Corn Dog Mini Muffins

1 Posted by - July 30, 2012 - Food & Drink

This pin test was originally posted on CraftFail!

Y’all, it’s too hot for baseball. And that’s saying something, considering I find nothing more patriotic than baseball pants. But it’s never too hot for corn dogs, an all-American baseball game staple, and I found this super-cute pin on how to make mini corn dog muffins:

I’m me, so I didn’t make my own cornbread. I used Jiffy. But in my case, this actually increases my chances of success. Just trust me on that.

All began well, and my ego soared with the hope that this pin would actually work. My domestic goddessery, although maybe a little late, was finally kicking in, and I would whip this project into shape.


They even looked awesome when I pulled them out of the oven, I assumed because I was so smart and checked them frequently, as the blog post indicated, so as not to burn or dry out the delicate cornbread.

And then I took them out of the muffin tin.

I figured maybe the first one was a fluke, and now that I had the hang of it, the rest of them would be easier. The next one came apart too, in an appalling manner.

Cornbread sex toy, anyone?

I must conclude that I am cornbread impaired, because I made a tin of plain cornbread along with these, and the plain cornbread stuck, too, so it wasn’t the muffin tin’s fault, or some magical hot dog chemistry. The common denominator here is me.

Aggrieved, I pried the rest of the muffins out of the tin with various levels of success– mostly low, truth be told. They were a pile of mess, and didn’t look appetizing at all. I gave up halfway through the second tin and just ate them straight out of the tin with a fork.

However, the silver lining on this project is that they tasted pretty awesome. They’re ugly as all hell, so there’s no way I’d bring them to a party, but for me and my dog to share, they’re fine. I guess they’re kind of like the faded sweatpants of corn dogs.



  • TheOtherLisa July 30, 2012 - 4:42 am Reply

    If you want them all cute:Anytime I bake anything, I spray the pan (tube pan, muffin pan, pie, etc) with Pam For Baking. Not the regular stuff, but the kind with flour in the spray. They’ll fall right out next time.

  • JoyceGodsey July 30, 2012 - 6:42 am Reply

    they left something out of the original.  from the image, i suspect they used a silicon pan that let the muffins pop out entire.  indeed, Baker’s Joy or Pam with flour….or should i say…crisco with flour like mom used to do…would make the removal much smoother.  i wouldnt give up on this one. 

  • Creative JoMarie July 30, 2012 - 7:37 am Reply

    Another suggestion because when I make corn muffins, they always stick too, and I don’t like lubing up the pan, use muffin (cupcake) liners.

  • LKathleenM July 30, 2012 - 11:52 am Reply

    The same thing happened ot me when I tried this!! the hotdog came right out! Haha

  • FoodStoriesBlog July 30, 2012 - 12:17 pm Reply

    Cornbread impaired? Hilarious … Great Post

  • Ashley July 30, 2012 - 12:52 pm Reply

    As long as they tasted good, that’s enough for me! I love corn dogs…

  • lalahls July 30, 2012 - 2:22 pm Reply

    Bahahahha I literally busted out laughing when you posted the Nailed it picture! Oh geez! I love your posts. It is my entertainment at work!

  • princessmom09 July 30, 2012 - 5:42 pm Reply

    I think the funniest part was the sex toy comment!!!  Wow, your awesome.  BTW, I swear by aldi’s pan spray.  better than the cheap stuff anywhere else, as good as the name brand.

  • Kaitie507 July 30, 2012 - 7:22 pm Reply

    I made these a couple days ago. The first batch i cut the hotdog into slivers, and the next I cut into thirds. I to had the problem with the crumbling, but i think next time i’ll use cupcake liners!

  • Truffles8761 July 30, 2012 - 8:42 pm Reply

    It would be a little Pam and cornmeal to lube up the pan for me….if I liked cornbread….or hot dogs….or corndogs….or taking the time to make these for a function I would never attend for people I don’t even like.

  • ACW July 30, 2012 - 9:37 pm Reply

    Haven’t been able to try this recipe because I just can’t get past the fact that they look like a bunch of… um… ‘anteater’s? (Urbandictionary it at your own risk; you’ve been forewarned.)

  • madsmommy July 30, 2012 - 11:22 pm Reply

    I made these and they turned out great!  I waited about 5 minutes before taking them out of the pan, and I used a butter knife to gently pry them out.  Took time, but they came out of the pan nicely!  My 17 year old son renamed them, he calls me “wiener muffins!”

  • madsmommy July 30, 2012 - 11:22 pm Reply

    I made these and they turned out great! I waited about 5-10 minutes before trying to take them out of the pan and then I used a butter knife to pry them out.  My 17 year old son renamed them for me, he calls them “wiener muffins!”

  • Kannyworks July 31, 2012 - 1:57 am Reply

    First let me say….THANK YOU VERY MUCH!Next, who would like or want to make a hot dog corn muffin in the first place!  I get it, some like corn dogs.Thank you for your jest and humor!  LMAO!

  • TanyaGreerBreese July 31, 2012 - 10:37 am Reply

    rofl “cornbread sex toy” classic! they just look wrong, even the perfect ones, with the tip of the hot dog poking out….BUT…sounds like something my kids would like so maybe i’ll give these a try…or maybe i’ll just end up with a new sex toy 😉

  • DeniseHopkins July 31, 2012 - 2:52 pm Reply

    LOL They make this stuff called “non stick baking spray” you should try it ;o)

  • Chrissy_81 July 31, 2012 - 7:42 pm Reply

    “the faded sweatpants of corn dogs”……. i think i peed a little

  • Kathleen Richardson August 1, 2012 - 6:52 am Reply

    I preferred your Nailed It photo to the Craft Fail photo. Eating out of the tin with a fork? Yep, I would do that!Keep writing…

  • CarolRenna August 4, 2012 - 6:18 pm Reply

    I love your posts.  For the most part, I love cooking and baking, so of couse I find this commical.  Try some Pam (or to save money the generic cooking spray) next time.  🙂

  • CarolRenna August 4, 2012 - 6:18 pm Reply

    Oh, and as a huge Yankee fan, I agree about the baseball pants, especially Derek Jeter’s!

  • Beets August 4, 2012 - 6:18 pm Reply

    The reason why they didn’t turn out pretty coming out of the pan is because you forgot to spray it with non-cooking spray.  Or in the future as well, you could bake them in cupcake rings.

  • Dana August 6, 2012 - 8:01 pm Reply

    I tried this and failed too!  And yes, I used cooking spray….it didn’t matter.  They were an absolute mess!  I literally had to vacuum my counter there were so many crumbs. . .

  • CherishHerbert August 7, 2012 - 2:31 am Reply

    Instead of cooking spray use crisco to grease the inside. Not only does it make it easier to remove but it bakes the outsides of the muffins so that they wont crumble upon removal 🙂 I tried it my way and worked plus my son absolutely loves them

  • Leslie August 7, 2012 - 5:31 pm Reply

    I made these on opening day of baseball since my hubby and I no longer live in our hometown and lack all baseball that is not televised and even then we only watch a handful of games cuz very few West Coast teams are televised on the East Coast (I digress). I rubbed the muffin tin with margarine before pouring in the batter because I too get cornbread muffins stuck more than they are unstuck. Worked really well and now he requests the “hot dog muffins”= SCORE!

  • kmo16 August 8, 2012 - 6:27 pm Reply

    This is hilarious! I made these as well for my 3 yr. old and the hot dog came out right away and the corn bread crumbled everywhere! I too used Jiffy cornbread. They fell apart so easily that my daughter went through every muffin…barely poked at them and pulled the hot dogs out of each one! lol

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  • sephia825 August 8, 2012 - 11:42 pm Reply

    I’m one who hates cleaning shitty pans like these so I opt for the cupcake liners. But they still fall apart. I gave up on the cupcake type ones, since I have a large family, and I opt instead to mix a bunch of hot dogs in with my cornbread mix and then pour it into a square or rectangle dish and bake it (lined with foil of course for easy clean up). More filling as you get more hot dog than cornbread, and still just as good.

  • kmo16 August 9, 2012 - 8:42 am Reply

    Yeah if I ever decide to make these again I will def. chop the dogs up! I felt like I wasted money buying cornbread mix. The dogs got all the attention! lol

  • Andee August 9, 2012 - 4:07 pm Reply

    i made them last weekend, i used 1 box of jiffy cornbread mix and 1 box of jiffy yellow cake mix…held together pretty good, i also made them regular muffin size an cut the hot dogs up in large chunks, it was really very good.  Sis says if you add an extra egg to the jiffy mix it should hold up even better 🙂

  • dnotodiaz August 9, 2012 - 9:00 pm Reply

    Hi.  I think ya’ll failed because you used Jiffy cornbread mix.  This mix turns out super soft corn muffins and they fall apart extra easy.  I tried using this mix to make easy cornbread and after they were cooked they just crumbled into a mess.   If you want these to hold up you need to make real cornbread from scratch (and not the sweet kind) and be sure to oil your pans with Pam or butter or vegetable oil first.  This should work well.

    • rfoust August 9, 2012 - 10:55 pm Reply

      dnotodiaz I thought a box of jiffy *is* “from scratch” 🙁 lol

      • dnotodiaz August 10, 2012 - 8:20 pm Reply

        rfoust That is funny! Jiffy is nothing like real cornbread and you can get recipes on Pinterest or just google it.  I am going to try this recipe soon, but my kids are out of town right now.

        • myssbunnie August 15, 2012 - 12:50 am Reply

          @dnotodiaz  I think Jiffy is too sweet and nasty. I like homemade corn bread cooked in a cast iron skillet 😀

  • Jess August 11, 2012 - 1:10 am Reply

    thought of putting them in muffin cases? silicone ones will peel off super easy, with a clean line, or for making a big lot (party/bbq), use paper ones as they are disposable.

  • Analise August 17, 2012 - 12:35 pm Reply

    Just wanted to let ya’ll know I made these using Jiffy mix and they turned out perfect.  No crumbly mess.  Sprayed my pan with PAM.  Make the Jiffy mix as directed, let mix stand 3 minutes.  mix, spoon into mini muffin pan.  place hot dog in center.  bake at least 12 minutes.  remove, let sit in pan 5 minutes.  they came out super easy 🙂  hope helps!

  • Karen Ann August 18, 2012 - 7:16 pm Reply

    I love reading these reviews, and think they’re really funny.  However, don’t think that everything on Pinterest is a dismal failure.  Regarding this post: use the Jiffy cornbread mix with Jiffy yellow cake mix, doubling the other ingredients for the cornbread.  It will be the sweetest, moistest cornbread you’ve ever eaten and the “corn dogs” will be perfect… no ketchup needed.  Check out my “To Done List” on Pinterest.

  • Kathy August 18, 2012 - 11:11 pm Reply

    I know someone who made these and they were yummy and turned out great, BUT none of the kids at the party would eat them!  My son was so disappointed when he bit into one- he thought it was a rolo in a vanilla cupcake.

  • Sarah August 19, 2012 - 1:06 am Reply

    I tried this with Jiffy a while ago, as well. I had similar results. I tried to put the hotdog in the middle, by putting a bit of batter below and on top of the hotdog, but they split in half when i took them out of the pan. But they tasted great, so I decided it wasn’t that bad of a fail.

  • AstroGremlin August 20, 2012 - 9:51 pm Reply

    I believe this scary looking food item is called “piggy in a straight-jacket.”

  • Crystal G August 21, 2012 - 12:41 am Reply

    I make a modified version of these…instead of a big hunk of hot dog, I dice mine up, I also add in some shredded cheddar cheese and something to sweeten the cornbread (splenda, honey, something).  I make mine in a mini muffin pan and have never had them stick. I use the cheap cornbread too! I just spray my pan well and make sure not to overcook them.  My kids love them!

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    You didn’t by chance forget to grease the tin did you? lol

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  • AustinBRC October 1, 2012 - 12:07 pm Reply

    This post made me laugh so hard I frightened my husband and the dogs.  Oh dear lord.  You are my favorite.

  • StephanieBrown October 16, 2012 - 7:25 pm Reply

    there seems to be a reoccurring theme in any posts that involve muffin tins.  My tip: when you take the muffin tins out of the oven, immediately place them on a wet towel (you’ll probably want to have a rack or something under the towel so as not to burn counter-tops).  Anyway, the cool wet towel snaps the sides of the muffin away from the tin and a butter knife around the edges after cool pops those suckers right out.  good luck in future pinning!

  • RachelRosinski December 24, 2012 - 11:33 am Reply

    i made these too and taste-wise they turned out okay, but look-wise they didn’t stay fully intact and were pretty messy to eat on the couch while watching football.

  • Christina Hickerson March 10, 2013 - 11:38 pm Reply

    For those with sticking issues….try cupcake liners!

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  • fuhreek February 8, 2014 - 2:30 pm Reply

    i was wondering about these.. i kinda wanted to make em, but now i may make em in a cast iron skillet. like a weird.. cornbread/wiener pie thing.. it’ll prolly still fall apart, but if its tasty then i don’t i’d mind much.

  • Delphine April 9, 2016 - 7:03 am Reply

    this happened to me yesterday and I DID use cooking spray. I used Jiffy mix but I added water, not milk bc I am Jewish and I thought milk and hot dogs would be gross, even though I am not kosher. I thought that was the problem. Any suggestions? Sprayed paper liners and let the people deal with the crumble?

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