A simple recipe for a bread-making beginner, Cinnamon Sugar Pretzel Bites are a tasty treat made from scratch that will satisfy a sweet tooth.
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Cinnamon Sugar Pretzel Bites
Baking bread using yeast can feel intimidating. But once you try it a few times, you’ll see it isn’t as difficult as you once thought. Cinnamon Sugar Pretzel Bites is a simple from-scratch recipe that is delicious and easy to make. Serve them with your favorite dipping sauce (think caramel sauce or chocolate syrup) or eat them plain!
These soft pretzel bites are sweet and delicious. Be sure to also check out my easy recipe for homemade salted pretzel twists. They also make a great snack!
I love homemade soft pretzels, especially Auntie Anne’s pretzels. These cinnamon sugar pretzel bites are my version of Copycat Auntie Anne’s Pretzel Bites. These pretzels are cut into 1-inch pieces, The dough balls are then boiled in a baking soda bath and then baked until golden brown.
The homemade pretzels are then dipped in melted butter and then rolled in a sweet cinnamon sugar mixture. ou are going to love this delicious recipe.
What You Need to Make Cinnamon Sugar Pretzel Bites
- Stand Mixer: You’ll need both the whisk and the dough hook attachment.
- Large Mixing Bowl: Needs to be twice the size of the original dough ball so it can rise.
- Whisk: This is not a typo. You’ll hand whisk a few ingredients instead of using the stand mixer whisk.
- Plastic Wrap: Covering the bowl where the unused dough is kept helps keep it warm and moist.
- Cloth or Kitchen Towel: To cover the completed dough bites while working so they won’t dry out.
- Slotted Spoon: Used to wrangle the dough bites out of a mixture and let the excess drain off so they don’t stick to the parchment paper and also for fishing the baked pretzel bites out of the melted butter at the end.
- Prepared Baking Sheets: You’ll need a couple of them. Cover them with parchment paper, lightly spray them, and set aside.
Cinnamon Pretzels Simple Ingredients:
- Active Dry Yeast: Be sure to get active dry yeast, not instant yeast.
- Warm Water: You don’t need to use water to activate the yeast, it’s actually used to test and make sure the yeast is still active and alive.
- Granulated Sugar: Just a little sugar to give it flavor.
- Light Brown Sugar: Naturally moist, brown sugar will help keep your bread soft.
- Vegetable Oil: to coat the bowl while the dough rises. You don’t want the dough to stick!
- Salt: for flavor
- Bread Flour: has a higher amount of protein which helps produce gluten. The gluten is what holds everything together to form the bread.
- All-Purpose Flour: for more gluten to help the dough keep its shape.
- Hot Water: see below
- Baking Soda: when combined with the hot water, it creates a bath of sorts that gives the pretzels their chewy crust and delicious flavor we all know and love.
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Pretzel Bite Coating: How To Make the Homemade Cinnamon-Sugar Mixture
- Butter: you’ll melt some for dipping the baked pretzel bites so the cinnamon and sugar will stick.
- Granulated Sugar
Where Can I Find Active Dry Yeast to Make The Pretzel Dough?
You’ll find Active Dry Yeast in your local grocery store. If you can’t find it there, try a big box store such as Target or Wal-Mart or even Amazon.
How Do I Know My Yeast is Still Alive?
The very first step of the instructions will have you mix the warm water, yeast, and some sugar. As it rests, it will start to smell like bread and even bubble a bit. If this doesn’t occur, the yeast is bad. Be sure to check the dates on your yeast before starting!
What If I Don’t Have a Warm Place For the Bread to Rise?
If you’re worried it’s not warm enough sitting on the counter in the kitchen, you can place your covered bowl on the back burner of the stove and set your oven to 300 degrees. The heat that rises from the stove will warm the bowl perfectly.
How To Store Homemade Pretzels
The best part about this easy recipe is that you can store these homemade pretzel bites in an airtight container for up to one week. You can also freeze them for up to three months.
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A simple recipe for a bread making beginner, Cinnamon Sugar Pretzel Bites are a tasty treat made from scratch that will satisfy a sweet tooth.
- 1 (1/4 oz) pkg active dry yeast
- 1 cup warm water , 110 degrees
- 2 Tbsp granulated sugar
- 2 Tbsp packed light-brown sugar
- 1 Tbsp vegetable oil
- 1 tsp salt
- 1 1/2 cups bread flour
- 1 1/4 cups all-purpose flour , plus more for dusting
- 3 cups hot water
- 1/4 cup baking soda
- 1/2 cup butter , melted
- 1/2 cup granulated sugar
- 1 Tbsp ground cinnamon
- Combine 1 cup warm water, yeast and 1/2 tsp granulated sugar, in the bowl of a stand mixer.
Whisk to dissolve and allow to rest 10 minutes. (It should smell like bread and bubble a bit. If itdoesn’t the yeast is bad)
- Fit the mixer with whisk attachment and mix in remaining granulated sugar, brown sugar,vegetable oil and salt.
- Slowly add in bread flour and mix until well blended on low.
Switch to the hook attachment and slowly add in all-purpose flour to begin kneading the dough.
- Knead mixture on low speed until smooth an elastic, adding up to an additional 1/4 cup flour as needed (you want a soft dough and it may seem slightly sticky).
- When removing the dough from the bowl it should not be WET where it won’t hold shape.
- Add a tbsp of flour at a time to help it form a stiffer ball.
- Transfer to a lightly greased bowl, cover with plastic wrap or a damp dishtowel and allow to rest in a warm place until doubled in size (I like to let mine rest on the back burner of the stove with the
oven on 300).
- After an hour, punch dough down and divide into 6 equal portions.
Preheat oven to 425 degrees.
- Cover the ones you aren't currently rolling loosely with plastic wrap or damp towel (to prevent drying).
- Roll each portion into a long rope about 16-20 -inches long
Do this by rolling or pulling on each side and flicking upward like a jump rope and slapping onto the countertop).
- Cut into bite-size pieces (about 1 1/4-inches each).
- Cover with cloth while working
- Pour hot water and baking soda into a mixing bowl and whisk to dissolve.
- Lightly spray parchment-lined baking sheet with non stick spray
Using a slotted spoon, dip several pieces of dough into the water mixture, then lift and allow excess water to drip off, place on parchment lined baking sheet.
Repeat process working in batches and using two baking sheets, and rewarm water in microwave until hot between batches.
- If it sticks to the parchment, dip your fingers in the water and pull it up.
Bake in preheated oven 8 - 11 minutes until tops are nicely golden brown.
- Remove from oven and using a slotted spoon, dip into melted butter, toss to evenly coat then lift and shake off excess.
- Toss in homemade cinnamon sugarmixture. You can also place all bites in a large bowl (with top), pour melted butter and cinnamon sugar mix into the Coatingbowl. Cover with top and shake, shake, shake!