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No need to wait for the carnival to come to town to enjoy this tasty treat. We were shocked at just how easily these came together and taste like they came right from your favorite fair vendor or boardwalk.

A candy thermometer is CRUCIAL for this recipe. If the temperature is too low they’ll be pale and oily, too high and they’ll burn! Keeping the oil temperature steady at 375° is important if you want your funnel cakes golden and crunchy.

You can serve these with the classic dusting of powdered sugar, but we also love covering these with a dollop of homemade raspberry jam or drizzling them with hot fudge.

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  • 2 c.

    all-purpose flour

  • 2 tsp.

    baking powder

  • Pinch kosher salt

  • 1 1/2 c.

    whole milk

  • 1/4 c.

    packed light brown sugar

  • 2

    large eggs

  • 1/2 tsp.

    pure vanilla extract

  • Vegetable oil, for frying

  • Powdered sugar, for garnish


    1. Step 1In a medium bowl, whisk together flour, baking powder, and salt. In a large bowl, whisk together milk, brown sugar, eggs, and vanilla. Slowly whisk dry ingredients into wet ingredients until no flour is visible. Let batter sit 10 minutes before transferring it into a piping bag or ziplock bag.
    2. Step 2Pour 1″ vegetable oil into a large cast iron pan. Turn heat to medium and heat until a candy thermometer set in oil reads 375°. Cut a 1/2″ hole in your piping bag or ziplock bag and squeeze approximately 1/4 cup batter into oil in a circular pattern. Fry until golden on both sides, flipping halfway, 3 to 4 minutes in total. Place on a paper towel lined plate to drain.
    3. Step 3Dust with powdered sugar before serving.

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Lena Abraham is a freelance contributor with Delish, and was formerly Senior Food Editor, where she developed and styled recipes for video and photo, and also stayed on top of current food trends. She’s been working in the food industry for over 10 years, and will argue that the best fish tacos in the world are made in New York. Don’t @ her.

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