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Secret Ingredients Take This Pigs in a Blanket Recipe to the Next Level

Pigs in a blanket is the ultimate party food – perfect for eating as you mingle with guests, and easy to assemble. Most traditional pigs in a blanket recipes call for cocktail franks wrapped in canned crescent roll dough, but at the Woman’s World test kitchen, we decided to make our version a little more exciting. Instead of using crescent dough, we opted for piecrust mix for flaky goodness. And to add a hint of sweetness, we brushed the pie dough with apricot preserves before rolling it around the franks. Then we brushed the entire batch with egg and baked until it was golden. Guests are guaranteed to devour this sweet-and-salty appetizer, and they’ll definitely be asking what the secret ingredients are! 

Want to make your pigs in a blanket even more flavorful? Add a smoky element by cooking up a few slices of bacon, each one cut into quarters, then wrap each bacon piece around a cocktail frank, and continue with the recipe as instructed. Talk about yummy! Let us know if you try it by commenting below. 

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6 servings

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  • ½ of 11-oz. pkg. piecrust mix
  • 2 Tbs. apricot preserves, melted
  • 24 cocktail franks
  • 1 egg, beaten
  • ½ cup spicy brown mustard


Heat oven to 375°F. Line baking sheet with parchment paper. Prepare piecrust mix according to package directions for one crust. On lightly floured surface, roll out dough into 12"x9" rectangle; spread preserves over dough to edges.

Cut dough into 24 (3"x11⁄2") strips. Place 1 frank on each strip; roll up, overlapping dough ends slightly, then press lightly to seal. Place, seam sides down, on baking sheet; brush with egg. Bake until lightly browned, about 15 min. Place mustard in small bowl; serve with franks for dipping.


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