Auntie Anne’s Copy Cat Pretzels
Auntie Anne’s pretzels used to be one of my greatest temptations whenever I would go to the mall and … I would usually cave and get the cinnamon sugar pretzel and would split one with my mom when we would go shopping!
Luckily I have found a way to recreate these pretzels with less fat and calories! These pretzels are amazing!!! I can’t tell you how close they are to the real thing!! And actually this was the very first recipe I made with my Kitchenaid stand mixer!! They get better every time I make them!
Makes 12 pretzels
2 cups skim milk
2 packets of active yeast
5 tbs dark brown sugar
3 tbs melted unsalted butter
4.5 cups of whole wheat flour
2 tsp salt
Baking Soda Bath:
1/3 cup baking soda
2 cups warm water
3 tbs unsalted butter melted
1. Warm milk in microwave until it’s about bath tub temperature ( if it’s too hot it will kill the yeast!). Add yeast to warm milk and let it sit for 3 minutes.
2. Add milk mixture, butter, and sugar to a stand mixer.
3. Adding 1 cup at a time of flour while it stirs continuously.
4. Add salt.
5. Knead dough for 10 minutes via stand mixer or by hand.
6. Put dough in a greased bowl with greased lid or plastic wrap and let rise for 1 hour.
7. Preheat oven to 450 degrees.
8. Mix warm water and baking soda in a separate bowl.
9. Punch down dough and separate into 12 sections.
10. Roll out each section as thin as possible and make your best pretzel shape with it.
11. Dip each pretzel in the baking soda bath and place on greased baking sheet and bake for 7-12 minutes.
12. Brush on melted butter on each pretzel and put course salt on top ( optional)
13. To make cinnamon version mix sugar and cinnamon together and dip pretzels in it after brushed with butter.
14. Enjoy immediately. They will last in fridge for a couple of days but I highly recommend serving immediately.