Aug 08

Soft Pretzels Galore

Don’t you ever just crave a soft pretzels? I sure do!

Since the closet mall is an hour and half away from my town, buying a yummy mall soft pretzel just isn’t in the cards. I found this recipe on a blog that replicated Auntie Ann’s soft pretzels. I just had to give it a try!

I didn’t quite plan out the timing right, so I had to cut the dough rising process a bit short. I think that because of this, the soft pretzels don’t exactly look like the ones in Yammie’s Noshery’s blog. BUT, they tasted amazing! So here we go…


Make the dough and let it sit in a moist, warm place in a greased bowl to rise for an hour. (The recipe is below)

Once it’s risen, divide the dough into 12 equal ballsThen form into a pretzel shape, dip into baking soda/water mix and put on greased cookie sheetI sprinkled mine with salt before placing in the ovenWhen they come out of the oven, brush with melted butter and sprinkle with saltRECIPE: Auntie Anne’s Soft Pretzels: Copycat Recipe
Makes 12 Adapted from Food Network

2 cups milk
1 1/2 tablespoons (2 packets) active dry yeast
6 tablespoons brown sugar
4 tablespoons butter, melted
4 1/2 cups flour
2 teaspoons fine salt

1/3 cup baking soda
3 cups warm water
Coarse salt
8 tablespoons butter, melted in a shallow dish

Warm up the milk in the microwave or on the stove for just about one and a half minutes. It should be about 110º. If it’s too hot it will kill the yeast. You should be able to comfortably keep your finger in it. Stir in the yeast and let it sit for about 3 minutes. Add the butter and sugar. Add the flour about 1 cup at a time and the add the fine salt. Kneed for about 10 minutes with a stand mixer, or by hand. Put it in a greased bowl and cover with greased cling wrap. Let rise for 1 hour in a moist, warm place until doubled in size. Preheat the oven to 450º. Punch down dough and divide into 12 lumps (I like to divide it in half, then divide each half into three, and then divide each remaining one in half again). Roll them all out as thin as you can. Combine the warm water and baking soda in a wide bowl. Form the dough into pretzel shapes, then dip in the baking soda water. Place on a greased baking sheet and sprinkle with coarse salt. Bake for about 7-11 minutes or until browned. Dip each in the melted butter while hot. Serve with cheese sauce.
For Garlic Cheese Sauce: From Yammie’s Noshery
(A Yammie original)
3 tablespoons butter
3 tablespoons flour
3 cloves minced garlic
1 cup milk
1/8 teaspoon smoked paprika
a pinch cayenne pepper
8 oz. cheddar cheese, shredded (Not pre-shredded. Do it yourself.)
In a saucepan, combine the butter, flour, and garlic over medium heat. Whisk until lightly browned. Whisk in the milk, paprika, and cayenne pepper and continue whisking until thickened. Add the cheese and whisk until melted. Can be reheated in the microwave.


  1. mom

    YUM! How do you find time to do all these recipes? They look delicious! Makes me want to go to the mall and get one:)

    1. Kelli

      Well, as you noticed from this post…I don’t always plan out the timing just right in between my obligations. I’ve been amazed at how quickly most recipes really are when you have the ingredients all ready to go!

  2. ER

    I can vouch for how good they are! She actually butter one up for me in the morning and sprinkled some cinnamon and sugar and I had it for breakfast. Pretty delicious!

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