Cinnamon Sugar Soft Pretzel Bites are so easy to make at home. Serve them up with a sweet cream cheese icing for the ultimate game day snack!
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Hello there, 2018!
I hope you all had an amazing holiday season full of friends, family, relaxation and of course – food.
It’s been a minute since I’ve last posted here on My Baking Addiction and I totally miss you guys!
I had originally planned on taking a week or so off after the holidays to get my life organized, and I had big plans! Complete with new color coordinated bins and fancy labels.
However, the flu took me out for well over a week. And let me just tell you, it was no joke. I honestly don’t think I’ve ever been that sick as an adult.
Then my little babe got it, so we’ve been doing lots of fever monitoring, couch snuggling and TV watching. But now that I am feeling almost back to normal, aside from a ridiculous cough, I’m going to get back to posting here on MBA starting with these Cinnamon Sugar Soft Pretzel Bites.
If you’re at all like me, you live for a good mall pretzel. There’s just something about a warm, fresh-out-of-the-oven soft pretzel that gives me all the feels.
However, I literally never go to the mall. So unless I’m traveling and hit up the pretzel shop at the airport, I’m pretzel-less.
While I was sick, I only wanted carby foods, so I was craving things like bagels, scones, and you guessed it – soft pretzels.
As soon as I started to feel like a human again, I decided to whip up a batch of homemade soft pretzel dough.
But these aren’t just any soft pretzels. These little cuties are dipped in melted butter, rolled in a mixture of cinnamon and sugar, and served up with a side of sweet cream cheese dip.
You know what would also be amazing? If you subbed in my chai spice blend for the cinnamon. Gah, why didn’t I think of this sooner? Hello, Chai Spice Soft Pretzel Bites, I see you in my future.
Making soft pretzels at home is actually super simple. And the great thing about this recipe is that it’s perfect for beginners, which means it’s a great activity for the whole family.
Thanks to Fleischmann’s® RapidRise™ Yeast, there’s not a lot of rise time which means you’ll be enjoying these Cinnamon Sugar Soft Pretzel Bites in less than an hour from start to finish!
I’ve worked with Fleischmann’s® for years because in my opinion, it’s the best and most reliable yeast on the market. Whether I’m whipping up Overnight Chai Spice Sweet Rolls, Garlic and Herb Beer Bread Rolls, or homemade soft pretzels, Fleischmann’s® Yeast gives me perfect results every single time.
A lot of homemade soft pretzel recipes require you to boil the dough for about 20 seconds in a mixture of water and baking soda to achieve a nice brown, shiny exterior. However, I don’t find that step to be necessary here, but I might delve into this topic further in an upcoming recipe.
In the meantime, Elle and I are indulging in these sweet pretzel bites while we play some ABC Mouse and do some coloring while snuggled up together on the couch.
It stinks that she’s sick, but I’ll let you in on a Mama-secret. I’m also really enjoying the snuggles. And the pretzels. But the snuggles are top notch.
Cinnamon Sugar Soft Pretzel Bites
For the Pretzel Bites
- 4 to 4-1/2 cups all-purpose flour
- 2 tablespoons granulated sugar
- 1 envelope Fleischmann’s® RapidRise™ Yeast
- 1-1/2 teaspoons salt
- 1 cup milk
- 1/2 cup water
- 2 tablespoons vegetable oil
- 1 egg, lightly beaten
For the Topping
- 6 tablespoons salted butter, melted
- 3/4 cup granulated sugar
- 1 tablespoon ground cinnamon
For the Cream Cheese Icing
- 4 ounces cream cheese, softened
- 1 1/2 cups powdered sugar, sifted
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
- 1-2 tablespoons milk
- Combine 2 cups flour, sugar, undissolved yeast, and salt in a large bowl. Heat milk, water, and oil until very warm (120° to 130°F); stir into flour mixture.
- Stir in enough remaining flour to make soft dough. Knead on floured surface until smooth and elastic, about 4 to 6 minutes. Cover; let rest on floured surface 10 minutes.
- Divide into 6 equal pieces. Roll each piece into a 16-inch rope. Cover; let rest for 5 to 10 minutes until risen slightly.
- Preheat oven to 425°F. Line 2 baking sheets with parchment paper.
- Use a knife, kitchen scissors, or pizza cutter to cut each dough rope into 1-inch pieces to create pretzel bites.
- Arrange pretzel bites on prepared baking sheets and make sure none of the pretzel bites are touching. Brush with beaten egg.
- Bake in preheated oven for 12-15 minutes, or until golden brown.
- Meanwhile, mix together the sugar and cinnamon in a medium bowl.
- Remove from oven and allow the pretzel bites to cool for about 5 minutes, or until they are cool enough to be handled.
- Dip pretzel bites into melted butter and then roll in the cinnamon sugar mixture until they are fully coated.
- In a large bowl with an electric mixer, beat cream cheese for about 2 minutes. Add in powdered sugar and beat until smooth and creamy. Scrape down the sides and bottom of the bowl with a spatula and continue beating for an additional 2 minutes. Add in vanilla extract and mix until combined. Gradually add in milk, 1 teaspoon at a time until optimal dipping texture is achieved.
- Serve pretzel bites warm with cream cheese icing.
- If you prefer salted pretzels, simply add coarse salt to the tops of each pretzel bite after you brush the bites with the egg wash. Serve with mustard, pub cheese, marinara or your favorite dipping sauce.
- These pretzel bites are best served warm. If necessary, you can reheat them in the microwave for about 15 seconds before serving.
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