CASA GRANDE -- The decadent sweet-meets-savory deep-fried Oreo might not be the most diet-friendly snack, but they’re so good and so easy to make that sometimes they’re worth the indulgence.

Deep-fried Oreos are prominently featured on many lists of the top unhealthiest foods, and for good reason.

A single Oreo cookie right out of the package has about 54 calories.

But when it’s dipped in batter and then fried in sizzling oil, the calorie count more than doubles. One deep-fried Oreo can have about 125 calories.

And honestly, who can stop at one? A typical serving of deep-fried Oreos when purchased at a fair can have as many as five cookies per order — that’s more than 900 calories.

Deep-fried Oreos began as a food found primarily at fairs and festivals. But as they’re easy to make — and irresistible to eat — they’ve become popular with home cooks and are found in some restaurants.

The recipe is easy to make. A pancake-like batter is made and the cookies are dipped one at a time in the batter, then fried in vegetable oil.

A deep fryer or regular frying pan can be used. They can also be made in an air fryer, but the bottom of the fryer must be lined with parchment paper and sprayed with non-stick cooking spray.

The deep-fried Oreos go nicely with deep-fried butter, which can be made using the same batter.

Butter has about 100 calories per tablespoon even before it’s dipped in batter and fried, so this deep-fried treat is also not for those who are concerned with fat and calories.

Both deep-fried Oreos and deep-fried butter are treats that, once made, will disappear fast.

Deep-fried Oreos

Vegetable oil for frying

1 large egg

1 cup milk

1 cup self-rising flour (or pancake mix)

1 package Oreo cookies or other sandwich cookie

In a bowl, combine flour, milk and egg and whisk until well mixed. One by one, dip the cookies into the batter.

Carefully place cookies in hot oil, being careful not to crowd the pan. Fry in batches for about four to five minutes. If using a frying pan or an air fryer, the cookies will need to be flipped about half-way through the cooking process. Drain on a paper towel-lined plate. Sprinkle with powdered sugar.

Deep fried butter

Deep-fried butter uses the same batter but has a teaspoon of cinnamon and two tablespoons of brown sugar added.

Cut one stick of butter into tablespoon-size pieces and freeze for at least an hour.

Dip each piece of butter into the batter and fry for about four minutes in the hot oil, flipping half-way through the cooking process.

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Melissa St. Aude is the Arts & Entertainment editor at PinalCentral. She can be reached at mstaude@pinalcentral.com.

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