Delicious Soft Pretzels (Auntie Anne’s Version!)

I’m not going to pretend to be a great baker because, well, I’m not one! I can make some killer chorizo tacos and some other family favorites but I’m not the greatest cook. I’m not bad but I envy those who are talented in the kitchen because it truly is a talent. Like I can follow a recipe just fine but I’ll just put myself in the “normal mom-cook category.” Please tell me I’m in good company… 🙂 

Anyway, I’m always excited to try a “copy cat” version of restaurant food. That’s one of my favorite things to do because let’s face it, I can’t afford to eat it out all the time. 
One of my major food weaknesses (and believe me there are a lot of them) is Auntie Anne’s Cinnamon Sugar pretzels! *Cue hallelujah choir singing* YUMMM!!!! If I pass the stand in the mall… forget about it! I’ll take a cinnamon sugar pretzel and a lemonade please! And…. $8 later…. BOOO!! 
I have browsed and browsed and I’ve found Auntie Anne’s copy cat! Today, I’m going to share that with you!

Pretzel Dough Ingredients:
1 1/4 cups of warm water
1 teaspoon of yeast
1/4 cup brown sugar
3 1/2 – 4 cups of flour

Dipping solution:
1/2 cup baking soda
3 cups hot water

Your choice of toppings:
Melted butter
Cinnamon/Sugar or
Salt or
Garlic Powder or whatever you want! I’ve even seen pizza pretzels!

1. Preheat oven to 450°F
2. Dissolve yeast into warm water
3. And sugar and flour and mix well.
4. Let rise for at least 20 minutes (until dough has doubled in size)
5.  Cut into long “ropes”.
6. Shape into pretzel shape!  I even found this Auntie Anne’s video to help you learn how the pros at Auntie Anne’s twist those perfect pretzel knots! This one seemed a bit advanced when I first started but then I got the hang of it! This video is more for beginners and worked wonderfully.

7. Combine dipping solution ingredients in a shallow dish and dip pretzel shaped dough into solution.
8. Place pretzel dough shapes on well greased cookies sheet.
9. Bake at 450°F for 7-8 minutes. Baking time may vary depending on your oven.
10. After baking, dip or brush on melted butter and add your favorite topping! I did cinnamon/sugar!

Recipe adapted from Food.com.

The verdict? My family and I agree it is indistinguishable from Auntie Anne’s! Except their pretzel knot shapes are a million times better than mine! Practice makes perfect right?!  So what do you think? Are you an Auntie Anne’s fan?? Give these a try! 🙂
Do you love Auntie Anne’s?  and share it!
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    April 17, 2012 at 1:09 pm

    very good….!!i seem to smell…

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    Lori E
    April 17, 2012 at 2:14 pm

    Sounds good to me. I have made pretzels to go with a big pot of stew. We had guests over for dinner that night and people couldn’t believe that the pretzels were home made. As if pretzels were some miracle treat that you only buy at the store. It never occurred to any of them to make their own.

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    Jennifer L. Griffin
    April 17, 2012 at 2:42 pm

    Thank you for this! I love Auntie Anne’s but it about kills me to pay $3 for the plainest one. Trying this one soon!

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    kelsey bang
    April 17, 2012 at 3:56 pm

    ohhhhhh yum! these look amazing! I must try these asap! i am such a pretzel fan!

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    April 17, 2012 at 9:21 pm

    Looks delicious!!


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    creed and tiffany
    April 18, 2012 at 12:59 am


    I don’t know if you remember me but that’s ok if not! I just have to say that I keep coming back to your site and looking at your little boys room! I seriously can’t get over how good it turned out! You have SUCH an eye for this stuff! How bout you come over to my house and decorate it for me, k??? I love how that room turned out! And P.S. Those pretzels sure don’t look bad either. I have to admit that I considered taking a trip to the mall to go get one. Don’t worry…I didn’t

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      Classy Clutter
      April 18, 2012 at 1:23 am

      hahaha! You are too funny!! OF COURSE I remember you goof ball! Thank you so much for your sweet comments! Aren’t you in NM? Who knows, maybe we’ll be out that direction sometime 🙂

      xoxo, Mallory

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    April 19, 2012 at 10:14 am

    I’ve never made soft pretzels before and I’ve been hunting for a recipe to try. I think this is it! Pinning it so I can find it when I need it. 🙂

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    April 23, 2012 at 1:53 am

    About how many pretzels should this recipe make? I made these today and had to almost tripple the baking time so I am wondering if I just made them way to big (trying to make them the size of a pretzel that you buy in the mall). Once finished they tasted great!

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