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Cinnamon Sugar Pretzel Bites

Cinnamon Sugar Pretzel Bites

Cinnamon Sugar Pretzel Bites with a cream cheese dipping sauce! Soft yet chewy, sweet, and pairs perfectly with cream cheese dip!

A couple of weeks ago, Ryan and I found ourselves in the mall, standing in line for….. an Auntie Anne’s pretzel! It has literally been years since either of us have indulged in a pretzel from there. These days they have so many more choices, and all kinds of dips. Despite all of our options, we went with our old stand-by, the same pretzel we’d get when we made regular trips to the mall when we first started dating in high school…. the cinnamon sugar pretzel.

Now, I’m no stranger to making pretzels at home. In fact, this recipe for Buttery Mini Soft Pretzel Bites is a favorite! Yet, for whatever reason, I haven’t ever tried making the cinnamon sugar variation. After our trip to Auntie Anne’s, I added “Cinnamon Sugar Pretzel Bites” to my never-ending list of recipes to try.

I started with my original recipe for the classic buttery version as a guide to help me with these. You’ll start by making the dough which simply consists of flour, salt, sugar, instant yeast, and warm water. After kneading the dough until it’s smooth, you’ll form it into a ball and let it rise for about 30 minutes.

Then you’ll divide the dough into four equal sections and roll each section until it’s about 8 inches in length like what you see here:

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Now it’s time for you to make the bites! Cut each of the four ropes into 8 equal pieces so that you end up with 32 pretzel bites.

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This is one of the most important parts! The pretzel bites need to take a quick dip in a pool of water that has been mixed well with baking soda. I used a whisk to combine the water and baking soda in a small bowl, then transferred it to a shallow cake pan like what you see below. All of the pretzel bites will go into the water for about a minute, then you’ll flip them and let the other side soak in water.

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Arrange all of the bites on a greased baking sheet, making sure that they don’t touch. Notice I wasn’t aiming for perfection here! Despite the fact that my bites weren’t all uniform, they still turned out perfect. At this point, once they’re on the baking sheet, you’ll want to let them rest for about 5 minutes.

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Into the oven they’ll go for about 10-11 minutes. They’ll get cooked at a high temp of 475 degrees, so they cook quick! 

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Once they’re beautiful, and golden brown, it’s time to melt a little butter and combine some cinnamon and sugar. You’ll need about 4 tablespoons of melted butter. 1 minute in the microwave does the trick here. In a small bowl you’ll combine 1/2 cup sugar with 1 teaspoon cinnamon. Line a baking sheet with wax paper, then begin dipping one side of each pretzel bite in butter, then in the cinnamon sugar mixture. Mmmmm mmmm!

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Finally it’s time for the cream cheese dip which is sort of a necessity with these cinnamon sugar pretzel bites! All you’ll need is 2 ounces softened cream cheese, a tablespoon of butter, about 1/2 cup confectioners sugar, and 1-2 tablespoons of milk, depending on your desired consistency. You’ll cream the butter and cream cheese together, then add in the confectioners sugar, and finally a little milk.

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The result is just fantastic! You’ll get about 32 pretzel bites out of this recipe. The dip will go quick! If you tend to use a lot of dip with each pretzel bite, you’ll want to double the recipe for the cream cheese dip. Soft yet chewy, sweet, and pairs perfectly with cream cheese dip! Enjoy!

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Prep Time: 45mn
Cook Time: 11mn
Total Time: 56mn


  • 2 and 1/2 cups all purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon table salt
  • 2 teaspoons granulated sugar
  • 2 1/4 teaspoons instant yeast
  • 1 cup warm water


  • 1 cup very hot water
  • 2 tablespoons baking soda
  • 4 tablespoons melted butter
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon


  • 2-3 ounces softened cream cheese
  • 1-2 tablespoons butter, softened
  • 1/2 cup confectioners sugar
  • 1-2 tablespoons milk


  1. With your mixer, combine flour, salt, sugar, and yeast. Then add in 1 cup warm water and mix until well combined. You could also do this by hand or use a food processor. Knead the dough until it is smooth.
  2. Sprinkle flour in the bottom of a bowl. Place the dough in the bowl and cover it. Allow it to sit for about 30 minutes to rise.
  3. Knead the dough for 30 seconds to 1 minute. Divide the dough into 4 equal sections. Form each section into strips about 8 inches long and about 1 inch wide. Cut each strip into 8 pieces so that you have 32 pretzel bites.
  4. Pre-heat your oven to 475 degrees.
  5. In a shallow dish combine one cup of very hot water with 2 tablespoons baking soda. Whisk well to combine.
  6. Place pretzel bites in the water/baking soda mixture and allow to site for one minute. Then flip the pretzel bites and allow to sit in the mixture for one minute longer. Arrange the pretzels on a greased baking sheet.
  7. Allow the pretzel bites to rest for about 5 minutes, then place them in the oven for 10-11 minutes, or until the pretzel bites are nice and brown.
  8. While the pretzel bites are baking, melt 4 tablespoons of butter (1 minute in the microwave does the trick)  and in a small bowl combine 1/2 granulated sugar with 1 teaspoon cinnamon. Dip each pretzel bite in butter, then in the cinnamon sugar mixture. 
  9. With your mixture, cream together cream cheese and butter. Add in confectioners sugar and mix until smooth. Add in 1-2 tablespoons of milk depending on your desired consistency.
  10. Serve pretzel bites with cream cheese frosting on the side.
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  1. i jus love ur recipes please keep sending them!

  2. I ve tried that recipe last week end. The only question I have is: Is it suppose to taste salty. Tasted as if I dropped to much salt in the recipe or could it be the baking soda! We make again for sure.

  3. Kara Millot-Saurenman

    Love what I’m seeing at Good luck and keep on posting!

  4. Haha! Oh,I know:) Def going to try these.Thanks for all these recipes.Every one you post I would make…They are all right up my alley.

  5. You had me at Chocolate..I read about you on Welcome Home..wanted to say Welcome to our group as well..I’ll be back for sure to check out your other yummy sounding recipes!

  6. a great big shout out to welcome you to our group at welcome home….love your recipes…will be coming back for your recipes

  7. Saw your link on Welcome Home – your recipes look great and I can’t wait to try some!

  8. Ami Attebery-Workman

    I was sent by Welcome Home :-) I wanted to say ‘hi’…I’m a big fan of recipes and will be making your chocolate lasagna for a gathering this weekend…thank you it! And I like this cinnamon pretzel bites :-)

  9. Connie Mccall Sandidge

    Found this on welcome home! Love recipe and can’t to try some of your’s out. They look wonderful

  10. Bridget Anne Aiguier-Foco

    Marty from Welcome Home sent me to your page. Can not wait to try your recipes.

  11. Robin Eubanks Mast

    Heard about you on Welcome Home. Can’t wait to try some of your great sounding recipes!

  12. Heard about you from Marty at Welcome home.. Love your recipes!!

  13. Can’t wait to try your recipes. Heard about you from Welcome Home.

  14. So if I dont want the salt/baking soda taste..should I cut down on baking soda ammount?

  15. Helen Hood Kennedy

    I sure am glad your my daughter in law your not only good to me your also a great cook. YEAAAAAAAAA

  16. I will be trying this recipe l like trying new recipe

  17. Annisa Morgan, no I want to, but I’m too lazy to try… Have to b on the mood. I love it, but it’s just so much easier to go to cinnabon and spend a couple of dollars for a pack of it… :-(

  18. Looks so yummy can’t wait to make it and taste it

  19. I am definitely going to try this recipe! I love cinnamon and pretzels!

  20. Hi my pretzel bites turned out more like pretzel biscuits. They are flatter and more oval shaped. They certainly didn’t look like yours when they came out of the baking soda bath. But they taste delicious. I was thinking next time to leave the cinnamon sugar off and use them with chicken salad as little finger sandwiches.

  21. Hi! I’m about to make these pretzel bites…but I won’t need them until tomorrow. Can they be made ahead? Or should I just do everything tomorrow morning…
    Also making the Chocolate Lasagna..can’t wait!

  22. How far ahead can I make these pretzel bites? I know I can’t keep them overnight, but can I make them in the morning and serve them after dinner?

  23. We make these all the time and its a favorite in my house for movie or family game night. Its also one of the most popular request from my daughters friends for sleepovers. I make half with salt and half with cinnamon sugar. I use a few oz of melted velveeta with diced pickled jalapeno peppers. The only thing I do differently is I bring my baking soda and water to a boil and let each piece float in the boiling baking soda water for 20-30 seconds. It is like making bagels it adds to the chewiness. We have tried both ways and the boiling method turns out better.

  24. Deborah Mitchell Harroun

    The pretzels look amazing, and I want to eat that dipping sauce with a spoon!!

  25. Looks delicious! Do you have any dishes/recipes that are low in fat?

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