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Breakfast Corn Dogs

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I love eating breakfast! Give me breakfast food every meal of the day and I would be one happy camper. I also like junk food like homemade corn dogs. So of course I would love these incredibly yummy breakfast corn dogs!

If you like pancakes, breakfast sausage, and corn dogs, I think you will enjoy these breakfast corn dogs as well. Sometimes called pancake dogs or pancake sausage on a stick, haha. Or maybe you really like buying the Jimmy Dean Pancakes and Sauage on a stick and want to replicate them at home. They really aren’t “corn dogs” because there is no cornmeal in the batter, but they do look like them.

This is a fun twist on a classic American breakfast of homemade pancakes and sausages. They are so incredibly easy to make, if I can do it, you can do it. Let’s get started!

Step 1: Gather the ingredients

Several ingredients in glass bowls on top of a wooden table.

In order to make these delicious breakfast corn dogs at home you need just a handful of ingredients:

  • Pancake Batter – You need some sort of pancake batter. Store-bought pancake mix works great or use your favorite pancake recipe or use my pancake recipe.
  • Breakfast sausages – Use your favorite breakfast sausages. I really like using either the Farmer John brand or the Jimmy Dean brand of breakfast sausages.
  • Oil for frying – Vegetable oil, canola oil, shortening, coconut oil, will all work.
  • Maple syrup
  • Powdered sugar

NoteA typical pancake batter recipe will make way too much batter for 8 breakfast corn dogs, so you can just make regular pancakes with the leftovers or just half the recipe or use a quarter of the recipe, depending on how many you want to make.

Breakfast corn dogs next to a bowl of maple syrup

Tools

  • Deep pot
  • Bowls
  • Tongs
  • Bamboo skewers or popsicle sticks
  • Plate
  • Paper Towels

Step 2: How to make breakfast corn dogs at home

Eight sausages being cooked on a skillet on the stovetop burner.

Begin by cooking/browning the breakfast sausages.

There are several you can use. I like the Farmer John, Johnsonville, and Jimmy Dean brands.

Place a large skillet on a burner and set the heat to medium (350 F/176C). You can use an electric griddle as well if you like. No need to add any oil to the pan or the griddle.

Add the sausage links and cook them until they are nice and brown. It will take 5 to 10 minutes. turn them occasionally so they cook evenly. The internal temp should be about 165 F. Make sure there is no pink on the inside.

Also at this point take a large deep pot and add an inch to an inch and a half deep of oil to it. Set the burner to medium and allow the oil to heat up to (350 F/176 C)

Hand holding a cooked sausage on a stick

Once the breakfast sausages are all cooked you can remove them from the heat and place them on paper towels. Dry them really well to soak up the extra grease.

After they have cooled a bit, you can use clean hands, or wear gloves, and stick them with a bamboo skewer or popsicle stick.

If you are using bamboo skewers you will need to trim them in half, so they fit in your pot of oil. My personal preference is to use the bamboo skewers, but the popsicle sticks work just fine as well.

Now you can set them aside and make the pancake batter.

Step 3: Make the pancake batter

Pancake batter pouring into a large bowl.

Breakfast corn dogs use a pancake batter for the outside instead of a cornmeal-based batter.

Time to make the pancake batter. Use your favorite homemade pancake batter or a standard store-bought pancake mix or use this pancake recipe of mine.

Then just follow the instructions for whatever recipe you want to use as well as the ingredients required for that recipe.

Note: Again, this will make way too much batter for 8 to 16 breakfast corndogs. But then again, I eat 6 to 8 of them myself for breakfast, so it all depends on how many you want to make. And you can always just make standard pancakes with any leftover batter.

Hand dipping breakfast corn dog into pancake batter.

Now you can dip the sausage on a stick into the pancake batter. You can leave it in the bowl, or pour some batter into a tall glass. Either way works fine, sometimes the glass method is easier for dipping.

Step 4: How to cook breakfast corn dogs

Freshly cooked breakfast corn dogs being held by tongs over a pot of oil.

After you dip the dog in the pancake batter gently place it in the hot oil. Don’t just drop it in. Lay the top part in the oil and then let go of the stick.

Add 3 to 5 of them at a time depending on how large your pot is, don’t overcrowd them. These cook really fast, it only takes a minute or two for them to get golden brown.

If you need to, take your tongs and rotate the breakfast dog so it cooks evenly. Sometimes they stay on one side and don’t rotate to the other side easily. Once golden brown, remove them and place them on a plate lined with paper towels.

Hand holding a breakfast corn dog with a bite out of it.

If you like you can dust the breakfast corn dogs with powdered sugar, dip them in maple syrup, or a different fruit syrup like this strawberry sauce. Serve right away. Enjoy!

How long do breakfast dogs last?

Once they have cooled completely you can store leftovers in an airtight container or ziplock bag in the fridge for a few days. You can also freeze them for a few months. Then just reheat them in the microwave or oven.

Can I use a keto or other gluten-free pancake mix for these?

Of course, you can use pretty much any pancake recipe that you like.

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Breakfast Corn Dogs

These pancake sausages on a stick or "Breakfast Corn Dogs" are so yummy and incredibly easy to make.
Prep Time20 mins
Cook Time10 mins
0 mins
Total Time30 mins
Course: Breakfast, Brunch, Snack
Cuisine: American
Keyword: finger food, kids, pancakes, sausage, savory, sweet
Servings: 4 people
Author: Matt Taylor

Equipment

  • Deep pot
  • Bowls
  • Tongs
  • Bamboo skewers or popsicle sticks
  • Plate
  • Paper towels

Ingredients

  • Pancake batter – Use your favorite pancake batter or my classic American pancakes recipe
  • 16 Breakfast sausages – I like the Farmer John or Jimmy Dean brand but you can use whatever brand of breakfast sausage that you like.
  • Oil for frying – Use vegetable canola, coconut, shortening, etc.
  • Maple syrup optional
  • Powdered sugar optional

Instructions

  • Place a skillet on a burner and set the heat to medium (350 F/176C). You can use an electric griddle as well. No need to add any oil to the pan. Cook the sausages until they are nice and brown. It will take 5 to 10 minutes. Just so there is no pink on the inside.
  • Take a large deep pot and add an inch to an inch and a half deep of oil to it. Set the burner to medium and allow the oil to heat up to (350 F/176 C)
  • Once the sausages are all cooked you can remove them from the heat and place them on paper towels. Dry them really well to soak up the extra grease.
  • Then once they have cooled a bit, you can use clean hands and stick them with a bamboo skewer or popsicle stick. You may need to trim the bamboo skewers in half.
  • Use your favorite homemade pancake batter or a standard store-bought pancake mix or use this pancake recipe of mine.
    Then just follow the instructions for whatever recipe you want to use.
  • Dip the sausage on a stick into the pancake batter. You can leave it in the bowl, or pour some batter into a tall glass.
  • After you dip the dog in the pancake batter gently place it in the hot oil. Don't overcrowd them. These cook really fast, it only takes a minute or two for them to get golden brown. Turn as needed with tongs so they brown evenly. Once golden brown, remove them and place them on a plate lined with paper towels.
  • Now you can dust them with powdered sugar if you like, dip them in maple syrup, or some sort of fruit sauce, and eat them! Enjoy!

Video

How to Make Breakfast Corn Dogs | Pancake Dogs | Pancakes and Sausage on a Stick

Notes

NoteA typical pancake batter recipe will make way too much batter for 8 to 16 breakfast corn dogs, so you can just make regular pancakes with the leftovers or just half the recipe or use a quarter of the recipe, depending on how many you want to make.

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6 Comments

  1. 5 stars
    My kids enjoyed these for breakfast! I have to do more next time because my kids finished them all. Thank you for sharing this wonderful recipe!

  2. 5 stars
    I had a houseful of kiddos this morning that thought this was the best breakfast ever! It was the perfect way to kick off spring break!

  3. 5 stars
    I made these this morning for my boys and they devoured them! I will definitely make them again, thank you!

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