Cinnamon Sugar Fried Dough


Cinnamon Sugar Fried Dough recipe that you can make at home and is similar to what you get at the fair or a carnival in the summer!

Cinnamon Sugar Fried Dough recipe using store bought pizza dough

Carnival sweets constitute a valid reason to appreciate this time of the year!  I belong to a small group out of my church that meets every Tuesday night.  Each week we have a different theme as far as what snacks everyone brings and it’s always fun to see what people come up with.  Last summer, we had the BEST themed night ever – carnival food night!  We had it all:  kettle corn, candied almonds, mini hot dogs, caramel apples, cinnamon sugar fried dough, and homemade cotton candy.  There’s nothing like pulling up to your friends house for Bible study and he’s out on his front porch with a huge cotton candy machine whipping up some homemade cotton candy and handing it out to people as they walk in the door.  Oh, what the neighbors must think sometimes! 😉

Cinnamon Sugar Fried Dough recipe using store bought pizza dough

Using some store-bought pizza dough, you can easily make and enjoy a simple fried dough from the comfort of your home – carnival style!  It might not be exactly the same as you’re used to getting at the fair, but this is a quick fix for your fried dough craving and takes no time at all to make.  My in-laws own a pizzeria and I had the convenience of making this fried dough right at the store and using their already made pizza dough and their deep fryer with my mother-in-law showing me how it’s done.  It couldn’t have been easier!  But you can also use a deep pan to fry, or whatever you normally use to deep fry food at home.

These are sinfully delicious!! Not the healthiest of recipes, but oh so good.

Cinnamon Sugar Fried Dough
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Cinnamon Sugar Fried Dough recipe that you can make at home and is similar to what you get at the fair or a carnival in the summer!
  • 1 lb. ready-made pizza dough
  • 3 cups oil, canola, peanut or vegetable
  • White sugar
  • Cinnamon
Note: Peanut oil is my favorite deep-frying oil; it has a higher smoke point, and neutral flavor.
  1. Fill a deep pan with 4 inches of oil and heat to 375 F (or use a deep fryer if you have one and use it according to directions!).
  2. Divide the pizza dough into even pieces, depending on the size you want each piece to be.
  3. Lightly flour a clean kitchen surface and press each piece of pizza dough into a flat, round shape.
  4. Drop the discs of dough into the hot oil. Allow it to rise to the surface and turn it occasionally until both sides are golden brown. Mine took about one minute to float.
  5. Remove the pizza dough from the oil and drain on paper towels.
  6. Put cinnamon and sugar in a gallon size ziplock bag (I like to use a 3:1 ratio - 3 parts sugar, 1 part cinnamon) and put fried dough in the bag along with the cinnamon/sugar.
  7. Seal bag and shake until fried dough is completely coated.
You can also just use powdered sugar instead of the cinnamon/sugar mixture.


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These are a few of my favorite things: cooking, baking, Broadway musicals, cruises, Disney World, Christmas, thunderstorms, 80's and country music, and my favorite pastime has ALWAYS been baseball. Go Yankees!

24 Responses to “Cinnamon Sugar Fried Dough”

  1. June 3, 2014 at 1:35 AM #

    Be still my heart! As soon as I saw the title “Cinnamon Sugar Fried Dough” in my reader I fell in love. How are you in my brain, Ashley??

  2. June 3, 2014 at 10:07 AM #

    Mmmm… my mom used to fry refrigerated biscuit dough and toss it in sugar. It gives me so many good memories! I’m jealous of your carnival night theme at church… sounds awesome!

  3. June 3, 2014 at 10:18 AM #

    Well these are pretty much heaven on a plate! YUM!

  4. June 3, 2014 at 10:45 AM #

    You had me at cinnamon

  5. June 3, 2014 at 10:51 AM #

    These are going to be everyone’s favorite next weekend!

  6. June 3, 2014 at 12:05 PM #

    THESE. Omg. Cinnamon is my kryptonite. Do you deliver?

  7. June 3, 2014 at 2:27 PM #

    This makes me think of state fairs and theme parks! Now I can feel like I am at the fair when i am at home making these! Yum!

  8. June 3, 2014 at 4:49 PM #

    These look amazing! My grandmother used to make something similar. I need to make these 🙂

  9. June 3, 2014 at 5:16 PM #

    OMgoodness I would be all over these fritters. Anything dough and fried is delicious!

  10. June 3, 2014 at 8:09 PM #

    I love fried dough! It always reminds me of summer. 🙂

  11. June 3, 2014 at 8:25 PM #

    This absolutely brings me back to carnivals in my childhood!

  12. June 3, 2014 at 8:40 PM #

    carnival food is THE BEEEST! Love that you made this fried dough-so dangerous but so deeeelish!

  13. June 3, 2014 at 8:58 PM #

    Love this! My daughter is allergic to egg and milk so we often make something like this in place of donuts. Yum!

  14. June 3, 2014 at 9:34 PM #

    Oh goodness! This reminds me of the fried dough we used to get as kids on the boardwalk during the summer! Looks awesome!

  15. June 4, 2014 at 12:32 AM #

    Loving this so much Ashley! I am going to be making this!

  16. June 4, 2014 at 6:34 AM #

    I don’t think there is anyway I cannot love this recipe!!! And carnival night?! I wish I could have joined!!

  17. Sarah
    June 4, 2014 at 10:42 AM #

    So yummy! I apparently live too far south for fried dough (it’s all funnel cake here. Yuck!) thanks for sharing….I didn’t know it would be so easy to make.

  18. June 4, 2014 at 10:54 AM #

    You had me at FRIED! I loves me some fried dough! Nothing beats the cinnamon sugar combo… Except maybe dipped in chocolate, but that’s a whole ‘nother story!

  19. June 4, 2014 at 11:16 AM #

    Fried dough is the best!

  20. June 4, 2014 at 5:54 PM #

    Who doesn’t like fried dough? Nothing better, particularly with cinnamon. Terrific stuff — thanks.

  21. June 10, 2014 at 10:46 AM #

    YUM! Love fried dough.

  22. June 13, 2014 at 10:10 AM #

    Love some fried dough! What a wonderful theme for a party. So fun!

  23. June 20, 2014 at 1:01 AM #

    I am going to Trader Joes tomorrow and getting some pre made pizza dough and making thesefor game night.


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