Have you ever taken a trip to the mall JUST for the warm chewy deliciousness of an Auntie Annes pretzel? You are not alone! There should be a secret support group for this addiction. The warm chewy center. The golden outer crust. The tangy sea salt perfectly placed around the top………… Ohhhh just heaven on a plate (or in a cup if you choose the wonderful little bites perfect for dipping!)
Now you can have this incredible pretzel copycat recipe and enjoy your addiction in the comfort of your own home. No one ever needs to know how much you crave these salty little bites of heaven. Ok, now I sound like the little devil on your shoulder telling you to do the really bad things. I’m really just trying to help you here! I promise I am You will thank me after you make these just once! They are as close to the original as it gets. Give this recipe a try and let me know how they come out for you!
- 2 Cups milk
- 1 1/2 Tbsp (2 packets) active dry yeast
- 6 Tbsp brown sugar
- 4 Tbsp butter, melted
- 4 1/2 Cups flour
- 2 tsp salt
- 1/3 Cups baking soda
- 3 Cups warm water
8 Tbsp butter, melted in a small bowl
Warm up the milk in the microwave or on the stove for about one minute. It should be about 110º. If it’s too hot it will kill the yeast. You should be able to comfortably keep your finger in it. Stir in the yeast and let it sit for about 3 minutes.
- 2 tbsp unsalted butter
- 2 tbsp all-purpose flour
- 1 C milk
- 8 oz extra sharp cheddar cheese, shredded
- pinch of salt
In a small saucepan over medium heat, melt the butter.
Whisk in the flour and cook for 30 seconds, whisking constantly. Slowly whisk in the milk until no lumps of flour remain. Stirring constantly, bring the milk to a simmer over medium-low heat until it thickens, about 3-5 minutes.
Remove the pan from the stove and stir in the shredded cheese until all of the cheese has melted. Add a pinch of salt, if needed. Serve warm. Leftovers can be reheated in the microwave on medium power at 30 second intervals.