Pillow Dogs | How to be Awesome on $20 a Day

Pillow Dogs

Meat Starters & Snacks

Pillow Dogs are a semi-homemade snack that kids will love. This is perfect slumber party food. Cheese and smoked little smoked sausages get nestled into canned biscuit dough and baked until puffy. Let your kids help assemble them, then dip them in your favorite condiments.

Pillow Dogs | How to be Awesome on $20 a Day

By now, you may have noticed that I have the palate of a third grader. I can’t handle bitter flavors, and the texture of most fruits and vegetables is unbearable. I like kid food, and I don’t care. So what if I’m not sophisticated? Sophisticated people were never going to hang out with me anyway, so I might as well eat what I like because before you know, eating will be over. That’s why today we’re making Pillow Dogs.

Pillow Dogs | How to be Awesome on $20 a Day

This “recipe” is something I’ve been making since Emily was little. Since the days when I watched Food Network for hours and hours on end. Everything I know about cooking I learned from The Food Network. This was one of those things that’s so stupid easy, you can watch it on TV once, never look at the recipe, and make it whenever you have an outrageous mustard craving. For me, that’s fairly frequently.

The cool thing is, you can get everyone in on the action. Pillow Dogs lend themselves well to assembly line style cooking, so get some little hands in the kitchen to make the work, if not easier, definitely more fun.  And don’t worry about whether or not they stay sealed up in the oven. Pillows, not blankets. It’s fine. Serve them up at a party, or if you’re me, for dinner and then again for breakfast.

Pillow Dogs | How to be Awesome on $20 a Day

Remember how awesome it was to be a kid? Why not relive that at dinner time? Eat some kid’s food. Make Pillow Dogs. Have fun at the table.


Pillow Dogs

Pillow Dogs | How to be Awesome on $20 a Day

Puffy, savoury, irresistible, these Pillow Dogs are perfect for the kid in everyone.

  • Author: Renee Rendall
  • Prep Time: 10
  • Cook Time: 15
  • Total Time: 25 minutes
  • Yield: 16 1x
  • Category: Snack
  • Method: Baked
  • Cuisine: American


  • 1 container refrigerated biscuit dough
  • Approximately 1/2 cup shredded cheddar cheese
  • 16 Li’l Smokies


  1. Preheat your oven to 375 and cover a baking sheet with parchment paper.
  2. Cut each biscuit in half. Place the half biscuit in the palm of your hand and give it a good smash to flatten it out a bit. Place a pinch of cheese in the center of the dough, then place a smokie on top. Pinch the dough up around the smokie and place it on the baking sheet. Repeat with all our dough.
  3. Bake for 11-14 minutes, or until your biscuit dough is as golden as you like.
  4. Allow to cool slightly and serve with ridiculous amounts of mustard, if you’re into that.

Keywords: Sausage, Biscuits

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2 thoughts on “Pillow Dogs”

  1. Anything with sausage is great! These are super cute. You might try making zucchini fritters/pancakes if you have an aversion to veggies. You shred then squeeze out the moisture in the zucchini. Stir in a thick pancake batter and fry up. Kids and adults seem to like them. Also good with corn added to em! I’ve enjoyed some of your book recommendations in the past. Did you go to the spam jam?

    1. My husband was sick this weekend, so we didn’t make it to Spam Jam, but we’ve been before. It’s a lot of fun and benefits a cause very close to my heart, Hawaii Foodbank.

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