Corn Dog Muffins are a favorite lunchbox item at my house. They’re easy to pack for school, are more festive than a sandwich, and can easily be made ahead. They have the taste and fun of corn dogs without the effort–or the oil. Many recipes exist for this simple snack, but most of them use ready-made cornbread mix as an ingredient. My recipe uses a from-scratch dairy-free batter that can also be altered to be egg free and vegan.
We usually make the cornbread batter for the Corn Dog Muffins with eggs, but one time I mistakenly left out the eggs, and the muffins turned out fine. My kids said they preferred the eggless dough because it wasn’t as crumbly and stood up to the rigors of traveling in a lunchbox.
The photos accompanying this recipe are of egg-free Corn Dog Muffins. The batter doesn’t rise as much, but the muffins are still tasty.
Recipe Tips: Corn Dog Muffins
Kids Can Cook – Corn Dog Muffins are easy for older kids and teens to make all by themselves. Younger children can help mix the batter, scoop it into the muffin tins, cut the hot dogs, and place the hot dogs in the tins.
Freeze for Convenience – Extra muffins can be stored in the refrigerator for a few days or frozen until ready to enjoy. Frozen muffins can also be popped into lunchboxes to defrost!
Choose Your Hot Dogs Wisely – Many brands of hot dogs do contain dairy. Reference our Dairy Ingredient List when shopping to find the best options. Kosher and vegan hot dogs should always be dairy free. But it’s always essential to check the label and verify with the manufacturer if potential allergen cross-contamination is a concern for you.
Special Diet Notes: Corn Dog Muffins
By ingredients, this recipe is dairy-free / non-dairy, optionally egg-free, nut-free, peanut-free, soy-free, optionally vegan, and optionally vegetarian.
- 1½ cups yellow cornmeal
- ⅔ cup all-purpose flour
- 2 tablespoons sugar
- 2 teaspoons baking powder
- 1 teaspoon salt
- 1 cup plain or unsweetened dairy-free milk beverage
- 2 eggs, beaten (optional, see post above)
- ¼ cup vegetable oil or other neutral-tasting oil
- 1 teaspoon white vinegar
- 6 dairy-free hot dogs (can use vegan hot dogs, if desired)
- Preheat your oven to 350ºF and grease or line a 12-cup muffin tin.
- In a large bowl, whisk together the cornmeal, flour, sugar, baking powder, and salt.
- Make a well in the flour mix. Add the milk beverage, eggs, oil, and vinegar and stir until combined.
- Divide the batter evenly among the muffin cups.
- Cut each hot dog in half.
- Gently press one hot dog half into each muffin cup.
- Bake the muffins for 14 to 18 minutes, or until they are a light golden brown and a toothpick inserted into the cornbread comes out clean.
- Remove the muffins from the tin onto a cooling rack.
- Once they are completely cooled, store them in an airtight container in the refrigerator.