Corn Dogs {Disney Copycat Recipe}

A copycat version of the famous hand-dipped corn dogs that you can find at Disneyland! This recipe is beyond simple and makes a delicious corn dog making you never want to buy store bought again!

We love copycat recipes from Disneyland, and in case you do too, be sure to check out our Bacon Wrapped Asparagus Skewers and Broccoli Cheese Soup.

Homemade Corn Dogs - a Disneyland copycat recipe

copycat Disneyland corn dog

Hello Lil’ Luna readers! It’s me Natalie, from Life Made Simple. Today I’m excited to be sharing a recipe for hand-dipped corn dogs as part of Kristyn’s Disney-inspired series.

One of my favorite parts about Disneyland (aside from the rides) is the food! The treats are creative and decadent and so are the snacks! One of our favorite foods to get there are the homemade corn dogs. You can find them at Corn Dog Castle or other food carts – but they are PHENOMENAL!

We wanted to try a homemade version that was easy. This recipe is just that – simple and just like the ones at Disneyland!

How to make corn dogs

How to Make Corn Dogs

These Disneyland Corn Dogs are easier to make than you’d think.

Heat 2 quarts of oil to 350 degrees in a large pot or Dutch-oven.

In a large bowl, whisk together cornmeal, flour, sugar, salt and baking powder. Add the egg, honey, buttermilk and vegetable and stir until combined. Let sit for 10 minutes.

Pat hot dogs dry and insert a skewer into each hot dog. Pour the batter into a tall drinking glass (not too full) and dip one dog at a time into the batter, then place into the hot oil to fry (I like to make sure that the batter is coating a bit of the skewer/stick so that the coating stays on).

Let the corn dog sink to the bottom and then turn it with tongs to ensure that it is browning evenly on all sides. Cook for about 2-3 minutes, then transfer to a paper-towel lined plate.

Repeat until all the hot dogs are cooked. You will need to keep refilling the glass with the batter as you go.

NOTE: If batter is too thick, add a splash of buttermilk to thin it out. 😉

Corn dog batter in tall glass

Disneyland Corn Dog recipe

Storing + Reheating

We like to eat these corn dogs while they are fresh, but if you have leftovers, STORE in a Ziploc bag in the fridge for 2 days. Reheat in the oven at 350 for about 10 minutes. Or you can air fry too.

These corn dogs also FREEZE really well.

To do that, store in a freezer safe bag. When ready to make, bake at 400 for about 15 minutes.

Homemade corn dog recipe

After making these I’m never going back to store-bought! They’re easy, delicious and freeze well too! Our family fell in love with these and I think yours will too. Enjoy 🙂

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Homemade Corn Dogs Recipe

5 from 15 votes
Hand-Dipped Corn Dogs recipe - copycat Disneyland's! Hot dogs dipped in a honey cornmeal batter and fried until crispy!! So good!! 
Course Main Course
Cuisine American
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 2 minutes
Total Time 17 minutes
Servings 12 corn dogs
Calories 1596 kcal
Author Lil' Luna


  • 3/4 cup yellow cornmeal
  • 3/4 cup all purpose flour
  • 1 tbsp sugar
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 1 1/2 tsp baking powder
  • 1 egg lightly beaten
  • 2 tbsp honey
  • 3/4 cup buttermilk *
  • 2 tsp vegetable oil
  • 12 hot dogs
  • 12 wooden skewers, candy sticks or thin popsicle sticks
  • 2 quarts vegetable oil for frying


  • In a large pot or Dutch-oven, heat the 2 quarts of oil to 350 degrees.
  • In a large mixing bowl, whisk together the cornmeal, flour, sugar, salt and baking powder. Add the egg, honey, buttermilk and vegetable oil, stir until combined. Let sit for 10 minutes.
  • Meanwhile, pat the hot dogs dry and insert a skewer into each hot dog. Pour the batter into a tall drinking glass and dip one dog at a time into the batter, then place into the hot oil to fry (I like to make sure that the batter is coating a bit of the skewer/stick so that the coating stays on).
  • I let my corn dog sink to the bottom and then turned it with tongs to ensure that wit was browning evenly on all sides. Cook for about 2-3 minutes (you want to make sure they're fully cooked inside), then transfer to a paper towel lined plate. Repeat with remaining hot dogs (you may have to tilt the glass a bit to get the last few ones fully dipped).



*If the batter is too thick, just add a splash or two of additional buttermilk.
-You can easily double this recipe!
-These corn dogs freeze really well. Just make sure to let the cool completely before placing them in a ziplock bag. To reheat, bake at 400 degrees for about 15 minutes.
Adapted from Life in the Lofthouse

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      1. These look amazing, but I have to question how you are getting your calorie count cause that seems absolutely insane to me! 1600 calories a piece?! That can’t be accurate can it?

        1. 5 stars
          Thought the same about the 1600 calories. Near as I can tell the author Did an auto caLculate with all 2 quarts of oil and did check it. So unlEss you are drinking 3/4 cup of the Oil with each corNdog calories are 250 (iSh) depending on frying technique and hotdog.
          Protip: dry the hotdog and dust lightly With flour prIor to dunking!

  1. 5 stars
    One of my favorite things to eat at Disneyland! So excited to make them at home. They are nice & crunchy, the way I like it!

  2. 5 stars
    I never eat the original Disney CORNDOG before, but this recipe is really tasty…the twist is my youngest son like the coating/ fried BATTER? I fried the left batter without hotdog..thank you so much for the recipe

    1. They should work fine if they are the thicker type of bamboo skewers. The thicker skewers work better to hold the weight of the hot dog and batter.

  3. 5 stars
    I made these corn dogs this weekend, they were a big hit w/the grandkids-They were easy to make and tasted delicious. better then store bought!

    1. I’m so glad your grandkids liked them! Thanks for sharing! Easy and delicious make a great combo for sure. 🙂

  4. 5 stars
    These corn dogs were delicious! The batter was light and fluffy and melted in your mouth instead of being thick and cakey like other corn dogs. My grandma has been wanting “Pronto Pups” like they made at the County Fair 70 years ago, and said these were pretty close – score! And they were super easy to make.

    1. I’m so glad you and your grandma liked them! Hopefully they brought back fond County Fair memories. Thanks for sharing! 🙂

  5. 5 stars
    Thank you for sharing your recipe, this will come in handy with all of my grandchildren, when they come over and they love corn dogs I will be able to pop them out of the freezer and pop them in the oven. Thank you Rhonda K Isbell

  6. 5 stars
    These were so delicious! I had a hard time stopping when eating them. The only thing that happened though was that my corn dogs ended up being flat on each side and not round at all but didn’t affect the taste 😁. Yum!

  7. 5 stars
    These were so good! Much better than store bought and very inexpensive. I used the same batter also dipping mozzarella cheese sticks which was great! Super easy & quick. I used bamboo skewers with regular & jumbo hotdogs, turned out great!