Monday, March 7, 2011

Auntie Anne's Pretzels – Copycat Recipe

You know those buttery pretzels you can smell half way around the mall! These are them, Auntie Anne’s Pretzels, yummy…buttery goodness!



1½cups water
1¼ teaspoons active dry yeast (1 pkg.)
2 tablespoons brown sugar
1 ¼ teaspoons salt
1 cup bread flour
3 cups flour
2 cups water
2 tablespoons baking soda
Coarse salt
2 -4 tablespoons butter (melted)


1) Sprinkle yeast on lukewarm water in mixing bowl; stir to dissolve.
2) Add sugar, salt and stir to dissolve; add flour and knead dough until smooth and elastic.
3) Let rise at least 1/2 hour.
4) While dough is rising, prepare a baking soda water bath with 2 cups really warm water and 2 tbsp baking soda.
5) Be certain to stir often.
6) After dough has risen, pinch off bits of dough and roll into a long rope (about 1/2 inch or less thick) and shape.
7) Dip pretzel in soda solution and place on greased baking sheet.
8) Allow pretzels to rise again.
9) Bake in oven at 450 for about 10 minutes or until golden.
10) Brush with melted butter.
11) Topping Tips: After you brush with butter try sprinkling with coarse salt. You could also dip them in Cinnamon/Sugar Mixture or any other favorite toppings you like!


  1. This recipe makes me so happy. I am obsessed with those auntie anne's pretzels and would LOVE to be able to make them at home. No other pretzel even comes close. So glad I found your site, I am your newest GFC follower :)

    Desi @

  2. Thanks so much Desi, I love them too. I can smell them from across the mall and they call my name. Let me know what you think. Now that I am thinking about them I think Ill make them tonight :)

  3. I made these today and they were delicious! I topped them with cinnamon sugar. I also used 2 1/4 tsp of yeast since that's the amount in a standard packet, not sure if that's what it was meant to be. But, they came out great!

  4. Hi Kari, I just stopped by from Eileen's Joy of Caking to see your shortbread cookie recipe and I came across this post. OHHHHH, I'm just going to have to make these. My daughter has been making pretzels from a magazine recipe she recently saw, but Auntie Ann's copycat recipe is a must try. Thanks so much for sharing.


  5. Joanne, I am addicted to these mall pretzels, I cant visit the mall without smelling them! I hope you enjoy them and have a wonderful weekend!

  6. Ok, these were amazing!! Exactly like Auntie Anne's! Thanks so much. I pinned it too :)

  7. Cool blog, love the idea! Can I make them in a bread machine?

  8. These look delicious! about how many pretzels does this make?