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Cinnamon-Sugar Dusted Soft Pretzels

Course Dessert
Prep Time 1 hour
Cook Time 12 minutes
Servings 6 people


  • 1 cup milk
  • 1 pckg active dry yeast
  • 3 tbsp packed light brown sugar
  • 2 1/4 cups all-purpose flour, plus more for kneading
  • 2 tbsp butter, softened
  • 1 tsp fine salt

The Soda Bath

  • 1/4 cup baking soda
  • 2 1/2 cups warm water


  • 4 tbsp melted butter, for brushing
  • 1/2 cup sugar plus 1 tsp cinnamon for topping, mixed


  1. Make the pretzels: Warm the milk in microwave (about 30 seconds); pour into a medium bowl & add yeast. Let it sit about 2 minutes; stir in the brown sugar and 1 cup flour with a wooden spoon. Add 2 tablespoons softened butter; mix. Add the remaining 1ΒΌ cups flour and salt to make a sticky dough. Turn onto a lightly floured surface & knead, adding more flour if needed, knead about 5 minutes. Shape into ball, place in a lightly greased bowl and cover with plastic wrap or kitchen towel. Let rise until doubled in size, about 1 hour.

  2. Preheat the oven to 450 degrees and line baking sheets with parchment paper, non-stick mat or grease with butter.

  3. Divide dough into 6 pieces if you want big pretzels (12 pieces if you want smaller ones). Use a lightly oiled surface to roll and stretch each piece with the palms of your hands into a 30-inch rope. Form each rope into a pretzel shape.

  4. For the soda bath: dissolve the baking soda in warm water in a shallow baking dish. Dip each pretzel in it, then arrange on the prepared baking sheet.

  5. Bake 10 to 12 minutes or until tops are turning golden brown.

  6. Melt 4 tablespoons of butter in a shallow dish. Brush pretzels with butter or dip them in it. Sprinkle with cinnamon/sugar mix.