hot dog sugar cookies – perfect for labor day cookouts!

by Amy on 2 September 2011

happy labor day weekend! i hope for all of you, it entails gorgeous weather, delicious food + a party or two. last year, we hosted a labor day party, which is when the above picture was taken. for details on last year’s party, as well as a fabulous tutorial on how to make chalkboard menus like the one i made above (still one of my favorite crafts!), click here.

this year, we’re skipping the hosting duties + simply going to be guests. i get to cook + bake, which i love, without having to prep the house for guests? win! i’m working out what to bring + a serious contender are the adorable hot dog sugar cookies i made last year. grillin’ is often associated with labor day parties, so why not put a fun spin on it + make hot dog-shaped cookies? as the party host, i was short on time last year, so my cookies only got garnished with yellow frosting ‘mustard.’ with a little more time, you could also garnish some with red frosting ‘ketchup’ + green-tinted coconut ‘relish.’ how fun is that?

have a wonderful weekend + i can’t wait to hear about all the amazing things you grill, cook, + bake!

hot dog sugar cookies

makes about 2 dozen cookies, adapted from the garden of yum


3/4 cup butter, softened
1/4 cup granulated sugar
1/4 cup brown sugar
1 egg yolk
1 3/4 cups flour
3/4 teaspoon baking powder
1/8 teaspoon salt
1 can of white frosting or homemade butter cream frosting for ‘ketchup’ + ‘mustard’ garnishes
flaked sweetened coconut, chopped finely, for ‘relish’ garnish
red, yellow + green food coloring
sesame seeds for garnish


note: allow plenty of time to prepare these because the dough needs to chill for four hours

combine butter, sugar, brown sugar, + egg yolk in a mixing bowl. in a separate bowl, mix together flour, baking powder, + salt. add the dry ingredients to the wet ingredients + mix well. cover and refrigerate for four hours.

when dough is ready, preheat oven to 350 degrees. remove 1/3 of the dough from bowl. place remaining dough back in refrigerator. place the 1/3 of the dough in a mixing bowl + mix together with about 40 drops of red + 5 drops of green food coloring until it is the color of a hot dog (reddish brown). lay a sheet of wax paper to work on. take 1” pieces from the dough + roll into thin logs about 2” long, shaping them to look like hot dogs, rounding the edges. set aside.

lay a second piece of wax paper down to work with the white dough. take remaining dough + separate it into the same amount of pieces as you have hot dogs. if you’ve made 24 hot dogs; separated the dough into 24 pieces. roll the white pieces into thick logs, slightly bigger than you made the hot dogs, about 2 1/2”. make an indentation in the center of each one + shape to look like hot dog buns. press sesame seeds into the sides of the buns.

place the hot dogs in the buns, + place on a parchment-covered baking sheet. place in the freezer for 20 minutes, then bake for 17-20 minutes, until the edges are light golden brown. repeat until all hot dog cookies are baked.

allow cookies to cool. once cooled, to decorate, tint some frosting yellow + some red for mustard + ketchup. tint some coconut green for relish. decorate each hot dog cookie as you prefer.

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thanks to my friend mollie + my husband for taking these pictures, since i was so distracted by hosting the party that i didn’t even think to pick up a camera!

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1 danielle September 2, 2011 at 8:41 am

These are too darn cute! My kids would get such a kick out of these.

2 amy September 2, 2011 at 8:49 am

thank you! they are super kid-friendly — they could definitely help with the rolling of the hot dogs, shaping of the buns, + especially the garnishing with ‘ketchup,’ ‘mustard’ + ‘relish.’ hope you + the kiddos give ’em a try for a cookout soon!

3 Lesley September 2, 2011 at 9:22 am

Fun! And you’re on a roll this week!

4 amy September 2, 2011 at 9:24 am

much like a hot dog, i am on a roll. HA! see how i got punny there? =)

5 Kelly September 2, 2011 at 9:25 am

Oh my goodness. How cute are these?!!! I adore these!

6 amy September 2, 2011 at 9:26 am

aren’t they insanely cute? it’s amazing how making something miniature + sweet ups it’s cuteness factor by a zillion!

7 Traciwilbur September 2, 2011 at 9:27 am

Too darn cute! I wonder how they will work with powdered egg replacer? And I LOVE the chalkboard menu! Is that your handwriting…just curious. It’s nice. :)

8 amy September 2, 2011 at 9:30 am

that’s my husband’s handwriting – isn’t it fab?! he’s an architect, + they’re taught in school to write the same so there’s never confusion on plans, drawings, etc. literally, all architect handwriting looks identical to me – it’s crazy! by the way, a powdered egg replacer should definitely work in this recipe, although you’ll need to add a little extra moisture with it – prob a tablespoon of water.

9 Ashley @ Kitchen Meets Girl September 2, 2011 at 9:31 am

Hot diggity dog, these are so cute! I’m bummed that we’re going to be out of town the majority of the weekend, because I would LOVE to make these for Monday. They are definitely on my list for our next cookout. What a super-cute (and perfect kid-friendly) idea! Thanks for sharing this!

10 amy September 2, 2011 at 9:40 am

aren’t they fun? i can’t wait to hear how you + the kiddo enjoy making them for your next cookout. have a great weekend out of town! =)

11 Mollie September 2, 2011 at 10:11 am

These cookies are not only super cute but were also so yummy at the cookout last year! Time flies, can’t believe that was a year ago, wow!

12 amy September 2, 2011 at 10:21 am

they were pretty tasty, weren’t they? i can’t believe that was already a year ago either – time flies! thanks so much for taking the fabulous pictures of the party that i was too occupied to think about taking – they turned out fab!

13 Leah | So, How's It Taste? September 2, 2011 at 10:24 am

You know how I love some cute sugar cookies! I like how these are so simple rather than doing the hot dog design in icing, it’s the actual cookie. Too cute!

14 amy September 2, 2011 at 10:41 am

i haven’t tried to make sugar cookies decorated with royal icing yet –i like this type of cookie because it’s so easy to make + far less intimidating to me! =) i might employ you for lessons in decorating with royal icing soon. =)

15 Mommyof2Girlz/StephD September 2, 2011 at 10:44 am

Those are so amazing and cute :)

16 amy September 2, 2011 at 11:15 am

thanks, steph! i bet your little girls would have a blast helping you make these. =)

17 Amber @ Caleigh's Kitchen September 2, 2011 at 11:20 am

These are so stinking cute! I will have to make them for the next party/get together we have! Hope yall have fun being the guests! It’s kinda nice every now and again, huh?

18 amy September 2, 2011 at 11:37 am

thank you! i do love to host parties but, yes, i am beyond excited to just be a guest. it’s going to allow me to work lots of relaxation time into the weekend. =)

19 Alison @ Ingredients, Inc. September 2, 2011 at 1:12 pm

fun idea!

20 natalie (the sweets life) September 2, 2011 at 2:17 pm

oh my goodness—these are BEYOND cute!!! :) great job!

21 amy September 2, 2011 at 4:05 pm

natalie + alison – thank you so much!

22 Julia September 2, 2011 at 4:43 pm

Holy freaking cute!!!! Wow, so nice that you get to have the fun of cooking/baking, but you don’t have to clean your toilets to prep for company coming over. That’s a good weekend!

23 amy September 2, 2011 at 4:54 pm

i couldn’t have summed it up better myself. amen!

24 Erin @ One Particular Kitchen September 2, 2011 at 5:19 pm

OH MAH GAH. So cute! I love them!

25 Caroline @ chocolate and carrots September 2, 2011 at 6:09 pm

That is sooo cute! :-) I think I would have to do a double take if I saw one of those on the table. Mmm, cookies.

26 amy September 2, 2011 at 6:14 pm

thanks erin + caroline! =)

27 Justin N September 2, 2011 at 6:15 pm

Superb, now that is creative. Something about them being miniatures enhances the cool factor.

28 amy September 2, 2011 at 6:21 pm

agree! whenever you make something miniature, it immediately becomes both cooler + cuter. i think i need to explore this world of miniaturized food more!

29 Emma September 2, 2011 at 7:09 pm

STOP. Those are adorable. I can’t even…oh my gosh.

30 amy September 2, 2011 at 7:45 pm

aww, thanks! i’ve decided i’m going to make them again for this year’s Labor Day party – my goal is to make them even more adorable this time around. =)

31 Ally Garner September 3, 2011 at 12:30 am

Holy cow those are so dang adorable! What a cute idea Amy. They look so complicated in the pics, but reading the recipe seems more than doable. You have to make these again this weekend. I hope y’all have a great party & a wonderful Labor Day holiday sweet friend!

32 amy September 3, 2011 at 6:32 am

thank you so much, ally! i am definitely making these again this weekend – they’re too cute to resist. =) hope you have a wonderful weekend, too!

33 Marina September 3, 2011 at 6:44 am

These cookies are so adorable :)

34 Raina September 4, 2011 at 6:23 pm

Hi Amy! Thanks for visiting my blog and featuring the hot dog cookies. I am so glad you liked them. Yours came out perfect:)

35 amy September 4, 2011 at 6:43 pm

you are too sweet! i made ’em again for this year’s labor day party + they came out even better than last year. pics should be on my blog / facebook page in a day or two. thanks for the wonderful idea!

36 kristen @ notsodomesticated September 4, 2011 at 8:06 pm

Very impressive!! Talk about confusing your taste buds! 😉

37 amy September 5, 2011 at 10:39 am

yes! i brought ’em to a party yesterday + i can’t tell you how many people asked ‘are those real hot dogs?’ too funny!

38 erinsfoodfiles September 6, 2011 at 9:49 pm


39 amy September 6, 2011 at 9:58 pm

thanks, erin — they’re definitely one of the cuter cookies i have in my repertoire!

40 BreAna {Sugar and Spice and All Things Iced} September 6, 2011 at 9:59 pm

How cute are these?! I love them! What a great idea for a party. I am definitely going to keep it in mind for next summer!!

41 amy September 7, 2011 at 11:07 am

thanks, BreAna! definitely bookmark ’em for next summer’s cookouts – they are always a HUGE crowd-pleaser! =)

42 Eating Deliciously September 9, 2011 at 4:06 pm

LOVE these little cookies! I only hope mine come out looking as good as yours.

43 amy September 9, 2011 at 4:34 pm

thank you! i’m sure yours will turn out just wonderfully. =)

44 Robert March 18, 2012 at 8:16 am

The hot dog shaped cookies are out of this world. Good Job….
Have you ever tried to make a Taco shaped cookie?
Let me know if you have. And where can I get the recipe for it.

45 amy March 18, 2012 at 11:51 am

hi robert! i’ve never made cookies in the shape of tacos, but that’s a fabulous idea, especially for a cinco de mayo party. =) it looks like you can make ’em with a basic sugar cookie recipe like on this blog: – i’ll definitely have to give ’em a try!

46 Melody Gorno August 22, 2013 at 12:59 pm

Is it possible to make the dough a day before doing the rest and leaving it in the refridgerator for much more than 4 hours?

47 amy August 22, 2013 at 1:50 pm

Yes, Melody – that should be fine. A little extra chilling time (a day before) shouldn’t affect the dough!

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