The Only Air Fryer Crescent Dog Recipe You’ll Ever Need!

One of my favorite dinners as a kid was baked hot dogs wrapped in a soft, sweet crescent dough. You’ll often hear them referred to as pigs in a blanket! I still love them as an adult, but now I make air fryer crescent dogs instead. It’s all the comfort food fun without turning on the oven!

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Why You’ll Love This Recipe

Homemade crescent dogs are so simple to make. In fact, they require just 2 ingredients! Of course, you can add your favorite toppings or stuff them with cheese for a twist, but I love just the basic preparation.

I also love that you can use cocktail franks to make mini pigs in a blanket for appetizers, or full sized hot dogs for a meal! Whether it’s last minute entertaining or a busy weeknight, you’ll have a family-pleasing option.

Of course, if you want to save even the prep time, you can also make Air Fryer Frozen Pigs in a Blanket. They come out just as delicious, cooked directly from frozen so there’s no rolling involved at all!

holding up a cut in half air fryer crescent roll hot dog

Why Choose the Air Fryer?

  • Preheating Time. The air fryer preheats faster than a conventional oven, meaning you can get dinner going that much faster
  • Cooking Time. Pigs in a blanket take 6-8 minutes on average in the air fryer, versus 12-15 in the oven, making it half the time! Not only is dinner faster, but you conserve power as well
  • Heat Output. The air fryer doesn’t heat your whole house up like the oven does, making it ideal for cooking even in the summertime
  • Browning. While the traditional oven will still brown and cook the crescent dough, the air fryer does a better job of also caramelizing the ends of the hot dogs

Ingredients for Homemade Air Fryer Crescent Dogs

ingredients to make air fryer crescent dogs
  • 8 Ounce can refrigerated crescent roll dough (such as Pillsbury)
  • 8 hot dogs, any brand (I have Hebrew National)

Variations for Homemade Pigs in a Blanket

  • Cheese Stuffed. Cut a slice lengthwise across the hot dog about halfway deep and leave ¼” at each end. Stuff it with sliced American or shredded cheddar cheese before wrapping with the crescent dough. You can also stuff it with other things, like sauerkraut, caramelized onions, or cooked bacon
  • Toppings. Brush the top of the dough with melted butter or egg wash, and sprinkle sesame seeds or everything bagel seasoning on before baking. You can also submerge in a warm baking soda water bath and sprinkle with sea salt for a pretzel effect
  • Sauces. Serve with ketchup, mustard, honey mustard, Dijon mustard, or any of your other favorite condiments for dipping
  • Mini Crescent Dogs. Use cocktail franks instead of full size and divide each crescent triangle into 3 pieces before wrapping. Cooking time typically does not change
  • Swap it Up. You can use thin sausages in place of the hot dogs if you’d like. Puff pastry may be substituted for the crescent dough for a different texture option

Step-by-Step Preparation Guide

  1. Preheat your air fryer to 350°F, and spray your basket with nonstick spray if it’s not already nonstick
  2. Separate your crescent dough into 8 triangles using the perforations. If you have the sheet type of dough, cut it into 8 even strips instead
unwrap all crescent roll dough triangles
  1. Lay a triangle of dough down, and place a hot dog on the wide end of the triangle
lay hot dog on the crescent dough at the widest part of the triangle
  1. Roll in an upwards motion until the hot dog is completely wrapped, then press down on the tip of the triangle to seal the dough
roll hot dog over the dough and pinch closed
  1. Repeat until all of your crescent dogs are rolled
continue rolling all hot dogs in crescent dough
  1. Place the pigs in a blanket into the preheated air fryer basket in a single layer, allowing some air space between them
place crescent rolled hot dogs in air fryer
  1. Cook on the air fry setting for 6-8 minutes at 350°F, or until golden brown and caramelized to your liking
  2. Serve with your favorite dipping sauces
overhead view of air fryer crescent dogs on a plate with ketchup and mustard

What to Serve With Crescent Dogs

  • Macaroni and cheese
  • Potato salad
  • Macaroni salad
  • Baked beans
  • Corn on the cob
  • Chili
  • Coleslaw
  • Caramelized onions
  • Fruit salad
  • French fries
  • Hasselback potatoes
  • Potato chips
  • Lemonade
  • Sangria

Dipping Sauces

  • Ketchup
  • Mustard
  • Barbecue sauce
  • Hot honey
  • Ranch dressing
  • Sriracha mayo

I’m always a sucker for mac and cheese with my crescent dogs because it brings back fond memories of my childhood. But, there are tons of other great sides, drinks, and sauces to pair with your pigs in a blanket!

Try my air fryer crescent dogs with my creamy Air Fryer Potato Salad, crispy Ninja Air Fryer Potato Chips, comforting Air Fryer Hasselback Potatoes With Cheese, easy Caramelized Onions in the Air Fryer, quick Air Fryer Frozen Corn on the Cob, or summery Ginger Peach Sangria!

Recipe FAQs

Can I Use Frozen Crescent Dough For Air Fryer Crescent Dogs?

You can use frozen crescent dough for air fryer crescent dogs, but you will need to defrost it since it has to be pliable enough to roll. However, you can always use fresh, roll, and then freeze if you’d like to prepare in advance.

Feel free to substitute frozen puff pastry dough as well.

Can I Make Crescent Dogs With Other Types of Sausages?

Yes, you can make crescent dogs with other types of sausages. Choose pre-cooked sausages, and use thin varieties that roll easily for best results.

It is not recommended to use raw sausage, as the dough will overcook before the sausage is fully cooked through.

Can I Add Other Fillings to the Crescent Dogs?

Yes, you can add other fillings to the crescent dogs. Cheese is the most common choice. However, cooked bacon, caramelized onions, and other vegetables are also great options.

Cut a slit in the hot dog and stuff your fillings in before wrapping with dough.

How Do I Prevent the Crescent Dough From Unraveling?

To prevent the crescent dough from unraveling, press the end down into the dough so it sticks.

You can alternatively use a toothpick to secure the end, but make sure to remove it before serving.

Can I Air Fry Crescent Dogs Without Preheating the Air Fryer?

You can air fry crescent dogs without preheating the air fryer. However, plan to add 2-3 minutes to cooking time to account for the difference.

You’ll also want to flip your crescent dogs halfway through cooking so you don’t end up with cool spots on the downward facing side.

Can I Make Air Fryer Crescent Dogs Ahead of Time and Reheat Them?

Yes, you can make air fryer crescent dogs ahead of time and reheat them. To reheat, place leftover pigs in a blanket in the air fryer for 3-5 minutes at 350°F, or until warmed through.

Alternatively, you may roll and refrigerate for up to 24 hours before cooking, or freeze for up to 3 months. Then simply bake and serve.

Recipe Pro Tips

  • You can roll your crescent dogs up to 24 hours in advance and store in the refrigerator until you’re ready to cook
  • Flipping during cooking is optional. The dough will cook through without, and the bottom will be flatter and lighter in color. For even browning on both sides, you can flip halfway through cooking
  • To prevent sticking in basket, use nonstick spray or some nonstick foil in your air fryer basket or rack
  • Make sure to leave at least ½” of air space in between each crescent dog in the basket, as they expand during cooking. If they touch, you’ll end up with a wet spot of uncooked dough between them
air fryer crescent dogs stacked up on a plate

Storage and Reheating Tips

  • Store leftover pigs in a blanket in the refrigerator for up to 3 days, or freeze for up to 3 months
  • To reheat crescent roll hot dogs, air fry for 3-5 minutes at 350°F, or until warmed through. You can also use a conventional oven for 10 minutes at 350°F, but I find this dries them out more

More Air Fryer Hot Dog Recipes to Try

Final Thoughts

Air fryer crescent dogs are so versatile, becoming a crowd-pleasing appetizer or the main course for your hectic weeknight meal. They come together incredibly quickly, and can even be made ahead of time to make life easier.

Try out all sorts of variations, from stuffings to toppings and sauces to find your favorite combinations! These pigs in a blanket are kid-friendly but also great for adults, though you may like some different toppings or an adult beverage with yours.

The air fryer makes it so easy, taking half the time of the traditional oven and delivering an equally delicious, if not better, result. I make them year round and never worry about heating up the house!

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Air Fryer Crescent Dogs (Pigs in a Blanket)

These air fryer crescent dogs require just 2 ingredients and are ready in 15 minutes or less! Serve as a main course, or swap in cocktail franks for an appetizer!
5 from 1 vote
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 6 minutes
Total Time 11 minutes
Course Appetizer, Dinner, Lunch, Main Course
Cuisine American
Servings 8
Calories 260 kcal

Equipment

Ingredients
  

  • 8 Ounce can refrigerated crescent roll dough (such as Pillsbury)
  • 8 Hot dogs, any brand (such as Hebrew National)

Instructions
 

  • Preheat your air fryer to 350°F, and spray your basket with nonstick spray if it’s not already nonstick
  • Separate your crescent dough into 8 triangles using the perforations. If you have the sheet type of dough, cut it into 8 even strips instead
    8 Ounce can refrigerated crescent roll dough
  • Lay a triangle of dough down, and place a hot dog on the wide end of the triangle
    8 Hot dogs, any brand
  • Roll in an upwards motion until the hot dog is completely wrapped, then press down on the tip of the triangle to seal the dough
  • Repeat until all of your crescent dogs are rolled
  • Place the pigs in a blanket into the preheated air fryer basket in a single layer, allowing some air space between them
  • Cook on the air fry setting for 6-8 minutes at 350°F, or until golden brown and caramelized to your liking
  • Serve with your favorite dipping sauces

Notes

  • You can roll your crescent dogs up to 24 hours in advance and store in the refrigerator until you’re ready to cook
  • Flipping during cooking is optional. The dough will cook through without, and the bottom will be flatter and lighter in color. For even browning on both sides, you can flip halfway through cooking
  • To prevent sticking in basket, use nonstick spray or some nonstick foil in your air fryer basket or rack
  • Make sure to leave at least ½” of air space in between each crescent dog in the basket, as they expand during cooking. If they touch, you’ll end up with a wet spot of uncooked dough between them
  • Store leftover pigs in a blanket in the refrigerator for up to 3 days, or freeze for up to 3 months
  • To reheat crescent roll hot dogs, air fry for 3-5 minutes at 350°F, or until warmed through. You can also use a conventional oven for 10 minutes at 350°F, but I find this dries them out more
  • Exact nutritional values will vary based on brand and flavor of ingredients, any sauces or sides added, and quantity consumed, so please consider this a guideline only

Nutrition

Serving: 85gCalories: 260kcalCarbohydrates: 15gProtein: 8gFat: 18gSaturated Fat: 7gCholesterol: 35mgSodium: 780mgSugar: 3gIron: 0.4mg
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