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August 20, 2012

August's Secret Recipe Club - Deep Fried Twinkies with Strawberry Topping

I sure have missed this blog and you guys. I've been slackin this month on posting unfortunately. PJ and I just got back from our vacation in Destin, FL! Let's just say I don't wanna be back in Cincinnati. But more about that vacation later...

Now it's time for this month's Secret Recipe Club. I was assigned to Joanna's (aka Jo) blog, which I was excited about because it was a new-to-me blog. It's always exciting to stalk a new blog. And this one was no exception. I was intrigued by Jo's recipes, like her Brown Butter and Rum Glazed Pineapple, her Red Wine Braised Short Ribs, and of course her Crispy S'mores. But when I came across her post about some deep fried goodness, nothing else mattered.

You see, last year PJ and I went on a double date with our friends to the Clermont County fair. It was a revolutionary occasion, as it was the first time we ever tried the oh-so-amazing deep fried oreo, and its delicious friend, the deep fried twinkie. I couldn't tell you anything else about that fair except for the joy I found when I discovered those deep fried treats. We were supposed to go again this year, and I was anticipating the day. Waiting for the chance to get my hands and mouth on those deep fried miracles again. But we didn't end up going! I seriously was so distraught. What? You mean I have to wait another year?!

So you can imagine my insanity when I saw Jo's recipe for Deep Fried Twinkies. No, you probably can't even imagine my insanity when I saw that recipe. Pure and utter insanity bliss.

Turns out I don't need the Clermont County Fair after all. I'm bringing the county fair to my own kitchen.

Deep Fried Twinkies with Strawberry Topping
Deep Fried Twinkies from Cairns Manor
  • 6 Twinkies, frozen overnight
  • 4 cups vegetable oil*
  • 1 cup milk
  • 1 tablespoons vinegar
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • Powdered sugar, for topping
  • Strawberry Topping - recipe follows
Heat vegetable oil in deep fryer to 350 degrees.

In a medium bowl, mix together the wet ingredients: milk, vinegar, and olive oil. In a separate large bowl, blend together the dry ingredients: flour, baking powder, and salt. Whisk the wet ingredients into the dry ingredients, mixing until smooth.

Dip Twinkie into the batter, rotating until batter covers the entire Twinkie. Place carefully into the hot oil. The Twinkie may float, so you may want to hold it under with a utensil or continuously flip to ensure even browning. Cook until golden brown for 3-4 minutes, turning as needed. Cook 1 or 2 at a time to prevent them from sticking together.

Remove Twinkie(s) to paper towel and drain. Let sit for 5 minutes before serving. Top with Strawberry Sauce and powdered sugar, and whipped cream if desired.

Strawberry Topping 
ever-so-slightly adapted from Our Best Bites
  • 1 pint strawberries
  • 1/3 cup sugar
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
Wash strawberries and remove leaves. I cut off the ends where the leaves were too and then cut them in half lengthwise. 

Combine strawberries, sugar, and vanilla extract in a medium saucepan, bringing to a simmer over medium heat. Cook for five minutes, stirring constantly. Serve over Deep Fried Twinkies.

*I just filled my deep fryer almost to the max line with vegetable oil.

Printable Recipe


Thank you, Jo, for letting us re-experience the memories of the summer county fair and its deep fried goodness. In the comforts of our own home. Anytime we want.


Check out my other Secret Recipe Club posts too! 

And I also got to cross another item off of my Blog Bucket List... I used that deep fryer I've been meaning to for years :)  Take that, bucket list!

Linking up here.
Peace, and bacon grease!


Chelsy Ethridge said...

Fried Twinkies? Yes please! OMG and that strawberry sauce looks pristine!

365daysofbaking said...

Desi, these look and sound SO very AMAZING!! AND the Strawberry topping sends it WWAAYYYY over the top!! I have never had a fried Twinkie or fried Oreo for that matter, but you've got me thinking I need to make this NOW! But first, I've got to get me a fryer. :-/

Melissa said...

Wow Desi, you've done it again! These look amazing :) Now I want to go to the fair...

Anonymous said...

Now that is one decadent dessert!

Aly ~ Cooking in Stilettos said...

Looks amazing!!! I've always wondered about a fried twinkie - it looks divine!

Debbi Does Dinner Healthy said...

Wow, I'm pretty sure my kids would deem me the best mom on the planet if I made something like this! Your pictures are amazing and I so want a bite! (or 7)

Renée said...

Ooooh, now you know this looks wickedly good! My boys will love this during football games this next weekend...thanks.

Unknown said...

Yes please! You had me at deepfried.

Glad to be in 'C' with you. I'd love if you came and shared Wednesday night at my Pin'inspiration Party C:

Unknown said...

I love twinkies period! Deep fried even better. Great Recipe. Looks wonderful! I love making recipes like this.

Unknown said...

I love twinkies period! Deep fried even better. Great Recipe. Looks wonderful! I love making recipes like this.

Erin said...

Pure deep fried heaven!!! They look and sound delicious! I just love fair food! Great SRC pick!

Debra Eliotseats said...

It is state fair season!

Rachel said...

Oh my word!!!!! that sounds decadent and crazy good

Christine @ Christine's Kitchen Chronicles said...

Bring on the deep fryer! These. Look. Awesome!

Faith said...

That looks incredible! I want to jump through the screen!!

Lisa~~ said...

I've never been a twinkie girl but deep fried, well those look amazing!

If you haven't already, I'd love for you to check out my group "A" SRC entry: Chicken Satay Noodle Salad.

Cook Lisa Cook

Teri said...

I have seen these, but I have never had one. Now, I am totally intrigued, and must make them. You did a beautiful job!

Sara said...

I've always wanted to try a deep-fried Twinkie! These look they are amazing homemade! :) said...

This is one of those recipes I'm a little embarrassed to admit that I'm dying to try!!!! But I also have to say, not only am I born and raised in Cincinnati, but I'm MINUTES from the Clermont County Fair!!!! I love connecting with bloggers in my own city! How cool!

Unknown said...

The first time I had deep fried twinkies was at the State Fair of Arkansas! They were so good! So were the deep fried oreo cookies and snicker bars! Yes, I ate them all. I was sick too, but it was fun while it lasted. Thanks for sharing the recipe, I will have to make these when my daughter is home on break from college. It will bring back wonderful memories.

Winnie said...

This is one super delicious dessert!
It looks sooooooooo tempting :)

Mommy n Me Blog said...

Ah , why did I have to find this - now it's 3:00 in the morning and I went to head down and fry some twinkies...

I can't wait to try these.

Unknown said...

Oh MY Goodness! I am going to have to make these:)

Carrie @ My Favorite Finds said...

This looks like something you'd find at the Ohio State Fair! They have deep fried EVERYTHING ! THanks for sharing at Must Try Monday.

Chris said...

I think you should change the title to "Deep Fried Hell Yes!" lol. A bbq place here sells deep fried oreos and Alexis made me try one. I was surprised. I'm not a sweets guy but the frying made them more tolerable for me.

April J Harris said...

Oh my goodness! These look really delicious, and so appealing with the strawberry sauce - but I think I'd probably need to share one!

Alil Country Sugar said...

This one is going to be shared with my daughter. Oh she is going to love me for this....Perfect recipe to share at Foodie Friends Friday. Thank you!

Ann Kroeker said...

Crazy! So, so crazy! Our state fair has deep fried surprises each year, and I remember the Twinkie year. I was flabbergasted! Then they started deep fat frying all kinds of weird things. The Twinkie, I think, was what started it all. I'll bet it's good, but I am a Northerner and can't seem to figure out how to successfully deep fat fry foods. Maybe I need a fryer?

So glad you joined Food on Fridays this week! My blog was down the week before and I couldn't publish anything to let anyone know--glad you found me this week, and glad to have you!

Mrs Happy Homemaker said...

This looks absolutely divine! Thank you so much for sharing it. I have featured it today on the Mrs, so come drop in & check it out when you get a chance. I'd love to see some more recipes from you linked up!


Jocelyn said...

I need to take a day and deep fry all my favorite candies and cakes...these look amazing!!!

marissa | Rae Gun Ramblings said...

thanks so much for linking up this delicious treat. I'm featuring it tonight on my blog :) feel free to stop by and grab a button


Unknown said...

This sounds delightful, thanks for linking it up to Foodie Friends Friday and I hope that you will come back this week and link up some great recipes.

Adorned From Above said...

OMG, this is so amazing. Thank you so much for sharing with Wednesdays Adorned From Above Link Party last week. This weeks Link Party is opened at
Hope to see you there.
Debi Bolocofsky
Adorned From Above

Ashlee Marie said...

I LOVE fair food, it's the main reason to GO to the fair! I missed it this year, and I'm bummed out! I'll have to make these to console myself. Thanks for linking up, I'm featuring these today!

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