How to Make Cute Spider Dogs

Have you ever heard of Spider Dogs? They are a wacky prepared version of hot dogs and kids get a kick out of them! Preparing Spider Dogs is quick, easy, and frugal. They are super fun and simple summer lunches for kids!

How to Make Spider Dogs
Let’s make this easy spider dogs recipe!

Let’s make this easy Spider Dogs recipe

When I was a child, my girl scout troop used to roast Spider Dogs on the campfire during campouts. The same technique can be replicated at home sans campfire to provide a silly, fun lunch for kids!

Paired with fresh corn on the cob, fruit, and bread, this lunch makes kids very happy!

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easy Spider Dogs supplies needed

  • 1 package of hotdogs
  • knife
How to Make Spider Dogs
Have fun making this cute spider dog!

Steps in making a cute spider dog

How to Make Spider Dogs
Get the hotdogs and slice it through!

Step 1

Begin by slicing regular hotdogs four ways on one side (like a criss-cross). Repeat on the other end. Be careful not to cut through the middle!

If you are going to be enjoying lunch with an older child, preparing spider dogs will give them some excellent cutting practice. Even younger children could use a butter knife to easily prepare the hot dogs.

How to Make Spider Dogs
Place the cut hot dogs in boiling water, and cook as directed on the package.

Step 2

Place the cut hotdogs in boiling water, and cook as directed on the package.

If you plan to roast Spider Dogs over a campfire, insert a long roasting stick through the middle of the hotdog.

How to Make Spider Dogs
Curl up the ends!

Step 3

As the hotdogs cook, the cut ends curl up making it look as though the hotdog has 8 legs, just like a spider!

How to Make Spider Dogs
Spider dogs are cute for lunch!

Step 4

Remove the hotdogs from the boiling water with a slotted spoon. If desired, use ketchup and mustard to draw eyes on the spider.

Yield: 6 servings

How to Make Cute Spider Dogs

How to Make Cute Spider Dogs

Give a cute twist to your kid's favorite hotdogs! This "how-to" will let you make some cute spider dogs perfect for your kiddo's lunchbox! Have fun creating them!

Prep Time 5 minutes
Active Time 10 minutes
Additional Time 5 minutes
Total Time 20 minutes
Difficulty easy
Estimated Cost $2

Materials

  • 1 package of hotdogs

Tools

  • knife
  • boiling pot
  • slotted spoon
  • skewers (optional)

Instructions

    1. Begin by slicing regular hot dogs four ways on both sides (like a criss-cross), but don't cut through the middle.
    2. Place the cut hot dogs in boiling water, and cook as directed on the package.
    3. As the hot dogs cook, the cut ends curl up like spider legs.
    4. Remove the hot dogs from the boiling water with a slotted spoon. Serve and have fun!
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