Now before you run to the nearest store and buy your favorite brand of refrigerated dough to throw into a pot of boiling oil, it isn't that simple. Since the cookie dough in the middle of the fritter is not fully cooked even after frying, I used a modified "faux" cookie dough without eggs in the recipe, so as to not poison my loved ones as they chomp down on these golden nuggets of gooeyness! (This modified cookie dough will not produce the beautiful chocolate chip cookie you see on the right unless you add a egg and some baking soda/powder, etc.)
The faux dough is then frozen until solid and coated in a crispy tempura batter before taking a 350F degree oil bath for a couple of minutes. The result? A lovely combination of fried dough on the outside with a warm gooey cookie dough center.
Step 1: Materials Needed
1/4 cup (1/2 stick) unsalted butter, room temperature
1/2 cup brown sugar, firmly packed
1/4 cup granulated (white) sugar
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
3 Tablespoons milk
1 and 1/2 cups flour, all-purpose
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/2 cup semisweet mini chocolate chips
Tempura fry batter:
Vegetable oil for frying
Cornstarch for dredging
3/4 cup plus 2 Tablespoons flour
2 Tablespoons powdered sugar (plus more for dusting afterwards)
1/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1 egg, lightly beaten
3/4 cup very cold water (plus more if needed)
Hand-mixer, or stand-mixer, or even just a wooden spoon or spatula and your powerful muscles
Heavy-duty large frying pan or dutch-oven
Wire basket or slotted spoon for hot oil
Step 2: The "faux" Dough
Bonus: This modified cookie dough recipe is safe enough to eat right out of the bowl! So plan ahead and make a double batch of dough if you think you are susceptible to snacking on it before you get to the frying step.
Step 3: Now Stop . . . Freezer Time!
Step 4: Batter Chatter
Dredge the frozen cookie balls in the cornstarch first and knock off the excess powder. Using a toothpick to pick up the cornstarched ball, you can swirl the cookie dough ball in the batter and tap off the extra back into the bowl. Now you can transfer the battered ball to the hot oil without getting your hands messy!