually used a flat bottomed heavy duty wok to fry my funnel cakes. But a large pot or a large, deep, cast iron skillet will also work.

To make the batter whisk together the flour, crushed chocolate cookies, sugar, baking soda, and salt.

Making Cookies 'n Cream Funnel Cake Batter

Then add in the milk, egg, and vanilla. Stir until thoroughly combined: so the only lumps are crushed cookies.

Next pour the cookies ‘n cream batter into a clean squirt bottle or resealable plastic bag. If you are using a plastic bag, you will need to cut the corner off so you have a small opening to squeeze the batter through.

Deep Frying a Cookies 'N Cream Funnel Cake

Then squeeze out batter into hot oil in a circular cake-ish design. Be careful, the oil tends to splatter a bit. Cook for about 30 seconds until the edges start to brown. Then flip funnel cake over and fry for another 30 seconds or until the bottom is golden brown.

Take out the funnel cake with a pair of tongs and place on a paper towel lined plate. When you are ready to enjoy your cookies ‘n cream funnel cake just sprinkle it with some powdered sugar.

State Fair goodness! If you wanted to add even more to this already delicious dessert, I’d recommend topping it with whipped cream, chocolate syrup, and crushed cookies. However you eat it, it’s great that you won’t have to wait a year to enjoy this fair favorite.

Make it even easier to enjoy not just funnel cakes but all your fried favorites. Get your own deep fryer now at Heartland America.

Deep Fryer available at Heartland America

With this fryer you can fry two foods at once or just one big batch with the included extra large basket. With the splash guard lid and stainless steel exterior, this makes frying food at home a breeze.

As summer winds down, try making your own fair foods at home. I hope the end of your summer is fun and full of memories. For the next two weeks, I’ll be taking some time off to spend with family and friends. But I’ll be back. So remember you are always welcome at Home with Heartland.


Cookies 'N Cream Funnel Cake
Print Recipe
Servings Prep Time
4-6 people 10 minutes
Servings Prep Time
4-6 people 10 minutes
Cookies 'N Cream Funnel Cake
Print Recipe
Servings Prep Time
4-6 people 10 minutes
Servings Prep Time
4-6 people 10 minutes
Servings: people
  1. In a large pot or deep fryer, heat oil to 350 degrees on medium-high heat.
  2. Mix together flour, crushed cookies, sugar, baking soda, and salt together in a large bowl.
  3. Add egg, milk, and vanilla to dry mixture and combine thoroughly.
  4. Pour mixture into clean squeeze bottle or resealable plastic bag.
  5. (If using a plastic bag, cut a little off one of the bottom corners to squeeze batter out into the fryer.)
  6. Squeeze batter into hot oil and heat for 30 seconds on one side (or until edges are browning). Flip over and cook for another 25-30 seconds.
  7. Remove cake from oil and place on a plate lined with a paper towel.
  8. Transfer to another plate, sprinkle with powdered sugar, and serve.
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