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. kelly 01.31.2012

    I make this all the time for my boys. I cut the hotdogs into pieces to reduce the risk of chocking. They love them.

  2. kat 02.01.2012

    OMG that is the cutest thing ever! I loved how you used a muffin pan! Definitely going to try making these in my cupcake maker. Thanks so much for the idea! :)

  3. Leslie 02.01.2012

    So cool. These are getting a try on Sunday.

  4. Ryann 02.01.2012

    This might be a silly question but do you precook the hot dog bites? If so, how long?

    I am trying these for Sunday and want them to be JUST like yours! =)

    • Carol 02.02.2012

      Do you mean pre-cook the hot dogs before making the bites? The answer would be no… as hot dogs are generally already cooked when you buy them (you’re just reheating them). Kindof like bologna. There are people who eat cold hot dogs right out of the package. So, no, no need to pre-cook the hot dogs.

    • Iowa Girl Eats 02.02.2012


  5. Kristin Carlson 02.01.2012

    Thank you for making me the super cool mom of a corn dog lovin’ boy! From one Iowa girl to another, you rock!

  6. Shaney in Birmingham 02.01.2012

    Wow I just made these a hour ago. My family thinks I’m a kitchen Rock Star now. Thank you for the recipe.

  7. Jamilya 02.01.2012

    Hi Kristin

    I live in Russia and have been reading your blog for already one year. I read a lot of american kinda “healthy food blogs” but yours is the best!!
    I even baked apple crisp and made the Bacon Wrapped Turkey Breast with mozarella. And everyone who tried them were impressed and asked for the recipe!! So now I bake apple crisp as often as possible =)
    Also i had never heard of chia seeds before I read your blog. And what do you think? – I ordered chia seeds recently from London iherb-type store.
    Thank you for all your great recipes and inspiration to eat healthier. I had never thought before that healthy food could be so delisious!
    Moreover your blog inspires me not only about food but about life (hope it doesn’t sound that dramatic) You are so positive and open and your family is so great – this kind of sincerity and happiness is so rare in our world now…it really helps to see life in more colourful way!
    So just wanted to thank you for all you are doing! And let you know that you have fans in Russia! In case you would like your next travel spot to be Russia feel free to contact me and will do my best to make your visit incredible.
    Good luck!

    * sorry for my English – hope, my message is readable

    • Iowa Girl Eats 02.02.2012

      Thank you so much Jamilya! :)

      • Anik Gilbert 02.02.2012

        Looks so good …. Quick question …did you ever freeze them. I am leaving for the weekend and will be back just in time for the super ball so I was thinking of baking them ahead on Friday. Thoughts?

  8. BETHIEOFVA 02.01.2012

    I wonder if you could also do small cubes of cheese! YUM!!

  9. Stacey @starpulp 02.01.2012

    These will be perfect for National Corn Dog Day!

  10. omg, love these!! i will not be watching the game on sunday (the one lone ranger in the country, i’m sure), but will definitely keep these puppies (pun intended!) on hand for the future!! kudos!

  11. These look super fun and easy to put together! I found you through Pinterest and have fallen in love with your blog. My husband’s family is from Iowa so we get back there a few times a year. We now live in Boulder, CO and I loved reading through your Denver travel posts. It’s made me want to re-explore my new home as a tourist. Added you to my Google reader so I can catch up. Cheers!

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  13. I totally watch football for the food :) Plus, these little muffins look delicious.

  14. What a cute and clever idea!

  15. Lynda 02.02.2012

    How fun! I can’t wait to try these and I think this Super Bowl Sunday will be the best time to do it!

  16. Ami 02.02.2012

    These are so cute! I might try them with veggie hotdogs! Thanks so much! I linked over to this reciep from my blog, just had to share :)

  17. I love the idea! My kids would surely like these. Thank you for sharing!

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  20. Charlotte Henry 02.02.2012

    You can also use jiffy

  21. Heidi 02.02.2012

    Is boxed cornbread muffin mix OK to use?

  22. Kate 02.02.2012

    Kristin- I absolutely LOVE your blog, and have been reading for a few months. These look delicious, and I’m hoping to make them this weekend. I was so excited that I saw one of your recipes on foodgawker, then sadly realized that another blogger stole your recipe and posted it as her own. Probably not much you can do about it, but I did want to call attention to it.

    • Steph 02.03.2012

      Kristin—Thanks so much for this great recipe! I used Bob’s Red Mill coarse ground cornmeal and it added a great corn-y bite to this muffin. I used halved Trader Joe’s cocktail wieners (all beef, no nitrites) in my muffins and also cut up some Tofu Pups for my vegetarian girlfriend to have in her muffins so we both enjoyed! ;)

      Kate—I can’t say for sure whether the blogger in question got the idea to post her recipe after reading this one, and I’m not a regular reader of either one, but I did check it out and her photos appeared to be her own, the text wasn’t Kristin’s, and it looks like her recipe wasn’t exactly the same either. So, unless I’m missing something, it’s not stealing at all.

      Now, if she had ganked Kristin’s photos, or posted her recipe verbatim as hers, then it would be stealing, but there’s nothing unethical about posting a *similar* recipe. The idea of a corn dog muffin, while clever, isn’t anything new either. I myself had heard about the idea some months ago, from somewhere, and I just happened to find this blog entry after googling around for recipes.

      • Julie 02.03.2012

        Thanks for the response Steph (this is Julie, aka “blogger in question)

        I can assure you that though the 2 recipes are very, very similar, no thievery took place. They were posted merely hours apart, and it’s just a coincidence. A delicious coincidence at that.

        I’m not a follower of “Iowa Girl Eats”, but I will be now! The site is lovely, and obviously we share a similar cooking philosophy =) I love the buffalo chicken poppers too! I tried something similar with phyllo dough, and it was a disaster! Yours look much better.

        Sorry to perpetuate any negativity, I just received a pingback on my site from the comments here, and thought I should clarify.

        Love and corndogs,


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  24. Life's a Bowl 02.03.2012

    I watch the Super Bowl for the good food, good company, and the funny commercials [and the game?!] :P

    P.S. I had an awful experience with corn dogs when I was really young- they were served for lunch when I was at ski school and let’s say they ended up on the mountain an hour late [YUCK, sorry!]. And I never have had one since but your recipes always look so tasty I might reconsider that…

  25. Magnuson 02.03.2012

    You could take the rocket science out of this by explaining in a few simple steps, consisting of
    1. make corn bread following the instructions on the box, or use your own favorite recipe, if you have one.
    2. Pour batter into mini-muffin cups, about 2/3 full. Spray the cups if not using papers, to keep from sticking.
    3. Place one or more chunks of cut up dogs or fully cooked sausages into the batter, depending on how small you cut them up.
    4. Bake, following the directions for the corn bread.

  26. This is a great idea! Definitely pinned this and put it on my list of snacks I would love to make. I just found your blog and have really enjoyed clicking around to your different posts–especially the ones on Italy, swoon.

  27. Jessica 02.03.2012

    I’m making some of my Super Bowl food today so I won’t have too much to do on Sunday, and I was wondering if these would still be good if I froze them and reheated them on Sunday. Whatdya think?

  28. LOVE THIS IDEA! Such an awesome snack idea, I have to work during the super bowl, but will be making these for myself another time!

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  32. Keegan 02.05.2012

    made these last night…. probably going to make another batch today they were so good and easy. my new go to app. thanks!

  33. Jenna 02.05.2012

    I bought the Jiffy corn muffin mix to make these, and they keep on crumbling and falling apart. Any ideas on how to prevent this from happening? Thank you! GO GIANTS!

    • Iowa Girl Eats 02.05.2012

      Eek, I’m not sure – I’ve never tried this with that mix. Maybe try pouring half the batter in a pan (whichever pan the box says to use,) layer in the hot dogs, then add the other half of the batter. Then cut it and eat like regular corn bread?

    • Lauren 02.07.2012

      I used the Jiffy mix as well, however, I used cream corn in place of the milk (same amount) and then added some milk after to get the right consistency. I know this is late, but for future reference.

  34. Angela Tice 02.05.2012

    This is such a great idea! Starting to make them now. Thanks for sharing!

  35. Amanda Stiens 02.05.2012

    Has anyone used the applesauce for a butter substitute? Making them right now and they taste really apples.

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  37. Kathleen 02.05.2012

    These were amazing! Thanks!

  38. Mary 02.05.2012

    These were an absolute hit! Needless to say, I didn’t have any leftovers…in fact, they were gone by half time! Thanks for the great idea!

  39. kim 02.05.2012

    these were great. i’m a dude and i made em! it was easy pezy. brought them over to my aunt and uncle’s and they were a hit! i was worried about making them, since i’m a novice cook, but they were seriously amazing!

  40. marks 02.06.2012

    Is that ketchup??? No no no you must have mustard with this!

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  45. Lauren 02.07.2012

    I made these for the Superbowl (yay Giants!) and everyone loved them! I made them a little differently. I used 1/3 cup of cream corn, in place of the milk, and then added about a half of a 1/3 cup of milk. I really based it off the consistency. Since I didn’t have a miny muffin pan I used a normal size one. Because the muffin was going to be so much larger I cut the one inch pieces of hot dog into thirds and placed them in a circle around the muffin. This turned out fine, and like I said, everyone loved them. Thanks so much for sharing this idea!

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  48. Sally Twellman 02.13.2012

    I found this recipe on pinterest…they were great! Thanks! When I was on your blog getting the recipe I read some of your other posts…you are a great writer and write fun posts! It was refreshing that you wrote about some of the cooking projects that didn’t work out…even experienced cooks can have flops every now and then :). I have become a new reader!

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  50. noel brannum 02.14.2012

    These are great!!!! I used a box of Jiffy corn muffin mix instead. Thanks for the recipe!

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