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Aunt Annie's Soft Pretzels

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serves/makes:   12
  

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Aunt Annie's Soft Pretzels Recipe
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ingredients


Pretzel Dough

1 1/2 cup warm water
1 1/8 teaspoon active dry yeast
2 tablespoons brown sugar
1 1/8 teaspoon salt
1 cup bread flour
3 cups regular flour

Water Bath

2 cups warm water
2 tablespoons baking soda

Toppings

to taste coarse salt
4 tablespoons butter (melted)

directions

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!

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nutrition

196 calories, 4 grams fat, 34 grams carbohydrates, 5 grams protein per serving.
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Brevard

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Question: Can you knead the dough in the mixer with the hook?How many minutes to knead?I ask this question because the dough seems look likes a batter to me.I agree with the other guest,lack of instructions.But I will try it again and maybe do what i normally do when making a bread.Thank you.

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4 cups flour with 1 1/2 cups water shouldn't yield a batter, it should be dough-like.




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Easy to make and tastes like heaven!


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love this recipe, i'm making it for the second time now. but, how do i keep the bottoms from burning?


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I haven't had Auntie Anne's pretzels often enough to say whether this recipe is identical. My husband is the pretzel lover. Saturday night he asked if I could make him some pretzels so I found this recipe. It's a great recipe. It was easy to make and the result is really good. So good that even I enjoyed one. I will definitely be making these again. Thanks!


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Julia

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Recipe is good, but no very clear on instructions.

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The instructions are pretty detailed. What did you find unclear?




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I made these pretzels and was very impressed. They turned out very soft and very much like mall pretzels. These are best dipped in cheese.


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The pretzels were easy to make and turned out delicious. Very much like Auntie Anne's. Going to try the suggestions on how to make the pretzel dogs (my husband's favorite mall food court treat - but this way he won't have to endure going to the mall with us!)


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Xeiran

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Auntie Anne pretzel kits can be found in grocery stores these days (in America anyway) the baking isle for around $5.

Kit has several differences. Uses wheat flour and enriched malted barley wheat flour, has more sugar as the flour and sugar are the 3 main ingredients. Uses at least twice as much yeast as called for in this recipe. Uses roughly a cup of baking soda and 4 cups extremely hot water (150 deg F) for the dipping solution, with instructions to pat with a paper towel after dipping (so they're damp not wet), and to immediately bake after dipping rather than wait for a second rise.


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Made them into pretzel bites YUMMO!


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Super amazing. They taste just like Aunt Annie's or Wetzel's Pretzels. I cut the rolls of dough into smaller bites, and I dipped them in melted butter and coated them in the cinnamon sugar mixture (1/2 cup sugar + 1 tablespoon cinnamon).


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Guest Foodie

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If you wrap them in cling wrap after they have cooled they are still soft the next day.


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These are good


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Using water more than 109 degrees will kill active dry yeast.
Ideal drinking temperature for Tea or Coffee is 160 degrees.


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I made these into pretzel dogs using all beef hot dogs that I cooked first (so they didn't get greasy) then baked with the pretzel dough around them while they are still hot so it won't slow down the cooking time too much. Next time I'll try them as pretzel bites!


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This is a simple, yet tasty recipe. They also are really good as pretzel bites. Just roll them out and cut them into bit size pieces. Add a dip and they are a great party snack.


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brainyone

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@ALLISE put them in an airtight container and they should stay soft overnight.


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If I would make these for a snack for my daughter's class and made them the night before, would they be hard the next day?


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Had a hard time rolling these out until I noticed a kiosk making them...the trick is to let them rise until the dough is real poofy! Then cut it into strips with a pizza cutter. You hardly have to roll them at all! What a difference it makes.


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These turned out really well. Very tender and I thought they were quite similar to Auntie Anne's.


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This recipe was spot on! Almost to easy! I wrapped it around a great hotdog, baked as directed, it was awesome!! Also made regular pretzels, they came out awesome!! Was searching for a non-boil soft pretzel recipe, this is it!!


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SPOT ON! These pretzels are just like the mall kind. Love this recipe. Thank you so much for sharing it.


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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!


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great recipe, tks or sharing and also the past reviews helps!


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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!


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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.
Prior to baking them on parchment paper that was spray lightly with cooking spray, I dunked them in a pot of simmering water/baking soda mixture until they floated to the top( less than 1 minute).
They baked for about 10minutes and then lightly brushed them with Earth's Balance vegan butter and sprinkled with cinnamon and coconut palm sugar.
The result...delicious! The outsdise was perfectly browned as they should be and the inside was chewy like the pretzels at the mall.
I will make these again. I will also roll them even thinner than i did this time to take into account the fact that they rise so much prior to baking.That way, they will have that classic pretzel shape and not the "puffy" pretzel shape.


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Guest Foodie

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Made this recipe into little pretzel 'bites' and they came out amazing! Topped with cinnamon sugar or garlic rosemary butter (2T butter, 1-2 cloves garlic, some dry crushed rosemary). Used only all purpose flour. Great party snack!


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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!!


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This is a great recipe. try adding 1 TBS sugar to the butter and you have nailed the mall version !!


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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!!!


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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


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K

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Am I doing something wrong?! This recipe is horrible! I followed the directions and my dough came out sticky and unyielding. I had to add more flour to even try to get it into some kind of shape. The dough never rose the first time, even though I was careful to keep my initial water temperature between 100-110 degrees so as not to kill the yeast. I also covered my dough bowl with a kitchen towel in Order to keep it warm. The baking soda water bath was messy and my pretzels turned into mush in the bath. Why are there no times for a second rising? Also, should I be mixing the water and sugar together and then letting the yeast rise? I have made other yeast breads in the past with much success, so I am not sure why when I follow these directions everything is terrible. I was excited to make these pretzels but the stickiness and messiness and general vagueness of the directions were so insurmountable that I would not make these again.

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Did you test your yeast to make sure it was still good?




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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.


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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!


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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!!!!!!


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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.


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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


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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!


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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!!!!


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shannydew

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I am currently allowing the dough to rise, but I followed the recipe EXACTLY, and the dough was flaky and dry and I couldn't get it to be smooth and elastic, so I took other peoples advice and added the 3TBS of butter out of necessity... even after that, the dough seems pretty dry :/ I kneaded the dough for about 40 mins before I gave up and just set it aside to rise... any advice?


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This is a great recipe. I've been making pretzels for the past few years and this is the best recipe I have found. Not exactly like Auntie Anne's but still good, and inexpensive to make. Like other reviewers I added 3tbs butter and doubled the brown sugar. I didn't let the dough rise like I was supposed to for most of them but they still turned out good. I didn't make one of them for about an hour after the rest and that was the key. I formed the pretzel and let it rise for an hour and it was the best out of the bunch.
Great recipe just make a few little changes, add 3tbs of melted butter to the mix, double the brown sugar. The recipe says it and I say make sure to let the pretzels rise after you form them, it gives them a more airy chewy texture simular to the real ones.


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We use this recipe as dough for a loaf. I roll the dough into a big rectangle and top it with layers of chedder cheese and that redi-bacon torn up into pieces. Then I cut about 10-12 slits on both of the long sides, fold in the 2 short sides about 1 inch over the toppings, then pull the strps over the top and criss-cross them into a braid type design. Allow to rise 30mins then brush the baking soda water on top and bake at 450 for 15-20mins (depending on thickness of filling) Allow to cool a few mins then cut into slices and you have the main course of a meal or a great party snack. Just like regular recipe you can brush melted butter and sprinkle with coarse salt after baking. Mmmm... so good, I think I'll make it again tonight :)


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This recipe is awesome, i didn't need to change anything with the dough it tastes just fine but half way through baking i pull them out and put spiced tomato paste and cheese like a pizza pretzel! soooooo tasty!!!!


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EDPACECAR

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Has anyone used the dough to wrap hot dogs or anything else. Wondering about baking time with hot dogs.


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entertainer

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Has anybody tried to freeze these pretzels? Did they thaw ok?
Making a party, and want to start cooking/baking ahead of time!


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EDPACECAR

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Has anyone use this recipe to wrap hot dogs? A local farmers market does this any they are great.


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becks

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hi has anyone tried making the dough in advance or does it have to be baked straight away? thanks x


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These were outstanding. They tasted just exactly like the real ones. (And I have had my fair share ;) ) I made the cinnamon/sugar version because that is my favorite. I made a few adjustments to the recipe as previously mentioned by others. I added 3T of melted butter to my liquids before adding the flour. I also only used all purpose flour but I did add some gluten (2T). I also doubled the brown sugar to 4T. Instead of pinching off balls and rolling them out that way, I just rolled my dough out into a long rectangle and cut my strips. Then rolled the strips. This made is super easy. I cooked them for 8 minutes at 450 and they were just perfect. They were all gone before they even cooled off!!


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I loved these pretzels! They made the kitchen smell like Auntie Anns! They tasted AMAZING!


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They rose, texture was great, but didn't have the Aunt Annie's taste. Not sure what I did, they did taste like good breadsticks "d"ough.


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These Pretzels WERE AMAZING. I loved them so much as well as my family. I had a craving for those pretzels you get at the mall and these definitely made me happy :)


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This is a very simple recipe, easy to follow, and you always end up with perfect pretzels! I don't buy from Aunt Annie's often, but honestly even though it's time consuming to make your own it's worth it, and you control the ingredients that go into your fresh homemade pretzels! Not to mention it is really inexpensive, even if you have to go out and buy all these ingredients, these are almost must-have ingredients for baking that you won't have to go out and buy them again when you want to try a new recipe.


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I really loved this pretzel recipe! It tastes very similar to Auntie Anne's. I didn't have any brown sugar on me at the time, so I just used regular white sugar, and there wasn't any difference in taste from the previous time I made it. I also didn't have any bread flour on me, so I just used 4 cups of regular flour, and again, it still tasted fine. As suggested in the recipe, I used cinnamon sugar on top (I can't stand regular pretzels) and it was AMAZING. Big hit with the family! Thanks for sharing this recipe!


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How would i make them more cakey or softer?


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Amomda

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Has anyone tried an egg wash before baking, just curious what that would do to a soft pretzel?


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This recipe is fantastic! I just made my third batch. This time I added the extra sugar and butter recommended on these reviews. I actually liked the original recipe better! I do have a hint for rolling your pretzels though....roll out your dough and set each aside while you roll out the rest. This will help the dough rest and make it much easier to stretch to the desired length needed. The rest makes it less springy and easier to handle. You will love this recipe!


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I LOVE Auntie Anne's pretzels, and this recipe is very close. I doubled the brown sugar and added a few Tbs of melted butter to the dough as a previous reviewer suggested. I also did not have any bread flour, so I added 2 Tbs of vital wheat gluten. I was impatient, so I didn't let the dough rise long enough, but they were still yummy! The hardest part is rolling the dough into thin ropes.


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This recipe was amazing.So easy and delish! My family loved these pretzels! Next time I will try it adding the butter in the dough prior to baking. My husband and kids gobbled these up!


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These pretzels are yum! The hardest part of making this was rolling the dough to shape the pretzels. My pretzels weren't the best looking but it tasted great. I will definitely make this again! And will note next time to roll the dough as thin as possible.


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I followed the recipe exactly, but my first batch of pretzel turned out to be dry and tasted nothing. What did I wrong? I remember that whenever I baked with yeast dough, my final products always turned out to be dry, and not savory. Did I kneaded dough too much? Did I use too much flour? This was my first Pretzel, but several attempts with yeast dough. I'm getting frustrated. :-(


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The pretzels weren't as sweet or savory as Auntie Anne's, but it's a nice soft pretzel recipe.

Someone said that their pretzels came out bitter, well it's from the baking soda solution. The baking soda solution should be hot and needs to be stirred between batches so that the baking soda doesn't settle down on the bottom of the bowl. I suggest mixing the solution up when you're ready to roll your pretzels.

I believe Auntie Anne's uses clarified butter to dip their pretzels in and not creamed sweet butter. You can make your own with store bought butter or go to your local Indian/Middle Eastern food market and purchase ghee which is clarified butter.


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BreadBakinGal

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I have not actually made this recipe yet but I make bread from scratch often and the lack of sweetness may be solved by adding a little honey. I will try it and tell you if it works! I LOVE LOVE LOVE "their" pretzels and I cannot WAIT to see if these match up!


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my kids and myself love the pretzels made using this recipe, it really tastes like Aunt Annie's.


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I love this recipe. thanks for posting. I took the advice to add a little extra sugar and butter. It turned out wonderful. this recipe is a keeper. It tasted just like the real thing. I can't wait to make these for my family and friends. I mixed in some jalapenos to the dough and it was sooo good.


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My wife was worried about how these waould turn out but quickly changed her mind. While not exactly like Auntie Anne's, they were great. I embellished some and rolled in Cheddar cheese and in some diced peppers and served with cheese. Great for game day.


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My boyfriend and I made these last night, they were so good, almost exactly like Aunt Annie's. We will definitely be using this recipe again soon.


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I just made these pretzels and I loved them. I read the other reviews and tweaked the recipe from their recommendations. I added 4 Tablespoons of brown sugar versus 2. I also added 3 Tablespoons of melted butter into the dough while mixing it using the dough hook on my Kitchen Aid mixer. I salted them prior to baking them. I baked them at 450 for 8 minutes on parchment paper.When I removed them from the oven I brushed them heavily (gotta luv butter) with melted butter on a pastry brush while they were still on the parchment paper. I then transferred them to a cooling rack to let any excess drop off (put a paper towel under it) They came out lovely. I also believe this dough would make great rolls ( I would probably use 6 Tablespoons brown sugar for the rolls though.


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kitkat

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Be careful we made this and they were really bitter!

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Not sure why yours would be bitter. We made these and they weren't bitter at all.




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This is the third soft pretzel recipe i've tried and though i've never had an Aunt Annie pretzel it was absolutely delicious! I added some butter to it based on previous comments and they were SO incredibly soft and flavourful. I would highly reccomend this to any new timer pretzel makers! I will never use another recipe again! They were VERY easy to make!


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VERY GOOD recipe I ate almost all of the pretzels myself. Soft, tasty, and no boiling. Definetly NOT Aunt Annie's its missing something. Similar texture and taste but NOT the same. Definetly worth making..... great quick pretzel. Thanks for the recipe.

On a side note my wife worked there a while back and said she remembers that you had to add 1/2 cup of baking soda to around two cups of water I followed the recipe above and from the initial look and taste of this recipe its seems she is right. Plus the dough came prepared she just added water at 101 degrees mixed and let rise 45min on top of the oven so rapid rise yeast is most likely used. Plus that means there is some kind of fat solid in it to make it moist like a cake which was also mentioned above. She cut and spun my pretzels for me just like at the place so they were perfect size and shape :).


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This was an excellent recipe.I used to manage an Auntie Annies store in Hawaii. I have to say this was pretty darn close to the recipe. I made it with my kids and they really enjoyed it. This makes a great activity for a rainy day. my kids learned how to roll and tie the pretzel. I recommend you try it.


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I'm am going to try this recipe. It looks great! I do want to say that I believe the recipe is correct in stating that you brush the melted butter on the pretzels AFTER baking them. You can watch a series of "how-to" videos on youtube from Auntie Anne's training center and they tell you to dip the pretzels in melted butter after baking.


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I am from the UK and although I scaled down the recipe and struggled a bit with the measurements (I needed more flour than I had calculated), they came out beautifully! I was so impatient that I left the dough to rise initially for the 1/2 hour and then only to rise for an hour after the baking powder bath. I only needed to cook mine for 6 mins as they were already very brown at 230 degrees! But once the melted butter and cinnamon sugar topping had been added, they softened up beautifully!!!! I will definitely make these again and have frozen some dough for my husband to eat some!


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These were fantastic! AND for those of you who like to use your bread maker, I make the dough in my bread machine. Just put the water, brown sugar, and salt in first. Then both flours and then the yeast. Set it on your dough cycle and let it go! I tried one other recipe before this one and it was really bad. I am glad I found this one. I will search no further!


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These things are awesome, I work for a community center and make them for the kids I work with all of the time.


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These are great pretzels. The whole family gobbles these up! If you have a problem with the dough being sticky just add some more flour. It turned out great.


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These were good. my dough didnt raise very high. either because one: i didnt do the water temp right for the yeast (maybe i did it not warm enough) or 2: maybe cuz i didnt let the dough sit long enough (i let it sit 40 min) regardless of the dough not raising, the pretzels still turned out super good. so i think this is a fabulous recipe. pretzels were so so yummy and recipe is very forgiving


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I don't have any of the bread flour...I have everything else though.. what should I do?

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Do you have regular flour? If so, you can substitute it in this recipe. Bread flour has more gluten but it shouldn't affect the outcome too much.




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Yum! Used half all-purpose and half whole wheat flour. They were perfect!


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I just made these and they turned out great! I didn't have any bread flour, so I used all purpose flour. I added three tablespoons of melted unsalted butter to the dough when mixing it. It was a little tricky rolling it out thin enough for the pretzel shape,so I made mostly pretzel sticks. They baked to a golden brown in seven minutes. My kids loved them coated with butter and cinamon sugar, but I really liked them dipped in melted butter and sprinkled with garlic salt; they will be excellent to serve with spagetti, lasagna, or as an appetizer with some marinara dipping sauce. I will definitely make these over and over again!!!! They really do taste like Aunt Annie's! It's great to have such a wonderful recipe to make at home and share with my family!


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very good but if you make them make them thin as possible


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yummm!! there delicious!!! tastes amazingg withh cinnomon sugar n butter! also withh nacho cheese!


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The warmer the environment in which the dough rises, the quicker it will rise. Also, it's a lot simpler to roll the dough out with a rolling pin and cut the dough into strips, then roll the strips to the desired length. To fold the dough into a pretzel shape, twist the ends loosely together twice, flip the twist up so it rests on the loop, the turn the whole pretzel. This recipe is so easy, a caveman could do it! ;)


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I made this recipe exactly as it was written, except that I did not have any bread flour so I used all purpose flour for all of it. And I baked it on parchment paper, which turned out great!

I think this is an awesome replacement for Auntie Annie's pretzels, I also like that they can have less butter brushed on than Auntie Annie's does while still being delicious!


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My kitchen is a wreck but I just made 3 batches of these pretzels. I used my crockpot to keep my soda bath warm. I can't get the dough rolled thin enough. Anyone have any hints on how to make a better pretzel shape? - Mine taste awesome but look like big fat buns.


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These did not taste like Aunt Annie's Pretzels. They missed that yeasty, sweet smell/taste that always lures me to their stores. These taste like dinner rolls. I gave up rolling them into pretzel shapes and baked them just like dinner rolls. It's missing the "magic" ingredient.


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I am making these for a party. Can they be made and shaped a day before and baked the day of the party?


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My 6-year old and I just made these pretzels. It's a good recipe, however, not quite as good as Aunt Annie's. It's certainly a good "first time" pretzel recipe. What would I do differenly? 1) The dough really should be a bit sweeter (saw this comment in another review) so I would add more brown sugar than the recipe calls for. 2) Specify brushing the pretzels with salted butter before baking and, 3) Definitely create some interesting toppings like crushed pecans w/brown sugar and/or honey mustard.
Making these pretzels is a great fun activity with kids -- I'm going to revise the recipe a bit and try them at our next gathering!


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I haven't made these yet but wanted to know if anyone has made the jalapeno ones-my favorite-and do you just add chopped up raw jalapenos? Thanks!


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This was really good. I used my Kitchen-Aid mixer w/dough hook attachment to do the kneading but it was really great! Quite a bit of effort to get them rolled out nice and thin, but definitely worth it!


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These were amazing! I have never heard of Aunt Annie but im sure they cant be better than these! I did cheat a little though, i put all the ingredients into the breadmaker on the dough setting, I also added melted butter in with the water.
They turned out perfectly, Thankyou!!


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These pretzels tasted nothing like Auntie Anne's. I followed the recipe exactly and yet they still did not taste right. Though they were not terrible, as I would make them again


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Hello fellow users. This recipe comes very close to the original recipe, but the "original" recipe has very little ingredients in it, then what you might thing ;). If your pretzels are coming out uneven in color, re-dip them in your solution, or mix, don't forget to bloat them on a towel! Or else you'll get a, bitter taste from the soda. There is no recipe for the cheese, almond topping, etc. Its actually, really easy.. there is no secret behind it, just find yourself a whole lot of almond topping, and buy yourself some canned melted nacho cheese from the store :). Before baking your pretzels, cover them in salt, than bake, they come out WAY different than what the recipe says. Let your dough only rise for a hour, it comes out just right! Well, I can't say everything on here, seeing as I signed a confidentially agreement, but this comes very close to our recipes, trust me!


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As said below, to make a "pretzel dog", buy yourself some nathans hotdogs, and roll them. Roll out a piece of dough, like your would with a pretzel, and roll the dough onto the hot dog. If its not nathans, they might turn out yucky.


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As a former employee and expert pretzel maker I have a couple of comments...

1- Baking soda bath does need to be pretty warm in order to completly dissolve the baking soda and its good to give it a stir prior to dipping as well. We used a coffee machine to heat our baking soda water to perfect tempature. Make sure to dip completely and let go of the pretzel to avoid finger marks.

2- The pretzel dog is made with "nathan's" hot dogs and the dogs are boiled for roughly 5-7 minutes prior to rolling and baking.

3- The almond topping is just chopped almonds. It tastes so delicious because after its baked its dipped in melted butter.


As for pretzels getting chewy- you may not know this but Auntie Anne's makes your pretzels fresh every 30 minutes at the longest... if you've had and old pretzel you will notice it is chewy also. Popping your old pretzel into the toaster over or microwave should bring it back to its wonderful delicious self though!


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Overall: Great recipe!
I added 3 T of butter to the dough (as other reviewers had suggested). The pretzels were perfectly baked in just 8 minutes (not the 10 the recipe specified), so others may want to set a timer for 7 or 8 minutes and check frequently.
The dough seemed so glutinous at first that it was a challenge to roll out, but the end result was very tender and tasty. If anything, it may have been a bit too tender; the store-bought ones are a little more chewy...
Does anyone have suggestions about how to get a slightly chewier result?


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You must have done something wrong..I have made these several times and if you follow the direstions.They turn out great.also like I said if you use parchment paper to cook them on its works real good !


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these turned out badly but when covered in butter and powdered sugar, tasted like a funnel cake! yuck...

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andy

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Is the bread flour that important? Have you tried substituting wheat flour for the bread flour? Also to add butter to dough, is it with the other ingredients or when you start kneading. Thanks, looking forward to trying them.


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If you bake them on parchment paper it works out great.


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Easy to make Yumm Yumm I also added a bit of sweet butter to the mixture...Also cooked up on the 2nd highest oven rack . Any ideas on storage.(Not that they will be around that long!) After I rolled them out a bit...I then held up one end and rolled it between my palms and worked my way down and let it hang down to get it thinner


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Soft pretzles are my favorite snack, hands down. I have been hunting for years for the perfect recipe and have always been dissappointed. My quest is finally over!!! These were wonderful and taste just like the ones at the mall. I did follow the advice to add 3TBSP. of melted butter to the dough and it turned out perfect! Thank you!!


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Soft pretzles are my favorite snack, hands down. I have been hunting for years for the perfect recipe and have always been dissappointed. My quest is finally over!!! These were wonderful and taste just like the ones at the mall. I did follow the advice to add 3TBSP. of melted butter to the dough and it turned out perfect! Thank you!!


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Just more than perfect


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Helene

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Hi! Here where i live, we do not have anything called "breadflour" or just "flour". It is allways mentioned what kind of flour it is, ex oat, wheat etc. Can anyone tell me what it is?

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When something is referred to as flour, it is nearly always wheat flour. Bread flour has more gluten than regular wheat flour.




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I served them at a birthday party, everybody loved them!!! Try them!!!!!!


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Andee

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Is it acceptable to substitute white sugar for the brown? I ran out and planned to make these with the kiddos... Additionally, to clarify, is it 1 AND 1/8 (water, salt) or is it one serving of 1/8

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For the sugar, since it's such a small amount you should be able to use white instead of brown. And yes, it is 1 1/8 (one plus 1/8) for the measurements.




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Excellent recipe! We added some garlic salt to the dough and sprinkled Parmesan cheese and garlic over the top before baking to make Garlic-Parmesan and they were awesome! It really helps to let them rise longer - they looked sort of pathetic when we first put them on the tray, so we let them rise another hour after the "soda bath", and they came out huge and delicious!


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I just finished making this recipe and it turned out great. I was a little confused about the water bath as other recipes call for having the water boil and leave in pretzel until it floats. I did keep water just below boiling point and waited till pretzel floated on top, and baked at 500 for about 7 minutes. Tried several different topping, all good. Do you have the almond crunch topping recipe?
Thanks for the recipe.


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Very very good! However, I did have to add additional flour. And, I wasn't able to roll it out long enough to get the traditional pretzel shape. But, it didn't matter, we loved them anyway!


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WOW EXCELLENT RECIPE!
IT'S GREAT WITH MELTED BUTTER OR CINNAMON AND SUGAR, OR JUST DIP THEM IN CHEESE SAUCE...... EVERYONE WE HAVE MADE THEM FOR HAVE WENT CRAZY OVER THEM! BIG BIG HIT!


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For those of you who want to know how to make a pretzel dog...Auntie Anne's uses the same pretzel recipe...rolls the same amount, same thickness out, takes a hot dog and simply winds the dough around it. The easies way to do this is to have the dough lay on the counter and roll the dog over it...making sure there are no gaps and a bit of overlay. I can't remember how long to bake them..but the oven temp doesn't change. So just keep your eye on them.


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tam

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Please.....can we get continued directions for making the pretzel dogs. Love those! THANKS!

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We love those too! So if anyone has attempted them, please share a recipe!




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Well I made the pretzels and gave them to my class to sample and .........they LOVED them. I have students asking me for the recipe each period. I'm even going to make them at home this weekend.

By the way, no I didn't add the baking soda mixture to the batter. The cups of flour measure needs to be changed because it's not enough. Maybe add an additional 2 or three cups for the bread and regular flour combined. I don't know, all I
know is that they tasted great!!!

Thanks..Wanna Mae


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I'm in the process of waiting for the dough to rise now. I followed the recipe to the tea but the batter looked like pancake mix after I added all of the ingredients. I had to add more flour. I don't know how they will turn out at this point. Could someone PLEASE tell me where I could have gone wrong with this recipe. I desparately want to get it right. (I am suppose to demonstrate it for my students next week) Thanks!

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You didn't add the water intended for the soda bath to the dough batter did you? We haven't personally tested this recipe, but the number of positive reviews suggest it should work.




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Omg!!!! i love this recipe. It was soooooooo good. I would love to make and eat it everyday. everyone loved it.


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My Mom and I made them and while not Auntie Anne's, they were still pretty good. We made some with rasions in them and made a glaze with powdered sugar and a little milk and a tad of vanilla. Those were yummy. Definantly want to make the pretzels long because they do rise some in the oven. We will try adding a little bit of butter to the dough next time.


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does anyone know the recipe for the almond crunch topping?


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My neice and I made these pretzels for the first time and since neither one of us are "bakers" we have a question. Our pretzels did not brown evenly on all sides. What did we do wrong? I really appreciate all the comments so far!!

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The baking soda solution really makes the pretzels golden brown, so if they weren't evenly coated or if the solution wasn't well mixed, you might get some uneven browning. However, when we've made pretzels here, we often don't get even browning just because most residential ovens don't heat from all sides (like some commercial ovens). If the texture and taste was good - then that's the most important part!




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This is a terrific recipe. Even allowing 30-45 min to rise, they turned out great. Obviously allowing more time will make them come out better. Be sure to watch the baking time - 10 min may be too long.


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OMG these are dynamite. I'm on my fith and I think I'm gonna' hork if I eat any more : )

Seems like putting 3-4Tbsp butter/margarine in the dough mix and baking them for 7min. at 500F is the way to do it. The cinnamon/sugar coated pretzels are soooooo good. I just made my wife angry 'cause she's 'dieting'.

Thank you soo much for this recipe. I'm gonna finish binging!


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ata

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i wish i would say it was a grest recipe. it didnt turn out like auntie anne's pret at all..tasteless except for the crust that is coated with melted butter, cinnamon and sugar.but i am not giving up. i will add butter to the dough before baking it.


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Wow! Just like at the mall. A big hit at our house. We just loved these!


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cheezy

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do you have a good recipe for Auntie Annie's Cheese


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These were great! They took some time to thin out and shape, and I still didn't get them very thin, but they were really good. I thought they tasted really close to the real thing. I did have to use more flour though then what it called for.


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The dough was waayyyy too sticky, making it impossible to roll into the pretzel shape. I let it rise 3 hours, as suggested by some people. Still, the yeasty flavor was not very intense. I will not use this recipe again.


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I just made these! The comment about making them as thin as possible is right! They turn out great when long and thin. I followed the original recipe exactly and I think they DO taste like Auntie-Anne's, only not 100%. The comments about the fat are probably right. I might add some salt-free butter next time, or just eat them healthier! Thanks for the recipe! P.S. My WIFE LOVED them!!!!


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I have made these pretzels a dozen times or more, I even have my daughter making them.The only thing I added is I place the dough on a surface srayed with cooking spray and I turn the dough to coat both sides and cover it with a damp cloth and let it rise for 45 minutes. I love these pretzels I do not even buy them from the mall any more "best ever" tanks!


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Wow... easier than I though. I let the batter raised all night long, yup.. same like "aunty anne's"
Thx much!


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We live in Germany and we use to go to Aunt Annie's faithfully before we came here. My spouse said he missed them so I did a search and came to this website. I'm glad I did! He liked them so much he wants me to make more today. His friends tasted them and they want more too. They taste just like I remember and like someone else said, if they don't taste the same to you, you did something wrong.


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I loved this recipe, This was my first time makeing pretzles, I had one at a Movie recently, and kept thinking that theres gotta be a way to make these at home. I did add butter to the dough mix as suggested by other reviews, I work for a cookie and cracker company (not saying any names but theres elves involved) the cracker dough there works the same as this dough, so I have a suggestion to other users, if the dough is too sticky add some flour to it, and if its not forming very well or if its breaking up on you, moisten your hands a little bit and work the little bit of water on your hands into the dough, if you get it too wet just add a little bit more flour.... great recipe... the "12 servings" is really about 8 large pretzles... THANKS


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The first time, I tried the recipe "as is" in the morning. It was yummy especially when warm from the oven, and acceptable 4 hours later. However,after another 6 hours, they were very chewy, somewhat tough. My second trial included some fat in the dough as suggested in several other comments. I chose 3 TBS softened butter, I also let the dough rise longer, about an hour. The result was decidedly more tender (due to the butter) and closer to what I remember as an Aunt Annie pretzel. As I have now eaten my quota of pretzels for today, I have to wait until tomorrow to evaluate this new batch for its taste after several hours. Thank you for the recipe!


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This pretzel recipe is amazing! Another new thing to try... after the dough has risen, separate, and roll into little balls about 2 inches in diameter. Dip in the baking soda solution and place on baking sheet. Bake for about 7 minutes, let cool, and dip in butter and roll in cinnamon. sugar.


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This recipe is almost perfect. I melted the butter, and added some to the dough BEFORE baking, which also makes them easier to roll. The baked in butter taste made a BIG difference. With that change, they taste like the real thing!!!


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This recipe is great! I baked mine for 7 minutes instead of the 10 recommended, and they turned out perfectly. I also added a tiny bit of light brown sugar and table salt to the brushing butter. The pretzels are soft and perfectly golden, with just the right touch of sweetness. Also great dipped in mustard.


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these pretzels were awesome! all of my friends love them.


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Excellent recipe...thanks so much! I used to OWN an Auntie Anne's franchise and this recipe is pretty darn close! Delicious! I baked them at 500 degrees since that is the hottest my home oven gets and they were done in 7 minutes. Next time I think I'll add a touch more sugar to the dough for a little more flavor. Thanks again for this awesome recipe!


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superb, and fun to make with the kids.


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Almost perfect the only addition I made to this recipe was adding ¼ cup of shortening to the flour prior to mixing (that‘s a given when you‘re copying any fast food recipe). Add the brown sugar to the water and yeast and let that sit 8 minutes then add the additional ingredients. Be sure to let it rise for at least 2 hours on the counter-top 4 to 6 hours would give the rite flavor you’re looking for. I just dipped my pretzels in melted butter. Watch how they make their pretzels at Aunt Annie’s and you won’t go wrong. I purchased an Aunt Annie’s pretzel an hour before I baked mine and we couldn’t tell the difference. If you can then you did something wrong.


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good but not auntie anne's. better with topping


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We loved this recipe. They came out tasting just like Aunt Annies. They were so good hot but were even good the next day. Try it - you'll like it :)


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These pretzels are really good! We served them for 60 people and every one liked them. Big hit!


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