Fried dough balls

Published Jun 4, 2021 01:00 p.m. ET
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Fairs are one of those places we only get to visit once or twice a year, leaving us with unquenchable cravings the rest of the time as we eagerly await the arrival of the next big local event. There you’ll usually find rides, animals, families taking in the sights, and hundreds of vendors that all seem to serve up one version or another of deep-fried foods, with fried dough balls being a staple favourite. This recipe tastes just like the real deal, and it’s surprisingly easy to make, but you will need a fair amount of oil to make this magic happen because baked, fried dough just isn’t the same thing.

What are they?

This recipe tastes a whole lot like elephant ears, only instead of a giant pancake-like dessert, they turn out in perfect bite-sized portions that can be dressed or spiced to your liking. They’re made of a sweet dough that is deep-fried before getting tossed in a bath of cinnamon, sugar, or both for an extra special treat!

How to make fried dough

The key ingredient in this elevated fried dough recipe is the cannabutter, so make sure you have enough on hand before getting started. These bite-sized bits are dreadfully deceiving because they taste oh so good which can make you forget that there’s any special additive included, but they’re also surprisingly powerful for how little is in there, so it’s best to maintain a limit of 1 or 2 until you figure out how much they might affect you.

Preparation time: 30 minutes

Cooking time: 2-4 minutes

Calories: 187 per serving

Servings: 8 portions (or 16 fried dough balls)


  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • ¾ cup warm water (not hot)
  • ¼ cup icing sugar
  • ¼ cup cinnamon
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 2 tablespoons cannabutter
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • Vegetable oil (for frying)


  • Pastry blender
  • Plastic wrap
  • Deep fryer
  • Tongs
  • Paper towel


  1. Combine all of the ingredients except for the water in a pastry blender or work them together by hand in a large bowl until it comes together to form a nice, thick dough.

  2. Now, add the warm water to the mix before covering the dough and leaving it to rest for at least 15 minutes.

  3. Once the time is up, unwrap the dough and then split it into 8 equal parts.

  4. Split each dough ball once more in half and then roll them into perfect circles which should be around 5” round.

  5. Heat the cooking oil in a deep-fryer or large saucepan to 375°F.

  6. Drop each of the fried dough bits into the searing hot oil and let them cook for approximately 1 minute before flipping them over to continue for an additional minute on the other side.

  7. Retrieve the hot, deep-fried dough balls from the heat and then place them on a layer of paper towel to remove any excess oil.

  8. Split the balls into equal portions and then serve them with cinnamon and icing sugar as topping choices.

Storage and serving

Fried dough is moist, melty, and delicious when it’s fresh out of the oil, but these desserts don’t age all too well. Though they can serve up nicely cold the same day they’re made, any attempt at storage beyond that will impact the flavour and texture of the dough balls, so it’s best to avoid it whenever possible. What you can do, is make the dough ahead of time, and store it in the fridge for up to 1 week. That way the hard work is done when the munchies hit, and all that’s left is to fry it up!

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