Corn Dog Muffin Bites

What food is more uniquely American than a corn dog? Well, you could probably name a few, but corn dogs are not something you normally find in most parts of the world. One of the original meals-on-a-stick, corn dogs are something I associate with childhood. My kids had never tried them before, but the thought of putting a big pot of sizzling oil on the stove to fry them the batter in while my little ones are running around the kitchen is enough to make me not dare try a homemade version (not to mention I don't love frying anything).

This baked version of Corn Dog Muffin Bites is a great way to let your kids enjoy this nostalgic treat without all the mess and potential hazards. Crunchy cornbread wrapped around little slices of your favorite hot dogs make this recipe a fun change of pace for school lunch or even a quick dinner!

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Corn Dog Muffin Bites (40 )

Prep Time: 5 mins Cook Time: 14 mins

nut free

Ingredients

  • 1 3/4 cups cornmeal*
  • 3/4 cup all purpose flour
  • 1 tablespoon baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1/4 cup honey
  • 1 1/2 cups Buttermilk
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1/4 cup vegetable oil
  • 3 veggie hot dogs, cut into 1/2-inch coins (you can also use turkey or beef)

Preparation

1. Preheat oven to 425° degrees.

2. Mix the cornmeal, flour, baking powder, baking soda and salt in a bowl.

3. In a separate bowl, whisk together the honey, buttermilk, eggs and oil.

4. Pour the dry cornmeal mixture into the wet ingredients and thoroughly combine with a whisk.*

5. Pour one tablespoon batter into greased mini muffin cups.

6. Lay turkey dog slice cut side down in the center of each batter-filled muffin cup.

7. Top with an additional tablespoon of batter.

8. Bake for 14 minutes and serve.



* Boxed cornbread mix also works great in this recipe. Follow the directions of the boxed mix and skip to step 5 to continue making the bites.

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63 comments

  • Meghna

    Awesome! These are for dinner tonight!!! Kids are going to love eating these on their picnic table.

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  • Laura

    These are a great idea. Can whole wheat flour or wheat pastry flou be substituted for the white flour? Or will that effect the consistency?

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    • Karla

      Everything is better with whole wheat flour!!!

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  • Christina

    I am not a huge fan of hot dogs for kids because they contain nitrates. Do you recommend a brand of veggie hot dogs? I've never tried them before.

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    • Meghna

      I buy Garrett Valley Natural Turkey Hotdogs. They are Nitrate free. I buy mine at my farmers market, but I am sure you can find Nitrate Free hotdogs at Whole foods (specialty grocers), or maybe the Natural Foods section of the grocery store?

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    • Catherine

      I get veggie dogs from Trader Joe's!

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    • Vanderbilt Wife

      Applegate Farms makes hot dogs that are nitrate/nitrite free, too.

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    • Sharon

      Oscar Meyer makes a turkey hotdog nitrate free that I pick up at Safeway.

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  • Cecilia

    This is brilliant! Can't wait to try it.

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  • Courtney

    Since it makes so many, do you think these would freeze well? I've had good luck freezing plain cornbread in the past.

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  • Lindz

    Do you \"cook\" the hotdogs first?

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    • Catherine

      Nope! Put them in as is. They will warm in the oven, and hot dogs are pre-cooked so that makes it even easier!

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  • Janelle

    If you would like to use a regular (or beef) hot dog without the nitrates, Oscar Mayer makes a nitrate-free hotdog that you can find in almost any store. I think they are labeled \"Premium Selects\". They taste just like a regular hot dog!

    Great recipe!

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    • Fatima

      They contain high fructose corn syrup

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  • Monette

    Yay! Hello lunch!

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  • Shari

    I've frozen these before, in mini- or regular-size versions. I also cut the hot dogs into smaller pieces for smaller kids to avoid the choking hazard, plus then every bite has hot dog in it!

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  • Jennifer Kiddie Blanket

    I make these as a treat for my kids. Like Shari, I cut the hot dogs into small pieces, the size of peas, so that every bite gets some hot dog.

    For the hot dogs, I use 100% organic grass-fed and nitrate free ones from Trader Joe's. The brand is Applegate and it is called The Great Organic Uncured Beef Hot Dog.

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  • Noble Pig Cathy

    How cute are these..my boys would love them.

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  • Heather Kids In The Sink

    Sometimes, I get a craving for those gross little corn dog bites of my youth. Disgusting, I know. As a grown up and parent, I tend to stay away from most hot dogs because now I know what's in them but a good veggie dog made into corn dog bites sounds so delicious!!

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  • Krissy

    Would a natural casing weiner or Sausage chunk work?

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    • Catherine

      Yes, that would work. If it needs to be cooked make sure to do that before placing them in the muffins!

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  • Jenn

    We may have recently discovered a honey allergy for my son. So we are avoiding it until further testing can be done. Any alternatives to using honey?

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    • Catherine

      You can use agave at a 1:1 ratio for honey!

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  • Brenda G

    Thinking of trying the same concept with pancake mix and cut up/ chopped sausage links. Any thoughts?

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    • Andrea Stewart

      Yes, there's a recipe on here for them! 350, 14 min. Add a bit of pancake batter place your sausage on top then cover with a little more batter! They're yummy!

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    • Catherine

      Yeah that is a fun one! http://b12.ba4.myftpupload.com/2011/12/12/pancake-sausage-muffins-on-a-stick-2/

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  • Raquel

    OMG this is genius Catherine, GENIUS!

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  • Sinead

    Hi would polenta work for cornmeal? Not sure I can find cornmeal in Belgium. I love your website, your simple recipes have really increased my confidence in the kitchen x

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  • Diana

    Love these! I loved corn dogs at the amusement park as a kid.

    Also just wanted to add....brands that say \"nitrate/nitrite free\" actually do have these exact compounds but they are derived from celery powder instead of synthetic sources.

    The New York Times ran an article stating that they were basically the same substance.

    \"For Hot Dogs, A Push for Truthful Labels\"

    http://www.nytimes.com/2011/07/02/business/02hotdog.html?_r=1

    However the Applegate Farms website claims there is a difference between natural and synthetic curing products:

    http://www.applegatefarms.com/resources/nitrates_and_nitrites.aspx

    It's all so confusing, so I buy Hebrew National at Trader Joe's because they just taste the best. And my kids eat hot dogs pretty rarely, so might as well have the real thing.

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  • Nancy

    My little boy and I made these and added chopped spinach and a few spoonfuls of brown spicy mustard. Even my husband likes them and he's my hardest customer!

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  • Lauren Sherrier

    made these with turkey dogs, chopped them up tiny and threw the pieces in the batter..my almost 3 year old loves them! My 1 year old is napping but I'm sure she'll be happy to eat them when she wakes up :)

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  • Donica

    I don't have mini muffin tins. Can I use a regular size pan?

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    • Catherine

      You can use a regular pan. Add 2 minutes or so to the cooking time. :)

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  • Vivian

    Does it matter if you use a coarser type of cornmeal? Looks like a winner yummy recipe!

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    • Catherine

      You can use a coarser cornmeal! Just remember that it will change the texture.

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  • Sabrina

    I just made these for a play date today and they are Soooo dry. I think next time I will add cheese and maybe some more honey.

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  • Ruth Pinnell

    Made these yesterday and we all enjoyed them! I added a little cheese. For my mini muffin tin, 2 tablespoons was also a bit much. My almost 5 year old liked them so much that when he accidently dropped part of one on the floor and the dog got it, he CRIED! Then went and got three more off the pan which he guarded closely!

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    • Vivian

      Too cute!

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  • Pomaika'i

    I want to try this recipe but corn products kind of up my sugar 4 my diabetes what can I use instead.

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  • Kristen

    If you do freeze these, how do you cook them from frozen? Do you thaw them out first or cook them from frozen? How long do you cook it? I can't wait to try it!!!

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    • Catherine

      I usually freeze these after baking them. Then let them defrost in the fridge and reheat in the toaster oven for a few minutes!

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  • Lindsey

    Do these taste good at room temp? I plan to make these for my daughter's birthday party but need to cook them in advance and I might not have access to a stove for reheating. Thoughts?? Also, do you recommend a brand for the cornbread mix? I'd like to buy one from Whole Foods.

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    • Catherine

      Bob's Red Mill makes a cornbread mix! My kids eat these at room temperature, dipped in organic ketchup, for lunch!

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  • Molly Richards

    I saw this on InSockMonkeySlippers.com last year.

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  • Brenda

    how can we access the ziplist shopping list without adding a recipe

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  • Brenda

    oh, its okay. i went to the ziplist website

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  • Nat

    Hi Catherine! Can I use coconut oil or olive oil with this recipe? Don't know if it will be good, but prefer those over canola! Thanks!

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    • Catherine

      You can really use any oil you prefer! Just know that canola oil is a neutral flavor so other oils will impact the flavor!

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    • Carrie N.

      I just used olive oil and they are delish.

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  • Cengle

    I have everything but the buttermilk--will non-fat milk ruin it or can I substitute?

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    • Catherine

      at should work just fine!

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    • Martha

      You can always add a touch of vinegar or lemon juice to regular milk to \"sour\" it, or make it like buttermilk.

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  • Jess Wood

    Can I use gluten free all purpose flour and cornmeal with the same effect?

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    • Catherine

      I haven't tried these with gluten free flour, but I think it would work!

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  • Heather

    My kids usually don't eat much at dinner, but they inhaled these! Thank you!! Oh, and I was out of eggs when I went to make it, so I substituted 2 Tablespoons Flax Seed Meal and 6 Tablespoons of water and they still turned out great! (made mini muffin and regular muffin sizes).

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  • Kat D

    I used Bob's Red Mill's Cornbread and Cornmeal Muffin Mix. This was a bad idea since it seems to have coarse grind cornmeal. The larger pieces of Cornmeal were not a pleasant texture in this recipe. I only needed 1 Tablespoon total for my mini tart pan, so I should have adjusted the cooking time but I didn't and my muffins were dry. I will make again with liners, the posted recipe and maybe a hot dog with a larger diameter. Thanks for posting a recipe with a good hot dog to cornmeal ratio!

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  • Michelle Fortier

    I can't wait to make these! My daughter will love them. Thank you for such great healthy recipe ideas.

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  • Quianna

    Did I do something wrong? I only used maybe 1/4 of the batter in 24 muffins. Im guessing I was supposed to have used two pans but I still would have had more than half of the batter left.

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    Would have to say that this is a great recipe because I love muffins and hotdogs . Will be trying this one soon.

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