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Mini Corn Dog Muffins Recipe

These mini corn dogs are full of flavor

If you love the taste of corn dogs, you are going to love this easy baked homemade recipe for mini corn dog muffins! These corn dog muffins are a crowd-pleaser, especially with kids. And, they make a great football-watching snack for all of those big games! Actually, these mini corn dog muffins are great any time.

Recipe for Mini Corn Dog Muffins Hip2Save

Mini Corn Dog Muffins

(Adapted from Iowa Girl Eats)

1/2 cup melted butter (or 1/4 cup butter + 1/4 cup unsweetened applesauce)
1/2 cup sugar
2 eggs
1 cup buttermilk
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1 cup cornmeal
1 cup all purpose flour
1/2 teaspoon salt
8-10 all-beef hot dogs, cut into 1″ bites (Pictured are Open Nature brand nitrate free all beef hot dogs)

How to make corn dog muffins Hip2Save


  1. Wisk together butter and sugar.
  2. Add eggs and stir well.
  3. Add buttermilk and continue to wisk together.
  4. In a separate bowl, combine baking soda, cornmeal, flour, and salt, and stir to combine. Whisk into wet ingredients in two batches.
  5. Spray a mini muffin tin with non-stick spray, and spoon 1 Tablespoon of batter into each mini muffin cup.
  6. Place one hot dog bite into the middle of each muffin cup.
  7. Bake for 8-12 minutes at 375 degrees or until cornbread is golden brown.
  8. Cool in mini muffin tin for 5 minutes before serving. Makes around 36 mini corn dog muffins

Homemade Mini Corn Dog Muffins Hip2Save
My kids were seriously impressed with these! In fact I heard “This is the best thing ever, Mom.” 🙂 If you happen to have any left over, they do well reheated and are still yummy. Enjoy!

Did you know?

It is a little difficult to pinpoint the origins of the corn dog. Some believe they are the creations of German sausage makers who arrived in Texas only to discover the local people didn’t much like the kinds of sausages they were making back in Germany. So, they fried a hot dog sausage in a thick cornmeal batter. Others say it was created at the Pronto Pup in Portland, Ore., in 1941. Then, there is a patent dating back to 1927 for a holding apparatus that appeared to have been used to impale things and deep fry them … like a corn dog.

So, from where did the corn dog come? We don’t know, but how about making a batch of mini corn dogs that come from your kitchen?

[h2s_box]Written by Lina for Hip2Save. Lina is a proud mom of 2 small kids who loves photography, all holidays, cooking, thrift store makeovers, bargain shopping, and DIY makeovers. Her goal is to create a beautiful life and stylish home on a dime! To see all of Lina’s recipes created just for Hip2Save, click here.[/h2s_box]

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Comments 164

  1. Yoli

    Hi from Taiwan. Can i use something else to replace the applesauce? Thanks

    • Jodi P

      Use 1/2 cup melted butter, only. The applesauce is only if you want to lower the fat, so you’d use 1/4 cup applesauce and 1/4 cup butter.

  2. Busdy

    Could you use the corn muffin mix instead?

    • Yoli

      Hi , i made de cord dog muffins today for lunch , I added 50 grams of sour cream instead of the Apple sauce , and the corn meal with all purpose flour and they turned out so good , I baked them around 34 minutes because I made corn dogs cupcakes no mini ones. They were great thanks for the recipe. My family .enjoyed them so much , I made only 12.

      • Lina (Hip's Modern Martha)

        Great news! Thanks for sharing Yoli 😀

  3. Yoli

    No, i cant, we don’t find it here. Thanks for replying.

  4. G Rollins

    Do you think these would freeze well or would they get soggy?

    • Heather

      I freeze them and they do beautifully. My boys live taking them for lunch so I make double batches and freeze. They have saved my butt on many a morning!

  5. Jessica Calfee

    Thinking of Making a Bunch at a time, would these Freeze & reheat well??

    • Jenn

      About to make for my daughter. Did you end up freezing them? If so were they ok?

      • Mary

        Yes, they freeze great!! I just pop them out of the freezer and pop them into the microwave. Alternatively, you could wrap in foil and stick it in the oven to defrost and warm.

      • Emily

        Yes. I freeze them all the time. Take them out either the night before to defrost or in the morning and defrost in the microwave. Then heat in the microwave for a bit or reheat in the oven. Toss in a lunch thermos and they are still warm for my girls lunches.

  6. Aymara

    OMG!!! I died and went to heaven!!! So delicious. I can’t wait to make them again. I didn’t have buttermilk and I used evaporated milk instead.

  7. Julia16

    Hello from Germany!:)
    I found your recipe on Pinterest and thought yes that would be nice to eat. so 15 minutes ago i did it and yes they are awesome!!
    thx for this awesome recipe😝❤

    • Lina (Hip's Modern Martha)

      Great! Thanks for stopping by Julia!

  8. Dawne

    What a waste of ingredients! Followed instructions and all stuck to muffin tin! Big mess 😞

    • Lina (Hip's Modern Martha)

      Oh no! So sorry that happened -darn

    • kathae

      Have you ever thought of spraying the muffin tins with oil?

    • SL

      If you use silicone muffin cups they will just come right out.

    • SL

      If you use silicone muffin cups they will just come right out. I don’t like using too much oil even just to line it so this works well.

    • Tim

      I find that non stick doesn’t mean non stick. Always have to butter or spray.

  9. Charity

    What does the applesauce do for the recipe? I have cornbread mix and I was going to try it with that but was wondering if I should add applesauce?

    • Lina (Hip's Modern Martha)

      So applesauce can be a substitution for oil is all. Some people like to use it instead for health reasons. You can definitely just follow boxed mix instructions and basically accomplish the same idea. – Thanks for the question!

  10. Samantha

    Do you have to cook the hot dogs first?

    • Lina (Hip's Modern Martha)

      No they will cook in oven

  11. Sonete Costa

    I just made the mini corn dogs! It was a success! Instead of apple sauce and butter, I added 1/4 c of butter and 1/4 c of coconut oil. They are cute and delicious. Thanks for sharing your recipe.

  12. Charlotte from AZ

    These are a must try! Something different!
    …and sounds so simple! Thanks so much for sharing Lina! Your pics are awesome!

  13. Joann

    how long are these mini corn dog muffins good in the freezer? thanks

  14. Nicole

    These are SO easy to make and my kids gobbled them up – and they are major critics! I’m freezing these for lunches!

  15. Santanna

    Can these be left on the counter like regular muffins?

    • Jodi P

      Never store anything with meat on the counter. They must be kept in the fridge or freezer.

  16. ds

    how cute! my son will love these!!!! great for a sleepover. Thank you

  17. Katie Harris

    I made these yesterday. They are delicious. Froze some and packed for today’s lunch. Thank you!

    • Lina D

      I’m so glad!

  18. Sue P

    Went out tonight expecting to have to make dinner upon my return–My 13 year old daughter surprised us and made dinner tonight with this recipe! Easy and yummy!!!!

    • Lina D

      That is so awesome! Thanks for sharing 👍🏻

  19. Sharon

    These are great and easy to make. They taste like the State Fair corn dogs.

  20. Tammy

    I am going to make them using Little Smokie cocktail sausages. I am going to lie the cocktail smokies across the top. I am hoping they will be covered by the muffin. Then you get the surprise of the sausage inside.

  21. Hannah

    What would be the best way to make these gluten free?

    • Beth

      Just substitute the flour for a gluten free flour blend and they should come out just fine! Or use a gluten free corn muffin mix (Aldi carries a great one). 🙂 I’ve made these gluten free a few times with great success!

  22. Heather

    This is a go-to receipe in our house, my boys LOVE these. I recently tried them with honey substituted for sugar and it was fantastic. I filled the half cup measure about 3/4 the way full and reduced the buttermilk to 3/4 cup and it worked out perfect.

  23. Desiree

    We made these last night and they were a hit! I froze half and refrigerated half.

    For those of you that pack for lunches, can you tell me how you pack them? Do you reheat then stick in lunch thermos? Reheat and put in their lunch? My son is in Kindergarten, so haven’t had a chance to experiment too much with how hot things stay, etc. Thank you!

  24. Diana

    I do not have cornmeal so is there any other alternative?

  25. Jeanne

    Could you use Jiffy corn muffin mix ~ add hotdog and bake according to box?

    • Lina D

      Yes. I have done this as well 👍

  26. Meg

    Is using this recipe worth the extra time and effort compared to just picking up a box of jiffy and using the box recipe??

    • SL

      Would like to know that as well.

  27. Frances

    I make these often or my kids! they love them.
    Just a tip, when I first started making these I would buy the buttermilk but then found that I would have a lot of buttermilk left over. I would find that I would often waste the rest of the buttermilk. Therefore, I started using a substitute for the buttermilk by mixing 1 cup of milk (I use 2% milk) and mixing either 1 tablespoon of white vinegar or 1 tablespoon of lemon juice in place of the buttermilk. The corn dog muffins come out exactly the same and I don’t waste any unused buttermilk.

  28. SL

    Is there a link of some sort to just the recipe? I would like to print it out to save. Thanks!

    • Holly (Hip2Save Sidekick)

      Hi there! If you click the “Print” button at the bottom of the post you’ll be able to print just the recipe. Hope that helps!

      • SL

        Thank you, still new to this! Also, is there any substitutes for buttermilk? Like would almond milk do?

  29. Heather

    Making these tonight but with just jiffy mix! For those with the question about using juicy mix, I’ll let you know how they turn out!

  30. Vivien

    Hi, plan to cook and take these for an outside family gathering at Easter. Do they still taste great if served at room temperature??

    • Rachel

      I was just about to ask this same question as I want to bring them to my son’s birthday party which is not at our house. Has anyone had any luck with serving these at room temp?

      • Heidi

        Yes, I served at room temperature and they were very good

  31. Lori

    These are great! I think I’m gonna put breakfast sausage instead of hotdogs for an awesome breakfast/brunch addition!!! Will be perfect!

    • Lina D

      That’s such a great idea Lori!

  32. Penelope

    Do you cook the hot dogs before you put them in the batter…I use hot dogs that don’t have preservatives


    can i not add the baking soda?

    • Susan

      The baking soda is going to give it it’s fluffy nature. Unless you substitute another leavener, leaving out the baking soda will really change the texture.

  34. Mary

    I haven’t had a corn dog since high school lol. Definitely will try this recipe. Thanks!

  35. Kris Smith

    Want to make these for my niece’s wedding. What exactly are the re-heat instructions for a couple hundred of these? I see wrap in foil, so put on a cookie sheet covered with foil. Will that work?

    • Lina D (Hip2Save Sidekick)

      Yes I think that would work! Good luck and congrats to your niece!

  36. Ted Janus

    Hi, I made those yesterday and it was delicious! However I felt that there was too much of cornmeal batter until you get to the sausage. You think it would work if I diced the sausage and mix in the batter for more evenly distribution? Or it would sink to the bottom? Thank you

    • Lina D (Hip2Save Sidekick)

      Great – yes I think you can try that! 👍

  37. Alice

    Hi, i‘d like to try it. Is the sugar necessary, or can I just leave it?

  38. Cathy shoaf

    I want to make these for a wedding. Would it be ok if I freeze them and take them out of freezer morning of the wedding and serve them that evening without heating them up

  39. Susan

    Are these ok served cold? I would store overnight in the fridge, but there’s no easy way for my kids to heat them at school. I could do a thermos, but I’m looking for some more ideas that are really just grab and go in the morning. Thank you!

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