Easy Homemade Kid-Friendly Mini Corn Dogs

Easy, Homemade Mini Corn Dogs are so easy to make and are super kid-friendly!

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Summer is quickly coming to an end (boo!) and my boys seem to think that means the end of all things fun and good.  Every time I mention school starting soon, all I hear are groans and complaints.  Bryce will be starting Transitional Kindergarten or T-K for short.  His birthday falls in October so he misses the cut-off for kindergarten this year.  T-K is a new thing around here so I’m not really sure what to expect, but I’d imagine it’s a lot like kindergarten :)

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The boys are already experiencing summer withdrawals since we’ve just been recuperating since we got back from Disneyland.  We had SO much fun but it sure is exhausting!!  We made it to the rope drop each morning (meaning we got up at 6 a.m) and went hard all day long.  Bryce had such a hard time Friday morning when we were packing up and leaving – I think he wanted to just stay at the hotel forever.

Disneyland July 2013

I thought I could perk them up by re-creating one of their very favorite summer foods – corn dogs!  I would be embarrassed to tell you how many corn dogs we inhaled at the California State Fair a few weeks back.  And have you ever had a Disneyland corn dog?? Yeah.  Leaving those behind makes me sad as well.

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These Mini Corn Dogs were a breeze to make and so, so yummy.  The boys gobbled them down like we had just walked 4.74 miles around Disneyland hitting as many rides as possible.  I made these up in like 15 minutes.  It’s that easy.  I used my favorite hot dogs – Hebrew National – and cut the hot dogs into thirds to make them “mini”.  I used sandwich picks for the sticks and they were perfect (toothpicks will work too!)


The batter comes together so beautifully and it’s so easy to just dip the mini-dogs into the batter and then fry them up for some fair-like, Disney-like goodness!


I am a huge fan of knowing what my kids are actually eating, so it’s totally awesome to be able to feed them homemade corn dogs made with the very best hot dogs available. I love Hebrew National hot dogs because they are made with premium cuts of 100% pure kosher beef, no artificial colors or flavors, no filler, and no by-products.  Hot dogs  just don’t get any better!

Easy Homemade Kid-Friendly Mini Corn Dogs
  • 7 Hebrew National All Beef Hot Dogs
  • ½ cup yellow cornmeal
  • 7 Tbls all-purpose flour
  • ½ tsp salt
  • ½ tsp baking powder
  • ½ tsp cayenne pepper (optional)
  • ½ cup milk
  • 1 egg, lightly beaten
  • 1 Tbls honey
  • vegetable oil for deep frying
  • wooden sticks
  1. Heat oil to 375 degrees. Oil should be 2-3 inches deep.
  2. Cut hot dogs into thirds. Stick a small wooden stick in each hot dog.
  3. Combine dry ingredients in a small bowl.
  4. Combine milk, egg and honey.
  5. Add wet ingredients to dry ingredients and whisk until well blended.
  6. Pat hot dogs dry with a paper towel.
  7. Dip each hot dog in batter and gently lay in the hot oil. I did mine in batches of 4-5 hot dogs at a time.
  8. Fry for about 3 minutes each until golden brown. Serve warm.

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Well, summer’s not over yet!  We’ve got one last trip to Lake Tahoe before school starts in two weeks.  I think that vacation is actually going to be pretty relaxing – something we all could use!  Do you have any last minute summer plans in the works or has school already started for you?

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  1. Hey Trish thanks for the great recipe, I am going to make them for football treats this year!!

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  2. Oh man, these are SO cute. They would be PERFECT for my daughters bento lunches!

  3. Your boys are adorable. They bring back memories for me when mine were so small! Transitional kindergarten sounds great — wish they would’ve had that for my boy who’s birthday is in December! Growing up, corn dogs were always one of my favorites. I love that these are homemade! I will have to try them.
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  4. I think that Corn Dogs are one of my favorite Fair Foods of all time! Even over funnel cakes and smoked Turkey legs. These look so tasty and easy! Great recipe Trish!
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  5. Trish, these look amazing!! I love the idea of giving my kids homemade corn dogs without all the other junk in them!! Thanks for sharing! Pinning!
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  6. These are absolutely adorable and sound delicious!
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  7. These corn dogs are so cute! I could just gobble them up!
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  8. These are awesome Trish! I’m glad you had a great time!
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  9. How cute are these! love that they’re homemade!
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  10. Yum! My kids and I love corn dogs! I’ve never made them from scratch, though. Thanks for sharing this!! Pinned! =)
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  11. Wow I am so lucky to have found this on Pinterest! I tried to make my own “homemade corndogs” just last week and couldn’t get it to work. The dough just went for a swim in the oil and left the dogs to fend for themselves.
    I too like to control which hotdogs my kids eat, I pick up Oscar Myer Turkey with NO Nitrates! My kids LOVE them and they are the pickiest kids in the world..they hated Applegate’s All Natural Organic hotdogs. Thanks! I hope this works for me :)
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  12. Oh my goodness, I’ve GOT to make these for my kiddo (and let’s be honest, for me, too). Pinned!
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  13. It looks like you had an absolutely fun time at Disney. And homemade corn dogs? Hello, those DO look pretty easy to make!
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  14. Yum! My son is obsessed with corn dogs! He’d love these!

  15. Oh man, these look soooo good! I would love one, or a couple, right now!!! They look so delicious!

  16. I was not sure if this was a Disneyland add or Hebrew National add .
    but the recipe was great . I used two different brands of hot dogs each time and they all work fine ballpark and oscar mayer worked great it does not have to cost a fortune to make these . it also worked great without the sticks and the cayenne pepper really didn’t make much difference it is a little sweeter without . its also fun to try different mustard’s

  17. Where do I find the Hebrew national hotdogs?

  18. I Bought hebrew natl hot dogs and….threw them away. I’m allergic to monosodium glutamate and I didn’t read the label before buying. I just trusted this review about how good they were. Anyway, bought organic hot dogs without the junk in them the week later and non gmo corn meal. These turned out great. My kids, even the baby, love them and it’s rather easy to make.

  19. Kid friendly nothin’….I’ll be diggin into these! A great game day idea.
    I also love that you care about the quality of the dog! Thanks!

  20. Lori Nelson says:

    I tried these and the raw batter taste great and really stuck to weiner; however, once they hit the oil, the batter fell off. My oil was boiling hard, but maybe I did something wrong.

  21. Courtney Graham says:

    Trish, what can I sub for the milk that won’t change the taste or texture too much? My daughter loves corn dogs but has a dairy allergy. We usually use almond milk, coconut milk, or soy milk in baking and cooking but I don’t know about in something fried. This would be such a treat for her since all other corn dogs have dairy.

  22. How do you think these would be sent in school lunches cold? Any thoughts and opinions would be very helpful!

  23. Jill Frantz says:

    Can you freeze these then reheat via oven later????? How would I do that, cool them completely then reheat at what temp??

  24. Can you freeze these? I would love to make a huge batch and freeze for a quick reheat for lunch boxes.

  25. Gina Gentry says:

    If using self-rising cornmeal I won’t need the baking powder, right? :)

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