This classic party recipe is the ultimate appetizer or snack! Flaky, buttery crescent rolls wrap up a juicy mini-hot dog and bake to perfection in this easy pigs in a blanket recipe. Made with two ingredients (three with cheese) and ready in minutes this satisfying snack hits the spot!

Mini hot dogs wrapped in crescent rolls on parchment paper.

Pigs in a blanket… what a name, right?!

If you can believe it, only as an adult did I realize that most of the world knew these mini hot dogs wrapped in crescent roll dough as “pigs in a blanket”. Growing up, my mom often made the full-size hot dog version of these as a special treat, but she called them “crescent dogs” or “crescent roll hot dogs”, and that’s the only name I ever knew them by.

In fact, my grandma would make stuffed cabbage rolls on a fairly regular basis and she called THOSE pigs in a blanket, so I was utterly confused when I saw a recipe for “pigs in a blanket” that were my beloved crescent dogs, ha! I’ve also seen pigs in a blanket refer to a link of sausage wrapped up in a pancake, so there’s that, too. Whew!

A true, pig in a blanket is made with two ingredients, cocktail-sized mini hot dogs and crescent rolls. The mini hot dogs are typically sausage, which is made from pig, thus giving the snack the iconic name, Pig in a Blanket. While there are many ways to dress this recipe up and make it your own, the classic pig in a blanket comes down to a savory, juicy sausage filling and a buttery, flaky crescent roll wrapping.

BUT! Enough about the name, let’s talk about these retro, iconic, and utterly addicting hot dogs, because they are SO. GOOD.

A sheet pan with baked pigs in a blanket.

Why we LOVE These…

Easy, handheld snacks that require minimal prep and result in maximum appreciation truly are the holy grail of easy entertaining. These pigs in a blanket are easily one of my favorite snacks or appetizers to make for any sort of gathering for a number of reasons including:

  • Quick prep time: Simply slice and roll and these piggies are ready to bake.
  • Easy to make ahead of time: They store well and reheat easily in the oven making them a great snack for baking ahead.
  • Versatile: With a simple base recipe it’s easy to add to the classic and dress them up for any occasion.
  • An absolute hit: From young to old, everyone enjoys these!

Three Simple Ingredients!

It seriously could not be easier, and you only need two ingredients:

  • Mini Hot Dogs: One of the most popular brands is Lil’ Smokies.
  • Crescent Roll Dough: You will need two packages or you can try making your own from scratch with my Crescent Roll Dough Recipe.
  • Cheese: Optional, but highly encouraged, I use American cheese because that’s what my mom used when I was a kid. It melts wonderfully, and it’s just plain good. However, feel free to use cheddar, pepper jack, whatever you’d like!

Easy Step-By-Step Directions

  • Prepare for baking: Preheat the oven to 400°F and line a baking sheet with parchment paper or a silicone baking sheet.
  • Cut the dough: Unroll the crescent rolls, separate the triangles and then using a pastry cutter or pizza cutter, slice each triangle into three strips.
Crescent roll dough triangles sliced into three strips.
  • Add cheese: If using cheese, cut a slit into the center of a mini hot dog and place a small piece of cheese into the slit.
  • Roll the pig into the blanket: Place a mini hot dog on the wide end of the strip and roll-up.
Mini hot dog with cheese stuffed inside sitting on strip of crescent roll dough.
  • Move to baking sheet: Place point side down on the baking sheet and repeat with the rest of the crescent rolls. Note, you may have leftover mini hot dog.
  • Bake for 15 to 20 minutes, or until golden brown.
Assembled pigs in a blanket on a baking sheet.

Helpful Tips

To prevent soggy pigs in a blanket: Pat the hot dog or Lil’ Smokies with a paper towel prior to wrapping in the crescent dough to decrease the amount of moisture you add in. This will keep the pigs in a blanket crispy, not soggy.

To make full-sized hot dogs: If you want to do full-size hot dogs, simply skip the step of slicing the crescent rolls into three, and roll one dog in each full triangle of crescent roll dough.

Mini hot dogs rolled up in crescent roll dough.

Alternatives for Wrapping Pigs in a Blanket

I grew up with crescent dogs wrapped in crescent roll dough – it’s the only thing my mom ever used. Some other blanket options include:

Feel free to use store-bought or homemade doughs for any of these wrappings.

Cheesy pigs in a blanket stacked on top of each other.

Recipe Variations

To me, there is nothing better than a cheesy pig in a blanket but if you are looking for some ways to switch up a classic… here are a few different variations to try!

  • Garlic Butter Pigs in a Blanket: Brush the tops of the pigs in a blanket with garlic butter. Check out the garlic coating from my Garlic Knots for an easy garlic butter recipe.
  • Bacon + Jalapeño: For a little extra kick, add a slice of jalapeño followed by a small piece of fried bacon, and then the sausage (with cheese inside) before wrapping and baking.
  • Everything Bagel Pigs in a Blanket- Serving these pigs in a blanket in the morning? Brush the tops with a little melted butter and sprinkle with everything bagel seasoning.
  • Mummies: Dress them up as crescent roll hot dog mummies for Halloween!

Dipping, Dunking, and Serving Suggestions

An overhead shot of mini hot dogs wrapped in crescent roll dough.

Storing, Freezing, and Reheating

  • Storage Tips: These are best served warm or at room temperature the day they are made, but leftovers can be stored in the refrigerator in an airtight container for up to 3 days.
  • Freezing Tips: Freeze unbaked pigs in a blanket by assembling and then freezing in a single layer on a baking sheet for about 2 hours. Once frozen transfer to a freezer-safe container and freeze up to 3 months.
  • Cooking from Frozen: Preheat the oven to 400°F and place pigs in a blanket on a lined baking sheet about 1 inch apart. bake for 25 minutes or until golden and crisp!
  • Reheating Tips: Pop baked pigs in a blanket back into the oven at 350°F and bake for 8 to 10 minutes before serving.
  • Serve Cold: Some people enjoy these pigs in a blanket served cold. Once they have been refrigerated they are not going to be as flaky or crispy. It’s totally up to you if you want to serve them cold.

Try These Crowd Favorite Appetizers Next!

A stack of pigs in a blanket with one bitten into.

Whether you’re looking for an easy appetizer or snack for a kids’ party, for the Super Bowl, game night or your run-of-the-mill Saturday night, these pigs in a blanket (or maybe they’re piglets in a blanket since they’re mini?!) will ALWAYS be a sure-fire hit.

If you make this recipe and love it, remember to stop back and give it a 5-star rating – it helps others find the recipe! ❤️️

Mini hot dogs wrapped in crescent rolls on parchment paper.

Pigs in a Blanket

This classic pigs in a blanket recipe, made with crescent rolls and mini hot dogs, makes the perfect appetizer, snack, or party food!
4 (9 ratings)

Ingredients

  • 28 ounce (793.79 g) package mini hot dogs, cocktail franks or “Lil Smokies”
  • 2 packages crescent rolls
  • Sliced American cheese, optional

Instructions 

  • Preheat oven to 400 degrees F. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper or a silicone baking sheet.
  • Unroll the crescent rolls, separate the triangles, and then using a pastry cutter or pizza cutter, slice each triangle into three strips.
  • If you are using cheese, cut a slit into the center of a mini hot dog and place a small piece of cheese into the slit.
  • Place a mini hot dog on the wide end of the strip and roll up. Place point-side-down on the prepared baking sheet and repeat with the rest of the crescent rolls (you may have leftover mini hot dogs).
  • Bake for 15 to 20 minutes, or until golden brown. Serve plain or with ketchup and mustard on the side. These are best served warm or at room temperature the day they are made, but leftovers can be stored in the refrigerator in an airtight container for up to 3 days.

Notes

  • Full-Size: If you want to make full-size hot dogs, simply use regular hot dogs and a full crescent roll triangle for each hot dog (do not slice into three strips). Bake as directed above.
  • Storage Tips: These are best served warm or at room temperature the day they are made, but leftovers can be stored in the refrigerator in an airtight container for up to 3 days.
  • Freezing Tips: Freeze unbaked pigs in a blanket by assembling and then freezing in a single layer on a baking sheet for about 2 hours. Once frozen transfer to a freezer-safe container and freeze up to 3 months.
  • Cooking from Frozen: Preheat the oven to 400°F and place pigs in a blanket on a lined baking sheet about 1 inch apart. bake for 25 minutes or until golden and crisp!
  • Reheating Tips: Pop baked pigs in a blanket back into the oven at 350°F and bake for 8 to 10 minutes before serving.
Nutritional values are based on one pig in blanket without cheese
Calories: 101kcal, Carbohydrates: 4g, Protein: 2g, Fat: 8g, Saturated Fat: 2g, Cholesterol: 10mg, Sodium: 192mg, Potassium: 34mg, Calcium: 3mg, Iron: 0.4mg

Did you make this recipe?

Leave a review below, then snap a picture and tag @thebrowneyedbaker on Instagram so I can see it!