Total Time
2hrs 8mins
Prep 2 hrs
Cook 8 mins

I have tried tons of recipes in my quest to duplicate "Auntie Anne's" pretzels. I found this one on the net, and it really tastes VERY similar to the real thing, best one so far. I have tried experimenting with add-ins and toppings. One of my faves is adding dried italian seasoning to the dough and sprinkling with parmesan cheese, garlic powder, and coarse salt, dipping

Ingredients Nutrition


  1. In a large mixing bowl, dissolve the yeast, brown sugar and salt in 1 1/2 cups warm water.
  2. Stir in flour, and knead dough on a floured surface until smooth and elastic, about 8 minutes.
  3. Place in a greased bowl, and turn to coat the surface.
  4. Cover, and let rise for one hour.
  5. Combine 2 cups warm water and baking soda in an 8 inch square pan.
  6. After dough has risen, cut into 12 pieces.
  7. Roll each piece into a 3 foot rope, pencil thin or thinner.
  8. Twist into a pretzel shape, and dip into the baking soda solution.
  9. Place on greased or sprayed cookie sheets.
  10. Brush pretzels with melted butter and sprinkle with garlic powder, parmesan cheese, sugar/cinnamon, coarse salt, etc.
  11. (get creative;) Let rise 15 to 20 minutes.
  12. Bake at 450 degrees for 8 to 10 minutes, or until golden brown.
  13. Brush with additional melted butter, if desired.
Most Helpful

I hate writing bad reviews, but this recipe was a disaster. I followed it to a "T" and the dough came out way too sticky. I tried to roll the dough into ropes, but it was impossible and adding more flour just made it tough. I admire those of you who made this recipe successfully -- I don't know what your secret is. I am going to the store for a box of Super Pretzels now. Sorry, Manda :(. I wish I could give this recipe a better review but I have to be fair.

Claire #3 November 17, 2002

I made these into cinnamon/sugar pretzel bites, which are our favorite at the mall. I made the dough in the bread machine, then cut it into bite-size pieces, let it rise again and then baked. When it was finished baking, I brushed the bites with melted butter and then rolled in a cinnamon sugar mixture. The kids (and the adults) loved them!

Chris from Kansas September 04, 2005

This is the first time I've made pretzels, but gave it a go as I live in rural UK and it's impossible to buy fresh ones. These came out beautifully, I did mine with a mix of parmesan, crushed black pepper and sea salt and they were gobbled back in a day.

JustEmma November 19, 2006