Mini corn dogs are made with a delicious, homemade, corn dog batter that tastes just like Disneyland® corn dogs. A deep-fried, crispy, crunchy coating surrounds an all-beef hot dog and is the perfect lunch or dinner recipe everyone will enjoy.
Corn dogs are the best, aren’t They? I’m going to go out on a limb and assume you agree. How could you not? These battered hot dogs seem to be a part of everything that’s good and fun in the world. At a fair? Grab a corn dog. Favorite childhood meal? A lot of you probably said corn dogs. What’s your kids’ favorite meal? Again, corn dogs are high on the list. I’ve loved them since I was a young girl, and that love has continued throughout my life. I made them all the time when I was single, and I kept making them after I got married and became a mom. Everyone loves them, making them the perfect thing to make for almost any occasion from a weeknight dinner to afterschool snacks or potluck additions.
Mini Corn Dogs
The version I’m sharing today is especially great for an appetizer. These mini corn dogs are little bites of battered deliciousness, and being finger foods, they’re so much fun to serve to a crowd. I take hot dogs that I’ve cut in half, then I batter them in classic corn dog batter that I’ve kicked up with a bit of Slap Ya Mama seasoning. Served up with some dipping sauces, they make a fantastic appetizer or fun twist on lunch or dinner.
Why You’ll Love These Mini Corn Dogs
- They use simple ingredients.
- The homemade corn dog batter tastes just like Disneyland corn dogs.
- They’re a perfect snack and great for kids’ parties.
- They’re the perfect size for the little ones.
Mini Corn Dogs Tips
I have some tips here that will help you make the best corn dogs possible. These are simple tips that make a big difference.
- Don’t overmix the corndog batter. If you do, the batter will be tough instead of tender.
- Always dry the hot dogs before battering them so the batter sticks better.
- Don’t crowd the pan when frying. You want the corndogs to have plenty of room to brown, and you don’t want to lower the temperature of the oil.
Mini Corn Dogs FAQ
If you have questions about this recipe, then read on. The following FAQ answers the most commonly asked questions about corn dogs.
Who invented corn dogs?
There are at least two claimants to the corn dog. The first, Carl and Neil Fletcher, claim to have made the first “Corny Dogs” at the State Fair of Texas something between 1938 and 1942. The other is The Pronto Pup vendors who claim to have invented the corn dog at the Minnesota State Fair in 1941.
Are corn dogs usually beef?
High-quality corn dogs are usually made with all-beef hot dogs. Some are made with hot dogs that are a mixture of beef and pork.
How do you cook mini corn dogs?
I deep fry mine, but just like regular corn dogs, you can deep fry, air fry, or bake them.
Can you use popsicle sticks instead of candy sticks or skewers?
You can but I don’t recommend it. Pushing those large popsicle sticks into the hot dogs can sometimes split them.
What are the best hot dogs to make corn dogs with?
Any high-quality, all-beef hot dog will work well in this recipe.
Can I reheat leftover mini corn dogs in the air fryer?
Absolutely, you can reheat mini corn do That’s my preferred method because it keeps the outside crispy and the inside soft.
Can you freeze corn dogs?
Yes, you can. They’ll keep for up to two months in an air-tight, freezer-safe container.
What to serve with Mini Corn Dogs
Serve your favorite party sides with these mini corn dogs. Some great options include:
- Mac and cheese
- Baked beans
- Ranch dressing
- Tzatziki sauce
Storage and Reheating
You can store these in the fridge in an airtight container for 3 to 4 days. For longer storage, freeze them for up to 2 months in an airtight, freezer-safe container.
Mini Corn Dogs Ingredients
It only takes a few simple ingredients to make these. You’ll find everything you need at your local grocery store.
- All-beef hot dogs, cut in half
- All-purpose flour
- Baking powder
- Slap Ya Mama seasoning
- Large egg
- Vegetable oil
- Vegetable oil for frying
- Wooden skewers or candy sticks
How to Make Mini Corn Dogs
Making these tasty corn dogs is as easy as gathering up the ingredients. It only takes a few simple steps.
Step 1: Prep the Hot Dogs
Dry off the hot dogs and cut them in half.
Step 2: Combine the Dry Batter Ingredients
Whisk the dry corn dog batter ingredients together in a medium bowl.
Step 3: Combine the Wet Batter Ingredients
Whisk the egg, buttermilk, and oil together in a small bowl.
Step 4: Make the Batter
Add the wet ingredients to the dry ingredients and stir until just moistened.
Step 5: Batter the Hot Dogs
Place a skewer into one end of the hot dogs and dip them into the corn dog batter. Give them a slight shake to remove any dripping batter.
Step 6: Deep Fry
Heat oil over medium-high heat in a deep-sided pan until it reaches 350 degrees. Place the mini corn dogs in the pan, being careful not to crowd the pan, and fry until golden brown. Enjoy!
Try These Delicious Mini Corn Dogs Today
These mini corn dogs are fully homemade, but so much easier to make than you’d think. They’re also the best corn dogs you will ever eat in your life. Period. Give them a try, and I know you’ll find yourself making them again and again. You’ll have to. Your family won’t stop asking for them!
Here are a Few More Appetizers Recipes
Cheese Bites – These are filled with cheddar cheese, coated in a homemade batter, and deep fried until golden brown.
Mini Corn Dogs in the Air Fryer – This is a super simple recipe that you can easily cook right in the air fryer. It’s a quick way to make frozen corn dogs.
Fried Avocado Bites – Diced avocados that are coated in a homemade batter and then fried until golden brown. They’re a great appetizer for any occasion.
Also, try these Jalapeno Cheese Bites from Deliciously Seasoned. These deep fried bites are filled with cream cheese, diced jalapeños, and then deep fried until crispy.
Mini Corn Dogs
- 8 all beef hot dogs, cut in half
- ½ cup cornmeal
- ½ cup all purpose flour
- 1 tablespoon sugar
- 1 tablespoon baking powder
- ¼ tsp Slap Ya Mama seasoning
- 1 large egg
- 1 ⅔ cup buttermilk
- 2 tablespoons vegetable oil
- 2 cups vegetable oil for frying
- 16 wooden skewers
- In a saucepan (that is on the taller side), add oil and heat over medium high heat to 350 degrees.
- In a medium bowl, whisk dry ingredients together.
- In a small bowl, whisk egg, buttermilk and oil together until combined.
- Add wet ingredients to dry ingredients and stir just until moistened.
- Dry off each hot dog with a paper towel and cut the hot dogs in half.
- Place a skewer into one end of each hot dog and dip one at a time into the corn dog batter and then place into the hot oil.
- Deep fry until golden brown.
- Serve with your favorite dipping sauce.
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