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Recipe: Make state fair-worthy deep-fried Twinkies at home

Friday, July 10, 2020   /   by Erik Bjorklund

Recipe: Make state fair-worthy deep-fried Twinkies at home

With the summer fair season canceled due to the current health crisis, chef and author George Geary is sharing the flavors of county fairs, like deep-fried Twinkies, for you to try at home.

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

In his best-selling cookbook, “Fair Foods: The Most Popular and Offbeat Recipes from America’s State and County Fairs,” Geary celebrates the delicious and strange foods sold at these traveling wonderlands.

Check out one of the recipes for yourself below:

Deep-Fried Twinkies

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.

We want to see your creations if you decide to give this Deep-Fried Twinkies recipe a try! Be sure to share photos with us on Twitter at @Attractions.

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