Make These Irresistible Deep Fried Twinkies

Deep Fried Twinkies

The Spruce / Julia Hartbeck

Prep: 25 mins
Cook: 2 mins
Total: 27 mins
Servings: 4 servings

If you can't resist the creamy filling of a moist Twinkie, think about indulging in one—but fried. One of the ultimate comfort foods, deep-fried Twinkies are a fair and carnival favorite. Every year carnival food vendors seem to add some unusual, yet amazing, edible treats. In fact, these days you can find all kinds of deep-fried desserts at these events. Luckily, you don't have to go to a fair to bite into a deep-fried Twinkie. You can make your own with this recipe.

History Behind Twinkies

The Twinkie was created by James Alexander Dewar, a baker for the Continental Baking Company, in Schiller Park, Ill. on April 6, 1930. It was later marketed as a "Golden Sponge Cake with Creamy Filling" by its long-time maker and distributor, Hostess Brands. The company filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy in 2012; that year the world began to mourn the demise of the Twinkie when its production was suspended.

They were available again in July 2013 and are now produced in Canada. The brand is currently owned by Apollo Global Management and C. Dean Metropoulos and Company, which is known as the second incarnation of Hostess Brands.


  • 4 Twinkies, frozen for 1 hour
  • 1 cup flour
  • 1 tablespoon malt vinegar
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 1/2 cup water
  • Vegetable oil, for deep frying
  • Garnish: powdered sugar

Steps to Make It

  1. Gather the ingredients, leaving Twinkies in freezer until oil is pre-heated.

    Deep Fried Twinkies ingredients

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  2. In a heavy bottomed pot, pre-heat oil to 350 F.

    pot with oil and thermometer

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  3. Combine flour, vinegar, salt, and water in a medium bowl.

    flour, vinegar, salt, and water in a medium bowl

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  4. Once oil is pre-heated, remove Twinkies from freezer and dip in batter.

    frozen Twinkies dipped in batter

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  5. Fry in hot oil in deep fryer, cook until golden brown about 1 to 1 1/2 minutes.

    frozen Twinkies frying in a pot of oil

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  6. Serve sprinkled with powdered sugar.​​

    Deep Fried Twinkies on a plate

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Recipe Variations

  • You may also substitute funnel cake batter or a pancake mix, made as directed on the box.
  • Other deep-fried treats include Oreos. The above deep fry recipe can be used on almost any sweet treat. Try deep-frying these snack favorites: Snickers, Almond Joys or HoHos. Just be sure your chosen item is very cold and fried quickly.