These Cinnamon Sugar Pretzel Bites were so yummy and easier than I expected.
Cinnamon Sugar Pretzel Bites
I’ve never been a pretzel fan, which is sort of odd considering my obsession with bread. Every once in a while I get a craving for them, the soft ones…not the crunchy sticks. I worked at the mall a long time again and once a month or so I would wander by Auntie Annies and get some cinnamon sugar pretzel bites because they are amazing. Joe loves the big soft pretzels and has me pick them up for him whenever he has the chance but I almost always skip them. These Cinnamon Sugar Pretzel Bites showed up in my Pinterest feed and reminded me that it had been a long time since I had some. A craving was born and I had no choice but to satisfy it.
The dough isn’t complicated. I added the yeast, warm water and a little sugar in the kitchen aid and used the whisk attachment to combine. I let it sit for 10 minutes until it was nice and foamy. I threw in the rest of the sugar, brown sugar, vegetable oil and salt then gave it a good mixing. I added the bread flour a little at a time while the mixer was running on the lowest setting.
I switched to the dough hook and added the rest of the flour a little at a time. I’ve started to be much more careful with this part since I am prone to overflouring (Yes, it’s totally a word..hush mama!). When I was happy with the dough I let the kitchen aid knead it for a few minutes to make sure the texture was right and all the flour was mixed in. I left it pretty sticky, because I wanted to make sure the flour I added to roll it wouldn’t make it too dense.
I let the dough rise for a couple of hours then cut it into 6 pieces, threw flour over the top and covered the pieces I wasn’t using with plastic wrap to keep them from drying out.
Y’all this was the most complicated part. I rolled them on the counter a little and then attempted the “jump rope method”. Can I tell you that it’s not as easy as it sounds? I got them rolled out a little then attempted to flip them a couple of times. One of the ends snapped off and the rest of the roll flew across the kitchen and splatted on the floor. I stood there staring at it for a second until one of the dogs ran over and took off with it. I spent the next 5 minutes chasing him and swearing, while his brother jumped around barking. When I finally got it back, I had to try and snatch the pieces that flew around the house while he was running before he and his brother beat me to them. They thought it was the best game ever and I decided that rolling them on the counter was much better for my sanity.
I was a little frazzled and the rolling part didn’t go as well as I could have hoped. I need a little practice with that part and maybe a little less help from the twins. I cut the rolls into my uneven bite size(ish) pieces and set them aside.
I boiled 3 cups of water and added 1/4 cup of baking soda to it and dropped the pieces in the water one at a time. I only left them in there for a few seconds, they just need a little dip. I pulled them out with my slotted spoon and drained off as much of the water as I could then plopped them on a baking sheet covered with a silicone sheet.
I threw them in the oven and let them bake, pulled them out when they were finished and dunked them in melted butter. I set them aside to let the butter soak in for a bit, the original recipe says this helps to keep the cinnamon sugar coating even and not clumpy (I am, of course, paraphrasing that).
When it came time for the cinnamon sugar, I was cranky from dealing with the dogs and ready to eat these by the handful. I didn’t roll them in cinnamon sugar, instead I poured it over the top and rolled them around in whatever was left on the plate. Y’all mine weren’t as pretty as they could have been but they still tasted amazing!
These take some time to make, especially when you have *help*. The dough makes a ton of bites and I think next time I will freeze half of it for another time but they were worth the effort. These were so good and the perfect way to satisfy random pretzel cravings.
Are you a pretzel lover? I’d love to know if you plan on trying these yourself so leave me a comment and tell me all about it.
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