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How to make cinnamon pretzels

How to Make Cinnamon Sugar Pretzels

These Homemade Cinnamon Sugar Pretzels are soft on the inside and chewy on the outside. They taste exactly as a soft pretzel should taste like! The dough is simple and easy to make, and the toppings can be adjusted to whatever you like. However, cinnamon sugar is one of my favorite pretzel combos. That’s why I wanted to share how to make cinnamon sugar pretzels!

Homemade Pretzel Recipe Inspiration

You know those Auntie Aunts pretzels you get at the mall or amusement park?! Have you ever wanted to try and make them yourself because they’re so addicting? Well, now you can!

I feel like pretzels seem more complicated to make than they are. These pretzels are so simple and easy to accomplish but taste fabulous! They are easily customized by topping with Kosher salt, cinnamon sugar, sesame seeds, or melted chocolate. Pretzels taste fantastic as sweet or savory, so you can’t go wrong.

I love these because they aren’t time-consuming, and I get to control all of the ingredients in them. There’s nothing added that doesn’t need to be. Just fresh ingredients for a delicious soft pretzel. They’ve easily become a treat to make for a fun date night with my husband. Instead of going out to eat, I’ll make a fancy dinner and then these pretzels for dessert. If you dip the salted pretzels in melted chocolate, it tastes amazing. So, if you want a fun date night idea, these will be perfect for that too.

Pretzel Ingredients

Pretzel Ingredients Notes

The ingredients for these pretzels are not complicated and are basic pantry staples. There’s only a couple easy substitutions that can be made if necessary.

For example, I used turbinado sugar, but plain sugar or brown sugar can be used instead.

If olive oil isn’t available, canola oil or melted coconut oil can be used interchangeably.

Now, the brand of yeast for pretzels or any kind of bread is important. So, I always recommend RedStar Active Dry Yeast or their Platinum yeast. It helps with a consistent rise and flavor in the dough.

For my cinnamon sugar mixture, I combined 2 tablespoons of turbinado sugar with 2 teaspoons of ground cinnamon. Although, you can use whatever ratio you prefer if you like less cinnamon.

Pretzel Making Equipment

Shaping the Pretzels

  • Roll each piece into an 18-inch rope.
  • Form the dough into a “U” shape.
  • Cross the two ends over each other. Fold the ends down to the bottom of the U shape to form a pretzel.

Recipe Notes and Tips

  • If you prefer larger pretzels, the dough can be split into fourths instead of six pieces.
  • If you’re kneading the dough by hand, it will take closer to 8 minutes.
  • Make sure not to add the baking soda to the pretzel dough. It’s for the boiling pretzel water.
  • The cinnamon sugar is sprinkled on before baking because it sticks to the wet pretzels.
  • Another way to add the cinnamon sugar is by baking the pretzels first. Then brush the tops with melted butter and sprinkle the cinnamon sugar over the top.
  • Store the pretzels in a Ziploc bag at room temperature for up to 3 days.
How to make cinnamon sugar pretzels
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Cinnamon Sugar Pretzels

Cinnamon Sugar Pretzels

Alyssa
These Cinnamon Sugar Pretzels are soft on the inside and chewy on the outside! They are an easy way to get your craving for soft pretzels in, and you don't have to go to the mall or the store. Plus, they taste way better homemade.
5 from 8 votes
Prep Time 15 mins
Cook Time 14 mins
Proofing Time 55 mins
Total Time 1 hr 24 mins
Course Appetizer, Snack
Cuisine American
Servings 6
Calories 219 kcal

Equipment

  • Stand Mixer with dough attachment
  • Measuring cups and spoons
  • Large mixing bowl
  • Cookie sheet
  • Parchment paper
  • Large pot

Ingredients
  

  • 1 Tbsp Turbinado sugar
  • 1 ½ teaspoons Active dry yeast
  • ¾ cup Warm water 100 degrees F.
  • 2 tablespoons Olive oil
  • 2 Cups Unbleached all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon Fine sea salt
  • 2 tablespoons baking soda this is for the boiling water not the dough
  • 6 cups water for boiling
  • Cinnamon Sugar for sprinkling

Instructions
 

  • In the bowl of a stand mixer combine the warm water, sugar, and yeast. Let it sit for 5 minutes, and it should start to bubble at this point.
  • Add the flour, salt, and oil into the mixer. With a dough attachment, knead on medium speed for about 6 minutes (until the dough pulls away from the bowl).
  • Spray a large bowl with non-stick baking spray. Form the dough into a ball and put it in the bowl. Cover with plastic wrap, and allow the dough to rise for about 45 minutes, or until it has doubled in size.
  • Preheat your oven to 450 degrees F.
  • Uncover your dough and punch it down a few times.
  • Prepare a cookie sheet with parchment paper on it. Set aside.
  • Prepare an oiled work surface. Divide the dough into 6 equal portions and roll each out to an 18 inches long rope.
  • Grab the ends of each dough rope to make a U shape, then twist into a pretzel shape. (See photos for explanation)
  • Once the pretzels are formed, let them rise covered for an additional 10 minutes.
  • Meanwhile, put 6 cups of water into a pot and dissolve the 2 tablespoons of baking soda into the water and bring to a rolling boil.
  • Carefully drop the pretzels, one at a time, into the pot. Each should sink a little then rise up. Wait 30 seconds, then lift out using a slotted spoon and place each onto the cookie sheet. While still wet, sprinkle liberally with cinnamon sugar.
  • Bake for about 14 minutes or until golden brown.

Notes

  • Shaping pretzels:
  • Roll each piece into an 18-inch rope.
  • Form the dough into a “U” shape.
  • Cross the two ends over each other.
    Fold the ends down to the bottom of the U shape to form a pretzel.
  • If you prefer larger pretzels, the dough can be split into fourths instead of six pieces.
  • If you’re kneading the dough by hand, it will take closer to 8 minutes.
  • Make sure not to add the baking soda to the pretzel dough. It’s for the boiling pretzel water.
  • The cinnamon sugar is sprinkled on before baking because it sticks to the wet pretzels.
  • Another way to add the cinnamon sugar is by baking the pretzels first. Then brush the tops with melted butter and sprinkle the cinnamon sugar over the top.
*Estimated nutrition on the pretzel alone, with no added toppings.*
Keyword Cinnamon Sugar Pretzels, Homemade Soft Pretzels, Soft Pretzel, Sweet Pretzels

20 thoughts on “How to Make Cinnamon Sugar Pretzels”

  1. 5 stars
    Soft pretzel is one of my favorite snacks! I like to eat it with so much butter, lol! I’ve never tried it with cinnamon and sugar yet so I will have to try this recipe. You always make the best healthy dessert Alyssa. Thanks for sharing your recipe!

  2. Gabriela Herrera

    5 stars
    My husband is going to love these. Ever since quarantine he has not stepped foot in the mall to buy those expensive famous pretzels. I know he will love these when I make them for him. Thank you so much.

  3. I love soft pretzels but have never made them myself. This looks like my kind of recipe, as anything with cinnamon sugar on it is fantastic. I will have to add this to my list of recipes to try in the near future.

  4. I am amazed at the wide range of recipes and healthy recipes you provide. I had given up eating pretzels to work on some health goals, but am excited to try this recipe.

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