Wednesday, November 6, 2013

Soft Butter Pretzel Sticks (Auntie Anne’s Pretzel’s Copycat Recipe)

Mall pretzels, I am pretty sure we have all had them and can't resist them. I know I can't that's for sure. They go along with my carb addiction to. So with that said I am on a total pretzel overload. I can not and do not wish to disclose how many of these I actually ate! They are so delicious and taste just like the ones in the mall. 
  • 2 cups milk (I used 2%)
  • 1 1/2 Tbsp active dry yeast (2 packets)
  • 6 Tbsp packed light-brown sugar
  • 4 Tbsp butter, at room temperature
  • 4 1/2 cups all-purpose flour, plus an up to an additional 1/2 cup as needed
  • 2 tsp fine salt
  • 1/3 cup baking soda
  • 2 cups warm water
  • coarse salt, to taste
  • 6 Tbsp butter, melted

Warm milk in a microwave safe bowl in microwave or stove top, until temperature of milk reaches 110 degrees F. about 1 1/2 - 2 minutes on high power. Pour milk and yeast into the bowl of an electric stand mixer and whisk together until yeast has dissolved, let it rest for 5 minutes. Add the brown sugar, the softened butter, 1 cup flour and salt to milk mixture. Using the whisk attachment, stir until blended. Switch attachment to a dough hook, add remaining 3 1/2 cups flour and kneaded mixture on medium low speed until elastic. Mix in up to an additional 1/2 cup flour, as needed, until dough pulls away from the sides of the bowl. (I only needed 1/4 cup more). Put the dough in a greased bowl and cover with plastic wrap and allow dough to rise in warm place until doubled in size, about 1 hour.
  • Preheat oven to 450 degrees. Line two baking sheets with Silpats or parchment paper. Punch the dough down several times. Divide dough into 24 equal pieces. Cover divided dough loosely with plastic wrap, to prevent it from drying out. Roll each piece out into a 6 inch log. (I used a non-floured surface).
  • In a shallow bowl, whisk together baking soda and warm water then dunk each pretzel stick into water mixture and allow excess to drip off. Place on prepared baking sheet, score each stick 3 times and sprinkle with some salt. Repeat this process with remaining dough. Bake pretzels in preheated oven 7 - 11 minutes until golden brown. Remove from oven and brush top and bottom of pretzels with melted butter. Serve with and dipping sauces you like. We had ours with cheddar cheese sauce.


  1. Oh, it's hard to turn down a fresh, hot soft pretzel!

  2. Oh yum! That's one of the main reasons I go to the mall =o)

  3. These look absolutely DELICIOUS !!
    I can almost smell them :)

  4. I could munch on these all day long! So gorgeous. Thanks for linking up with What's Cookin' Wednesday!

  5. I am such a sucker for Auntie Anne's, especially when I'm at the airport in a rush. Definitely pinning these to try soon. Thanks for sharing on the weekend re-Treat link party!

    Britni @ Play. Party. Pin.

  6. Thanks for sharing on Saturday Night Fever! I am so intimidated by pretzels, but yours looked so good I had to stop by, and they don't sound sooo difficult, if I do try a recipe, this might just be the one I try.

  7. I love Auntie Anne's pretzels! Thanks for sharing this recipe at The Pin Junkie. It was featured in the fall recipe roundup. Be sure to stop by to grab an "I was featured" button and stop by Thursday evening to share your best fall crafts!

  8. What a lovely recipe. They look scrumptious. Thanks so much for sharing at Weekend Potluck.

  9. We can't go to the mall without buying a pretzel or two, so I'll have to try making them at home! Thanks for sharing this tasty recipe with us at Saturday Night Fever!