This copycat recipe for soft pretzels is inspired by Auntie Anne’s soft pretzel nuggets. They make a great after school snack and are a fun way to start cooking with kids.
One of our favorite things at the mall are the Auntie Anne’s soft pretzels. We’ve enjoyed many of the varieties, but my kids’ favorite is the pretzel nuggets. I decided to try making them at home and have my kids help me. Vanessa was really excited, but Zack was hesitant to do it with us, but once we got going he really enjoyed it.
First, dissolve 2 ¼ teaspoons active dry yeast, 2 tablespoons sugar and 1 teaspoon salt in 1 ½ cups warm water
Stir in 4 cups of flour. I used my Kitchen Aid and dough hook.
Knead until smooth and elastic. I let my mixer do the work but this could also be done by hand in the traditional way.
Place dough in a well oiled bowl and turn to coat.
Cover and let rise for one hour until doubled in size.
Preheat oven to 425°F. Turn dough onto floured surface.
Pat down and cut into 12 pieces. Roll each piece into a rope and cut into small sections.
Dissolve ¼ cup of baking soda in 2 cups of warm water.
Dip pretzel pieces into baking soda solution.
Place on a greased cookie sheet. Sprinkle pieces with kosher salt.
Bake for 7-8 minutes until golden brown.
Dip each nugget in melted butter and they are ready to eat! We tried sprinkling on additional kosher salt, but it was too much. The kids also tried sprinkling on cinnamon and sugar which they thought was delicious as well!
I quickly folded a paper cup and the kids ran some pretzel nuggets over to our neighbor. Everyone thought they were delicious and my kids keep asking to make them again.
recipe inspired by Mall Pretzels
Looking for other after school snacks?
Try making Baked Mozzarella Cheese Sticks or Mini Fruit Pizza
I was wondering if you’ve experimented with freezing/refrigerating the dough before hand? I want to make a double batch for a Super Bowl party but I’d like to be able to focus on other things and then pull the dough out and pop them in the oven at the last minute so they’re nice and fresh.
I’ve never experimented with freezing/refrigerating the pretzel dough, but that being said you should be able to do either one. Wait to dip them in the baking soda/water mixture until right before baking them. Another idea, to make things easier is that you could bake them, freeze or refrigerate them and then reheat them for the party.
Kristen Gates says
I cooked mine in my cake pop maker. I weighed out my dough 15g and they only took 3-4 minutes to cook right up. It’s the perfect size!
These were AMAZING!!! If your pretzels are not turning a nice golden brown, just spray some butter on top and the moisture will start to cook the top. I also bout them in broil for a little bit. Better then Auntie Anne’s!!!
Great recipe. I’ve never made pretzel bites or pretzels before and this was a straight forward recipe. I make a lot bread and was impressed with how easy this dough came together. The recipe was spot on consistency wise. The only thing that I changed was when it came to the butter. I tried one batch and wasn’t happy with the color so I brushed my pieces with melted butter and then sprinkled with salt BEFORE baking. They came out fantastic. Thank you for a great recipe and experience making pretzels.
These are INCREDIBLE! I can’t stop eating them
Just made these tonight, they really are amazing! Not hard either (which is nice lol) thank you for sharing the recipe 🙂
Karina Cancio says
I cut the recipe in half and these taste amazing. Just like auntie annes!
Fantastic! They are my kid’s favorite! ~Tonia
how did you make the paper cups?do you have a guide
we are now at day 3 of making these. though the first 2 days we did the dough as a pizza instead, tonight we did the bites (though stuffed with cheese and pepperoni). just wanted to say that these turned out amazing and they are crazy easy.
Awesome! We love them too. We make them with Pillsbury dough, homemade dough, and Rhodes bread dough. ~Tonia
Oh my goodness. Delicious. Made these yesterday- made the dough in my bread machine and then popped the bites in the oven. So so yummy. I’ll be making these again. Thanks for sharing!
If I wanted to par bake a batch of these, freeze them, and finish them off a handful at a time, what would you suggest?
I would bake them completely and then warm them up as you want to eat them. Like the soft pretzels in the freezer section of the grocery store. ~Tonia
These look great. Did you use all purpose flour or bread flour?
Hello Beth, I used all purpose flour. Happy Baking! ~Tonia
Thank you Tonia for sharing this recipe! I made them this weekend for my boys and they were absolutely fabulous. My son did the same thing and filled a cup full of them and ran them across the street to share them with his little friend because they were so delicious. We are making them again this weekend for some friends coming over for a play date.
I worked at Wetzel’s Pretzels back in high school and this is exactly how we made them (minus dumping the risen dough on a floured surface– I think our counters were nonstick somehow). I can’t wait to make these and compare the flavor and texture! I loooooove soft pretzels.
I’ve never tried Wetzel’s Pretzels but the last time I was at the Mall of America they were building one! I can’t wait to try them!
Loved your receipe, so easy and delicious., great options for older kids. Thank you for sharing, our little 11/2 year old can have a nutritious and fun snack too. Joan
Najai Jackson says
So if you want to use cinnamon and sugar instead of salt do you still put it on before you put it the oven?
No, I skip the salt! 🙂 Here is my Cinnamon Sugar Soft Pretzel Recipe: https://www.thegunnysack.com/cinnamon-sugar-soft-pretzel-sticks/
These look delicious! Can they be stored and had later? Have to try these soo….i was craving these when i got back home from the USA
They can be but they are best when eaten fresh.
These are awesome lady!
Ashley @ Wishes and Dishes says
These look amazing! Stumbled 🙂
Beth @ The First Year says
I love being able to make them at home!
We made this recipe and LOVED IT! It was so easy and delicious. They disapeared quickly. 🙂
I’m going to add them to my christmas giveaway treat bags this year!
These are so good; we’ve made them twice this week! We brush them with olive oil instead of butter to make them vegan. Great recipe!
Thanks Crystal! I love hearing that. I am planning to make these this week because it has been too long since we’ve had them!