Sprinkle yeast on lukewarm water in mixing bowl; stir to dissolve. Add sugar, salt and stir to dissolve; add flour and knead dough until smooth and elastic. Let rise at least 1/2 hour.
While dough is rising, prepare a baking soda water bath with 2 cups warm water and 2 Tbsp baking soda. Be certain to stir often. After dough has risen, pinch off bits of dough and roll into a long rope* (about 1/2 inch or less thick) and shape. Dip pretzel in soda solution and place on greased baking sheet. Allow pretzels to rise again. Bake in 450 degrees F oven for about 10 minutes or until golden. Brush with melted butter and enjoy!
Toppings: after you brush with butter try sprinkling with coarse salt. Or for Auntie Anne's famous Cinnamon Sugar, try melting a stick of butter in a shallow bowl (big enough to fit the entire pretzel) and in another shallow bowl make a mixture of cinnamon and sugar. Dip the pretzel into the butter, coating both sides generously. Then dip again into the cinnamon mixture. Enjoy!
* The longer and thinner you can make the dough rope, the more like Auntie Anne's they will be. (Of course I don't have the counter space!)
*Sweet butter, not regular butter, is one of her secrets!
119 reviews Guest: Auntie Anne's Employee
This is a really great recipe, but as a former Auntie Anne's employee there are two mistakes in it. First the water they use is not luke warm. It's HOT, hot enough we used it to make tea. Second salt the pretzels before you cook them not after. We would roll them, dip them in the water/"secret ingredient" mix and then salt the whole tray before cooking. The salt will be stuck to the pretzel when it's done then just butter them and enjoy!
great recipe, tks or sharing and also the past reviews helps!
Wow - these are fantastic and can honestly say that they are exactly like the one's you buy in the Mall. I only had to cook them for about 8 minutes at 200 degrees but each oven varies. One thing to be aware is that the soda/water mix can mark your wooden worktops, so make sure you protect them well!! As a family, we love the cinnamon sugar variety and I only make half the recipe to make 6 as they are best eaten warm and do go hard the next day!
So gorgeous and thanks for the recipe!
i just finished making these and they taste amazing! Taste just like Aunt Annie's even though I made some adjustments.I used all organic ingredients. I used a combo of hard whole wheat and hard white whole wheat flour (bread flour) + spelt flour. I also used coconut palm sugar in the dough. I didn't let the dough rise the 2nd time as I could see that the pretzels would end up rising so much that they would end up looking like puffy pretzels. It didn't matter because, they did rise slightly while baking and still maintained their pretzel shape.
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I make pretzel dogs with this recipe and it is great. Just watch them as they bake but I don't think they take to much longer. Wonderful for serving large groups if you double the recipe. Lastly a good tip that might be helpful is to use a spray bottle for the baking soda solution. I make them for our church youth group and they love them and are inexpensive! Enjoy!!
This is a great recipe. try adding 1 TBS sugar to the butter and you have nailed the mall version !!
I just made these to test them for an activity for the boy at this home. They came out fantastic. Going to go ahead with this activity and have them make these pretzels. AWESOME!!!
I just made these and they turned out great! I rolled them on a smooth, wood cutting board with lots of flour on it. The only thing was when they rose the second time they lost the "pretzel" shape, so I just made them into sticks. The really do need toppings though. We did two; butter and kosher salt, and butter with brown sugar and cinnamon. They were VERY
I live in Colorado Springs and I'm new to cooking/baking. I made this recipe yesterday and it came out pretty good I thought. The only problem I had was when I was rolling out the dough it kept breaking. It was impossible for me to get them under 1" thick. So my pretzels came out huge! Is there anyway to prevent the dough from breaking so easily while trying to roll them out? I heard there is a difference in some recipes when you're at high altitude like me, but I couldn't really find how to make the dough more elastic at high altitude.
This was delicious!! I added a tablespoon of vegetable oil to the dough, and also after baking I brushed with melted butter and topped with sour cream and onion powder. Served with honey mustard, it was great!!! So easy to make. Thanks so much for the recipe!
I just made these pretzels as the recipe called, the only thing that I changed was that I added more 2 more tbsp of brown sugar and left my baking soda water on low boil, dropped my pretzel and waited till they float.I also set my oven to 420 and baked for 8min on a cookie stone. dipped some in cinnamon and sugar,garlic salt and parmesan and they were delicious. I enjoyed making these with my kids!!!!!!
Guest: Uncle Dave
Amazing Recipe, I had my 3 daughters who can not boil water correctly follow this recipe and the Pretzels tasted Amazing. They definitely need to work on the Pretzel appearance, but it did not affect the taste.
Guest: mrs fari
Hi! This is the 1st time I bake soft pretzel. To my surprised it was a success! Thanx a million to your recipe. I used same dough ( 1/2 portion) with 2 variation. Managed to yield 12 pcs. So I boiled 6 pcs & the other 6 turned out to be crunchy top sort inside bread. The boiled 6 pcs were the success of my experiment. Tried with different dippings though. Honey mustard, garlic cheese, saute onions & our asian local chillie paste. Within an hour I wacked 6 pcs unstopable!! Thanx a zillion this time. Surely wl bake again ths upcoming weekend for give away.......Mrs Fari/Malaysia
Guest: Fat Kat
I just tried this recipe and doubled the sugar like one of the other reviewers did and it was fantastic!!! Both of my kids loved it and my 7 year old even said it was even better then the one in the mall. They were so easy to make. I'll definately make them again. I only got 6 pretzels out of the recipe because I just pinched as I went. If you want to get 12 pretzels out of the recipe you should divide the dough out before you roll. They would be smaller then the ones in the mall since my 6 were about the same size as the ones in the mall. Thanks for sharing the recipe!
These were the first pretzels I made I'm English so I don't have the opportunity to eat pretzels often so better than those little chip things! Thank you so much! One thing though when I made the dough I used 3/4 cups of water because it was too dry. Oh well sorted them out AMAZING!! never really had auntie anns so if they taste like this can't wait to go back to the us and try them!!!!