Copycat Auntie Anne’s Pretzel Stix are easy to make with frozen bread dough. This recipe is for Cinnamon Sugar Soft Pretzel Sticks and maple frosting dip.
My kids had a day off of school recently for the end of the quarter and they wanted some soft pretzels. They love getting pretzels from Auntie Anne’s at the mall but they love homemade pretzels like these Soft Pretzel Nuggets too. The problem was that I had so many things I had to get done that I didn’t have time to make homemade pretzels. So, I compromised and made semi-homemade pretzels using frozen bread dough.
I put two loaves of frozen bread dough on a greased jelly roll pan. Warm the oven to 200 degrees and then turn it off. Boil a quart of water and put it into a shallow pan on the lowest oven rack. Place the pan into the oven and allow the dough to thaw and rise for 2-4 hours.
One the dough has risen, cut it into sticks. I used kitchen shears and was able to get 14 sticks from each loaf. Dip the dough into a baking soda and water solution. The baking soda mixture is what makes these pretzel sticks taste like the mall pretzels and without it the pretzels will just taste like breadsticks!
Place the pretzel sticks on a silicone mat on a baking sheet (or a just grease the baking sheet) working in batches.
Bake the pretzel sticks at 425 degrees for 7-9 minutes or until golden brown.
Dip the pretzel sticks into melted butter.
Then, roll them in cinnamon and sugar until they are coated.
I didn’t coat all of the soft pretzel sticks in cinnamon and sugar but sprinkled some with kosher salt instead.
When my girls get cinnamon and sugar pretzel sticks at the mall, they like to get cheese dip with them. Yes, you read that right…cheese dip with cinnamon and sugar pretzels! But I think they are crazy so I made some maple frosting to dip the pretzels in.
To make the maple frosting dip, mix together powdered sugar, maple flavoring and milk. Put the frosting into little cups and dip the cinnamon sugar soft pretzel sticks into it.