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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!
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


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


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


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


  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!
Nutrition Facts
Cinnamon Sugar Pretzel Bites
Amount Per Serving
Calories 334 Calories from Fat 108
% Daily Value*
Fat 12g18%
Saturated Fat 6g38%
Cholesterol 30mg10%
Sodium 981mg43%
Potassium 46mg1%
Carbohydrates 53g18%
Fiber 1g4%
Sugar 32g36%
Protein 3g6%
Vitamin A 365IU7%
Calcium 23mg2%
Iron 1.3mg7%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.