Hanky Panky Recipe

Aimee Shugarman | Shugary Sweets

This hanky panky recipe combines sausage and cheese on top of pumpernickel bread in a classic appetizer recipe that's sure to be a hit. In under 30 minutes, you've got a crowd-pleasing snack!

Every family has those recipes hidden in their vaults. The ones they make year after year, holiday after holiday, birthday after birthday.

You forget that there is even a “recipe” because you’ve made them so many times you have it memorized. That is this hanky panky recipe for me!

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You know the kind of recip - friends comes over, love something you've made and ask for the recipe. Then you have to stumble and think and try to recall exactly how you made it. 

Because nobody is ever happy with just ingredients, they want exact measurements. Am I right?

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This hanky panky recipe is a staple at our family functions. Late at night, after dinner has been eaten, dessert has been demolished, my mom always brings out a hot plate of this hanky panky appetizer. Always.

It turns out, this hanky panky recipe goes very well with a game of cards, laughter, and late night hunger pains!

Just be warned, these don’t last long. By the time you take a batch out of the oven, the plate is empty and waiting for the next batch.

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Hanky Panky Recipe Ingredients

  • Dark pumpernickel bread - I like using the party bread, the kind with smaller slices. Alternately you could substitute rye although I'm partial to a hanky panky recipe made with pumpernickel bread.
  • Pork sausage - My family prefers pork sausage when making hanky panky, but seem people use a mix of beef and pork. In that case I suggest using 50/50 pork sausage and ground beef.
  • Velveeta cheese - Creamy Velveeta cheese is honestly what makes this hanky panky recipe so epic.

How to Make Hanky Panky Appetizers

Step 1. Add sausage to a large skillet and cook over medium heat until browned and cooked through.

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Step 2. Once cooked, drain off the excess fat from the sausage. Preheat oven to 425° F

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Step 3. Add Velveeta to the skillet with the browned pork and melt over low heat, stirring frequently until well blended.

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Step 4. Lay out bread slices in a single layer across a baking sheet.

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Step 5. Scoop meat and cheese mixture onto each slice of bread, then bake for about 15 minutes until brown and bubbly.

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Make this Hanky Panky Recipe Ahead of Time

  • First, plan your menu in advance! Do your shopping as early as possible. Seriously, you don’t want to be out there while the shelves are empty!
  • These Hanky Pankies can be made up ahead of time. There is rarely a time when my mom doesn’t have a batch of these in her freezer!
  • Brown your sausage, add the cheese and assemble as directed in the instructions below. Before baking them however, lay them on a flat cookie sheet and place them in the freezer. After an hour, when they have begun to harden, stack them in a freezer safe Ziploc bag! Label and save them until ready to serve.
  • When your party has arrived, and you think it’s time to bring out a batch, place them on your cookie sheet while frozen. Bake a few extra minutes until the bottom crisps up and the cheese begins to sizzle. PERFECTION!
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Enjoy a batch of this hanky panky recipe today! Or tomorrow. Or make them for New Year's Eve!

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Hanky Panky Recipe

    36 Servings


  • 36 slices Dark Pumpernickel Party Bread, One 12 ounce package, substitute rye if desired
  • 1 pound Pork Sausage
  • 1/2 pound Velveeta Cheese


  1. In a large skillet over medium high heat, cook sausage until browned and crumbled. Drain off excess fat.
  2. Add velveeta and stir over low heat until melted and fully blended.
  3. If serving immediately, preheat oven to 425°F. Lay bread slices onto baking sheet. Spoon dollop of meat mixture onto bread and bake for about 15 minutes (oven times may vary).
  4. If assembling ahead of time, lay bread slices onto freezer safe baking sheet. Spoon dollop of meat mixture onto bread and place in freezer for about an hour. Remove and place frozen hanky pankies into a freezer safe Ziploc bag. Store until ready to serve. When serving, place frozen hanky pankies on a baking sheet and bake for about 15-20 minutes.
  5. ENJOY.


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Author: Aimee Shugarman
Recipe Yields: 36 servings
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 20 minutes
Total Time: 30 minutes

Nutrition Facts

Servings Per Recipe 36

Amount Per Serving
Calories from Fat 39
Calories 89

% Daily Value*
Total Fat 5g
  Saturated Fat 2g
Sodium 227mg
Total Carbohydrate 4g
  Dietary Fiber 0g
  Sugars 0g
Protein 3g

* Percent Daily Value are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.
** Nutrition Facts are estimated based on ingredients and data provided by Fat Secret. Please consult a doctor if you have special dietary needs.
Aimee Shugarman

About Aimee

Aimee Shugarman of Shugary Sweets likes all things sweet, as you can probably guess. Writing about homemade candy came naturally, and we're oh so thankful she's our Candy Fanatic.

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