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Recipe for Deep-Fried Twinkies

Deep-Fried Twinkies

Recipe and photo reprinted from FAIR FOODS: The Most Popular and Offbeat Recipes from America’s State and County Fairs by George Geary, Santa Monica Press

Course Dessert
Cook Time 6 minutes
Servings 6 people
Author George Geary


  • 6 Twinkies
  • 3 cups all-purpose flour
  • 3 tbsp        granulated sugar
  • 3 tsp baking powder
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • 3/4 tsp sea salt
  • 1 cup          buttermilk
  • 1/2 cup whole milk
  • 3 large eggs
  • 3 tbsp  unsalted butter, melted
  • Canola oil
  • Confectioners’ sugar


  1. Skewer each Twinkie and place on baking sheet lined with parchment paper. Freeze for 2 hours.

  2. Meanwhile, prepare the batter: In a large bowl, whisk together flour, sugar, baking powder, baking soda, and salt. Set aside.

  3. In a separate bowl, whisk together buttermilk, milk, eggs, and melted butter.  Pour into flour mixture and blend just until smooth.

  4. In a Dutch oven, heat 2-inches of Canola oil over medium heat to 375° F.

  5. Working two at a time, dip the Twinkies into the batter until fully coated. Place in the hot oil, turning after a few seconds until all sides have reached a light brown color, about 4 to 6 minutes.

  6. Drain on paper toweling, the dust with confectioners sugar.