Hanky Panky’s

A classic family recipe that is made for every occasion. Hanky Panky’s anyone? Flavorful pumpernickel bread topped with sausage and cheese, baked to a crisp!

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Spicy pork sausage with creamy velveeta baked on a slice of pumpernickel!

Why this Recipe is Best

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.

These Hanky Panky’s are 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 hanky panky’s. Always.

They go 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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How to make Hanky Panky’s

Step by step photos showing how to make hanky pankys.

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 Panky’s 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 pork sausage, add the cheese and assemble as directed in the instructions below.
  • If you want to freeze them, before baking them, 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.

You can substitute thin rye bread for the pumpernickel bread if you prefer. We have done both and love it either way!

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!

Spicy pork sausage with creamy velveeta baked on a slice of pumpernickel!

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Yield: 36 servings

Hanky Panky

Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 25 minutes
Total Time 35 minutes

A classic family recipe that is made for every occasion. Hanky Panky's anyone? Flavorful pumpernickel bread topped with sausage and cheese, baked to a crisp!


  • 36 slices dark pumpernickel party bread, one 12 ounce package, substitute rye if desired
  • 1 pound pork sausage
  • ½ 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.

Nutrition Information:



Serving Size:


Amount Per Serving: Calories: 140Total Fat: 6gSaturated Fat: 2gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 3gCholesterol: 16mgSodium: 385mgCarbohydrates: 16gFiber: 2gSugar: 1gProtein: 6g

*Nutrition facts are an estimate and not guaranteed to be accurate. Please see a registered dietitian for special diet advice.

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About Aimee

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Posted on December 27, 2018

Comments & Reviews

  1. Are you aware that there shouldn’t be an apostrophe in the name of this snack? The plural of hanky panky is hanky pankies. “Panky’s” is possessive.

  2. My mom made a variation of these too – they freeze so well. Ours had a different very NON PC name…so I like the name you give!

    1. Velveeta is like none other, haha, melting smooth and creamy with no grain. You can definitely try other cheeses and let me know what you think!

  3. I was so surprised to see a picture of these. They are definitely a family favorite but I have never run across the recipe any where. They are definitely a keeper! Thanks for sharing.

  4. My sil made these for years. They were called dog food , but oh so yummy! Thanks for reminding me! Also, it was great to see the other names!

  5. My family has a recipe like this too! We use venison and then add a little mustard and ketchup to the velvetta for a different sort of tangy flavor. We would also alternate between the pumpernickel and the rye. It’s soo good they were my favorite at Christmas time as a kid.

  6. Have a recipe like this called for hot sausage and some dry mustard with the velvetta very good also and not that hot 

  7. The recipe I have calls for 2 Tbsp ketchup and 2 Tbsp Worcestershire and garlic salt/oregano to taste
    when melting the cheese with the sausage. So good!

  8. I’ve had these before and they are DELICIOUS!  
    The recipe I had were made with Worcestershire & Oregano as well.  Soooo good!!!

  9. I haven’t had hanky pankys since my friend made them for a football party years ago. Love!! So excited to have a recipe for it.

  10. I can honestly say I have never every heard of this before. But it’s cheese, sausage, and bread, so I know I would love and devour so many if that plate was in front of me.

  11. Hanky Panky’s? I have never heard of these but if they are a family vault recipe, they have to be amazing!!

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