An amazing soft pretzel recipe that can make traditional pretzels or these cinnamon and sugar pretzels, with a cream cheese dip.
How I created this Soft Pretzels Recipe
When I was younger I used to go to the mall (does anyone still go to the mall these days?) and getting sweet cinnamon and sugar pretzels was always the best thing at the food court. I still get one at the airport occasionally!
I like all pretzels but of course the cinnamon and sugar version with cream cheese dip is always my favorite. You can make traditional pretzel knot shapes, bites, or these sticks (I like the sticks for easy dipping).
This soft pretzel recipe is actually amazing as traditional salted pretzels, wrapped around a hot dog, or topped with a ton of other flavors (pepperoni with pizza dipping sauce anyone?). But you know me, I love sweets so this is my go to version.
Just take me to the Soft Pretzels Recipe already!
If you’d rather skip my tips and tricks for soft pretzels, along with links to other delicious snacks and get straight to this delicious cinnamon and sugar pretzel – simply scroll to the bottom of the page where you can find the printable recipe card.
Tips to Make the Perfect Soft Pretzel
– Getting the dough right is the most important part – don’t add too much flour, and don’t under knead.
– Rise time – don’t just go by time, 1 hour, go by size, it might take more time depending on the temperature of your house to double.
– The boiling, don’t skip this step. This effects the outer crust of the pretzels. You can bake them without it, but it won’t really be a pretzel.
– Don’t forget the egg wash – this will give the crust a little shine and a beautiful golden color.
To make this Pretzel Recipe you’ll need
- a Mixer – I like the Bosch universal mixer for everything, esp breads)
- Dough hook
- Pizza cutter
- Parchment Paper
- Silpat mats
- cookie sheets
- Boiling water
- Slotted spoon
Cinnamon and Sugar Soft Pretzel Recipe
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Soft Pretzel recipe – Cinnamon and Sugar sticks
soft pretzel recipe
- 1 1/2 C whole milk warmed 112 degrees
- 2 tsp active dry yeast
- 2 Tbsp granulated sugar
- 1 tsp salt
- 1 1/2 Tbsp oil
- 4 1/2 C all-purpose flour
- 12 C water
- 1/2 C baking soda
- 1 egg
- 1 Tbsp water
cinnamon sugar mixture
- 1/2 C butter melted
- 1 C sugar
- 1 Tbsp cinnamon
cream cheese frosting
- 8 oz full fat cream cheese softened
- 1/4 C butter softened
- 1/2 tsp vanilla
- 2 C powdered sugar
soft pretzel recipe
- In your mixer add the yeast, sugar and the milk, let bloom for 5-10 mins
- Add the salt and oil and mix
- Add 2 C flour and mix until smooth
- add 1/2 C at a time only adding until the dough cleans the bowl as it mixes. Don't add it all if you don't need it all
- Now knead it with the dough hook until the dough is quite smooth and springy and stretches without ripping
- Oil a bowl and place the dough inside, cover it with a towel, and let rise in a warm place until it's more or less doubled in size, about an hour.
- roll out the dough and cut into strips
- twist the strips and set on parchment paper, let it get poofy – about 10 mins
- preheat the oven to 425 F
- in a wide pot, bring the water to a boil and add the baking soda
- Drop 3 or 4 pretzels at a time into the boiling water, boil for 30 seconds, then fish them with a slotted spoon or skimmer and lay them on the baking sheet (on parchment paper or silpat mats).
- mix the egg and water together and brush over the pretzels
- bake them for around 12 minutes, they should be deeply golden and dry to the touch when they're done.
- mix the sugar and cinnamon together
- roll in the melted butter then the cinnamon sugar
cream cheese dip
- beat the cream cheese, butter and vanilla
- slowly add the powdered sugar until it's the thickness you want. Add a Tbsp of milk if the dip is too thick