Mini Corn Dogs

Bite-sized hot dogs dipped in cornbread batter and fried to golden perfection. They are perfect for snacking, appetizers, parties and tailgating. We continue onto Week 3 of College Football which means another delicious Football bite!

One of my favorite restaurants to go and watch college football is BW3, mostly for their mini corn dogs, cold refreshments and Hot Wings. A few years ago we threw a huge tailgating party to watch the Buckeyes win and I made these mini corn dogs. They were a smashing success and since then, these mini corn dogs always make an appearance at our tailgating parties.

Mini Corn Dogs

Bite-sized hot dogs dipped in cornbread batter and fried to golden perfection.

Yield: about 48 mini corn dogs


For the Mini Corn Dogs:
1 cup yellow cornmeal
1 cup all-purpose flour
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/8 teaspoon black pepper
1/4 cup white sugar
4 teaspoons baking powder
1 egg
1 cup plus 2 tablespoons buttermilk
1 quart vegetable oil for frying
2 (16 ounce) packages beef hot dogs

For the Honey Mustard:
1/4 cup mayonnaise
1 tablespoon prepared mustard
1 tablespoon honey
1/2 tablespoon lemon juice


In a medium bowl, combine cornmeal, flour, salt, pepper, sugar and baking powder. Stir in eggs and milk. Add more milk to adjust consistency for dipping.
Preheat oil in a deep saucepan over medium heat to 365°.
Cut each hot dog into thirds. Pat hot dogs dry with a paper towel and insert toothpicks into cut hot dogs. Roll hot dogs in batter until well coated.
Fry 4 to 6 corn dogs at a time for 1-2 minutes, or until lightly browned. Drain on paper towels. Place in a 200 F oven to keep the corn dogs warm until all are fried.
To make the honey mustard, in a small bowl, whisk together the mayonnaise, mustard, honey, and lemon juice. Serve with mini corn dogs for dipping.

Source: corn dogs adapted from, honey mustard adapted from

If you’ve missed them, make sure to check out the rest of my College Football Bites: :)

Week One: Pizza Pretzel Bites 

Week Two: Slow Roasted Pulled Pork


One Year Ago: Chewy Oatmeal Raisin Cookies

53 Responses to “Mini Corn Dogs”

  1. #
    sportsglutton — September 17, 2011 @ 10:38 am

    I’m with you…I love corndogs, especially when watching the game. I had a hankering for them a while back, but wasn’t interested in doing any deep frying. So my wife and I twisted it up a bit with corndog muffins, throwing in additional goodness like bacon or roast peppers. Filling but oh so tasty!

    Have a great weekend!

  2. #
    Rufus' Food and Spirits Guide — September 17, 2011 @ 10:41 am

    If I tailgated, I’d be parking next to you guys!

  3. #
    The Teenage Taste — September 17, 2011 @ 1:32 pm

    Holy YUM! I have a bit of a *thing* for corndogs. Okay, I’ll say it – I’m obsessed! Definitely adding this to my “To Make” list! :-)

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    Emily — September 17, 2011 @ 1:44 pm

    These look great. Have you tried to freeze and reheat them? They seem like they would make a great quick snack to make ahead.

    • Christina replied: — September 20th, 2011 @ 9:21 pm

      I have not tried freezing them…they didn’t last that long at my house! 😉 I have reheated them the next day in a 350 degree oven until warm and they tasted great. If you try freezing them I would love to hear how they turn out for you! :)

      • jen replied: — January 17th, 2012 @ 3:43 pm

        I just made a batch of these, and oh my goodness, they are sooo good! I just stuck a bunch in the freezer. So I’ll reply again once I’ve re-cooked them. Thanks for a great recipe!

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    Bluejellybeans — September 17, 2011 @ 2:10 pm

    Yum! This looks delicious! And you know what? I have all the ingredients at home, so for next Real Madrid football game I will definitely give a try to these wonderful corndogs. Thanks for sharing!

  6. #
    overtimecook — September 17, 2011 @ 8:39 pm

    Delicious! I bookmarked this recipe to try- YUM.


  7. #
    KatsHealthCorner — September 17, 2011 @ 10:36 pm

    How cute! 😀

  8. #
    ChgoJohn — September 18, 2011 @ 5:54 am

    What a great idea! These would be perfect for just about any kind of party.

  9. #
    iamahoneybee — September 18, 2011 @ 1:29 pm

    shhhh don’t tell, but I love corn dogs. LOVE them. they are go to fair food for me. I should make these minis at home instead of having them once or twice a year.

  10. #
    Erin — September 18, 2011 @ 5:55 pm

    Um, yum! I still need to make your pizza bites!

  11. #
    Eliot — September 18, 2011 @ 7:47 pm

    Great mini-fair food.

  12. #
    Susie — September 18, 2011 @ 9:26 pm

    I love corn dogs!!!! Minis are perfect for snacking. I bet my son would love them made with cheese dogs lol or cheddar smokies. :) They look perfectly cooked!

  13. #
    chicaandaluza — September 19, 2011 @ 4:24 am

    Didn´t even know what a corn dogs was – and now that I do I think I´d love them!

  14. #
    tuppercooks — September 19, 2011 @ 1:20 pm

    Genius! ust made little Smokies last week- love those little doggies.

  15. #
    Samantha Angela @ Bikini Birthday — September 20, 2011 @ 8:29 am

    I can’t believe you made your own corn dogs! That’s dedication to home cooked meals right there!

    I’m usually hesitant to make anything that involves frying .

  16. #
    Nicole @ — September 21, 2011 @ 7:59 pm

    Those look amazing. I am a huge corn dog fan, but I’ve never found a recipe that really replicated what I love about them. I’m going to try yours! Awesome post.

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  19. #
    kat — September 25, 2011 @ 6:12 pm

    so cute! i’m a sucker for anything mini lol :)

  20. #
    Keith B. AKA Goat — September 26, 2011 @ 6:05 pm

    We made them tonight. They were great and very filling.

    • Christina replied: — October 3rd, 2011 @ 9:19 pm

      I am so glad to hear that you enjoyed the mini corn dogs! Thanks so much for letting me know how they turned out for you! :)

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  22. #
    Natalie — October 1, 2011 @ 2:44 pm

    I think that my littles would love these. I cannot wait to try them.

  23. #
    Kim @ Eat What Your've Got — October 1, 2011 @ 2:55 pm

    These look great! I bet my 5 year old would love them! Have you tried making them and then freezing them? Do they warm well?

    • Christina replied: — October 17th, 2011 @ 10:44 pm

      They have never lasted long enough for me to freeze them, but that is a great idea! I have rewarmed them in the oven the next day and they taste great. If you try freezing them, I would love to know how they turn out for you! :)

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    indiraadams — October 10, 2011 @ 1:48 pm

    What I like the most about your recipes is the simple ingredients. I live in a place where we only have a market, and no fancy grocery store, so I have to work with very basic products. I will defiantly follow this blog, and look forward to making these delicious corndogs in the future!

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  28. #
    Anne — October 19, 2011 @ 1:17 pm

    Got this link from a US friend of mine.. :)

    I hav eonly been to the states once in my life (NYC) and there i got my first Corndogs and i was IN LOVE <3

    i'm soon gonna try this one out.. just have to find everything for it and i'm not sure where to get it all.. 😉

    Anne, Hamburg, DE

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  31. #
    TerraH — October 30, 2011 @ 1:34 pm

    These were such a big hit at the party I went to last night. Thank you so much for the recipe. I had people coming up to me all night to tell me how much they loved both the corndogs and the honey mustard. Even people who don’t like honey mustard enjoyed it.

    One thing, though. When I used just a cup and two tablespoons of buttermilk, the batter was so thick it wouldn’t stick to anything. I had to end up using another cup of buttermilk, though I’m not sure how thick the mixture is supposed to come out. Mine came out a lot like pancake batter. Any chance of a picture for what it’s supposed to look like?

    • Christina replied: — November 1st, 2011 @ 8:17 pm

      Thank you so much for letting me know how they turned out for you! I am so glad that everyone enjoyed them! :) I am surprised you had to add that much more milk….but it sounds like you ended up making it work. :) It should be about as thick as pancake batter. I don’t have a picture of what the batter should look like, but I will definitely take a picture and add it to this recipe next time I make them! :)

    • Nicole H. replied: — January 1st, 2012 @ 7:14 am

      TerraH and Christina,

      I made this recipe last night for a NYE party and my husband’s friends raved about it. It really was delicious. I also had to thin out my batter with almost 3/4 cup more buttermilk. Otherwise, the batter was sticky and way too thick to manage.

      Thanks for another fantastic recipe, Christina!! Best wishes for 2012.

      • Christina replied: — January 2nd, 2012 @ 3:13 pm

        I am so glad to hear that everyone enjoyed them! That’s crazy that you also had to add more milk. I have never had to add that much more, but either way I am glad that you were able to successfully make them! They are one of my favorites! :)

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    cool girl — November 7, 2011 @ 11:18 pm

    another must-try appetizer for my lovable niece and nephew.. thanks for sharing this great recipe christina…looking forward for more easy-to-cook recipes.

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    Lisa @ A Little Slice of Life — December 14, 2011 @ 1:06 pm

    Yum. I can’t wait to try theses! This may be dinner tonight.

    • Christina replied: — December 15th, 2011 @ 8:27 am

      I hope you enjoy them! They are one of our favorites during football season! Let me know how they turn out for you! :)

  38. #
    shellbell — January 1, 2012 @ 8:57 am

    I try this last night and did every thing the recipe said to do but the batter was thick. But as for the when I put them the oil they cook so fast and when I cut one open the crust was so thin around the hot dogs and you tell me were I went wrong at .

    • Christina replied: — January 2nd, 2012 @ 3:19 pm

      I have had a few people say that the batter was thick. It is supposed to be the consistency of pancake batter. If you find that it is still a little too thick, try adding milk to thin the batter out a bit. Also did you use a deep-fry thermometer? If the oil gets too hot it cooks it too fast. Cooking them in 365° oil gives you a crispy, golden crust. These are one of my favorites, if you give them another try I would love to know how they turn out! :)

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    Rinda — January 4, 2012 @ 2:12 pm

    These look delicious. One question….would the coctail smokies work for this as well or do you have to use regular hot dogs? Thanks so much…just found your blog.

    • Christina replied: — January 5th, 2012 @ 10:28 pm

      I don’t see why cocktail smokies wouldn’t work in this recipe. If you give it a try I would love to know how they turn out for you! :)

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    Lucy Loved — May 22, 2012 @ 11:22 am

    My 13 yr old made these and they were AWESOME. We made them for a cook out but had to keep eating them right after they were done cooking. We brought them to the cookout and they were gone in 45 seconds…no joke…they were so so so good. Thanks for sharing

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    Courtney — June 15, 2013 @ 2:17 pm

    I also had to add another 3/4 cup of milk. It was like dough first. Turned out great though!

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