Easy Disneyland Corn Dog Copycat Recipe + Video

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This Corn Dog Recipe, made famous by the Little Red Wagon food truck, is iconic for a reason! Hand-dipped Disneyland corn dogs feature a light, puffy breading flavored with a hint of sweetness and fried to a perfect golden brown. You’ll be surprised how easy they are to make at home!

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Learn how to make corndogs at home with this easy corn dog recipe! Leave the frozen ones at the grocery store, and make your own delicious corn dogs right at home. 

There’s nothing quite like hand-dipped corn dogs to take you back to your days at the county fair.

I like the simple batter because it cooks up perfectly golden brown every single time you make it. I pretty much always make a second batch! 

You can eat these dipped corn dogs with a drizzle of honey, or pair with your favorite condiments.

I love dipping them in yellow mustard as well! because the delicious cornbread batter pairs so well with the flavors. 

cooked hot dogs on sticks

Corn Dog Recipe

Being the foodie that I am, it probably comes as no surprise that my fondest memories are built entirely around food.

I could easily build whole vacations around finding iconic eats to try. In fact, even when I went to Disneyland, I only had eyes for one goal: to hit every booth, stall, and food cart I could find.

Made famous by the Little Red Wagon food cart on Main Street USA in Disneyland, this carnival classic is a must-try for newcomers and a can’t-miss for regulars.

Recipe Video

To see us make this corn dog recipe from start to finish, watch the video in this post!

I knew I had to recreate them with a homemade corn dog recipe!

The hand-dipped breading has a slightly sweet taste, and the Disneyland corn dogs are typically served with mustard, apple slices, and a bag of chips.

making batter for disney corn dogs in a bowl

Ingredient Notes and Substitutions

  • Hot dogs – Standard-sized dogs are the way to go here! Choose your favorite brand and variety, including chicken or turkey hot dogs!
  • Cornmeal – Not to be confused with cornbread mix, you’ll find this in the baking aisle near the flour. 

    Be sure to grab a package without any extra flavors or ingredients.
  • Buttermilk – Adds tang and moisture to the batter. If you don’t have any, you can make a substitute with regular milk and vinegar or lemon juice. 
  • Honey – This adds a light sweetness to the batter. Swap with maple syrup, or leave it out entirely if you prefer.
dipping hot dog on a stick into tall glass of cornmeal batter

How To Make Corndogs

Step 1 – Combine the dry Disneyland corn dog batter ingredients in a large bowl, then whisk in the wet ingredients until smooth and creamy.

Step 2 – Thread hot dogs on sturdy wooden sticks, leaving enough room for a handle at the bottom.

Step 3 – Dip the corn dogs in the batter, coating them all the way to the stick. 

Step 4 – Drop the hot dog into a large, wide skillet full of hot oil. Let the hot dogs cook until golden brown and puffy. 

Step 5 – Once ready, use tongs to transfer the corn dogs to a paper towel-lined plate to drain and cool slightly. Serve and enjoy!

frying disney corn dogs

Tips for Making Disneyland Corn Dogs

  • Let the batter rest. This ensures that the crispy outer layer stays nice and fluffy on the inside. 10 minutes should do it, but a little longer won’t hurt!

    A good corn dog shouldn’t be overcooked! 
  • Mess-free dipping. I’ve found it’s easier (and way less messy) to pour the batter into a tall drinking glass, then dip the hot dog inside. 

    This way you get a nice even coating of batter without getting any on your fingers. This is the key to even coating for golden brown perfection! 
  • Check oil temperature. If you happen to have a fryer, it should monitor and adjust the temperature for you. 

    When using a deep pan for frying, you will need to insert a candy thermometer to ensure it’s at the right temperature for frying.

    Once the oil has reached 350°F, you can start frying your Disneyland corn dogs! Be sure to let the oil come back to temp in between batches.

    Since you’re using a few inches of oil, it’ll take some time for the oil in the large pot to get back to the temp it needs to be. Be patient – the oil has to be hot to make the perfect corn dog.

Don’t forget that you can also alter this delicious recipe and make mini corn dogs as well!

Just be sure that you have enough oil to fry the dipped hot dog, and you’ll be deep frying without an issue.

I love using this recipe for authentic fair food at home because it tastes like the real thing!

We’ve been making homemade corn dogs for years, and I stand by the fact that they’re the best corn dogs – ever!

Grab some wooden skewers, and get started making your state fair corn dog at home. This simple recipe brings the flavor of state fairs into your home all year long. 

Corn Dog Recipe FAQ

Can you freeze homemade corndogs? 

Yes! Once the corndogs are fried, let them cool to room temperature, then transfer them to a freezer container or bag.For best quality, corndogs can be frozen for one to two months. When ready to eat, preheat oven to 350 degrees F and arrange corn dogs on a baking sheet.If corndogs are still frozen, bake for 15-18 minutes. If they have been thawed, bake for 10 minutes.

Can corn dog batter be refrigerated?

Any leftover batter from this corn dog recipe can be refrigerated for 2 to 3 days. Be sure to store it in an airtight container.

What can I do with leftover fried oil? 

This homemade corn dog recipe requires about two quarts of vegetable oil to get the depth you need for frying Disneyland corn dogs.You can either safely dispose of it or store it for future fried goods.

basket of corn dogs with mustard

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Disneyland Corn Dogs Copycat

Easy Disneyland Corn Dog Copycat Recipe + Video

Donna Elick
This Corn Dog Recipe is so easy to make at home. Recreate Disneyland corn dogs with lightly sweet, puffy breading that's fried to perfection!
5 stars from 4 reviews
Tried this recipe?Please comment and review!
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 30 minutes
Total Time 40 minutes
Course Main
Cuisine American
Method Stovetop
Servings 10


  • 1 cup cornmeal
  • 1 cup all-purpose flour
  • 2 tablespoons granulated sugar
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 cup buttermilk, plus up to 1-3 tbsp more for consistency
  • 1 egg
  • 2 tablespoons honey
  • 2 quarts vegetable oil, divided
  • 10 hot dogs


  • In a large bowl, whisk together cornmeal, flour, sugar, baking powder, and salt.
  • Add buttermilk, egg, honey, and 2 tablespoons of vegetable oil to bowl and whisk until thoroughly combined with the dry ingredients. Set bowl aside and let batter rest 10 minutes.
  • While batter rests, heat the remaining vegetable oil in a wide, deep skillet up to 350 degrees F (using a candy thermometer helps!)
  • Thread hot dogs on to wooden popsicle sticks, leaving enough room to hold the bottom of the sticks while also securely keeping the hot dog in place. If needed, use a paper towel to pat the hot dogs dry.
  • Give the corn dog batter a stir. The batter should be able to thickly coat a spoon while also be fluid enough to slowly drip off. If batter is too thick, add 1 tablespoon of buttermilk and stir, then do another drip test. You can add up to 3 tablespoons of buttermilk to help even out the consistency.
  • Pour corn dog batter into a tall drinking glass, filling to about 3/4 full. Dip a threaded hot dog into the batter, gently twisting to coat the hot dog up to the stick. Slowly pull hot dog out of the batter, shaking off any excess.
  • Holding the coated hot dog by the stick, gently drop it into the oil, letting go before the oil touches your fingers. Cook corn dog for 3-5 minutes, using tongs to turn the corn dog as needed. Use tongs to transfer corn dogs to a paper towel-lined plate. Repeat this step until all corn dogs are cooked. To speed things along, fry corn dogs in batches.
  • Serve corn dogs immediately with condiments of your choice.



Serving: 1 | Calories: 1934cal | Carbohydrates: 37g | Protein: 9g | Fat: 198g | Saturated Fat: 32g | Cholesterol: 39mg | Sodium: 541mg | Sugar: 7g | Fiber: 2g | Calcium: 91mg | Iron: 2mg

All nutritional information is based on third party calculations and is only an estimate. Each recipe’s nutritional value will vary depending on the ingredients used, measuring methods, and portion sizes.

Tried this recipe?Let us know how it was!
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Originally published August 2018, updated and republished June 2024

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  1. Is it better to use skinless hotdogs or ones with the skin on. I have attempted to make corndogs (dagwood dogs in Australia) but have trouble with the breading not sticking. Also we have to use polenta for the breading as its the closest thing we can get to cornmeal over here … Could that be the reason for the breading problem?

  2. I made this recipie, they were a huge hit with my Dland loving family. The honey add lovely sweetness, people preferred them a bit more brown and crunchy then the light golden color. My brother in law ate 6 of them in one sitting 😳 Lots of comments on how much money we saved vs buying these at the park, haha! 😂

  3. Can you tell me how much oil goes in the batter? The video shows 1 Tbsp but the recipe calls for 2 Qts, which I assume is for frying them but it doesn't give the amount that goes in the batter.

    1. I used wood skewers normally for shish kabobs. Just cut the sharp pointed end off so if I child is eating it they won't cut their mouth or poke themselves.

  4. 5 stars
    Wow, these really were awesome. I have not had a better corn dog than these. I have not tried the ones from Disney myself, but they must be totally awesome to inspire such a great recipe!

  5. What a hit! Broke away from tradition and made these for Easter. Everyone loved them! Added frozen corn kernels to the leftover dough for corn fritters. Everyone’s bellies were happy! The dough stuck to the dogs really well and the flavor was great!

  6. I used regular dogs. I dried them and dusted them in flour before dipping them in the dough. The dough stuck really well!

  7. 5 stars
    This recipe from Donna and Chad is absolutely fantastic! The corn dogs turned out delicious and just like the ones from Disneyland. 5 stars!

  8. 5 stars
    Donna’s recipe for Disneyland Corn Dogs is a game-changer! I followed it step by step and made a simple change by adding a pinch of paprika to the batter for some extra flavor. These corn dogs were a hit with my family, and they tasted just like the ones from the theme park. 5 stars!

  9. 5 stars
    I’m no chef, but this recipe was so easy to follow, and the corn dogs tasted amazing. Thanks to The Slow Roasted Italian for another winner!

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