We were shopping last week when my husband commented again on how we can't find his favorite frozen snack anymore. We used to buy a box of bagel dogs every time we went to Costco but Costco has long since stopped carrying them. We also would buy the mini bagel dogs when we could find them. Even I would eat one once in a great while. So I suggested we just try making them ourselves. The next day I spent some time researching bagel recipes and found that others had been successful using this one for Mall Pretzels, found online at Allrecipes, to make bagel dogs. I remember making bagels years ago when my son was a toddler and I guess it must've been quite an experience, as I've not done it since. I've often thought about doing it again though and I do remember the hassle of making, boiling and then baking them. So when I saw this recipe, where the boiling is replaced by a quick dunk in a baking soda and hot water bath, I had to give it a try. The recipe as written is excellent but I've changed the instructions slightly to make the mini-dogs. We only made one full sized bagel dog, to compare, and I personally like the flavor of the hot dog better than the little smokey, but I like the size of the minis. 'Cause they're just plain fun to eat! Feel free to use any type of hot dog (all beef or turkey) that you like & just cut your dough into fewer, bigger pieces. I don't worry too much about the exact amount of dough pieces, I just make pretzels or pretzel bites out of any leftovers. :) Instructions are "by hand" but I used my Kitchenaid mixer with the dough hook attachment for the mixing and kneading with great results. Prep time includes rising time.