This carnival treat is easy to replicate at home with your air fryer. We doctored up pancake mix to create a sweet batter that gets light, golden and crisp. The key to a perfect coating is to get the batter’s consistency right — so adjust as needed with extra mix.
Special equipment: a 3.5-quart air fryer
Cut 2 sheets of parchment to fit the basket of a 3.5-quart air fryer without hanging over the edges and set aside. Preheat the air fryer to 350°F.
Whisk together the egg, milk and vanilla in a medium bowl. Add the pancake mix and sugar and whisk until smooth. The batter should be the consistency of thick cake batter to allow it to coat the cookie and hold its shape. If necessary, adjust the consistency by adding more pancake mix 1 tablespoon at a time.
Line the basket of the air fryer with a parchment piece and spray lightly with cooking spray. Dip 6 cookies in the batter, letting the excess drip back into the bowl. Arrange the cookies on the parchment in a single layer without touching. (Make sure to place a cookie on each of the four corners so the parchment doesn’t fly up during cooking.) Air fry at 350°F until the battered coating is golden brown and puffed, about 7 minutes. Remove and repeat with the remaining sheet of parchment and cookies.
Dust the fried Oreos with confectioners’ sugar just before serving.