State Fair Recipes

Welcome to the State Fair of Texas Creative Arts recipe blog.

The State Fair loves to showcase Creative Arts competitors and their creations in our Cookbook and on the new recipe blog. Enter in this year’s Creative Arts competitions for your chance to be in the spotlight.

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Best-of-Show-Winning Recipe: Mezcal and Key Lime Meringue Pie

Donna Thomas of Dallas won three first place blue ribbons and the best-of-show ribbon in the State Fair of Texas’ Egg and Bacon competition this morning. The longtime Creative Arts food competitor won the coveted purple best-of-show ribbon for her Mezcal and Key Lime Meringue Pie.  Using taste and appearance as elements for rating, judges didn’t have any problem awarding …

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Strawberry Streusel Cheesecake Bars

Year after year, Texans from across the state participate in one or more Creative Arts cooking contests. One of the more well-known competitors is George Yates.  George has been entering and winning ribbons in the Competition Kitchen for more than a decade. Yates doesn’t only enter the Creative Arts contests, he spends the “off-season” traveling to regional and national competitions …

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Featured Recipe: Don’t Snicker at my Doodle Cookies

Does anything beat the taste of a fresh warm cookie just out of the oven? The State Fair has offered baking contests in the Creative Arts department for years. Kitchen creatives of all ages spend weeks, if not months, tweaking and testing recipes to find the absolute best flavor for their entry into one of numerous cooking contests. The chance to …

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Frozen Margarita Mini Morsels

Frozen Margarita Mini Morsels Created by: Shirl Dale – Dallas, Texas 1990 Appetizers Crust 1/3 c. melted butter 1/4 c. sugar 1 1/4 c. crushed Frito-Lay Rold Gold Pretzels Mix together and press into desired mini molds, pie plate or cake pan. Chill. If you don’t have mini molds, you can press into a cake pan and then  cut into …

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Caramel-Apple Pecan Cake with Caramel-Pecan Topping

Nothing complements the flavor of your favorite apple than the sweet flavor of caramel. One bite into a Honeycrisp, Granny Smith, or Gala apple with a drizzle of homemade caramel can be just what the doctor ordered.  That’s what the old saying “an apple a day…” means, right? Longtime Creative Arts contestant and blue-ribbon winner Sue Rainey takes that wonderful …

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Friday Recipe – Sizzling Chicken Dip

Next week, college sports fans will turn their eyes to North Texas as the NCAA® Final Four basketball championship rolls into town.  To get you ready for the championship, we’re sharing some of our best party food recipes from past State Fair of Texas® Creative Arts competitions.  Whether you’re hosting a party for friends or watching the games from the …

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Roasted Corn & Bacon Dip

Spring has sprung in Texas and what better way to usher in the season than firing up the grill. Betty McKnight’s Roasted Corn and Bacon Dip has two great flavors, roasted corn and bacon, with a dash of spice for an extra kick. Makes a great dip for your upcoming college basketball tournament party. Enjoy!   Created by: Betty McKnight …

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Key Lime Mousse Pie

March 14, or 3/14, is known around the nation as Pi Day.  In the spirit of the holiday, the State Fair offers up this blue ribbon-winning Key Lime Mousse Pi(e). Find more State Fair of Texas recipes here. Created by: George Yates – Dallas, TX Creative Arts Pie Contest – 1st Place 2013 Crust: 2 c. crushed graham crackers ¼ …

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Philly Dilly SPAM® Sandwich

Created by: Shelia Doucet – Richland Hills, TX 2013 Best of Show – Great American SPAM® Championship The State Fair of Texas’ highly regarded reputation for food speaks for itself. And now, a new twist on that popular topic. Winner of the Fair’s 2013 Great American SPAM® Championship took our local ribbon and ran with it to claim national award …

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Glenda’s Coconut Oatmeal Cake

Created by: Glenda Curry – Trophy Club, TX 2012 Best of Show – Cake Baking This week, we bring you a State Fair of Texas best-of show winner from the 2012 cake baking competition. Glenda’s Coconut Oatmeal Cake has great flavor, a moist consistency, and a sweet icing with great texture coming from flaked coconut and chopped pecans.  Your holiday …

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