We are always looking for new lunch ideas!  My boys are getting to the stage where they eat a lot, and  Aidan is really starting to outgrow peanut butter and jelly.  Aidan (age 9) made these corndog muffins for lunch today – mostly by himself!  We decided that this recipe was a winner!

I adapted this recipe from Laura’s corndog muffins at Heavenly Homemakers.  She used buttermilk in hers, and we substituted regular milk.  I also used 1/2 cup white flour and 1/2 cup whole wheat flour instead of 1 cup whole wheat flour.  I was glad that I did, because while they were in the oven, I read the comments on her post and discovered that she uses fresh ground cornmeal and that her recipe does not work for many people!  Ours came out great, and I’m wondering if the flour substitution helped with that.

Here’s how to make them:

Mix up the cornbread.  These amounts will make 12 muffins.  Might be good to double it and make some to freeze for quick lunches later!

1 cup cornmeal

1/2 cup whole wheat flour

1/2 cup all purpose flour

1 tsp. baking powder

1 tsp. salt

2 eggs

2 T. honey

1 cup milk

1/4 cup melted butter

Stir all ingredients until just mixed.  Fill 12 muffin cups about 2/3 full.

*Note:  We used paper muffin cups, and the muffins stuck to them very badly.  We had a little bit of cornbread batter left, so I made 3 more muffins without liners and just buttered the pan.  They came out great!

Cut four hotdogs into thirds.  Push a piece of hotdog into each muffin.  The batter will bake up around the hotdogs.  We wanted our hotdogs to be completely covered, so we should have put a little more batter in each cup.

Bake at 400 degrees for 20 minutes.  I turned the oven down to 375 to compensate for our dark pan.

I cracked the eggs and melted the butter, but otherwise Aidan did the work! He can’t wait to do more baking, and I’m thinking that this could work out very well… As much as they eat, someone’s gotta help with the cooking!


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  1. Meran Aug 28, 2012

    I'm loving this idea! my little man would eat corn-dogs all day long if i let him. but i worry about additives in the store bought ones. i'm definitely going to try this.

  2. jamie Aug 28, 2012

    LOVE this idea for my boy who could LIVE on hot dogs. :)

  3. jamie Sep 10, 2012

    We are making these today! We will let you know how they turn out! Thanks for the easy idea!!

  4. jamie Sep 10, 2012

    A huge hit! :)

    1. Sarah Sep 11, 2012

      Yeah! I'm so glad they worked out!

  5. Katie Mar 19, 2013

    Just wanted to say that I stumbled upon this recipe on Pinterest while searching for quick and easy lunches for my husband. I sent a few with him to work today and am expecting them to be a hit! I used little smokies instead of hot dogs (since that's what I had on hand). They look so yummy I'm going to snitch one for my lunch too!

    Thanks for sharing this recipe!

  6. Kelly Sep 27, 2015

    I just finished making these, and my son and I have eaten one each. He only ate the hot dog so I thought I would try it out myself. The "corn bread" is REALLY dry.... the portion around the hot dog tastes great but anything without hot dog is just really bland and dry. Any suggestions on how to make this better?

    1. Sarah Sep 27, 2015

      Ours weren't dry (or I wouldn't have posted the recipe!) so I'm not sure what to tell you. If you have another cornbread recipe that you like, I'd just use that.


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