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Your Guide to Homemade Hostess: Twinkie Recipes, Ho Hos, Ding Dongs & More

Has anyone ever seen the movie Zombieland? In it, Woody Harrelson is a zombie-killing hero with one goal in life: find the last surviving box of Twinkies in the zombie apocalypse! I’ve got to say, sometimes that’s how I feel about my favorite Ho Hos Hostess snacks. Everyone with a soft spot for Hostessmaker of the famous and much-beloved Twinkies, Ding Dongs and Sno Ballshas a favorite treat, but what if you could make them at home?

We here at RecipeLion and AllFreeCopycatRecipes know how passionate folks are about these treats which have been a childhood staple for generations. That’s why we’ve taken it upon ourselves to find recipes for homemade versions of the most loved Hostess treats. From here on you’ll never run out of your favorite cream-filled sweets, whether they’re Ding Dongs, Twinkies, or the ever-classic Ho Hos Hostess desserts, you’ll be prepared.  Keep reading to find copycat recipes for the classic Hostess desserts we just can’t live without.

Homemade Hostess

Homemade Hostess

Homemade Hostess Snacks


Homemade Twinkie Recipe:

Perhaps the most iconic of all Hostess treats is the Twinkie! These yellow, log-shaped treats are actually pretty simple to make, especially when you have an easy copycat Twinkie recipe like this one from Hilah Cooking.  They might not have the supernatural shelf-life of the original Twinkies, but they taste just as good!

Homemade Hostess Cupcakes Recipe:

With that iconic white swirl-doodle on top, there’s no mistaking an original Hostess cupcake.  While this homemade version from What Megan’s Making might not look exactly the same as the kind you’d find in the box, it sure does taste like the cupcake you know and love.

Red Velvet Hostess Cupcakes:

If you’re someone who likes to put a fun twist on classic dessert recipes, try out this Red Velvet Hostess Cupcakes copycat recipe!

Homemade Ding Dong Recipe:

Ding Dongs are great because they have one of the funniest names of all the Hostess goodies.  Plus they’re absolutely delicious, what with that fluffy cream center and rich chocolate cake exterior.  Follow this recipe from Beantown Baker to learn how to make your own Ding Dongs from scratch.  It’s a really neat technique where you cut smaller cakes out of a larger cake.  Fun!

Homemade Hostess Sno Balls Recipe:

One of the more under-appreciated Hostess snacks (at least in my opinion) is the Sno Ball. I love that they come in a fun pink color to boot!  If you’re a Sno Ball guy or gal, don’t worry… I’ve found a copycat recipe for these wonderful treats just for you.  Enjoy!

Homemade Ho Ho Recipe:

Ho Hos Hostess snacks always reminded me of Twinkie’s chocolate cousin.  These cylindrical chocolate cakes feature a fun swirl of cream inside.  As a kid, I always loved biting into one and examining the pretty pinwheel hidden inside.  I’m so glad that I found this copycat Ho Ho recipe so I can continue to be amazed by these wonderful cake-y treats!

Homemade Hostess Fruit Pie:

While fruit might not be the first thing you think of when you hear “great desserts,” these Hostess fruit pies are always a favorite to pick up in the supermarket checkout line! Check out this copycat Hostess Blackberry Fruit Pie recipe.

Homemade Hostess Choco Bliss Cakes:

Trust us, there is really nothing better to take you back to childhood than this copycat recipe for Homemade Hostess Choco Bliss Cakes!

Tell us: What’s YOUR favorite Hostess treat?