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. Viv 02.15.2012

    Oh… That looks tasty! I will try making a batch. n_n

  2. Jen D. 02.17.2012

    Thank you so much for posting this recipe. I tried it out during Super Bowl party and they were a hit!

  3. Lynn 02.20.2012

    Made these little doggies for our card party and they were loved! Thanks for sharing.

  4. Stacey 02.20.2012

    These look soooo good! Do you think they could be frozen as well?

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  9. J Ehlers 02.24.2012

    These were a big hit with the kids. I was surprised how good the cornbread was! Thanks!

  10. Melody 02.27.2012

    Anyone try almond milk or some other non-dairy substitute for the buttermilk? I would love to make my hubby this! Thanks!

    • Iowa Girl Eats 02.27.2012

      I have used almond milk in the cornbread before, and it turned out great! Not quite as moist as with buttermilk, but definitely still delicious. :)

      • Melody 02.27.2012

        Awesome! Thanks so much for replying!

  11. Melody 02.27.2012

    These are SO going to happen sometime soon in my house! : D

  12. Ashley 02.27.2012

    These look amazing!! Can’t wait to try them, and soon!

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  17. Christine 03.14.2012

    I found this on Pinterest. Made these today, and my husband LOVED them. He thought that even the corn bread mix was wonderful, and thinks I should use this recipe next time I make just plain corn bread. I will be making these again. Thanks!

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  21. Jenny 04.03.2012

    I made these tonight for supper. Instead of ketchup,we put maple syrup over it. I didn’t have buttermilk so I took a tablespoon of lemon juice and a cup of milk and let it sit for 5 minutes. I also u see gluten free all purpose flour instead of normal flour. They were delicious!

  22. LeeAnne 04.07.2012

    Just made these to try out before camping trip. Great idea,great flavor, and quick to do!! Threw some in freezer to test how they do. Will def be making these for upcoming camping trip-also think I’ll try some w/Lil’ Smokies and some with chunks of cheese:) Thank you so much for this idea!

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  24. Sondra king 04.09.2012

    I used cornbread mix and slightly frozen hotdogs…my muffins fell apart! I think the water in the hotdogs caused this. I will use fresh next time. They were still soooo yummy! Thanks.

  25. Emstarfox 04.12.2012

    These were amazing! I used turkey dogs and subbed 1/2 c of wheat flour for white. Next time I’ll use 1/3 c sugar because they were a little sweet for me. Thank you for sharing this recipe!

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  28. Casey 04.24.2012

    This were amazing! I loved them so much I had to blog about them and share, I linked back to you from Thanks for the recipe!

  29. Sze Ling 05.02.2012

    These are amazing! I just made a batch today, and can’t stop eating them.
    Will be writing about them soon. =)

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  35. Calee 05.16.2012

    We’ve been wanting to try these for a long time ! Would it be okay to use regular milk instead?

  36. Calee 05.16.2012

    Instead of buttermilk ?

    • Iowa Girl Eats 05.20.2012

      Hey Calee! I’ve never tried it with regular milk, so I’m not sure. If you give it a go, will you let me know how it turns out? Thanks!

    • Suzi Castiglione 05.31.2012

      If you don’t have buttermilk….a tablespoon of vinegar and one cup regular milk! Let it sit for five minutes after mixing.

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  39. kelsey 05.22.2012

    I made these for my fiances “poker guys night” they are soooo good!

    only one suggestion dont push the hot dogs all the way down to the bottom, leave room for the batter to crisp!!1


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  41. karen williams 05.27.2012

    Hi Kristin, these mini corn dogs are amazing. They really are as good as the ones at the Fair. I made my first batch today and ran 2 dozen hot ones over to my grandchildren. Needless to say they loved them. Thanks for the great recipe.

  42. Suzi Castiglione 05.31.2012

    Just made these for a Memorial Day picnic……Kids and Adults alike loved them!!

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  45. Brenda L 06.04.2012

    Mmmm I just made them and they are great…..I have been looking for a good cornbread receipt and this one is really nice Thanks Iowa Girl

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  47. Allison H. 06.10.2012

    I found this on Pinterest and had to try it out for my 21 month old daughter. We both loved the corn dogs and they were super easy to make! Thanks for sharing such a great recipe!

  48. Brandy C. 06.12.2012

    Just made these tonight after pinning them quite a while ago. My 7 year old loved them, because they were good and so cute lol. My husband said it was the best cornbread ever. Unfortunately I’m sick, so I couldn’t eat them. Just more reason to make them again! Thanks for sharing!

  49. Amanda 06.16.2012

    THESE ARE AMAZING!!!!! I made them with the two girls that I watch on the weekends and they are super easy and a very big hit! Thanks to whoever posted this originally!!!!

  50. Trey 06.19.2012

    Instead of ketchup we put chili on top.

    Soooooooo tasty!

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