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Cinnamon Pretzels

Tara Kringlen
These homemade cinnamon pretzels are fluffy on the inside, crisp on the outside, buttery and have a crunchy and sweet cinnamon sugar dusting. An easy yeasted dough starts the process and then the dough is shaped into a traditional pretzel shape. They take a quick dip in a baking soda bath for that quintessential pretzel flavor. After baking, the pretzels are brushed in melted butter and generously dusted with cinnamon sugar.
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Prep Time 35 mins
Cook Time 10 mins
Rising Time 1 hr
Total Time 1 hr 45 mins
Course Appetizer, Bread, Dessert
Cuisine American, German
Servings 8 pretzels
Calories 377 kcal

Ingredients
  

Pretzels

  • 1 ½ cups warm water 110-115 degrees
  • 3 tablespoons brown sugar packed (light or dark is fine)
  • 1 package active dry yeast
  • 4 ½ cups 500-563 grams all-purpose flour
  • 1 ½ teaspoons kosher salt
  • 2 tablespoon unsalted butter melted
  • 8 cups water
  • ½ cup baking soda
  • 1 large egg (for the egg wash)

Cinnamon Sugar Topping

  • 3 tablespoon unsalted butter melted
  • ½ cup granulated sugar
  • 1 tablespoon cinnamon

Instructions
 

  • In the bowl of a stand mixer fit with the dough hook, combine the warm water, brown sugar and yeast. Let it sit for at least 5 minutes until foamy.
  • Once it has foamed, add the flour, salt and melted butter to the bowl. Mix on low speed until the flour is incorporated and then turn the mixer to medium and knead the dough for 5-7 minutes. The dough should be smooth, bounce back when indented with your finger and not be sticky. If the dough is sticky, add more flour by the tablespoon until it is not sticky but still slightly tacky.
  • Remove the dough from the bowl and either clean and oil the same bowl or oil another bowl and place the dough into it to rise, covered, in a warm place until doubled in size, about an hour.
  • Once the dough has risen, punch it down and scrape it onto a lightly oiled (or use cooking spray) surface. Form the dough into a rough rectangle and then divide the dough into 8 equal pieces (about 118-130 grams each if using a scale) using a knife or pizza cutter.
  • At this point, preheat the oven to 450 degrees and prepare 2 baking sheets with parchment paper and cooking spray. Prepare the baking soda bath by placing 8 cups of water and ½ cup of baking soda into a large deep saucepan, roasting pan or large dutch oven.
  • Roll out each dough piece, one at a time, to about a 20 to 22 inch long rope.
  • Shape the rope into an upside-down U. Cross the ends over each other and then twist them once. Take and ends and flip them up to the bottom of the U shape, pinching each end onto the U to stay. (See the pictures in the post!)
  • Do this with each dough ball, placing them onto the baking sheets.
  • Bring the baking soda/water mixture to a boil and one or two at a time, place each pretzel gently into the boiling solution and boil for 30 seconds. There is no need to turn it. Use a large slotted spoon or slotted spatula to lift them out of the baking soda bath, shaking off any excess water and placing them back onto the baking sheets.
  • Combine one beaten egg with a teaspoon of water and use a pastry brush to brush the top of each pretzel with the egg wash.
  • Bake the pretzels for 9-11 minutes until deep golden brown. Let the pretzels cool for about 5 minutes and then brush each with the melted butter. Combine the sugar and cinnamon in a bowl and sprinkle the cinnamon sugar over the tops, shaking off any excess.
  • The pretzels are best eaten warm from the oven.

Notes

  • Store leftovers in a zip-top bag or covered container at room temperature for 2-3 days (they are best from the oven though).
  • To rewarm the pretzels, preheat the oven to 350 degrees. Wrap the pretzels in aluminum foil and bake for 5-7 minutes until they are warmed through.
  • To make these into regular soft pretzels, reduce the brown sugar to 1 tablespoon. After boiling in the water bath and brushing with the egg wash, sprinkle the pretzels with coarse salt or pretzel salt and then back as directed. Omit the cinnamon-sugar coating but brush with the melted butter if desired.
  • See the post for detailed information on the dough and pretzel forming process.

Nutrition

Serving: 1pretzelCalories: 377kcal
Keyword cinnamon sugar pretzels, homemade pretzels, soft pretzels
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