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Cinnamon Sugar Pretzel Bites Recipe

Lil' Luna
This copycat recipe for Auntie Anne's Cinnamon Sugar Pretzel Bites makes pretzels that are super soft on the inside and bursting with cinnamon sugar flavor on the outside!
4.5 from 4 votes
Prep Time 10 mins
Cook Time 10 mins
Rise 1 hr
Total Time 1 hr 20 mins
Course Dessert, Snack
Cuisine American
Servings 12 people
Calories 334 kcal

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

Dip

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

Instructions
 

  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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

Calories: 334kcalCarbohydrates: 53gProtein: 3gFat: 12gSaturated Fat: 6gCholesterol: 30mgSodium: 981mgPotassium: 46mgFiber: 1gSugar: 32gVitamin A: 365IUCalcium: 23mgIron: 1.3mg
Keyword Cinnamon Sugar Pretzel Bites
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