Crescent roll hot dog snacks make a fast and easy way to fill up hungry eaters. Use a good quality hot dog and your favorite buttery crescent roll (homemade ones are great here!). Melty cheese rounds out things out for a grab-and-go snack on the run.Jump to Recipe
Sometimes simple recipes get a bad wrap for tasting, well…simple.
But you can elevate these crescent dogs to new levels or keep them classic and still maintain a delicious flavor that doesn’t feel cheap. The tips are all here for you!
Isn’t this pigs in a blanket?
Fun fact: Pigs in a blanket are technically made with puff pastry and not crescent rolls. I’ll talk more about using puff pastry further down in this post if you want to try it.
Ingredients you’ll need
These crescent roll dogs are so easy to do! You only need:
- Hot dogs– We prefer an all beef or other quality hot dog here, but you can use whatever you prefer. Applegate Farms grass fed beef hot dogs are always a winner. Hebrew National dogs come in second.
- Refrigerated crescent rolls– One tube is all you’ll need if you aren’t making them. If you’d prefer to make your own crescent rolls, this Dough Dabbler crescent roll recipe is perfect. The flavor can’t be beat!
- American cheese– I like Land O Lakes yellow American for flavor and quality but you can use whatever brand you like. Velveeta slices may also be used if you have that on hand.
Tools and equipment:
You’ll only need a non stick surface for your crescent dogs and a baking sheet. Parchment paper is an easy to use option.
Just wad it up and throw it away when you’re done and the cheese won’t stick to it too much like it can with foil.
Plus foil isn’t a great option to cook on for health reasons.
Can I eat these warm or cold?
These crescent hot dog rolls are best served fresh and warm. You can easily reheat them in the oven, toaster oven or microwave as needed too.
What are substitutions that I can make?
Crescent roll hot dog snacks can be super simple or over the top fancy. Here are some ideas for substitutions you can make:
- Crescent roll dough: Swap out the tube for a sheet of puff pastry. Just cut triangles from the thawed dough and wrap. You may need to buy two boxes.
- Hot dogs: Revv up the flavor with chicken sausages, bratwurst, or andouille. If they are very large, cut them in half.
- Cheese: Go bold with spicy pepper or habanero jack, add melty fontina, Swiss or Monterey Jack.
Add a flavor boost if you feel like it
As long as the sauce or condiment you add isn’t super watery, feel confident boosting the flavor of your crescent roll hot dog snacks even further.
- Add spicy brown or whole grain mustard to the crescent before rolling and baking.
- Blend mustard with a bit of mayonnaise or a garlic aioli
- Add a smear of pesto or pasta sauce for a pizza flavor (this would be especially good on a chicken sausage)
- Bake in a little flavored cream cheese for an extra pop. I love spicy jalapeno!
Do I have to use store-bought crescent dough or can I make my own?
You can make your own crescent rolls. In fact, we highly support this since we love dough and bread baking so much around here.
While store bought crescents are fast and easy they sure don’t taste as good as homemade and they are filled with some less than quality ingredients.
You can make homemade crescent rolls with this recipe and you’ll be in love in no time.
Can I freeze crescent dogs?
Yes, you can make these crescent roll hot dogs ahead of time and freeze them for up to 4 months. Bake them, let them cool to room temperature then freeze individually on a cookie sheet and transfer to an air tight container.
Make sure to thaw them completely in a refrigerator before reheating and serving.
Can I air fry crescent roll hot dogs?
Yes you can! You can try basing your air fryer times off this pigs in a blanket recipe. Because some recipes are using half of a hot dog, your full size ones may need a slightly longer cook time.
How to make crescent dogs
Lay triangles of crescent dough on a parchment lined baking tray. Add 1/2 slice of cheese to the wide end of the triangle.
Add a hot dog to the wide end and roll up, making sure to put the point end of the crescent roll dough down or seal it really well to the other dough so it doesn’t unroll during baking.
Bake 15 minutes until golden brown and serve warm.
These crescent roll hot dogs should be stored in an airtight container in a refrigerator for up to 5 days or in a freezer for up to 4 months.
What to serve with crescent roll hot dog snacks
You can go so many directions with side dishes for your hot dog snacks. Keep a picnic theme or dress up those sides. Here are some favorites:
- 8 hot dogs
- 8 crescent rolls 1 8-ounce tube
- 4 slices American cheese cut in half
- Preheat your oven to 375degrees and line a baking sheet with parchment paper.
- Unroll and separate crescent rolls from their packaging and lay them out flat.
- Lay a half slice of American cheese over the widest part of each crescent roll section.
- Place a hot dog over the cheese and roll the crescent roll around them starting t the widest end and rolling up to the point.
- Place each crescent hot dog roll point down on the baking sheet. Make sure each is about an inch apart to allow them to expand while baking.
- Bake for about 15 minutes or until the tops are golden brown and the cheese is melted.
- Remove from baking sheet and serve warm.