Homemade Baked Corn Dogs Squares recipe

This baked corn dogs squares recipe is made from scratch with cornmeal and hot dogs. The cornbread batter is lightly sweet, and it’s baked in the oven for a party food perfect for watching sports games together, kid’s parties, or summer cookouts.

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Baked corn dogs squares

If you like classic corn dogs then these baked corn dog squares should be right up your alley. Savory hot dogs are nestled inside a sweet cornbread coating just like the original corn dog you can buy from the store. And they’re lighter because they’re baked, not fried!

They’re kind of like corn dog muffins, but you make it all in one pan and cut into squares instead. It’s an easy recipe to make ahead and serve to kids, adults, and families.

I like to make them with turkey hot dogs, but you can use whatever your favorite hot dog is.

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Easy recipe for parties

What’s so great about this recipe? Here are some reasons to serve homemade baked corn dogs.

  • Not only is this an easy recipe to make, but the corn dog squares are easy to hold and eat with one hand.
  • Make these ahead or prep the dish ahead until ready to bake (keep refrigerated). Serve them warm from the oven or on a party table.
  • Great for serving at children and teen birthday parties, or adult and family gatherings.
  • Serve these as a party appetizer food, or as a main dish item for casual get-togethers.
  • Add these to game day snacks, or a super bowl party.
  • These are a nice addition to backyard bbq’s.

PARTY TIP: Want to take these on location for a tailgate, picnic, or potluck? Wrap warm squares in aluminum foil and keep in an insulated cooler with other hot items.

three corn dog squares on a plate

How to make homemade corn dog squares

You’ll need a few simple ingredients to make this recipe.

  • Hot dogs – use bun length!
  • All-purpose flour
  • Yellow cornmeal – make sure to use yellow for that classic corn taste
  • Sugar – adds just the right amount of sweetness to corn dog bites
  • Salt
  • Baking powder
  • Friendship Dairies Buttermilk – it adds acidity that creates fluffier cornbread
  • Butter – melted but cooled, and I always use unsalted in recipes
  • Egg Beaters – or use 2 large eggs
  1. Prep – preheat the oven, and line an 8 x 8 baking pan with parchment paper, leaving an overhang on each side. Spray with nonstick cooking spray.
  2. Whisk – mix the flour, cornmeal, sugar, salt, and baking powder together in a large bowl, using a whisk.
  3. Combine – mix the buttermilk, melted butter, and egg beaters together in a medium bowl.
  4. Mix – add the wet mixture into dry mixture and stir into a lumpy batter.
  5. Pour – pour a thin layer of batter into the baking pan and add hot dogs on top. Pour remaining batter over hot dogs and spread evenly.
  6. Bake – cook until golden and a toothpick inserted into the center comes out clean.
  7. Cool – let cool for about 10 minutes before cutting into squares, and serve.

BEST TIP: Note which direction the hot dogs are lined up in the batter so that after they’re baked, you can cut ACROSS the hot dogs in order to see where they are. Then cut the squares between each hot dog for individual servings.

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Tips and substitutions

Use these tips for making baked mini corn dog squares.

  • Use bun length hot dogs in order to get the most servings.
  • Use sweet cornbread mix if you’re looking to save a little time.
  • We like turkey hot dogs, but you can also use Kosher hot dogs or other varieties too.
  • Serve with ketchup and mustard for dipping.
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Homemade Baked Corn Dogs Squares recipe

Yield: 15 squares

Homemade baked corn dog squares have the classic savory and sweet flavor combination as the original version. Fun party food for game day, casual gatherings, or kids parties.

Ingredients

  • 5 bun length hot dogs
  • 1 1/4 cup all purpose flour
  • 3/4 cup yellow cornmeal
  • 2/3 cup sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 4 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1 cup buttermilk
  • 1/2 cup butter, melted but cooled
  • 1/3 cup + 2 Tablespoons egg beaters

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees.
  2. Line an 8-inch square baking pan with parchment paper, leaving an overhang on each side. Spray with nonstick cooking spray.
  3. In a large bowl whisk together the flour, cornmeal, sugar, salt, and baking powder.
  4. In a medium bowl combine buttermilk, melted butter, and egg beaters. Mix well.
  5. Pour wet mixture into dry ingredients and stir just until a lumpy batter is formed; do not over mix.
  6. Pour a thin layer of batter into baking pan. Add hot dogs in a row {as shown} and pour remaining batter over hot dogs and spread evenly. recipe directions
  7. Bake until golden, about 20-30 minutes or until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean.
  8. Let cool for about 10 minutes before cutting into squares, and serve.

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