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Easy Soft Pretzels Recipe (Auntie Anne’s Pretzels)

Easy Soft Pretzels Recipe (Auntie Anne’s Pretzels)

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How To Make Copycat Auntie Anne’s Soft Pretzels

This rendition of Auntie Anne’s soft pretzels gets you baked golden brown treats. Made with flour, sugar, and butter, savor these slightly salty treats.

Preparation: 45 minutes
Cooking: 15 minutes
Rise Time: 1 hour
Total: 2 hours



  • 2cupsmilk
  • tbspactive dry yeast,(2 packets)
  • 6tbsplight brown sugar,packed
  • 4tbspbutter,at room temperature, plus 6 tbsp melted for brushing
  • cupsall-purpose flour,plus up to an additional ½ cup as needed
  • 2tspfine salt
  • cupbaking soda
  • 3cupswater,warm
  • coarse salt,to taste
  • dipping sauce,for serving, optional


  1. Warm milk in a microwave safe bowl in the microwave for 1½ to 2 minutes on high power until temperature of milk reaches 110 degrees F.

  2. Pour milk along with yeast into the bowl of an electric stand mixer and whisk together until yeast has dissolved, let rest for 5 minutes.

  3. Add brown sugar, softened butter, 1 cup flour and fine sea salt to milk mixture and using the whisk attachment, stir until blended.

  4. Switch attachment to a dough hook, add remaining flour and kneaded mixture on medium low speed until elastic.

  5. Mix in up to an additional ½ cup flour, as needed, until dough pulls away from the sides of the bowl. Cover bowl with plastic wrap and allow dough to rise in warm place for 1 hour until doubled in size.

  6. Preheat oven to 450 degrees F. Line two baking sheets with Silpats or parchment paper. Punch dough down several times to release any air pockets.

  7. Divide dough into 12 equal pieces and cover loosely with plastic wrap.

  8. Roll each piece out into a long, thin rope about 32 to 36-inches long. Form dough rope into a pretzel shape.

  9. In a shallow bowl, whisk together baking soda and warm water then fully immerse pretzel into water mixture, lift and allow excess water to drip off.

  10. Place on prepared baking sheet, reshape as needed and sprinkle to taste with coarse salt. Repeat this process with remaining dough.

  11. Bake pretzels in preheated oven for 7 to 11 minutes until golden brown. Remove from oven and brush top and bottom of pretzels with melted butter.

  12. Serve warm with optional dipping sauce.


  • Calories: 251.46kcal
  • Fat: 5.73g
  • Saturated Fat: 3.28g
  • Trans Fat: 0.16g
  • Monounsaturated Fat: 1.43g
  • Polyunsaturated Fat: 0.42g
  • Carbohydrates: 42.79g
  • Fiber: 1.67g
  • Sugar: 6.58g
  • Protein: 6.78g
  • Cholesterol: 14.24mg
  • Sodium: 1701.43mg
  • Calcium: 60.11mg
  • Potassium: 125.32mg
  • Iron: 2.25mg
  • Vitamin A: 51.08µg
  • Vitamin C: 0.00mg
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