If you're looking for a fun and spooky treat to make for your family this Halloween, look no further! These Air Fryer Mummy Dogs are made using store bought crescent dough, and easy to make with kids. The Air Fryer gives them a fluffy, golden exterior and a perfectly cooked interior. Great for those last minute Halloween celebrations!
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Before I had my son, I can't say I was one for preparing much in the way of seasonal treats and goodies. Sure, I baked Christmas cookies and made Thanksgiving dinner and all that, but I really wasn't the type to get on Pinterest and look up fun Halloween treats. All that has changed now that I have a energetic toddler that is overcome with joy anytime he sees anything with googly eyes. And so, my love affair with holiday foods has begun.
Once you have kids, it's not just you anymore. You have these little souls that are filled with excitement, interest, and the drive to discover. It's absolutely precious, and it's an incredible privilege to be able to pour into them. While it can be exhausting sometimes, raising children is rewarding and honorable work. While we seek ways to entertain them, we aren't just trying to fill time in the day (although it feels that way), we are filling them up, and showing them that Mommy or Daddy cares about them.
And so, taking the time to bake and cook with them, or to prepare special treats for them, is really good and fruitful work. These Air Fryer Mummy Dogs make for a fun time together as a family, with minimal prep and minimal cooking time. That means you can have fun in the kitchen with your children, clean up, and enjoy your treats within about 30 minutes. While there's a time for baking up a batch of chocolate chip cookies together, there's a time for easy mummy dogs too! You're not just making a fun Halloween treat, you're making memories!
- Hot dogs: You can use whatever brand of hot dog you like best! If you have dietary restrictions, be sure to keep that in mind as you select what kind of hot dog you would like. All beef, kosher, dairy free, vegan, etc. are all acceptable options!
- Crescent rolls: A handy can of crescent roll dough makes this super easy. If you would like to go the homemade route, you can use this recipe from Baking a Moment.
- (Optional) candy eyes: To give your Air Fryer Mummy Dogs an authentic look, you'll need to use some sort of eyes! I like using candy eyes, since they give the cutest result. You can also use mustard, chocolate chips, or gel icing.
- (Optional) honey: You will need a little less than a half a teaspoon of honey. This helps keep the candy eyes in place, should you choose to use them.
Unroll the crescent roll dough, and spread it out flat.
Separate each of the dough triangles.
Use a pizza cutter to create thin strips of dough for one of the triangles.
Wrap the crescent roll strips around the hot dog in a mummy pattern, pinching the dough together to seal. Wrap the top of the hot dog, but leave a space for eyes.
Continue until all of the hot dogs have been wrapped. Each hot dog will require the strips from one triangle of crescent roll dough.
Place the wrapped hot dogs on a baking sheet lined with parchment or a plate. Set in the fridge while you prepare the air fryer (or oven, if using).
Preheat your air fryer to 350F for at least 3 minutes, or according to the manufacturers instructions. If using an oven, preheat the oven to 375F.
Place your wrapped mummy dogs in the air fryer, face side up. I can only fit 4 in my air fryer at a time, so if you have a smaller air fryer like I do, you can cook in batches. Return the uncooked wrapped hot dogs to the fridge in between batches.
Cook in the air fryer for 5-8 minutes, or until the crescent roll dough is puffy and golden brown.
Remove from the air fryer with tongs.
To place the eyes, dab the back of each candy eye with a little bit of honey and place them in the "eye hole" area of the mummy dogs. I find wedging the candy eye helps it stay in place better. There are some alterative suggestions for eyes further down in the post.
Vegan or Vegetarian: Use vegan or vegetarian "hot dogs." Crescent rolls do not use animal products.
Dairy free: Verify your hot dog brand is verify. Crescent rolls are dairy free.
Homemade: Instead of using prepared crescent roll dough, you can make the dough for Homemade Crescent Rolls and cut it into strips.
Pigs in a Blanket: If you're not feeling the Halloween theme, you can always make a very similar recipe: Pigs in a Blanket. Find my full recipe and instructions for this alternative here.
Mummy Sausages: Wrap precooked or smoked sausages in crescent rolls, and increase the cook time to reflect the larger size of sausages. Do not use uncooked sausage, as it will not have time to cook thoroughly without burning the crescent roll dough.
If you don't have an Air Fryer, you can still make this delicious and fun Halloween treat! Just preheat your oven to 375F, and line a baking sheet with parchment paper. Prepare the mummy dogs as directed, and place them on the prepared baking sheet. Bake in the preheated oven for 12-18 minutes, or until the crescent roll dough is puffy, golden, and baked through.
Remove from the oven and immediately add the candy eyes. Allow to cool for 5 minutes before serving.
What to Use for Eyes
While the instructions here call for the use of candy eyes, you may not have those items on hand or have prepared in advance to pick them up at the store! Do not fear, you can still have eyes! Here is a full list of options.
- Candy eyes: Dot the back of the candy eye with honey and wedge it into the "eye hole" portion of the wrapped mummy dog. Do this immediately after baking or air frying.
- Mustard eyes: Once they have cooled down, add two dots of mustard with a toothpick
- Chocolate chip eyes: dot the back of the chocolate chips with honey and wedge it into the "eye hole."
- Gel eyes: Add dots of gel icing (black would work best) after the hot dogs have cooled.
Air Fryer Mummy Dogs
- 8 Hot dogs
- 1 package Crescent Roll Dough unrolled
- 16 candy eyes optional
- ½ teaspoon honey optional
- Preheat your air fryer to 350F for at least 3 minutes, or according to your manufacturers instructions.
- Unroll the crescent dough and separate into 8 triangles.
- Use a pizza cutter to cut a single triangle into long, thin strips.
- Wrap the strips in a "mummy" style pattern around the hot dog. Leave a space for the eyes. Repeat, using 1 triangle of cut dough per hot dog, until all of the hot dogs have been wrapped.
- Cook your hot dogs in the air fryer for 5-8 minutes, or until the crescent roll dough is golden and puffy, and the hot dog is warmed throughout. If you have a small air fryer, you will need to work in batches. Refrigerate the wrapped hot dogs in between batches.
- Remove the mummy dogs from the air fryer using a pair of tongs.
- If using the candy eyes, dot the back of the candy eye with a small bit of honey and wedge into the space left for the eyes. See the "notes" section for alternative eye suggestions.
- Cool for 5 minutes, then serve and enjoy!
Oven Instructions: If you don't have an Air Fryer, you can still make this delicious and fun Halloween treat! Just preheat your oven to 375F, and line a baking sheet with parchment paper. Prepare the mummy dogs as directed, and place them on the prepared baking sheet. Bake in the preheated oven for 12-18 minutes, or until the crescent roll dough is puffy, golden, and baked through. Cool for 5 minutes, then serve.