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How to Make Deep Fried Twinkies

We all went to the carnival last weekend and we knew we wanted fried dough. Actually, that was one of the reasons my daughter, Kristy, and I wanted to GO to the carnival. So we headed right to the food concessions and we saw that there are lots of fried things, fried dough, fried Twinkies, fried Oreo cookies...

Believe it or not, that fried concession booth had the longest line..

My daughter bought one and I tried a bite. It’s the kind of food that makes your eyes roll back in your head, it’s so luscious.

We decided we were going to try to make all this stuff. Here are the results...

Deep Fried Twinkies

deep fried Twinkies

Here is the BATTER for deep fried Twinkies, Little Debbies, Oreos, and just about anything you want, even pickles.


Mix dry ingredients together:
1 cup flour
1 tsp baking powder
1/2 tsp salt

Mix the liquids together:
1 cup milk
2 TBSP vinegar
1 TBSP vegetable oil

Add the liquid ingredients to the dry ingredients and mix together.

You need just 4 cups of vegetable oil – we used canola oil and it worked really well. I wanted to use olive oil but it doesn’t get hot enough.  (Super heated oil – now how healthy is that?!! )

Put the oil in a medium sized pot. We used about a 4 quart pot, not a frying pan. It’s deeper and we thought it would be safer.

Heat the vegetable oil to 370 degrees Fahrenheit/190 degrees Celsius. We used a candy thermometer to determine the temperature.

Pick up the Twinkie with a fork (don’t spear the Twinkie. Pick it up from underneath), dip in the batter, let the excess batter drip off and delicately place it in the hot fat so that none of the fat splashes back at you... (yup, I got burned a little – not bad but just one little splash – I immediately ran my hand under cold water for a few minutes and it was all good.) Just be careful!

Canola oil can get on fire at 425 degrees Fahrenheit... don’t let it get up that high.  (I had a cover for the pot I had the oil in. If a fire broke out, I could cover the pot immediately. Fortunately, that didn’t happen.)

Here is the battered Twinkie bubbling in the oil.

hot oil 2

It doesn’t even take 2 minutes in the hot oil. Gently take out the Twinkie with a slotted spoon. Place on paper towels to drain the oil.

deep fried

          Here it is all done, ready to be further deliciousized with confectioner’s sugar.

The finished product... ta da!! I put a dollop of the raspberry jam I made last week also (like it needed more sugar  -  it ramped up the flavor a little).

deep fried Twinkies 2

Here is a little YouTube video that I watched before making these deep fried treats.

How to Make Deep Fried Twinkies

This was so much fun to do and we had a crowd (the grands had friends over) that was very happy with the results, too. :)

It was a fun little treat but I’m going to try to make a “healthier” Twinkie treat (is that possible? ha ha) Coming soon...

Best wishes, everyone,


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One more thing...
Here is a Little Debbie chocolate cupcake filled with cream.


Little Debbie cupcake


Chocolate cupcakes

Of course, the blueberries, chocolate syrup, and confectioner’s sugar doesn’t hurt one bit, does it?

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  1. Oh my. I've seen the deep fried food at the state fair- fried butter, crazy stuff. I'd love to try it but never had the guts. I also saw chocolate dipped bacon...maybe if I make my own it would be different! I'd just hate to pay so much if I didn't like it..but I think you've got me sold!

  2. Oh wow! You're already found guilty of my {near} future rounder hips ! Thanks for sharing - pinned :-)

  3. Thanks for sharing the recipe, I will make it for my sons...and I will take one bite. Really!

  4. I have tried the deep fried Twinkies and the fair. My boys loved them :) Me and grease don't seem to get along though, I love things like funnel cake etc, but every time I have them I don't feel great later in the day. This might make me change my mind though, it looks yummy!

  5. I haven't ever tried the deep fried Twinkies, but I'm not a Twinkie fan. It always seemed like frying it would make it a little too much. Making your own sounds fun.

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  6. Oh my WORD...these look amazing! I might have to try some deep frying soon. ;) This would be perfect to link up to my Create It Thursday post…it's live now!

  7. I have never tried those! They look yummy!
    I am visiting from the Homemaking Blog Hop Party! I look forward to your visit at http://www.homemaker-mom.com/the-homemakers-journey-blog.html ! Happy homemaking!

  8. I've never had a deep fried twinkie, but they look good, especially with the powdered sugar on top. Thanks for sharing at Submarine Sunday!

  9. Oh goodness!! That looks GOOD!

  10. Just pinned and will be sharing on Facebook as one of this week's Freedom Fridays Features!!
    Thanks for sharing!