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Salty Bones | A Frankenweenie Inspired Recipe

With Halloween quickly approaching and with the just released Tim Burton film,  Frankenweenie, I wanted to make my children a special treat, inspired by the movie.  This is not an original recipe, but one that was sent to me by the studio with permission to use.  I did change things up just a little, but only because I didn’t have one of the two required ingredients on hand.

salty bones recipe

Although I didn’t have the tube of refrigerated breadsticks on hand, I made due with a tube of refrigerated crescent rolls.  While it definitely would have been easier using the breadsticks, I think the crescent rolls turned out just fine.  Although a little flat.

Salty Bones
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Make a fun Halloween treat by using refrigerated breadstick dough.
Serves: 12
  • 1 tube refrigerated breadstick dough (1 oz tube to make 12 bones)
  • coarse salt
  1. Unroll a tube of refrigerated breadstick dough and separate the rectangular pieces.
  2. Working with one piece at a time, stretch the dough to lengthen it a little bit then use kitchen scissors or a knife to cut a 1.5 inch slit in the center of each end.
  3. Roll or shape the resulting four flaps of dough into knobs that look like an end of a bone.
  4. Place the dough bones on an ungreased baking sheet, spacing them a few inches apart, and then sprinkle the coarse salt on top. Bake the bones until they are a light golden brown, about 12 minutes.

I wanted to add more of a WOW factor to dinner, so I decided to serve the Salty Bones with tomato soup.  The children loved it and couldn’t stop talking about.  While I know that it would gross some out, it worked for our family and my children are still talking about it.

salty bones recipe

Don’t forget to go see Frankenweenie in theaters now!

About Crystal

Crystal Reagan, the owner and founder of SimplyBeingMommy.com lives in Small Town, Texas with her husband and 3 children. Crystal and her website have been featured on local and national news stations including Channel 2 Houston and ABC News. She has also appeared on BetterTV as a Mommy Expert for VTech.


  1. 1

    LOL — I remember making those last year for my daughter — she loved them too. Kids just like “Gross.”

  2. 3

    YUM! My boys would love these!

  3. 5

    These are so cool and look yummy!

  4. 6

    Oh this looks so good. Now I want pretzels!

  5. 7

    Such a fun idea! My kids would love them.

  6. 8

    How fun and creative!

  7. 9

    Those look so cute! PERFECT not just for the moving but for Halloween.

  8. 11

    lol I don’t think its gross at all and looks like the perfect lunch Yummy

  9. 12
    Wanda McHenry says:

    That is neat!

  10. 13

    Oh what a cute idea and a tasty one!

  11. 14

    Gosh, these look fantastic!

  12. 15

    Looks good!

  13. 16

    What a great idea! That could be fun for Halloween too.

  14. 17
    Karen Medlin says:

    Cool idea, will get the kids to eat their lunch and have fun while eating.Perfect lunch for these cooler days.

  15. 18

    I’m making these today for the kiddos:)

  16. 20

    The combo with soup sounds delicious! I think it’s great that you were able to make it work with crescent rolls instead.

    • 21

      Me too. While they did turn out flatter than they would have with the breadstick dough, they were a huge hit with the kiddos (and to me, that’s all that matters).

  17. 22

    What a great idea! I’ll be making these, because my son would love it for sure!

  18. 23

    My kids don’t like tomato soup. But i’m sure they would love the “bones”!!

  19. 24

    Those are too cute. Anything to make meals more fun.

  20. 25

    LOVE this! So funny! My kids would love this too – gross is always cool. lol

  21. 26

    Such a cute recipe idea! I love this!

  22. 27

    That looks really cool, I love it!

  23. 28

    Those look cool. Great idea.

  24. 29

    I think they are super cute.

  25. 30

    haha…I’m grossed out (which isn’t hard to do). I can appreciate the creativity though!

  26. 31

    Those are totally cute! I love using crescent rolls for easy recipes.

  27. 32

    I love that idea! I’m having a Halloween Party and that would be great for the kiddos!

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