Cinnamon Sugar Pretzel Bites

Cinnamon Sugar Pretzel Bites - Auntie Anne's copycat recipe. These things are AMAZING!! Super soft on the inside and full of cinnamon, sugar flavor with a yummy dip made with powdered sugar, vanilla, butter, and maple extract!

Hi! It’s Alicia from The Baker Upstairs, back to share a super delicious recipe with you! I must confess, I absolutely love a good pretzel, and these cinnamon sugar pretzel bites are some of the best pretzels I’ve ever made! They’re an Auntie Anne’s copycat recipe (so you know they’re going to be good!) and they taste amazing. They’re chewy on the outside, soft on the inside, and coated with a buttery cinnamon sugar topping. When you add the creamy and smooth cream cheese dip to them, they are out of this world!

You’ll start with a simple pretzel dough. If you’re a beginner with yeast, no worries! This recipe is pretty much foolproof. I think the key is making sure your yeast is active. If it doesn’t foam up like the picture below, toss it and try again with some warmer water and a pinch more sugar.

Cinnamon Sugar Pretzel Bites - Auntie Anne's copycat recipe. These things are AMAZING!! Super soft on the inside and full of cinnamon, sugar flavor with a yummy dip made with powdered sugar, vanilla, butter, and maple extract!

The dough is made with only a few simple ingredients and mixes up quickly. You’ll want to be careful not to add too much flour. The dough should be just slightly sticky to the touch, and still soft and pliable. Cover and let the dough rise until it has doubled in size.

Cinnamon Sugar Pretzel Bites - Auntie Anne's copycat recipe. These things are AMAZING!! Super soft on the inside and full of cinnamon, sugar flavor with a yummy dip made with powdered sugar, vanilla, butter, and maple extract!

Once the dough has risen, divide it into four pieces and roll each piece into a long skinny rope, about one inch in diameter. Cut each rope into inch-long pieces.

Cinnamon Sugar Pretzel Bites - Auntie Anne's copycat recipe. These things are AMAZING!! Super soft on the inside and full of cinnamon, sugar flavor with a yummy dip made with powdered sugar, vanilla, butter, and maple extract!

From there, the pretzel dough gets a quick bath in a baking soda solution, then is baked in the oven until golden brown. The pretzel bites will puff up, and it’s okay if they stick together a little bit. They are easily pulled apart.

Cinnamon Sugar Pretzel Bites - Auntie Anne's copycat recipe. These things are AMAZING!! Super soft on the inside and full of cinnamon, sugar flavor with a yummy dip made with powdered sugar, vanilla, butter, and maple extract!

Once they’ve cooled a little bit, it’s time to toss them in melted butter and cinnamon sugar. Yum! If you can hold off on eating them for a little bit, the fabulous cream cheese dipping sauce is well worth the wait.

Cinnamon Sugar Pretzel Bites - Auntie Anne's copycat recipe. These things are AMAZING!! Super soft on the inside and full of cinnamon, sugar flavor with a yummy dip made with powdered sugar, vanilla, butter, and maple extract!

I added a little bit of maple flavoring to mine, and I love the combination of maple and cinnamon together. The contrast of the warm, buttery pretzel bites and the smooth and creamy dip is amazingly tasty!

Cinnamon Sugar Pretzel Bites - Auntie Anne's copycat recipe. These things are AMAZING!! Super soft on the inside and full of cinnamon, sugar flavor with a yummy dip made with powdered sugar, vanilla, butter, and maple extract!

These cinnamon sugar pretzel bites are just little bites of heaven! Once you make them, you won’t be able to stop munching on them. They are addictingly delicious!

Cinnamon Sugar Pretzel Bites - Auntie Anne's copycat recipe. These things are AMAZING!! Super soft on the inside and full of cinnamon, sugar flavor with a yummy dip made with powdered sugar, vanilla, butter, and maple extract!

Cinnamon Sugar Pretzel Bites

5 from 2 votes
Cinnamon Sugar Pretzel Bites - Auntie Anne's copycat recipe. These things are AMAZING!! Super soft on the inside and full of cinnamon, sugar flavor with a yummy dip made with powdered sugar, vanilla, butter, and maple extract!
Course Dessert, Snack
Cuisine American
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Rise 1 hour
Total Time 20 minutes
Servings 12 people
Calories 334 kcal
Author on lilluna.com

Ingredients

Pretzel Dough

  • 1 package active dry yeast
  • 1 cup water warm
  • 2 tbsp sugar
  • 2 tbsp brown sugar
  • 1 tbsp canola oil or vegetable oil
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 2 1/2-3 cups flour

Water Bath

  • 3 cups water
  • 1/4 cup baking soda

Topping

  • 4 tbsp butter melted
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 2 tsp cinnamon

Dip

  • 4 tbsp butter melted
  • 4 oz cream cheese softened
  • 2 cups powdered sugar
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  • 1 tsp maple extract

Instructions

  1. In a large bowl or the bowl of a stand mixer, dissolve the yeast in the warm water with a pinch of sugar. Let stand until foamy.

  2. Add the sugar, brown sugar, oil, salt, and two cups of flour to the mixing bowl. Continue to add flour, ¼ cup at a time, to form a soft but not overly sticky dough. Let the dough rise, covered, in a lightly greased bowl for 60-90 minutes, or until doubled in size.
  3. When the dough has risen, gently deflate the dough and divide into four equal sized pieces. Roll each piece of dough into a snake approximately one inch in diameter. Using a bench scraper or a knife, cut the dough into one inch segments. Repeat with remaining dough.
  4. Preheat the oven to 425. Add the water and baking soda to a pot and bring to a boil over medium high heat. Line a baking sheet with parchment or a silicone liner.
  5. Drop the pieces of dough into the pot and let them boil for 30-45 seconds. Remove with a strainer or slotted spoon and place on the prepared baking sheet. Bake 10-12 minutes, or until golden brown. Allow the pretzel bites to cool on the pan for 10-15 minutes.
  6. After the pretzel bites have cooled slightly, place them in a gallon sized ziplock bag and drizzle the melted butter over the top. Toss to coat the bites in butter. When they are all coated, add the sugar and cinnamon and toss to coat evenly.
  7. To make the dipping sauce, whisk together the butter, cream cheese, powdered sugar, vanilla, and maple extract, until smooth. Add a teaspoon or so of milk, if needed, to reach a good dipping consistency. Serve the pretzel bites warm with dip and enjoy!

adapted from Cooking Classy

Cinnamon Sugar Pretzel Bites - Auntie Anne's copycat recipe. These things are AMAZING!! Super soft on the inside and full of cinnamon, sugar flavor with a yummy dip made with powdered sugar, vanilla, butter, and maple extract!

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Author

Alicia Skousen

Hi! I’m Alicia and I blog at The Baker Upstairs. I am in love with all things food! I love to bake bread, cupcakes, cookies… you name it! When I’m not baking, I am running after my two adorable little girls, working as an RN, knitting, reading, and trying to squeeze in time with my husband every day.

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  1. These look like they would be right up my alley! Plus, they are the perfect size to share and you can eat a few without feeling too guilty! Yum!

  2. 5 stars
    These were amazing!!!! My 5 year old kept coming back into the kitchen, licking his fingers, asking for more! I ate 6 or 7 in a row before I had to walk away and put a piece of gum in my mouth to stop myself from eating the whole batch!! I will be making these again and again!!

  3. 5 stars
    A few weeks ago I was craving Wetzel’s Pretzels for their cinnamon sugar pretzels but I found this recipe instead and they were so good I didn’t even bother making the dip haha. Next time I’ll try the dip as well and hope they last long enough for us to try it out LOL