These Air Fryer Mummy Dogs are the perfect Halloween appetizer. They’re fast and easy to make so even the little ones can partake in preparing this cute Halloween meal or snack.
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I’ve always thought these were the best Halloween meal/snack not only because of how cute they are, but because you actually WANT to eat them, unlike quite a few other Halloween recipes I’ve seen.
This recipe is great for involving kids in your Halloween prep in a fun way. They can wrap their own mummy dogs, and then once they’re baked the kids can add the eyes to their mummy. Super cute and fun! A wonderful Halloween activity that’s fun for everyone, especially the little ones.
What Type of Dough to Use
For these hot dog mummies, we use refrigerated pizza dough. It’s easy to find and inexpensive. You just roll it out and then cut them into strips.
If you want to make your own dough, this quick & easy pizza dough recipe works well. You can also use store-bought crescent roll dough. Just roll it out, press the seams, and cut it into strips.
Just keep in mind that a yeast-less dough is the best for this recipe, so it doesn’t rise too much. Otherwise it might look like your hot dogs are wearing puffy jackets.
Ingredients You’ll Need
- Refrigerated crescent rolls or pizza dough – Find this in the sections where you can get biscuits and cookie dough. The crescent rolls work well. So does pizza dough cut into strips.
- Hot dogs – Buy a high-quality dog that you like to eat. I recommend getting ones that aren’t very large, though, like regular Ballpark franks.
- Cooking spray – You don’t want your mummies to stick to the air fryer basket.
- Candy eyes – We used these mini candy eyes. You can also make your own eyes with frosting or with a peppercorn.
- Mustard and ketchup – For dipping.
- Air fryer: I use this 4-quart basket-style air fryer. It’s large enough to fit a meal for 4-6. But some things need more space in the air fryer basket, so they cook evenly.
- Kitchen tongs: It’s very easy to remove food from your air fryer with kitchen tongs. I use these kitchen tongs that are silicon coated so they don’t scratch the interior.
- 2 independent XL air fryer baskets
- Integrated Foodi® Smart Thermometer
- Cook 2 foods 2 ways that finish at the same time
How to Make Air Fryer Mummy Dogs
Roll the pizza dough out flat. Cut 1/2 inch strips from the short side. The dough is rectangular, so be sure to cut the shorter strips, not longer strips.
Take a hot dog and wrap a strip of dough around it. Make sure to leave a gap for the eyes. Get creative and wrap back up around or leave some loose ends to resemble a mummy. You can add a piece of American cheese under the wrapped dough if you’d like.
The thinner you cut the dough and the more you stretch it while wrapping, the crispier your result will be. Avoid overlapping the dough excessively or making it overly thick, as this will hinder even cooking and leave it soft while the rest is done.
Spray the air fryer basket and place the mummies in the basket, leaving space between each so that the air can circulate. It is better to do them in two batches so the air circulates and they have enough room to cook completely.
Bake at 330° F for 13 minutes, flipping them over half way. We found that spraying the mummies with a fine mist of cooking oil will help them brown better during cooking.
Remove the mummy dogs from the air fryer basket. Add sprinkle eyes. You can also use dots of black and white gel frosting for eyes.
Tips & Notes
- Make sure you wait to add the mummy eyes after they have been air fried or they will either melt or fly off.
- You can use candy eyes to make it easy, or you can dab on eyes with mayonnaise and peppercorns, or use white and black frosting pens. Get creative. There are many ways to make eyes.
- Try using different hot dogs like the ones that come with cheese in them or brats.
- To cut the raw dough easily use a pizza cutter wheel.
- Be sure to check your mummy dogs regularly near the end of cooking so they don’t get overly browned. Every air fryer is different. Yours might cook hotter than mine.
- If you want to make smaller dogs, just cut the hot dogs in half.
- You can add a quarter of a slice of American cheese under the wrapped dough.
How to Store Hot Dog Mummies
If you have leftovers, wrap them up air tight and store in the refrigerator for 3-5 days. If you want to freeze them, make them up and freeze before baking. They will be good for up to 2 months. When you are ready to eat them just put them back into the air fryer and cook for 5 minutes.
Frequently Asked Questions
Can I use a different type of dough?
You can use pizza dough or crescent rolls for this recipe. Either will work fine, though they will have a slightly different look to them. Just don’t use a yeast-based dough as it will rise too much.
Can I cook the hot dogs from frozen in the air fryer?
Yes, you can cook these hotdog mummies from frozen in the air fryer. You will just need to cook them for 1-2 minutes longer, and be sure to watch them carefully so the dough doesn’t get overly browned.
Can I use brats or sausage instead?
Yes, you can use any type of sausage you like for this recipe. Usually kids like hot dogs the best, but adults might enjoy a jalapeno cheddar sausage or another type of flavorful sausage.
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Air Fryer Mummy Dogs
- 8 hot dogs 1 package
- 1 roll refrigerator pizza dough or crescent roll
- Cooking spray
- Candy eyes
- Roll the pizza dough out flat. Cut 1/2 inch strips from the short side.
- Take a hot dog and wrap a strip of pizza dough around it. Make sure to leave a gap for the eyes. Get creative and wrap back up around or leave some loose ends to resemble a mummy.
- Spray the air fryer basket and place the mummies in the basket, leaving space between each so that the air can circulate. It is better to do them in two batches so the air circulates and they have enough room to cook completely.
- Bake at 330° F for 13 minutes, flipping them over half way.
- Remove the mummy dogs from the air fryer basket. Add sprinkle eyes. You can also use dots of black and white gel frosting for eyes.
All air fryers have different wattage and may cook at different rates. You may need to adjust the time or temp for the best results.
Laura is a passionate foodie and owner of Air Fry Anytime She is dedicated to sharing delicious recipes and helpful tips for using air fryers at home. With years of experience in the kitchen and a love for healthy, flavorful cooking, Laura has become an expert at using air fryers to create amazing meals that are both nutritious and delicious.