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Nov 30, 2015

Corn Dog Mini Muffins

Corn Dog Mini Muffins

I know, I know. These Corn Dog Mini Muffins are a bit of a novelty, but they really made me happy.

Aren't they cute?

Corn Dog Mini Muffins

These muffins are made with a corn muffin batter that gets extra moistness from buttermilk. It adds a slight acidity to the batter, which helps with the leavening and softens the crumb. It's pretty magical.

If you don't want to buy a whole quart of buttermilk, you can use the powdered version. Just don't try to reconstitute it. Instead, mix the powdered buttermilk into the dry ingredients, and add water to the wet ingredients.

I often use powdered buttermilk, but this time I bought a quart and used some of the rest to make buttermilk potato dinner rolls for Thanksgiving. Well worth it!

Corn Dog Mini Muffins

These muffins make a delicious game day party snack or after school snack. Even my picky eater grandson liked them. They would be fun to make with kids too.

Corn Dog Mini Muffins

After the recipe, you will find links to five more wonderful muffin recipes made by the #MuffinMonday participants. There are flavors like apple cinnamon roll, bursting raspberry, cinnamon vanilla, cream and cereal (I'm intrigued!), and mince pie! Definitely check them out.

Corn Dog Mini Muffins Recipe

Slightly adapted from Iowa Girl Eats, makes 48 muffins


1/2 cup melted butter
1/2 cup sugar
2 large eggs
1 cup buttermilk
1 cup corn meal
1 cup all purpose flour
1/2 tsp baking soda
1/2 tsp salt
1 pound Lit'l Smokies, cut into 1 inch pieces (see note below)


  1. Preheat the oven to 375 degrees F
  2. Spray the cavities of two 24 cavity mini muffin pans with spray oil, or line the cavities with cupcake liners. 
  3. In a medium bowl, whisk the butter and sugar together until well combined. 
  4. Add the eggs to the butter mixture and whisk. Whisk in the buttermilk. 
  5. In a small to medium bowl, whisk together the corn flour, all purpose flour, baking soda, and salt. 
  6. Add the dry ingredients to the wet ingredients in two batches, stirring to combine between each addition. 
  7. Using a tablespoon cookie scoop or a tablespoon, divide the batter among the 48 cavities in the pans. If you use cupcake liners, spray each one lightly with spray oil, one at a time, just prior to adding the batter. 
  8. Push the 1 inch pieces of the Lit'l Smokies into the batter so that it stands straight up.
  9. Bake for 8 to 12 minutes, until they are set and slightly golden on the edges. 
  10. Cool the muffins in the pan for five minutes before serving. Leftovers should be refrigerated and then reheated in the microwave for 20 to 30 seconds. 
Note: There will not be enough 1 inch pieces of sausages. You can either buy another package, or piece together the cut off pieces, which I did. Place the pieces on a toothpick, push the toothpick with the sausage pieces down into the batter, place your fingers over the top piece of sausage, and then pull the toothpick out. The sausage pieces stayed stacked on top of each other! It worked beautifully.

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  1. These are adorable, Karen! I couldn't wait to see your little corn dog muffins when I read the recipe title. And they do not disappoint!

    1. Thanks Stacy! They are pretty cute aren't they?

  2. Loved corn dogs growing up! I agree, these are adorable - I like the muffin idea.

  3. What a great way to make grown up corn dogs - they would be perfect for an appetizer (we have big men in our family) and I think an upcoming football game is just the time to make it!

    1. That sounds perfect! Leave off the liners, and they can just dip and eat =)

  4. Karen,
    These muffins are brilliant--what a cute idea for an after school snack or fair time treat!
    I've got a bit of buttermilk left over from those buttermilk potato rolls--they are wonderful and such a nice addition to our Thanksgiving spread!

    1. The corn muffins by themselves are very good. And yes, we loved those rolls!

  5. Oh, they are incredibly cute! I wonder how long it will take for Greenlee to be able to enjoy this type of treat.... if it goes by her reaction with solid food in general, I am looking at 15-16 years ;-)

    1. They change so quickly Sally =) Have I told you yet she is adorable?

  6. Such a novelty Karen, I know my boys will love this delicious muffin. Especially the Little Smoky treat in the middle!

    1. My grandsons loved them Allie =) Boy tested, boy approved.

  7. Genius idea and great for game day gatherings.


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