Auntie Anne’s Copycat Cinnamon Sugar Pretzel Bites (Nuggets) with Cream Cheese Dipping Sauce

11.08.2013

Copycat Auntie Anne's Cinnamon Sugar Pretzel Bites | Cooking Classy

I think I’ll take the award for coolest mom ever today (I’m only joking, but after making these, I’m feeling like my kids think I’m seriously amazing). My family has become serious pretzel lovers, all thanks to my husband. He has always loved them so he started taking my kids to get them at the mall. Now, they request to go get them at least once a week. We only live 10 minutes away from the mall which has two Auntie Anne’s so we definitely haven’t had a shortage of them. My kids are always begging to go, and even though I’m not much of a mall person I’m always game for food. The last time we went we made the switch from the regular salted pretzels (with that nasty cheese sauce my kids love) to the cinnamon sugar version. We are hooked on those now. What happens then? I usually try to find a way to make it at home if we love something that much. Plus, I thought theirs could seriously use a sweet and fluffy cream cheese dipping sauce to pair with them (it’s like a cinnamon roll meets mall pretzels = best upgrade ever).

I’m happy to say, these taste just like the Auntie Anne version if not better. With cream cheese and cinnamon sugar covered smiles on their faces my kids highly approved (my four year old also says these are “home pretzels” not “mall pretzels”. While we were making them together, I kept referring to them as mall pretzels and she kept telling me, “no Mom, they’re home pretzels” – since we were making them at home of course). My husband also agreed that they were amazing, after trying just one he said he didn’t need dinner anymore.

You too are going to be hooked on these and you’ll love the fact that you can indulge in a large batch in the comfort of your home. You could even make half of them coated in cinnamon sugar and the other half with coarse salt if you’d prefer (just be sure to add the salt before baking though). Enjoy!

Copycat Auntie Anne's Cinnamon Sugar Pretzel Bites | Cooking Classy

Copycat Auntie Anne's Cinnamon Sugar Pretzel Bites | Cooking Classy

Auntie Anne’s Copycat Cinnamon Sugar Pretzel Bites

Prep Time: 45 minutes

Cook Time: 10 minutes

Total Time: 2 hours, 35 minutes

Yield: 6 servings

Ingredients

  • 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 to 1 1/4 cups all-purpose flour, plus more for dusting
  • 3 cups hot water
  • 1/4 cup baking soda
  • Coating
  • 1/2 cup butter, melted
  • 1/2 cup granulated sugar
  • 1 Tbsp ground cinnamon
  • Cream Cheese Dipping Sauce, recipe follows

Directions

  • In the bowl of an electric stand mixer, combine 1 cup warm water, yeast and 1/2 tsp granulated sugar, whisk to dissolve and allow to rest 10 minutes. Fit mixer with whisk attachment and mix in remaining granulated sugar (1 Tbsp + 2 1/2 tsp), brown sugar, vegetable oil and salt. With mixer set on low speed, slowly add in bread flour and mix until well blended. Switch attachment to the hook attachment and slowly add in all-purpose flour. 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). Transfer to a lightly buttered bowl, cover with plastic wrap and allow to rest in a warm place until doubled in size (I like to let mine rest in the oven with the light on), 1 1/2 hours.
  • Punch dough down and divide into 6 equal portions. Preheat oven to 425 degrees. Dust tops of dough lightly with flour and cover the ones you aren't currently rolling loosely with plastic wrap (to prevent drying). Roll each portion into a rope about 24 to 28-inches long (you can do this by rolling or the method of pulling on each side and flicking upward like a jump rope while slapping onto the countertop). Cut into bite size pieces (about 1 1/4-inches each). Pour hot water and baking soda into a mixing bowl and whisk to dissolve. Using a slotted spoon, dip several pieces of dough into the water mixture, then lift and allow excess water to drip off, then transfer to a Silpat lined baking sheet. Repeat process working in batches and using two baking sheets, and rewarm water in microwave until hot between batches. 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. Transfer to a plate and allow to rest 2 minutes (I felt this just gave them time to absorb the butter, rather than having it all end up clumping the cinnamon sugar mixture).
  • Meanwhile in a small mixing bowl, whisk together granulated sugar and cinnamon until well blended. Dip butter coated pretzels into cinnamon sugar and toss to evenly coat. Serve warm with cream cheese dipping sauce (these are best served warm so I'd recommend rewarming them once they've cooled. To do so microwave on a plate for 10 - 20 seconds).
  • Recipe Source: Cooking Classy
http://www.cookingclassy.com/2013/11/auntie-annes-copycat-cinnamon-sugar-pretzel-bites-nuggets-cream-cheese-dipping-sauce/

Fluffy Cream Cheese Dipping Sauce

Ingredients

  • 4 oz cream cheese, softened
  • 2 Tbsp butter, softened
  • 1 cup powdered sugar
  • 1/2 tsp vanilla extract (optional)
  • 2 Tbsp heavy cream

Directions

  • In a mixing bowl using an electric mixer, whip cream cheese and butter until smooth and fluffy. Stir in powdered sugar and vanilla and mix until combined. Add heavy cream and whip until fluffy, about 2 minutes longer. Store in refrigerator in an airtight container.
http://www.cookingclassy.com/2013/11/auntie-annes-copycat-cinnamon-sugar-pretzel-bites-nuggets-cream-cheese-dipping-sauce/

56 comments

  • Averie @ Averie Cooks: Wow, just wow! Now I don’t have to go to the mall :) Okay but I still want to go shopping…LOL Seriously though, you outdid yourself! This week I posted cinnamon sugar 1 hour breadsticks. I need to try your little bites next. Pinned! November 8, 2013 at 9:56pm Reply

  • Chung-Ah | Damn Delicious: These look amazing! They’re so perfectly coated and with that dipping sauce – YES AND YES! November 9, 2013 at 12:20am Reply

  • Laura @ Lauras Baking Talent: I bet these taste so much better, and you gotta feel good makings them at home. You know they were prepared with good ingredients and with love by you :) November 9, 2013 at 6:38am Reply

  • Stacy | Wicked Good Kitchen: Such a fun copycat recipe, Jaclyn! Love that Fluffy Cream Cheese Dipping Sauce. Gorgeous photography, as always! Pinning (of course)! xo November 9, 2013 at 4:14pm Reply

    • Jaclyn: Thanks for the compliment Stacy :)! November 9, 2013 at 4:59pm Reply

  • Erin | The Emerging Foodie: Oh my. Yessss please! These look incredibly addicting. And delicious. Little balls of pure bliss coated in cinnamon sugar ecstasy. Plus a cream cheese sauce?! Wowowow. November 10, 2013 at 8:29am Reply

  • sally @ sallys baking addiction: Amazing, Jaclyn! I love auntie anne’s. In fact we go to the mall sometimes… just for auntie anne’s! And of course, some new shoes.

    I love the cream cheese dipping sauce too! November 10, 2013 at 9:11am Reply

  • Kristen: Made them this morning with my non-pretzel loving husband. I knew they were great because he kept sneaking some with salt and mustard before I rolled them in the cinnamon and sugar! Thanks so much for this easy recipe. November 10, 2013 at 9:58am Reply

    • Jaclyn: I’m so glad you and your non-pretzel loving husband enjoyed them :)! Thanks for leaving a comment Kristen! November 10, 2013 at 10:21am Reply

  • Renee@ Two in the Kitchen: Well, I’ve never been to Auntie Ann’s, but with this recipe it doesn’t look like I have to. These look delicious…..and dangerous! This is the kind of thing I would eat in one sitting if I’m not careful!! November 10, 2013 at 1:02pm Reply

  • Kate: Ohh these look super tasty. I think ill make them with a caramel sauce. :) November 12, 2013 at 8:25pm Reply

  • Kyra: Sounds so yummy, I would love to see this done on video. I’m a visual learner :) November 14, 2013 at 8:45pm Reply

  • Elizabeth @ SugarHero.com: Oh my gosh, “mall pretzels” are my weakness. I had one a few months ago after not having one for years, and those things are like crack cocaine. Crazy addicting! I don’t know whether I should be glad or not that I can now make them at home… November 15, 2013 at 1:12am Reply

  • Jessica: What is the purpose of the soda water step? It seems very tedious. What would happen if I skipped it? Otherwise, this recipe looks fantastic! December 11, 2013 at 9:26pm Reply

    • Jaclyn: The soda water adds flavor but it’s also a very important step in achieving that nice and chewy golden brown exterior so I wouldn’t recommend skipping it. December 12, 2013 at 7:11am Reply

  • Celestia: What does 6 servings mean? how many is that? December 19, 2013 at 2:53pm Reply

    • Jaclyn: To be honest I don’t remember the count at all, I just remember that’s about how many servings I felt it yielded. I was going to put a number but then realized it will vary depending on how thin they are rolled and the size they are cut. December 22, 2013 at 6:15pm Reply

  • Lauren: I am not much of a baker, so I was apprehensive when I found this recipe on Pinterest – but it was INCREDIBLY easy to make and absolutely delicious. They were a hit! December 28, 2013 at 11:49am Reply

    • Jaclyn: I’m glad to hear they were a hit Lauren! Thanks for leaving a comment! December 28, 2013 at 4:37pm Reply

  • Sue: Can you all bread flour, I m out of regular flour due to holiday baking? January 3, 2014 at 8:10am Reply

    • Jaclyn: Sorry for the late response, but that should be fine. January 12, 2014 at 9:26pm Reply

  • heather: took a double batch of these to a friends house last night. my husband begged me to leave them home for us and just takes chips to the party! ha! the tray came home empty :)! so yummy! thanks for sharing! January 6, 2014 at 10:27am Reply

    • Jaclyn: You’re very welcome Heather! I’m so glad your friends and family liked them! January 15, 2014 at 11:28pm Reply

  • Debbie: So it seems this makes roughly 130 pieces? If you have 6 equal portions rolled out to about 28″ then cut 1 1/4″ = 134.

    Would you say this is about what you got? Just trying to figure it out since I wouldn’t need that much for a snack.

    These look yummy btw, I’m sure my kids would enjoy this! January 8, 2014 at 4:42pm Reply

    • Jaclyn: That sounds like a bit more than I got but it could be right because we ate them so fast I didn’t count at all, sorry! I wish I knew for sure. Anyone else count by chance? January 16, 2014 at 9:15pm Reply

  • Natalie: Thanks for the recipe! These are really good (that’s actually an understatement). I made them last night for the first time and they didn’t last 20 minutes in my house. Only problem I have is when I add in the all-purpose flour, and I only add about 1 cup, the dough seems too floury. Should I just cut back on the amount of flour used? That’s what I did last night and they turned out fine, just wondering if there was another fix for this. Thanks again for this awesome recipe! So delicious! January 10, 2014 at 3:33pm Reply

    • Jaclyn: I’m so glad you liked them Natalie – but yes if the dough seemed too dry and not very elastic then you can definitely cut back on the flour a little bit next time or you could increase the amount of liquid a tad. That amount of flour needed could vary depending on the environment you live in and how humid is and so forth. Hope that helps! January 20, 2014 at 2:28pm Reply

  • Sky: How does 45 min prep time, and 10 min cook time, equal 2 hours and 35 min total time?

    sorry, but as a math major, that doesn’t add up.

    do want to try this though. January 21, 2014 at 12:28pm Reply

    • Jaclyn: Sorry that does seem confusing – the final time includes the rise time while the dough is resting, I just added it so people could plan accordingly. January 21, 2014 at 5:52pm Reply

  • Heather: I’ve made homemade pretzels at home before, too, and they are super yummy. I do agree with one comment, though, about the baking soda/water step being a bit tedious, so the last time we were at the mall shop, I watched to see how they do it….spray bottle! Genius! So, when I try your recipe, I’m going to put the water mixture in a spray bottle to see if the results are the same. Thanks for the great recipe! January 22, 2014 at 8:41pm Reply

  • rafiah: wht is bread flour/ January 24, 2014 at 11:46am Reply

    • Jaclyn: It’s a high protein flour (it has more gluten than all purpose flour) so it is good for breads and baked goods like these (you may want to check out this link to learn a little more – reading the info about the different types: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wheat_flour). If you can’t find it regular all purpose would be fine. January 24, 2014 at 10:21pm Reply

  • Lissa: I just finished making this recipe as a Super Bowl treat. I am so excited to share these at the party I’m attending. The instructions were perfect- I will definitely be telling everyone where I got this recipe. Thanks so much! February 2, 2014 at 1:25pm Reply

    • Jaclyn: Thanks so much for sharing Lissa and thanks for leaving a comment! February 4, 2014 at 10:08pm Reply

  • Michelle: Can I use instead of bread flour all purpose flour? February 2, 2014 at 4:48pm Reply

    • Jaclyn: Yes bread flour would be fine. February 2, 2014 at 5:07pm Reply

  • Ashley: Just wanted you to know I made these for Super Bowl and while the dough was setting the game had started so everyone was over. I’m not much of a cook or baker but my boyfriend loves these so I decided to give it a whirl. I couldn’t get the batches in fast enough before they were gone. They were still hot while being devoured. All of the ladies at my party asked for the recipe so I’ve forwarded this winner out! Thank you so much for the perfect guidelines! February 5, 2014 at 1:49am Reply

    • Jaclyn: I’m so glad to hear everyone liked these and they went fast! Thanks so much for your comment Ashley! February 11, 2014 at 10:23am Reply

  • Briana: How long will these stay good for? I only have time to make them tonight and need them for a party on Saturday! February 6, 2014 at 10:48am Reply

    • Briana: Or, is it possible to make the dough ahead of time and store it over night so I can just bake them Saturday morning? February 6, 2014 at 11:04am Reply

    • Jaclyn: I would probably just chill the dough and make them on saturday so they are really fresh, they taste the best the day they are made. February 6, 2014 at 5:08pm Reply

  • Amina: OMG I made these last night and they were amazing! Thank you so much for sharing this recipe! February 8, 2014 at 2:36am Reply

    • Jaclyn: I’m glad to hear you liked these pretzel bites Amina :)! Thanks for your comment! February 11, 2014 at 11:14pm Reply

  • Debbie H.: Was looking for a fun activity to do with my two teenage nephews and we decided to make these. What a HUGE success they were. The first batch was gone before the second batch was out of the oven. We did most with the cinnamon sugar but about 1/4 with salt and they were both great. For those wondering about the quantity, we got between 80-85 pieces (13-14 pieces from each dough portion x 6 portions). They were easy to do and the instructions were very clear! Thanks so much!
    ~Debbie April 19, 2014 at 11:56pm Reply

    • Jaclyn: I’m so glad you and your nephews had fun making these and enjoyed them Debbie! Thanks for your feedback and quantity! April 21, 2014 at 9:29pm Reply

  • Lara: Wow! I just made these and they are exactly (if not better) than Auntie Anne’s! I did salt and cinnamon and sugar. I may even take my last batch and make pizza pretzels. Thank you soooo much for this recipe and for saving me $ at the mall! June 16, 2014 at 3:54pm Reply

    • Jaclyn: Ooh those all sound delicious! :) Thanks Lara! June 19, 2014 at 11:52pm Reply

  • Ainy: Please tell me if I don’t have the bread flour, how much all purpose flour would I use altogether?
    I mean is it 1 1/2 cup(replacing the bread flour) plus 1 1/4 cup ?!
    Not using the bread flour will effect the taste or appearence?!
    Please reply soon. Wanna make them today :)” July 17, 2014 at 2:21pm Reply

    • Jaclyn: I would just replace it with equal amounts. It won’t change it drastically but it will have a slightly different texture. July 17, 2014 at 7:51pm Reply

  • Ainy: I also don’t have an electric stand mixer. Have an electric egg beater. Will that work?! Please reply. July 17, 2014 at 2:32pm Reply

    • Jaclyn: That should work okay but I’d recommend that you just mix with that until it starts to get thick, then I’d knead in the rest of the flour by hand so you don’t burn up the motor on your mixer. I hope you love them Ainy! July 17, 2014 at 7:50pm Reply

  • Julia: We just tried Auntie Anne’s for the first time, but we live about an hour away from the nearest one, and so I’ve been obsessively looking for a good substitute! Hope these are as amazing as they seem! Great photography, by the way. August 8, 2014 at 1:36pm Reply

    • Jaclyn: Thanks Julia! I hope you love the recipe! August 8, 2014 at 8:51pm Reply

  • Mimi: Wonderful! I just used this recipe today, and my first batch turned out perfect. My dough was pretty sticky, but I sprayed my hands with cooking spray so they didn’t stick to my fingers as much. The dough balls, once cooked, were very soft and favorable. My mom enjoyed them too.

    Thanks!! :3 August 14, 2014 at 4:06pm Reply

    • Jaclyn: Thanks for your review Mimi! I’m glad you and your mom liked them! August 14, 2014 at 9:13pm Reply

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