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Homemade Hand Dipped Corn Dogs in a slightly sweet corn bread coating deep-fried to a golden crisp!

I started a tradition several years ago when I had no grandkids. I adopted our Bishop’s kids from church. (They had plenty to spare!)

Corn dogs dipped in a homemade batter

The tradition? They each got to do something with me on their birthday. I left it wide open.  Thankfully, all they wanted to do was come over, eat in the family room (Not at the table! This was NOT Mom’s house!), watch a movie, and basically hang out with me. (Pretty awesome! Made me feel kinda special. Still does!)

So when their son had his birthday a few weeks ago, I asked what he wanted to do for his birthday? She told me… play Lego’s, watch Netflix cartoons, and eat corn dogs. (Really? Okay!)

Only one problem my friends…. I’m a hot dog snob! (Whew! I said it! Are there support groups for this sort of thing?)

Well….this here Hot Dog snob would have nothing to do with those frozen meat innards on a stick! (Lawdy NO! Making my skin crawl just thinkin’ bout it. I ain’t doing it! ) 

So I went diggin’ for my homemade corn dog recipe. I hadn’t made them in years. These are seriously the best dang corny doggies out there!

Corn Dogs with Ketchup and Mustard bottles

How To Make Homemade Corn Dogs

In a medium bowl mix together 3/4 cup of yellow cornmeal, 1 Tablespoon sugar, 3/4 cup self-rising flour, and 1 egg.

TIP: If you do not have self-rising flour you can use 1 teaspoon baking powder and 1/4 tsp of salt in a measuring cup. Add enough all-purpose flour to equal 3/4 cup.

Corn meal, flour, egg, and bowl with a whisk

Stir in 2/3 cup of milk to make a thick batter. Let stand for 4 minutes. (This is to allow the self-rising flour to do its thang!)

Corn meal corn dog batter

Insert sticks into your TOP QUALITY hot dogs. I used an all Beef Angus hot dog. (Just sayin’…)

TIP: Cut the Hot dogs in half to make it easier to deep-fry them.

hot dogs are cut in half with sticks in them ready to dunk in corn meal

In a medium size sauce pan place enough oil to cover the hot dogs. Heat oil to 375°.

Dip hot dogs into batter. (Sorry I got excited and forgot the picture…you know me!)

Carefully place hot dog into hot oil. Just let them go all the way in…stick and all! (Nothing beats a good piece of fried wood! Lol)

Fry corn dogs until golden brown. About 5–6 minutes. (Please, please, please be careful with the hot oil! Always turn the handle away from you when frying!)

Corn dogs battered and frying in hot oil

Remove from hot oil with a pair of tongs, being careful not to burn yourself, and drain on paper towel.

Cooked corn dogs on a paper towel draining after cooking

Keep a dippin’ and a fryin’ until all those “puppies” (no pun intended…okay maybe it was a little bit intended), ready to eat.

Are you a ketchup or a mustard corn dog lover? Or both?

Do ya call them corn dogs or corny dogs?

Corn Dogs with condiments

Whatever you call them…my little buddy called them “good”!

I’d have to agree with him. They are good! Dang good! Plus, they aren’t full of a ton of the bad stuff, because you pick the hot dog and you made the batter.

I know they’re not health food, but I do think they are better than the frozen hot dogs you find at the markets.

Speaking of that…one last tip…you can freeze these corn dogs. They actually freeze really well! I place them on a paper plate and then slide the plate into a large zip lock freezer bag and place them in the freezer. To heat them up just remove one and either microwave it or place it in the oven if you like it crispy.

That’s my family friendly food recipe this week! Perfect for Halloween! Who doesn’t love a good corn dog and a bag full of treats!

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Yield: 10 servings

Corn Dogs

Homemade Corn Dogs

This recipe makes it easy to prepare corn dogs at home just like those at the fair. Both kids and grown-ups will love these delicious corny dogs!

Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 5 minutes
Total Time 20 minutes


  • 3/4 cup yellow cornmeal
  • 3/4 cup self-rising flour
  • 1 Tablespoon Sugar
  • 1 egg beaten
  • 2/3 cup milk
  • 10-20 small wooden sticks
  • 5-10 good quality, hot dogs, cut in half
  • Oil for deep-fat frying


  1. In a medium size bowl, combine cornmeal, flour, egg and 1 Tablespoon of sugar; mix well.
  2. Stir in milk to make a thick batter; let stand 4 minutes.
  3. Insert sticks into hot dogs; dip into batter.
  4. Place oil in a medium size sauce pan.
  5. Heat oil to 375°. Carefully place dipped hot dogs into the batter. It's okay if they slide all the way under the hot oil. It won't hurt the stick.
  6. Fry corn dogs until golden brown. About 5-6 minutes each.
  7. Remove from oil with tongs. Place on a paper towel to drain.
  8. Yield 10 servings.
  9. *Note this recipe will make 10 regular size hot dogs or 20 hot dogs cut in half.


As a substitute for self-rising flour, place 1 teaspoon baking powder and 1/4 teaspoon salt in a measuring cup. Add enough all-purpose flour to equal 3/4 cup.

Nutrition Information:


10 servings

Serving Size:


Amount Per Serving: Calories: 254Total Fat: 17gSaturated Fat: 6gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 8gCholesterol: 48mgSodium: 540mgCarbohydrates: 17gFiber: 1gSugar: 2gProtein: 8g

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Wednesday 2nd of October 2019

If freezing them how long and what temp cook in oven?

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Saturday 5th of October 2019

Hi Amy! Sorry I've been out of town so I apologize for the delay in answering. If cooking in the oven I would do 375° for about 20-25 minutes and I would turn them half way through the baking time. If heating them in the microwave, I would do high temp for 2-3 minutes and test the centers. Every microwave and oven cooks differently. I know my microwave can get the corn dogs pretty hot, pretty fast. Just be careful to test the centers so the littles don't burn themselves. Hope this helps. Thanks for stopping by. Happy Nesting! ~Norine

Joy Hardin

Sunday 18th of February 2018

I have always wanted to make corn dogs. This was an easy recipe. We had to adjust due to milk and egg allergies. Substituted 1/3 cup applesauce for the egg and used coconut milk. It was delicious. It was the first time our 13 year old daughter had ever had corn dogs. She loved them! Thanks for this simple delicious recipe!

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Monday 19th of February 2018

Hi Joy! I'm so glad you like them. I love your adjustments. Thanks for sharing and for stopping by. You're such a sweetheart! ~Norine


Friday 16th of February 2018

Norine, it’s been far too long since I left a comment! I did not know you had that fun tradition! How cute. Chris has the birthday boy in his class and he said he’s such a sweetie.

Anyway, I was wondering why your dogs were so short but after reading, I know the answer. Good tip. Wonder how these measure up to Disneyland ones? Yuuummmm.

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Friday 16th of February 2018

Hi Cute Carrie! You're so sweet. I'm one behind on the birthday kiddo's. She and I have a date this week. lol I wish I could tell you how these measure up to Disney's Dogs...but I haven't been there in about 10 years. (sniff, sniff) I need to go again...soon. I can tell you they are really good. I love them. Thanks for stopping by and making my day! ~Norine

Patsy Moore

Tuesday 24th of October 2017

Thanks Norine, these were great. I will try freezing them as well, the frozen ones you buy are terrible. Love your recipes & save a lot of them on Pinterest. And I only use Mustard on my Corn Dogs.

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Tuesday 24th of October 2017

Hi Patsy! Thanks! I'm so glad you enjoyed them. It's amazing how simple they are to make too right? I'm so happy to know I have another mustard corn dog lover for a friend! Thanks so much for your sweet words and for visiting me. Hope you have a great day! Happy Nesting~ Norine

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