Mini Corn Dog Muffins


Mini Corn Dog Muffins are a fun and unique snack recipe for any special or ordinary occasion!

Are you ready for some footballllll food?!

Unless you’ve been living under a rock, you’re probably aware that the Super Bowl is this weekend.

Although a couple of days ago I did make the mistake of asking Ben what day of the week it was being played on. I regretted the question before I even finished asking it.

Smacks forehead. Twice. D’OH! Super Bowl Sunday most likely happens on a – wait for itSUNDAY.

Hearty, one-sided chuckles ensued. Anyway.

Always up for a good theme week, I thought I’d share a few nibbles and bites over the next couple of days that are not only great for the big game this weekend, but would also be a hit at any party or get-together during the year. Even if you don’t enjoy football, a good appetizer recipe is always good to have in your back pocket, no?

I’m kicking things off (pun intended) with a sweet & savory bite that’s sure to score big points (…) with any crowd – Mini Corn Dog Muffins. I am smashing my one corn dog a year rule to smithereens for these babies!!!

These poppable, sweet and crispy cornbread bites with salty, all-beef hot dogs taste exactly like a state fair corn dog in a teeny-tiny package.

Start the Mini Corn Dog Muffins by making the cornbread batter. Whisk together melted butter and sugar, then incorporate a couple eggs.

Next, pour in the secret ingredient that makes this cornbread ultra moist and yummy – buttermilk.

After the wet ingredients are combined, stir together the dry ingredients, including cornmeal, flour (either all-purpose or a gluten-free baking blend,) baking soda and salt. Then, whisk the dry ingredients into the wet ingredients in two batches, whisking well between each batch.

Spray a mini muffin tin very well with non-stick spray then spoon 1 Tablespoon batter into each mini cup.

Next, cut up the hot dog centers. I used 100% beef Hebrew National Hot Dogs. You could use turkey dogs, if that’s your preference!

Hebrew National’s are longer, thinner hot dogs, so I cut each one into 6 pieces. You’ll want each piece to be about 1″ long.

Finally, place a hot dog piece into the center of each muffin tin.

And bake.

These piping hot, sweet and savory mini corn dog muffins are the perfect game-day food!

Mini Corn Dog Muffins

makes 48 mini muffins


The original Mini Corn Dog Muffins! A fun and unique snack recipe for any special or ordinary occasion!


  • 1/2 cup melted butter
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 cup buttermilk
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 cup certified gluten-free cornmeal
  • 1 cup gluten-free baking blend or all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 8-10 all-beef hot dogs, cut into 1" bites


  1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees. Combine butter and sugar in a bowl then whisk to combine. Add eggs then whisk to incorporate, and then add buttermilk and whisk to incorporate.
  2. In a separate bowl, combine baking soda, cornmeal, flour, and salt then stir to combine. Whisk into wet ingredients in two batches.
  3. Spray a mini muffin tin very well with non-stick spray then spoon 1 Tablespoon batter into each mini muffin cup. Place one hot dog bite into the middle of each cup.
  4. Bake for 8-12 minutes or until cornbread is golden brown. Cool in mini muffin tin for 5 minutes before serving. Store leftovers in the refrigerator then re-heat for 20-30 seconds before serving.

This recipe is courtesy of Iowa Girl Eats,

A schmear of cold ketchup really sends the corn dog flavor over the top. I can’t get over how insane these are. I literally had to pry Ben’s fingers from the mini muffin tin. Once he popped, he could not stop!

These are amazing served straight out of the oven, but can be made ahead of time, stored in the refrigerator, and microwaved for 30 seconds or so when it’s kickoff time. They taste just as good reheated. Not that I nuked five today and would know or anything.


“I watch the Superbowl for the _____”

a. Football

b. Commercials

c. Food

d. What’s the Super Bowl?

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  1. Molly 01.30.2012

    a little bit of all of, friends, commericals and football

  2. What an awesome idea!!!!

  3. girl, you are genius! my husband is going to go ga-ga for these!

  4. Shelly 01.30.2012

    If it makes you feel better, my MIL once asked what day the Thanksgiving Day parade was on. It’s been years and we’ve never let her live it down.

  5. Lindsey 01.30.2012

    YUM! I watch the Superbowl for a good time- good food, friends, family, and gathering!

  6. erica 01.30.2012

    omg. i love corn dogs! those look so good! i’m drooling!

  7. Aw I love this! Such a cute twist on the normal corn dog! I’ve got some extra cornmeal lying around…I just may have to make these soon. :-)

  8. Alisa 01.30.2012

    This is the greatest idea ever. When I was in college I had a friend who couldn’t deal with crying girls… (we lived with a lot of them) So she would cook a hot dog whenever people were down. It was her way of comforting us… I mean them… So, all that being said, I have a special place in my heart for corn dogs.

  9. BRILLIANT! I love corndogs so I know I would LOVE these! Wahooooooo!

  10. Stephanie 01.30.2012

    My boys are so going to LOVE these!
    I totally watch for the commercials and food!!

  11. C. 01.30.2012

    Hehe- the commercials :) I love your idea, those are so cute and poppable!

  12. I definitely just watch for the food and some commercials. I usually go in on some kind of pool so I at least have a little reason to watch the game.

    This recipe is too cute! My family and I were just discussing what foods we wanted to make for this Sunday and this might just make the menu :-)

  13. Kim 01.30.2012

    the food of course! and then the commercials… rarely for the football. :)

  14. Maria W 01.30.2012

    Oh my, this recipe is so-o delicious looking and I plan to try it! As for the Super Bowl, well, we’re not big fans unless the Chicago Bears were featured, so we may just watch some of it to see what goes on.

  15. Most definitely the COMMERCIALS! and then the food during the game. :)

  16. You are seriously unreal. What a genius! These look so great!

  17. Leslie 01.30.2012

    This looks heavenly! I am SO going to make these at some point. I am so happy I discovered your blog! I recently started a blog of my own regarding healthy, fresh and frozen make-ahead recipes and time-savers, so this has been great. Coincidentally, I just moved to Iowa from Colorado (really enjoyed your Denver, CO posts. They made me very homesick!) and currently planning a trip to Italy so it seems we have a lot in common! Thanks for the excellent recipes and tips!

  18. Leslie 01.30.2012

    Commercials for sure.

  19. Chelsea 01.30.2012

    If I wasn’t vegetarian these would be in my tummy fast lol

    • John 01.23.2014

      Chelsea – I’m thinking this might be the best way to make those vegan dogs I’ve had taste good…

  20. These look AWESOME! I have been meaning to try to make homemade cornbread (and not use the blue and white box mix that has LARD in it…) so this is perfect! Thanks!

  21. Lindsey 01.30.2012


  22. melissa gray 01.30.2012

    I’m SO glad I discovered your blog! These mini corn dogs look so delish! I usually only allow myself to eat corn dogs at the state fair – and that’s ALL I eat when I’m there, while everyone else is sampling all the tantalizing foods, I’m checking out the various corn dog vendors! A taste of childhood! Can’t wait to make these for our Superbowl Party. And I loved your green smoothie recipe. Might have to drink a lot of those this week so I can really indulge on Sunday! Blessings, Melissa

  23. karenc 01.31.2012

    I know 2 little grandsons that will be very happy this Saturday night when they stay with Grandma thanks to you! I like that brand of hotdog, too! I did find some thinner Nathan’s hotdogs last time I shopped and they are delicious also – plenty of “gaaaalic” in them!

  24. Mills 01.31.2012

    Those look so tasty. What a great idea!

  25. Kayla 01.31.2012

    love this recipe, so creative!! :)

  26. Those mini hot dogs are SO clever! I never would have thought of them, but they make perfect sense.

    I watch the Super Bowl halftime show and that’s about it… I’ll watch the news/youtube for the commercial highlights.

  27. Katie 01.31.2012

    I think I’ll be making these with some chicken sausages. Maybe for the Super Bowl, probably before then. My kids would really love me if I put them in their lunchboxes. Thanks for sharing the recipe. I watch the Super Bowl for the football, food, commercials and most importantly as a opportunity to get together and socialize with friends that we don’t see often enough.

  28. KellyK 01.31.2012

    Ingenious! That is a cool idea!

  29. Ris 01.31.2012

    I definitely watch for the commercials, and for the excuse to eat yummy party food! Hey, it only comes around once a year, right?

  30. Shannon 01.31.2012

    Oh so clever!! I can’t wait to try these. My family LOVE corn dogs!!! : ) I love your blog.

  31. um “c”, obviously the food. Great idea with this recipe!

  32. Sarah T. 01.31.2012

    A, B and C! Love football, food and the commercials. Those bites look yummy too! Thanks for sharing!

  33. Brittany 01.31.2012

    Hi! I’m a new reader and just love your blog! I found you by googling “Iowa” blogs and yours caught my eye. I’ll be moving to the Ames area from South Dakota in the spring sometime. I moved from Delaware a little over a year ago so it’s been a whrilwind for my husband and I! However, we are excited to live in a state with more recreactional opportunities! I love reading your blog ang will continue to!

    Love the cornbread/hotdog recipe!

  34. Lori P 01.31.2012

    Superbowl Sunday is great for hanging out with friends, eating yummy food and seeing commercials. Oh, there is a football game on? I’m not a huge football fan but can definitely get into a good game.

  35. Sherrie 01.31.2012

    I am totally making these – YUM! Plus, easy on the budget. Thanks :)

  36. Great idea – I dont eat hot dogs but I sent my mom the recipe….thanks!

    I love watching for the commercials and the half time show.

    xoxo from Trinidad

  37. Jen 01.31.2012

    I have never had a corn dog. I know, I know… lately it has become a quest to find me a good one for my first time! I am SO making this recipe because I bet it beats anything I could buy somewhere!!!!

  38. Tracy 01.31.2012

    Company! It’s all about who I’m watching (the commercials) with! ;)

  39. Allison 01.31.2012

    D – What’s the Super Bowl?
    Haha. I have apparently been living under a rock, because your post was the first time I realized that the Super Bowl is this Sunday. I don’t watch professional football, needless to say….

    Maybe these are healthier than State Fair corn dogs – baked, not fried! That’s what I’m tellin’ myself anyway. :)

  40. […] Mini Corn Dog Muffins I saw these on Iowa Girl Eats yesterday and knew I had to make them! They look so festive and will be easy to make gluten-free by simply switching out the regular flour for Bob’s Red Mill all-purpose gluten free flour, which I already have in my pantry. […]

  41. […] Mini Corn Dog Muffins I saw these on Iowa Girl Eats yesterday and knew I had to make them! They look so festive and will be easy to make gluten-free by simply switching out the regular flour for Bob’s Red Mill all-purpose gluten free flour, which I already have in my pantry. […]

  42. Diane 01.31.2012

    How is the no-sugar January going? I FINALLY started yesterday and it hasn’t been too bad…yet. I enjoyed a Green Monster for lunch and it really quenched my craving for sugar.

    These corn dog muffins look great. I’m afraid to show my husband because I know he’ll want me to make them ASAP.

    Great idea :o)

  43. I’m a Giants fan (living in Eagles country, hello 24/7 trash talking from everyone) so I’m PUMPED! But even if my team wasn’t in the game I still love football and I loooove tailgating foods. We’re ordering a ton of wings and whipping up some sides for a family football feast!

    And then I will be super sad when I realize football season is over haha.

  44. Michele 01.31.2012

    My family would love these! So cute, too!

  45. Noelle 01.31.2012 There is nothing that’s going to stop me from making these for Sunday. I frakkin love corn dogs, but probably only eat them once every two years (which is probably a very good thing). @Amber- I went to college in PA (I’m from NJ), and the trash talking was unreal…and I’m not even a football fan! I only go for the food :)

  46. So cute! I am going to a dairy-free/gluten-free/vegetarian non-super bowl party and have no idea what to make. Obviously these won’t work (unless I find some gluten-free veggie dogs) but I want an excuse to make these for something else!

  47. […] well into the second quarter, ahem, I mean, Day 2 of Super Bowl Recipes Week, and after popping a few of those Mini Corn Dog Muffins, I bet you’ll want to sink your teeth […]

  48. Annissa 01.31.2012

    LOVE! I made them tonight as part of dinner, and they were great. I used the less butter and applesauce version. I like them, because you get all the taste of homemade corn dogs, but it’s not as messy. Plus they’re baked.

  49. MisfitMommy 01.31.2012

    I found this today, and made these for dinner tonight.. Delish!! A total winner at my house! I halved the recipe since I only have one mini muffin pan, and I used turkey dogs. I’ll be making these again and again! Thanks!

  50. Liz 01.31.2012

    These are so fun! I’m definitely going to need to come up with an allergy friendly version. :) Thanks for sharing!

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