These cinnamon sugar pretzels are reminiscent of the ones you buy at Auntie Anne’s…
So you know what I’m going to call them?
(If you haven’t figured it out yet, go look at the photo above.)
Auntie Anne’s pretzels are probably one of the best foods out there. (Yes, I’m going that far.) Next to caramel popcorn, Nutella, and Clif Bars, those soft doughy pretzels are one of my favorite foods.
These Auntie Em’s pretzels are just as good as the cheap, processed kind! They might be even better because you can eat lots with no guilt involved. While I don’t feel guilty per se when eating Auntie Anne’s, I always brush off all the extra cinnamon-sugar on top to attempt to keep the sugar down. You don’t have to do that with these pretzels though! HALLELUJAH!!
Auntie Em’s Pretzels
- 1 cup warm almond milk (120º)
- 1 package rapid-rise yeast
- 1 Tbsp raw sugar (a liquid sweetener will work, as long as it has sugar!)
- 3 cups white whole wheat flour (440 g)
- 2 Tbsp erythritol
- 1 egg
- 2 Tbsp coconut oil
- 1/4 tsp salt
- 1/2 tsp cinnamon
- 1/2 tsp butter extract
For the topping:
- 1/4 cup erythritol
- 1/2 tsp cinnamon
Directions: In a small bowl, combine first three ingredients and let sit 5-10 minutes. The mixture should become nice and frothy if your yeast is working. Pour into a large bowl with the remaining ingredients and mix until just combined. Knead 1-2 minutes until the dough is elastic-y BUT NOT UNTIL IT BECOMES TOUGH! Place the dough into a lightly greased bowl and cover with a towel. Let rise in a warm place for 1-2 hours, or until doubled in size. Once done rising, prepare a pan with parchment paper and preheat your oven to 350º. In a medium pot, boil ~4 cups water. Roll your dough into 16 pretzel shapes and, two at a time, boil each side for ~1 minute, flipping sides halfway through. Place onto prepared pan*. Sprinkle (liberally) each pretzel with cinnamon sugar mixture and bake ~12 minutes, or until golden brown and cooked through.
*NOTE: If your parchment paper gets wet from the pretzels (which it probably will) your oven may start to steam during the baking process! Do not panic, just turn on the fan!