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Fried dough.

Fried Dough

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  • Author: Addison LaBonte
  • Prep Time: 10
  • Cook Time: 10
  • Total Time: 20
  • Yield: 8 servings 1x
  • Category: Dessert
  • Cuisine: American


This homemade fried dough tastes like it came from the country fair!  It has the perfect light and airy texture.  This recipe is surprisingly very quick and easy to make.  Top with powdered sugar, melted chocolate, or whipped cream!


  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 2 tablespoons granulated sugar
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 3/4 cup milk
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • Vegetable oil, for frying
  • Powdered sugar, for dusting (optional)
  • Cinnamon sugar, for dusting (optional)


  1. In a mixing bowl, whisk together the all-purpose flour, granulated sugar, baking powder, and salt.
  2. In a separate small bowl, mix together the milk and vanilla extract.
  3. Gradually pour the milk mixture into the dry ingredients, stirring until a sticky dough forms. If the dough is too dry, add a little more milk, a tablespoon at a time, until the dough comes together.
  4. Transfer the dough to a lightly floured surface and knead it gently for a minute to ensure it’s well combined.
  5. Divide the dough into smaller portions, about the size of a golf ball, and roll each portion into a ball.
  6. In a deep, heavy-bottomed pot or skillet, heat about 2 inches of vegetable oil over medium heat until it reaches a temperature of 350°F (175°C). Use a candy thermometer or an instant-read thermometer to monitor the temperature.
  7. Carefully drop a few dough balls into the hot oil, being cautious not to overcrowd the pot. Fry them for about 2 to 3 minutes on each side, or until they turn golden brown.
  8. Use a slotted spoon or tongs to remove the fried dough from the oil and transfer them to a paper towel-lined plate to drain excess oil.
  9. Repeat the frying process with the remaining dough balls until all are cooked.
  10. Allow the fried dough to cool slightly before serving. Optionally, you can dust them with powdered sugar or sprinkle them with cinnamon sugar for added flavor.
  11. Serve the fried dough warm and enjoy!


  • The dough should be sticky.
  • Use flour on your hands and the working surface as needed.
  • Use a candy thermometer to measure the temperature of the hot oil.
  • The fried dough really only needs a few minutes.  Do not fry too long.
  • This is best eaten soon after making.