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How to Make Cinnamon Sugar Pretzels

Instructions For Use With:


Additional Equipment

  • Electric Mixer with Dough Hook (optional)

  • Plastic Wrap

  • Kitchen Towels

  • Rolling Pin

  • Stock Pot

  • Large Slotted Spoon or Spider

  • Baking Sheet

  • Baking Mat

  • Pastry Brush

Included Ingredients

  • Soft Pretzel Baking Mix

  • Baking Yeast

  • Cinnamon Sugar Blend

  • Malt (Note: It's totally fine if your malt has crystalized in its packaging.)

Additional Ingredients

  • Water

  • 1/4 Cup (59 ml) Baking Soda

  • Oil or Cooking Spray

  • Flour for Dusting Surfaces

  • 4 Tablespoons (59 ml) Cold Butter, Cubed

  • 1 Tablespoon Butter (15 ml), Melted

  • 1 Teaspoon (5 ml) Sugar

Let's Get Started
Step-by-Step Instructions


Proofing yeast - How to make pretzels
Yeast getting foamy - How to make pretzels

Start off by proofing your yeast.

In a small bowl, combine your full yeast packet, 1 teaspoon (5 ml) of sugar, and 1 cup (236 ml) warm water. Stir gently. Let sit until cloudy, about 5 minutes.


Cubed butter in flour mixture - How to make pretzels
Adding yeast mixture to flour - How to make pretzels
Mixing dough - How to make pretzels

In a large bowl, add baking mix and cubed butter. Using your hands mix until crumbly. Add yeast mixture, and mix with your hands until a shaggy dough forms.


Kneading dough - How to make pretzels
Forming dough - How to make pretzels
Ball of dough - How to make pretzels
Dough rising - How to make pretzels

Knead your dough for about 10-12 minutes. (If you're using a stand mixer, use the dough hook attachment to mix on medium for 8 minutes.)

Dough should be a tight, elastic ball. Cover mixing bowl with plastic wrap, let rise in warm area until doubled in size, about 45 minutes.

Cold Weather Tip: Make sure to let your dough rise in a warm area. Yeast (much like the rest of us) is a bit sluggish in the cold and it may take 15 to 30 minutes longer for your dough to rise.


Flattening dough with hands - How to make pretzels
Rolling out dough - How to make pretzels
Cutting strips of dough - How to make pretzels

Turn dough out onto a floured work surface (like your counter). Gently flatten with your hands, and then using a rolling pin, roll out to a larger rectangle about 12" x 14" (30 x 35 cm) in size. Cut into 12 strips about 1" (2.5 cm) wide by 14" (35 cm) long.


Rolling a U - How to make pretzels
Crossing the U - How to make pretzels
Making your first pretzel - How to make pretzels

Using your hands, form each strip into a large U. Cross the ends over about two-thirds the way up for the bottom of the U. Bring the tips of the dough to the bottom of the U and press into the dough to seal. Flip over.


Forming another U - How to make pretzels
Crossing another U - How to make pretzels
Flipping up one side - How to make pretzels
Folding over both sides - How to make pretzels

Repeat with all strips of dough and lightly cover with a clean kitchen towel or plastic wrap once formed.


Adding malt to boiling water - How to make pretzels
Adding baking soda to boiling water - How to make pretzels

When done forming the dough, you’ll want to start heating up your water bath and preheating your oven to 450° F (232° C). For your water bath, bring 4 quarts (4 L) of water, malt, and 1/4 cup (59 ml) baking soda to a boil in a stockpot over medium-high heat.

Note: To prevent boil-overs, it can be helpful to lower the heat when adding your baking soda. After it's fully incorporated into the hot water, you can raise the heat back to a full boil.

Note: Your malt may become hardened in its packaging. That's totally fine. It will melt right away when added to the hot water.


Adding pretzel to boiling water - How to make pretzels
Boiling pretzel in hot water - How to make pretzels

Use a large slotted spoon or spider to add 1 or 2 pretzels to the water bath. Boil for 1 minute (pretzels will sink and then rise to the top). Remove pretzels with spoon to a clean kitchen towel and pat dry. Repeat for all pretzels.


Place pretzels on a baking sheet lined with a baking mat. Bake 12 minutes until pretzels are a deep golden brown.


Pretzels waiting for butter, cinnamon, and sugar
Cinnamon Sugar Pretzels straight from the oven

Remove from oven. Brush pretzels with melted butter. Sprinkle cinnamon sugar blend over each pretzel, and enjoy!

Finished Cinnamon Sugar Pretzel

Eat. Share with the world, and try something new.

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