Easy Homemade Mini Corn Dogs — Damn Delicious

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Easy Homemade Mini Corn Dogs

The easiest corn dogs you will ever make! Perfect as an after-school snack, game-day appetizer or even a quick dinner!

Living in Hollywood, there are a lot of grocery stores to choose from. But my go-to grocery store has always been VONS/Safeway. They have a convenient parking lot, which is always a bonus in a metropolitan city, as well as a clean, organized store for the easiest shopping experience.

I also love the sales they have from time to time, which immediately made me hoard all the packages of Hebrew National® Beef Franks that could fit in my shopping cart. And when you have too much hot dogs to go around, well, corn dogs are always a must.

Now I was definitely a bit skeptical at the complicated mess involved in the making of a corn dog but boy, was I wrong. This is honestly one of the easiest things to make!

All you need is a simple homemade cornbread batter and hot dogs on a stick. That’s it! Throw them in a hot pot of oil for 1-2 minutes and they’ll magically puff up into the perfect, most fluffy corn dog.

I immediately had 12 of these as soon as they hit the plate, leaving me to skip dinner. But hey, every bite was so worth it. Even Butters seemed to think so as he patiently stood by my side the entire time I was making this.

We accidentally left the corn dogs on the floor and he managed to get his paws on at least 5 of them!

Easy Homemade Mini Corn Dogs

Yield: 6 servings

Prep Time: 15 minutes

Cook Time: 10 minutes

Total Time: 25 minutes

The easiest corn dogs you will ever make! Perfect as an after-school snack, game-day appetizer or even a quick dinner!

Ingredients:

  • 1 cup vegetable oil
  • 1 (12-ounce) package Hebrew National® Beef Franks, halved
  • 1/2 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 cup yellow cornmeal
  • 2 tablespoons sugar
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper, to taste
  • 1/2 cup milk
  • 1 large egg

Directions:

  1. Heat vegetable oil in a large Dutch oven or skillet over medium high heat.
  2. Thread beef franks onto lollipop sticks; set aside.
  3. In a large bowl, combine flour, cornmeal, sugar, baking powder, salt and pepper, to taste. In a large glass measuring cup or another bowl, whisk together milk and egg. Pour mixture over dry ingredients and stir using a rubber spatula just until moist.
  4. Working in batches, dredge beef franks in the batter until completely covered.
  5. Add corn dogs to the skillet, 4 or 5 at a time, and cook until evenly golden and crispy, about 2-3 minutes. Transfer to a paper towel-lined plate.
  6. Serve immediately.

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Butters scored the JACKPOT didn’t he?! He had to have been in hot doggie heaven 🙂

These are the perfect Labor Day BBQ food!

He definitely hit the jack pot! He was napping during the shoot so I just left the pan of corn dogs on the floor and two seconds later, I see his head dug into the baking sheet!

So good! I’d eat 12 of these too! The thing that speaks to me especially is quick and easy! With the bonus that these are sure to impress! Your pup is adorbs! : )

I have never had corn dogs before, can you believe it? Perhaps time to change that…and perhaps even homemade ones at that! 😀 x

What a lovely treat! Great when having friends at home and I can imagine how kids would also love that! I loved this cornbread batter 🙂

Any way to make more of a baked variety?

Cindy, this recipe calls for a very wet batter so unfortunately, it would not be an appropriate recipe to bake in the oven.

You can do this with muffing pans to achieve the baked type. And they don’t have to have the sticks. Make the corn muffin batter, pour in muffin pan. Place a half hot dog in each muffin. Bake per muffin recipe time. Voila!

Corn dogs are not a diet food. Only way to make these is to fry them. Otherwise the batter will be all over the bottom of whatever pan you try to bake them in.

Oh man, that picture of your dog eating the corn dogs? TOO CUTE! What a lucky guy!
I am also really jealous…because I totally wish I was about to eat all these cute little guys too! Pinned!

If I were to make these ahead of time for a party, do you think they could be reheated in the oven and placed in a container with foil to keep warm post reheat?
My husband loves corndogs and I’d love to make these for a party we’re throwing on Saturday, but I’d want to make them Friday when I prepare everything else! 🙂
Thank you!

Yes, that should be just fine.

I pre make mine all the time. 350-375 for about ten min depending on how big you make the corn dogs (i cut mine into thirds).

Corn dogs are one of my absolute weaknesses/guilty pleasures! These look just perfect!

Great recipe, thanks very much. I guess I could also use regular hot dogs, as I do not think I can buy the other ones here. Thank you.

My husband is a sucker for corn dogs, especially when made with kosher dogs. Question, please: The recipe calls for only 1 cup of oil in a large Dutch oven, so I presume that, once battered, I set the hot dogs onto the bottom of the pot. Do the dogs float in the relatively small amount of oil? Or do they sit on the bottom of the pot and require turning? I’m thinking they must float, since yours came out so pretty with rounded sides. I am not good at frying….would you please confirm? Thanks!! And LOVE your recipes.

Sheri, the corn dogs definitely “float” but turning may still be required depending on how much movement happens.

Do you cook the dogs with the lollipop sticks already in them? Or put sticks in after they are cooked?

You can cook with the lollipop sticks intact.

Wow AWESOME homemade corn dogs! In Quebec we call it “Pogo”.
I love your homemade version 😉

For a ‘make-ahead’ kind of potluck contribution, do you think they could be friend and then tossed in the oven for a few minutes to heat back up?

Thanks, love following your blog!

Yes, that should be just fine.

My family would go crazy for these! So awesome!

I love making corn dogs ! A little tip I found is to pour the batter into a quart jar then dip your dogs . Also if you roll the hotdogs in corn starch or flour before dipping the batter adheres better . Thanks for another Great recipe !

These look great, but Butters steals the show. I love the name. (From one Foodie Dog Mom to another..xoxox)

I’ve been wanting to try homemade corn dogs forever. These look seriously delish!

FYI – update – I made these on Friday for a party on Saturday. I heated them in the oven, and they were a HUGE hit. My husband loved them, corndogs are about his favorite food 😉 I also recommend pouring the batter into a tall cup to get the best dip for the dog. I also used a deep fryer vs. skillet.

I’d like to try these for a Bunco night & will need to make them ahead of time too. How long and at what temp did you bake them at to reheat them?

I have boys – and my house has teens in it all the time – if I made a big batch do you think they’d keep well if I froze extras to re-heat in the oven later for a snack?

Jessie, these can be reheated at 375 degrees F for about 15-17 minutes. And yes, these can definitely be frozen as well. Just be sure to freeze them after they have been fully cooked through.

I so want to make these corn dogs. One question in my mind, however: Exactly at what point do I run the skewers through the dogs? Is it just before dunking the dogs into the batter? Once the skewers are in, do they get in the way of the cooking? That is, do the skewers get all oily from the cooking, or are they too long to fit in there? Does that make any sense at all? Hope I’m not complicating a simple thing!

Emily, feel free to run the skewers as much as you see fit. Surprisingly enough, the sticks do not obtain any oiliness at all!

Emily A asked the same thing I was going to lol! Just to clarify – the skewers you used are the paper/cardboard(ish) ones used for making suckers? That’s what they looked like.

I used lollipop sticks, like the ones used for cake pops.

Coat hot dogs with sight dusting of cornstarch, Yes CORNSTARCH. before breading them
..the breading will stick better..also
..try frying the dogs and THEN putting the sticks in after draining
Easy-peasy and you can fry more at a time…

I love that your dogs name is butters. Thats my cats name and everyone thinks im nuts.

Would I be able to use jiffy cornbread mix instead?

Yes, you can certainly use the Jiffy mix but the beauty of this recipe is the cornbread mixture from scratch. There’s nothing better than homemade!

Love a good corn dog. Mmmm…

Riquisimo . gracias por tus recetas me encantan porque son ricas y muy sencillas

Where would I be able to find the lollipop sticks? Would skewers work?

Lollipop sticks can easily be found at any arts & crafts store. Skewers would definitely work but lollipop sticks are best.

walmart has them in their backing isle with all the pans and candy coating and icing and stuff also, in all different sizes.

These are going to be terrific since they can be made ahead & frozen. Was thinking about adding jalapeno to some of the batter for some “kick”. 🙂

I cut mine in 4 pieces and use tooth picks for bite size snacks

I would caution against the use of toothpicks for bite size corndogs. Every year people are severely injured by accidentally swallowing toothpicks. Foods of this type, often eaten where socializing or alcohol can distract one, require special attention. Perhaps the lollipop sticks, even if cut in half, would be preferable.

If you use wood sticks soak them in water for a few minutes this help with them not burning and keeps the oil out.

I am trying to figure out how to make these for my allergy-ridden kids. I’m pretty sure I can just sub gluten-free flour since I have had success using it for frying crisp chicken, but could someone tell me what function the egg has? I can try different replacements based on whether its needed for puff, or binding. I’m hoping it’s more for binding because I can use a flax seed mix to replace, but it’s hard to replace egg when it’s important for “lift”. Is the baking powder enough to puff it up on it’s own? Or could I try my egg replacer and up the baking powder a tiny bit?

The purpose of the eggs is to create a richer texture and flavor, and to also act as a binder. That being said, please use your best judgment to make the appropriate substitutions to fit your dietary restrictions.

Ok, I thought I’d come back for an update, as I just finally made these tonight. I had bought this cute tiny fryer ages ago at a thrift store that held about 2 1/2C oil (I used avocado oil) in it that worked a charm. I fried them at 300 degrees and it took 1 1/2 min. total. Because I needed to spread a 16oz package of Trader Joes natural hot dogs pretty far, I cut these into smaller rounds, used a skewer to stick it into the batter and plopped in the fryer. Corn dog bites! They turned out awesome!

I did one batch conventionally with your recipe only subbing buttermilk for the regular milk because I happened to have it. I also used honey instead of sugar. I ended up adding extra sweetener since I didn’t know until I tasted the first one that I apparently like the sweetness in the batter of the store-bought ones.

The second batch I did was for my allergy kids. Using the flax seed/water mix to sub for the egg worked great. I also used rice milk for the milk. Gluten-free flour worked as well. The only difference I really noticed was that the allergy friendly ones seemed to be crunchier from the cornmeal than the regular batch. No idea why.

I have never fried anything before and whooped for joy when the first batch came out perfectly and deliciously. Thanks for the recipe!

Rosie, thanks so much for the deep fryer info. I am my $7 Kohls clearance find that has been sitting for a couple of years. I will update soon as I finish frying these.

Too bad I didn’t see the sugar info sooner. I opened every packet I could find and ended up adding a little powdered sugar. Hope it works!

I’ve heard that barley bread bakes like corn bread. Do you think that barley meal/ flour would work as a sub for someone sensitive to corn? What type of flour did you use? We cant have wheat either.

Great! I too have a family with dietary needs, our children are special needs children and as a family we decided to eat their way. No processed food. We get organic no preservatives hotdogs for treats, and we replace white flour with sprouted spelt flour that we grind ourselves, and raw sugar in place of regular sugar. Does great. It’s a favorite for everyone. Thanks.

These did not work out so well for me. the taste was there but the batter was like wings on the sides. i found it hard to fry in so little oil, WIll def try again though, they just didn;t look like yours!

Debbie, if the batter is too thick, you can add more milk, as needed. Additionally, 1 cup vegetable should be more than enough – perhaps your pan was too wide?

I had the same problem. How big was your pan? You said large, so mine was probably 10 inches but 1 cup barely covers the bottom. Then to try to turn them, the batter just stuck to the bottom and fell off the hot dog. I thought maybe the batter was too thick so I added more milk, but the problem just got worse (puddling to the bottom as soon as I put them in the oil). Easy, my eye! 🙂 I thought they were a disaster, but my 7 year old said, “Mom, these don’t taste anything like the store bought ones but they are the best corn dogs I’ve ever had!”

Michele, please use your best judgment to add enough oil as needed – you only need about 1-1.5 inches of oil in the pan.

I know this is weird but i dont have milk. Its IMPOSSIBLe. There is no more MILK. SO CAN I USED THE MILK THATS IN LIKE A CAN

You can certainly try substituting the “milk that’s in like a can” but without further recipe testing, I cannot speak for how much this will change the overall taste/texture of the dish. Using a substitution may also result in a mediocre outcome.

hi i love your recipes could you use buttermilk instead

I have not tried it myself but I’m sure buttermilk will work just fine.

Equal parts cornbread mi and pancake mix , just add water and follow the cooking directions . Easier and I like the taste better!

i love these! they’re great. I’ve made it for guests and they’re always a hit. however, they never look like yours, they’re quite ugly. lol.
when I put them in the oil the batter just doesn’t stick. it slides off to the sides and it’s kind of like a pancake around the dog. is there a way to thicken it so it sticks to the dog better and gets that nice roundness to it?

I recommend dredging as needed to ensure that the hot dogs are completely coated – it may take a few dunks before they’re nicely coated all around.

If i’m heading to a tailgate, do you think these will keep for about an hour – two hours?

This is really best when served immediately.

HI, these look great! Could you make the batter in advance and refrigerate for a couple hours? I’d like to have everything prepped as mich as possible before people are at the house. Thanks!

Unfortunately, without further recipe testing, I cannot answer with certainty. As always, please use your best judgment.

I was so excited when I found these because my daughter has been asking me to purchase some store bought ones. She tried them at a friends house and LOVED them. I always prefer to make food as healthy as possible. I made this tonight and the batter wouldn’t stick to the hot dog:(. Since my daughter made the first batch I made a fresh 2nd batch and the same thing happened. Do you have any idea why? I made sure not to over mix the dry & wet ingredients. It wouldn’t stick from prior to reaching the oil. Any suggestions would be greatly appreciated:) Thank you!

Oh no – what a bummer! Did you follow the recipe exactly as written without any substitutions?

Hi! Do you cook the hotdogs before dipping them in the batter? I don’t want to eat semi-raw hotdogs. This recipe sounds great!

Nope – there’s no need to! But as always, please do what is most comfortable for you.

This was amazing–even though I’m’ lying on the couch like a beached whale because I ate too many. Sooooo good. Thanks for the awesome recipe!

Im on a time frame so i was wandering if i could use the jiffy corn bread mix in the box

That should work!

Do you agree in dredging the hot dog in cornstarch before dipping them in the batter?
Also, do you think the hot dog would taste better if we grilled them first before dipping them in the corn meal batter?

Unfortunately, without further recipe testing, I cannot answer with certainty. As always, please use your best judgment regarding substitutions and modifications.

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