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Cinnamon Roll Pretzel Bites

Prep Time 25 mins
Total Time 34 mins
Servings 40 pretzel bites

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Soft pretzels meet cinnamon rolls! Soft, chewy pretzel dough rolled in cinnamon sugar, baked and covered in a thin glaze – pretzel perfection!

soft pretzel bites on a white plate coated in cinnamon sugar and drizzled with glaze

I want you to know I try to refrain from overusing exclamation marks.

But pretzels and cinnamon rolls get me a little bit excited.

I’d been thinking of a few different ways I want to use my favorite homemade soft pretzel dough, and – obviously – this is the one I start with.

I am a serious soft pretzel addict (aren’t you?!). Though I insisted I didn’t like crunchy pretzels until someone made me cookies with pretzels in them. Now I totally get what all the hype is about!

Are you a sweet pretzel person or a salty pretzel person? I always go for the caramel sauce at the mall, but partly because I don’t like cheese sauce, or mustard, or ranch, or any of those other things they probably offer.

In other news, I think I need to start eating more food that isn’t brown.

But the day I made these was such a gray, rainy day…. and I’d been dreaming of making some pretzel bites like this for so long…. And I couldn’t resist.

You understand, right?

I promise I’m going to have more light and no-bake recipes coming for Swimsuit Season. But even Swimsuit Season has its share of cold, gray, rainy days (at least where I am!), and you just might find yourself longing for something warm, and chewy, and cinnamony, and glaze-drizzly.

Or you can just keep them in your back pocket until the cool fall weather hits and dig them out when you get the urge.

Metaphorically speaking, I mean. You wouldn’t actually stuff your pockets full of pretzels, would you?

white bowl filled with cinnamon sugar coated pretzel bites drizzled with glaze

Find bread machine instructions here.

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Cinnamon Roll Pretzel Bites

Cinnamon Roll Pretzel Bites: Soft pretzels meet cinnamon rolls! Soft, chewy pretzel dough rolled in cinnamon sugar, baked and covered in a thin glaze – pretzel perfection! www.thereciperebel.com
Prep Time 25 mins
Cook Time 9 mins
Total Time 34 mins
Cuisine American
Course Bread and Baked Goods, Dessert
Servings 40 pretzel bites
Calories 89cal

Ingredients

  • 1 1/4 cups warm water
  • 1 1/2 tsp instant yeast original recipe uses active dry, so a swap should be fine
  • 3 tbsp + 1 cup brown sugar divided
  • 3 cups all-purpose flour
  • 2 liters of water for boiling
  • 1/2 cup baking soda
  • 2 tsp cinnamon
  • 1/2 cup melted butter 1 stick

Glaze:

  • 1 tbsp butter softened (not melted!)
  • 1/2 cup powdered icing sugar
  • 1 tsp vanilla

Instructions

  • In the bowl of a stand mixer (you can likely knead by hand if that’s what you’re used to – I just like how the stand mixer makes it quick and easy), add water, yeast and 3 tablespoons brown sugar and whisk to combine. Let sit 5 minutes to ensure the yeast is activated (it should become slightly frothy).
  • Add flour and mix with a dough hook until the dough is smooth (see the picture below). Cover with plastic wrap and let rise in a warm place for 1-1.5 hours until doubled in size (see picture below).
  • Line two rimmed baking sheets with tin foil and spray with non-stick spray. Set aside. Preheat oven to 400 degrees F.
  • In a large pot, combine water and baking soda and bring to a boil. While your water is heating, roll dough into 1” balls (makes about 3.5-4 dozen).
  • Combine the 1 cup brown sugar and 2 tsp cinnamon in a medium bowl and set aside. Place melted ½ cup butter in a small bowl and set aside.
  • Drop balls into the boiling water 6-8 at a time and boil for 15-30 seconds. Remove with a slotted spoon and place in the melted butter. Move from the melted butter to the cinnamon and sugar mixture.
  • Place coated dough balls onto the prepared baking sheets and bake at 400 degrees F for 8-9 minutes, stirring once half way, until slightly firm on the outside. If needed, break one open to ensure the pretzels are cooked all the way through.
  • For the glaze, combine 1 tbsp butter, powdered icing sugar and vanilla with a whisk in a small bowl. Drizzle over pretzel bites. Serve warm.

Notes

*I tried baking them without boiling, but they are not quite the same. They are still great, and if you really want to skip a step you likely could, but they won’t have the same awesome pretzel texture as one that is first boiled.
*My original pretzel recipe uses a bread machine: if you’re looking for those instructions, find them linked above in the post.

Nutrition Information

Calories: 89cal | Carbohydrates: 15g | Protein: 1g | Fat: 2g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 6mg | Sodium: 438mg | Potassium: 20mg | Sugar: 7g | Vitamin A: 80IU | Calcium: 10mg | Iron: 0.5mg

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  1. Kim says

    Hi, I want to make these, because I have a party, but I don’t feel like baking/preparing all morning. Would you recommend freezing the balls before popping them into the oven the next day or maybe baking them for a few minutes and baking it completely the next day?

    • Ashley Fehr says

      Hi Kim! I’m sorry, I’ve never made them ahead. If I was going to try I would probably freeze the balls just after rolling and then finishing cooking and preparing. If you do try it, I would love to hear how it works for you!

      • Kim says

        So just prepare the dough and roll it into balls and then freeze? Or boil it before freezing, because I’m afraid the dough would just stick together if I were to put them together before boiling.

      • Kim says

        Okay, so I prepared the dough into balls and boiled it. After that I froze it and the next day I let it defrost for a little while, and then i prepared them and put them in the oven. They were great and everyone really liked them 😀

  2. Stacey @ Bake Eat Repeat says

    My goodness, I am such a pretzel addict I seriously want to go make these right now. And I’m already baking bread on a 30 degree day like an idiot. I probably don’t need the oven on any longer! But this looks just fantastic, what a great idea combining cinnamon buns and pretzels!

  3. Dorothy Dunton says

    Hi Ashley! I usually go for mustard, but I don’t have anything against cinnamon and sugar! I agree that the boiling water bath is necessary for both pretzels and bagels to achieve the proper chewiness!

  4. Gayle @ Pumpkin 'N Spice says

    I’m definitely a soft pretzel addict! I used to visit Auntie Anne’s whenever I was at the mall in high school and their pretzels were SO good! I’m sure these homemade bites are even better. I love the cinnamon roll flavor, sounds delicious! Pinned!

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