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Deep-Fried Twinkies Recipe

Dessert Twinkies

By George Geary | Certified Culinary Professional

The State Fair of Texas was the first to offer this decadent treat.

Makes 6 Twinkies


  • Dutch Oven
  • Candy/Deep fry thermometer
  • Skewers (6)
  • Baking sheet, lined with parchment paper
  • Paper towels


  • 6 Twinkies
  • 3 cups of all-purpose flour
  • 3 tablespoons of granulated sugar
  • 3 teaspoons of baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon of baking soda
  • 3/4 teaspoon of sea salt
  • 1 cup of buttermilk
  • 1/2 cup of whole milk
  • 3 large eggs
  • 3 tablespoons of unsalted butter, melted
  • Canola oil
  • Confectioner’s sugar


  1. Skewer each Twinkie and place on a 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 the flour mixture and blend until smooth.
  4. In a Dutch oven, heat 2 inches of Canola oil over medium heat to 375 degrees Fahrenheit.
  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 4-6 minutes.
  6. Drain on paper towels, then dust with confectioner’s sugar.

Editor’s Note: 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.

George Geary is an award-winning chef, best-selling author, and renowned educator. A former pastry chef for the Walt Disney Company, George is a Certified Culinary Professional, and was recently awarded as the Culinary Educator of the Year by the International Association of Culinary Professionals. He is perhaps best known for creating all the cheesecakes for The Golden Girls and other top-rated television programs.

George has worked as a critic and/or judge for ABC’s The Taste with Anthony Bourdain, The American Baking Competition with Jeff Foxworthy, Hell’s Kitchen, Supermarket Superstar, and many other popular television shows. For eight years, George was a guest chef on board the Holland America Line’s ships, sailing to over 118 countries and every continent.

For over thirty years, Geary has been a culinary contest judge for such major food manufacturers as Canola Producers, Veg-All, Hormel Foods, the Hershey Company, Knott’s Berry Farm Foods, Ghirardelli Chocolate, Fleischmann’s Yeast, the San Diego Union Tribune, ABC News, and many more. From 1982 to 2010, George was the culinary coordinator of the Los Angeles County Fair. Visit his website, www.GeorgeGeary.com.

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