Sweet And Soft: Homemade Cinnamon Sugar Pretzels

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There’s nothing quite like the warm, comforting aroma of freshly baked pretzels. And when you add a touch of cinnamon sugar, you’ve got a treat that’s both nostalgic and undeniably delicious. This recipe will guide you through the process of creating these delightful snacks, from the soft, chewy dough to the perfectly caramelized cinnamon sugar coating.

Ingredients:

Cinnamon Sugar Soft Pretzels
Cinnamon Sugar Soft Pretzels

1 cup warm water (105°F to 115°F)

  • 1 tablespoon active dry yeast
  • 1 tablespoon granulated sugar
  • 3 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons salt
  • 1 tablespoon baking soda
  • 1/4 cup melted butter
  • 1/2 cup granulated sugar
  • 2 tablespoons ground cinnamon
  • Coarse sea salt (for sprinkling, optional)

  • Instructions:

    1. Activate the Yeast: In a large bowl, combine warm water, yeast, and 1 tablespoon of sugar. Let sit for 5 minutes, or until the yeast is foamy and active.

    2. Mix the Dough: Add the flour and salt to the yeast mixture and stir until a shaggy dough forms. Turn the dough out onto a lightly floured surface and knead for 5-7 minutes, or until smooth and elastic. Place the dough in a greased bowl, cover with plastic wrap, and let rise in a warm place for 1 hour, or until doubled in size.

    3. Shape the Pretzels: Preheat your oven to 400°F (200°C) and line a baking sheet with parchment paper. Divide the dough into 8 equal pieces. Roll each piece into a long rope, about 18 inches long. To form the classic pretzel shape, twist each rope into a U-shape, then cross the ends over each other and bring them down to press onto the bottom of the U.

    4. Boil and Bake: In a large pot, bring 8 cups of water to a boil. Add the baking soda and stir to dissolve. Carefully lower the pretzels into the boiling water, one at a time, using a slotted spoon. Boil for 30 seconds per side.

    5. Sweeten Up! In a shallow bowl, combine the melted butter, 1/2 cup of sugar, and cinnamon. Remove the pretzels from the boiling water and immediately dunk them in the cinnamon sugar mixture, coating them generously. Place the coated pretzels on the prepared baking sheet, leaving space between each one. Sprinkle with coarse sea salt, if desired.

    6. Bake to Perfection: Bake the pretzels for 10-12 minutes, or until golden brown. Let cool slightly before serving warm.

    Nutrition Facts (per pretzel):

    Calories: 280

  • Fat: 10g
  • Saturated Fat: 6g
  • Cholesterol: 30mg
  • Sodium: 320mg
  • Carbohydrates: 40g
  • Sugar: 15g
  • Protein: 5g

  • Conclusion:

    These homemade cinnamon sugar pretzels are sure to become a favorite. They’re perfect for a quick snack, after-school treat, or even a fun weekend baking project. With their soft, chewy texture and irresistible sweetness, they’ll leave you wanting more!

    Frequently Asked Questions:

    1. Can I use quick rise yeast?

    Yes, you can substitute quick rise yeast for active dry yeast in this recipe. Simply combine the quick rise yeast with the flour and salt in step 2, and let the dough rise for 30 minutes instead of 1 hour.

    2. What if my dough is too sticky?

    If your dough feels too sticky after kneading, add a tablespoon of flour at a time until it becomes smooth and elastic.

    3. Don’t have baking soda?

    While baking soda helps give the pretzels their signature chewy texture, you can still create delicious pretzels without it. Simply skip adding it to the boiling water in step 4.

    4. How can I store leftover pretzels?

    Store leftover pretzels in an airtight container at room temperature for up to 2 days. They can also be frozen for up to 3 months. Thaw frozen pretzels at room temperature before reheating in a preheated oven at 350°F (175°C) for a few minutes.

    5. Can I add other toppings to my pretzels?