Pigs in Blankets – More Homemade

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Whip up an easy butterhorn dough for delicious pigs in blankets, a little more homemade.

A few weeks ago, my kids were waxing nostalgic over the pigs in blankets I used to make at the holidays. I don’t typically buy the ingredients for them since they’re so heavily processed. But, my dad left us a supply of Lil’ Smokies in the freezer when he was here in November.

So, I made Pigs in Blankets. Only I made them a little more homemade.

I used the butterhorn dough that we often use. It mixes up quickly in the bread machine. I cut the dough into pieces, and then let the kids wrap the sausages.

They were devoured in minutes from pulling them from the oven. And they were really, really good.

I won’t be making homemade smokies anytime soon, but I’ll might be making these a little more often.


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Pigs in Blankets
Prep Time
2 hrs
Cook Time
8 mins
Total Time
2 hrs 8 mins
Course: Appetizer
Cuisine: American
Keyword: homemade pigs in blanket, pigs in blankets
Servings: 8
Calories: 527 kcal
Author: Jessica Fisher
  • 1 cup milk
  • 1/2 cup butter cubed
  • 2 eggs
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 4– 4 1/2 cups flour
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 Tablespoons dry yeast heaping
  • 2 packages Lil' Smokies
  1. Preheat oven to 375 °. Line two large baking sheets with parchment paper or silpat mats.
  2. Combine all dough ingredients in the pan of your bread machine according to the manufacturer’s directions. Set on the dough cycle and start machine. When the machine beeps, remove dough from pan and divide it into four equal parts.
  3. Roll each part into a large rectangle and cut each rectangle into 20 smaller rectangles.
  4. Wrap one small rectangle around each smoked sausage and place seam side down on prepared baking sheet.
  5. Bake rolls for 15 minutes, or until lightly browned.
Recipe Notes

Nutritional values are approximate and are based on 1/8 of the recipe. Refrigerate leftovers promptly and use within 4 days.

Nutrition Facts
Pigs in Blankets
Amount Per Serving
Calories 527 Calories from Fat 396
% Daily Value*
Fat 44g68%
Saturated Fat 19g119%
Cholesterol 146mg49%
Sodium 1571mg68%
Potassium 255mg7%
Carbohydrates 17g6%
Fiber 1g4%
Sugar 16g18%
Protein 17g34%
Vitamin A 463IU9%
Calcium 56mg6%
Iron 2mg11%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

I haven’t tested these for the freezer, but if you do, please let us know how it turns out!

About Jessica Fisher

I believe anyone can prepare delicious meals—no matter their budget.

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  1. Emily says

    Trader Joe’s sells all beef cocktail sausages that don’t have a bunch of junk in them. I’ve used those to make healthier pigs in a blanket before!

    • Jessica says

      @Emily, good to know. Thanks for the tip!

    • Carrie says

      @Emily, I am glad to know that! My family loves pigs in a blanket and I have been wondering what to do to make them better! 🙂

  2. We make these with veggie hotdogs cut in half – typically I just used plain old rolled biscuit dough, but I’m excited to try yours since I love using my bread maker!

  3. teresa says

    i’ll think of them as Pigs in Homemade Blankets. =)

  4. AllieZirkle says

    These show up on our menu twice a month, usually on Saturday nights when snack food runs king! I use bun length all beef hot dogs and cut into 3 pieces each. Works great!

    I love your single wrap. I usually wrap mine like a weenie trapped in a crescent roll LOL


  5. Rachel says

    Do you have instructions on how to make the bread dough without the bread machine? I use a Kitchenaid mixer but don’t have a bread machine anymore.

    • Yes, I’m in the process of updating the dough recipes. I don’t have a bread machine anymore either. Typically the method would be this: warm the liquids, in this case the milk and butter. Add the sugar and the yeast and allow that to set for about five minutes. The yeast will start to foam. Add the eggs, flour, and salt and stir with the dough hook. I rarely go above a 2 on my KitchenAid so as not to burn out the motor. Scrape down the sides and continue to mix until a dough ball forms. Place it in a greased bowl and allow to rise until doubled in bulk. Then you can proceed with the recipe. Let me know if you have any questions.

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