17 Fried Desserts, Because Go Big or Go Home

Heat up the oil and fry your sweets

Citrus Twist Fritters
Perfumed with cardamom and the zests of both orange and lemon, these holiday cookies are fried for extra crispiness. Get the recipe for Citrus Twist Fritters »Matt Taylor-Gross
Fried Almond Pastries (Samsa Feuille de Brick)
Fried Almond Pastries (Samsa Feuille de Brick)
Sticky-sweet almond pastries drenched in a syrup of honey and orange flower water are typical of the rustic desserts of Tunisia. Get the recipe for Fried Almond Pastries (Samsa Feuille de Brick) »Landon Nordeman
Syrup-Soaked Pastries with Hazelnuts, Pistachios, and Pine Nuts (Deblah)
Syrup-Soaked Pastries with Hazelnuts, Pistachios, and Pine Nuts (Deblah)
These crunchy pastry spirals are formed from a simple pasta-like dough, soaked in a light lemon syrup and sprinkled with a shower of mixed nuts. Get the recipe for Syrup-Soaked Pastries with Hazelnuts, Pistachios, and Pine Nuts (Deblah) »Matt Taylor-Gross
Powdered Sugar Donut Holes
Powdered Sugar Donut Holes
The secret to the snowy dusting on these donut holes is to toss them with far more confectioners' sugar than you would think necessary. Get the recipe for Powdered Sugar Donut Holes »Todd Coleman
Fried Chicken Caramel
Fried Chicken Caramel
Think of it as the more refined version of bacon popping up in your dessert: In this creative caramel adapted from Coolhaus, an ice cream sandwich maker with a national fleet of ice cream trucks, schmaltz and salty chicken bouillon add a subtle thrum of savory to store-bought caramel sauce, while crispy chicken skin lends the perfect crunch. Get the recipe for Fried Chicken Caramel »Matt Taylor-Gross
Old-Fashioned Spiced Sour Cream Donuts
These classic cake doughnuts are fried at a lower temperature to produce their characteristic cracks and ridges. Get the recipe for Old-Fashioned Spiced Sour Cream Donuts »Todd Coleman
Finnish May Day Funnel Cakes (Tippaleipä)
Light and lemony batter is deep fried and dusted with powdered sugar for a sweet May Day treat. Get the recipe for Finnish May Day Funnel Cakes (Tippaleipä) »Laura Sant
Calas (Fried Rice Fritters)
Calas (Fried Rice Fritters)
These sweet fried rice fritters are a traditional New Orleans treat. Get the recipe for Calas (Fried Rice Fritters) »Max Iattoni
Date-Filled Semolina Cookies (Makroud)
Date-Filled Semolina Cookies
These crunchy fried sweets stand up to soaking in a fragrant honey syrup, adding moisture and lightening the dense pastry. Get the recipe for Date-Filled Semolina Cookies (Makroud) »Matt Taylor-Gross
Spudnuts
Spudnuts
To ensure these potato-based donuts turn out pillowy and soft after frying, take care not to overwork the dough. Get the recipe for Spudnuts »Todd Coleman
Glazed Yeast Donuts
The glaze on these airy donuts achieves its satiny consistency thanks to a combination of clarified butter and evaporated milk. Get the recipe for Vanilla-Glazed Yeast Doughnuts »Todd Coleman
New Mexican Sopaipillas
New Mexican Sopaipillas
These fried dough pieces served with honey make for another breakfast that will satisfy your sweet tooth. Get the recipe for New Mexican Sopaipillas »Maxime Iattoni
Leonard's Bakery Hawaii Malasadas
Butter, milk, and half & half give these Portuguese-style donuts their distinctive richness and luscious texture. Get the recipe for Leonard's Bakery Hawaii Malasadas »Todd Coleman
Cardamom Syrup-Soaked Donuts (Gulab Jamun)
In South Asia, gulab jamun, made from a cooked-milk reduction called khoya, are fried at low temperature in clarified butter and soaked in rosewater or cardamom syrup. Get the recipe for Cardamom Syrup-Soaked Doughnuts (Gulab Jamun) »Todd Coleman
Ginger Cookies Dipped in Honey (Yak Kwa)
Ginger Cookies Dipped in Honey (Yak Kwa)
Deep-fried and then drenched in a honey syrup, yak kwa are a traditional Korean sweet flavored with sesame oil and fresh ginger juice. Get the recipe for Ginger Cookies Dipped in Honey (Yak Kwa) »Helen Rosner
Churros (Mexican Cinnamon Fritters)
These fluted, spiced doughnuts are a favorite snack, no matter the occasion. Get the recipe for Churros (Mexican Cinnamon Fritters) »Todd Coleman
Ricotta Pancakes in Cardamom Syrup (Malpura)
Ricotta pancakes soaked in cardamom syrup and sprinkled with pistachios make a creamy, ethereal dessert. Get the recipe for Ricotta Pancakes in Cardamom Syrup (Malpura) »Ariana Lindquist