These Oreo Donut are made with pillowy fried Oreo studded dough topped with cream cheese icing and chopped Oreo cookies.
Summer is dwindling down. Get ready to pack up the swimsuits and sundresses. It’s time to move on to sweeter things. It’s time to loosen your belt buckle, eat all the donuts, and smile.
While I love summer for it’s bounty of fresh produce and long sunny days, I’m super excited for autumn’s shift towards comfort foods, bowls of soups and stews, and desserts, desserts, desserts.
I’ve confessed before that I’m a feeder. Within 6 months of dating me, Alex gained 30 pounds. (I’ll save that story for another time.) More recently, I brought a couple of these Oreo donuts in tow when meeting new friends. Because from my understanding, you bring people you like donuts.
(That being said, being friends with me requires a gym membership or workout routine of some sort. If you are within a 10 mile radius of my house, I WILL be bringing you desserts on the regular.)
Yeast Raised Oreo Donuts
It’s been an awfully long time since I’ve fried a batch of REAL donuts.
I love baked donuts (and I’ve made a few that almost live up to real donuts), but they never quite hit the spot. There’s something magical about fried dough that just can’t be replicated by other means.
I’m very particular about names of dishes. I feel like if you’re going to mention an ingredient in the title, that ingredient must be prominent.
This is an Oreo donut. That means I’ve incorporated chopped Oreo cookies into the dough, as well as a ton of chopped Oreos for topping. (If it looked pretty, I would have mixed in crushed Oreos in the cream cheese frosting as well.)
I kneaded in chopped Oreos in the dough similar to how I added confetti sprinkles in my funfetti cinnamon rolls.
Important Frying Tools:
- Even consistent oil temperature will produce properly cooked donuts. Attach a candy thermometer (or deep fry thermometer) to the pot to maintain the oil temperature.
Heavy bottomed pot
- I used this 5.5 quart Staub. This particular pot works over fire, electric, or induction burners. This pot is well insulated and does a great job maintaining cooking temperature.
- However, any heavy bottomed pot will do. Just make sure the pot has a thick bottom to prevent oil from scorching or overheating.
- These donuts take about 40 seconds to cook on each side. Use a kitchen timer or use your smartphone’s timer to ensure even cooking.
- The strainer is perfect for lowering the raw dough into the hot oil. It’s also great for flipping the donuts, as well as removing the cooked donuts from the hot oil.
Have you had those deep fried Oreos sold at the fair? THEY’RE AMAZING. Those were the inspiration behind these donuts.
These Oreo donuts are no joke. They’re super rich and decadent and they WILL affect your waistline if you eat too much. I suggest keeping one or two for yourself and then share the rest with all your favorite friends, family, and neighbors. That’s what I did.
How long do these Oreo Donuts keep?
Like with most donuts, these are best eaten the day they’re made.
Fried foods are best consumed immediately. Try to eat these within 8 hours of frying. Overtime, the donuts will stale.
- 1 cup warm water, about 110 degrees F
- 3 Tablespoon active dry yeast
- ½ cup granulated sugar
- 4 ½ cups all-purpose flour
- 2 teaspoon fine sea salt
- 3 large egg yolks, room temp
- ¼ cup vegetable shortening
- 1 ½ teaspoon vanilla extract
- 1 cup roughly chopped Oreo cookies
Cream Cheese Frosting:
- 4 oz cream cheese, room temp, softened
- 2 Tablespoon unsalted butter, room temp
- 2 cups powdered sugar
- ¼ teaspoon vanilla extract
- ¼ cup milk
- roughly chopped Oreo cookies, as needed
- Place warm water, yeast, and 1 tablespoon of sugar in the bowl of a stand mixer. Stir to combine. Let sit for 5-7 minutes until yeast mixture is foamy on top.
- In a large bowl, whisk together remaining sugar, flour, and salt. Set aside.
- In the bowl of stand mixer, add egg yolks and vanilla. Whisk until egg yolks are incorporated.
- Add half of flour mixture. Mix on low-medium speed until flour is almost incorporated. Add vegetable shortening and continue to mix on low speed. Add remaining half of flour. Once flour has been incorporated, add chopped Oreo pieces. Increase speed and mix/knead for 2 minutes or so until the dough is smooth and pulls away from the sides of the bowl.
- Cover dough with plastic wrap or kitchen towel. Allow dough to rest for 10 minutes. Transfer dough to a lightly floured baking sheet. Pat dough into a rectangle with a thickness of about 1/2-inch. Cover with kitchen towel and set up a proofing box in your oven.
- In medium sauce pot, bring 3 cups of water to a boil. Place sauce pot on the bottom rack of oven. Place towel covered dough on the top rack of oven. Close oven door and let the dough rise for 45 minutes, until the dough also doubled in size. Do not open the oven door during this time, keep in as much heat and steam in oven as possible.
- Remove dough from proof box oven and place on a lightly floured work surface. Pat dough into a rectangle about 18 x 13-inches. Use a sharp knife (or pizza cutter) to cut the bars into 3-inch squares.
- Gently transfer squares to a lightly floured baking sheet. You will need two baking sheets. Arrange squares at least 1 1/2-inches apart from each other. Bring water in sauce pot back to a boil and place back on the bottom rack of oven. Keep squares uncovered and place let rest in oven for another 45 minutes until they have puffed up.
- Fill a large pot with 3-inches of vegetable. Use a candy thermometer to measure the temperature. Heat oil to 350°F.
- Remove dough squares from oven. Dust off any excess flour and carefully place 2 to 3 squares into the hot oil. Be sure not to crowd the pot. Set a timer and fry one side for 35 seconds, until light golden brown in color. Carefully turn over the bar and fry the other side for another 30 seconds. Once golden brown all over, remove cooked donuts from oil and let drain over a cooling rack set over paper towels.
Cream Cheese Frosting:
- Using a hand mixer, cream together cream cheese and butter until smooth. Add powdered sugar, vanilla, and milk. Mix until smooth.
- Dip one side of donut into cream cheese frosting. Top with chopped Oreos. Enjoy immediately.
- Donuts are best eaten the day they are made.
- yeast dough recipe adapted from Top Pot Hand-Forged Doughnuts
Reader Questions and Reviews
LOL i have a feeling that your fiance’s weight gain story is very entertaining.
anyways, these doughnuts look amazing, and they sound like they’d be perfect for anyone who loves oreo’s (aka everyone) and/or cookies and cream.
OMG, these are making me DROOL!! So delicious :)
What a fabulous friend you are! I have a gym membership – do you deliver? :) These look seriously delicious! Love your pix of dipping these babies into the icing!
What a fun idea! Love the shape of these donuts and they look perfectly tender and decadent, just like a great donut should be.
Oh wow! These look very good indeed! You can’t beat a fried doughnut; I don’t make them very often because you need plenty of people around to eat them but they are one of my favourite things to make :)
This is amazing! I want to have this when I wake up!
My husband said he should have gone on a diet before we got married so he’d be at a normal weight because of how much I feed ha. I love the look of these donuts and how different they are!
These are totally screaming my name!
I love homemade donuts! These look amazing.
I think I’ve died and gone to heaven here. These look SO darn good, and I know for a fact they’re going to be a huge hit with the kids! Can’t wait to try these!
These look so wow, love both oreo’s and doughnuts so combined they sound truly spectacular. Will have a go at making these in the very near future.
These look so good! A first timer to your blog and everything look so delicious. Gorgeous pictures
Is 3 tablespoons of yeast correct? That seems a lot.
Yes, the recipe uses 3 tablespoons of yeast.