My Sunday baking continues. Major hit this week from a Pinterest find that led me to and her copycat recipe for Auntie Anne’s  pretzels. It’s a little dangerous to have this recipe to be honest. If you can’t find me, I’ll be in a homemade pretzel induced food coma in the corner from over-indulgence! Thankfully I recognized that this might be the case and decided to make just a half batch (yielding 6 pretzels, plus a mini one).

Homemade Pretzels - Auntie Anne's copycat recipe

I’ll let you check out Yammie’s site for the recipe, since I didn’t change it a bit besides halfing the recipe and using a little less salt. Here’s what my process looked like though. Some tips follow. Overall they were easier than I thought they would be.

Homemade Pretzels - Auntie Anne copycat

Here’s another link to the recipe. A few things I learned:

  • I really wish I had a KitchenAid standmixer for kneading dough. It’s definitely doable by hand, but requires 10 minutes of kneading. One day it will be mine! My problem right now is storage space.
  • Roll them out thin. You can see in my step by step pictures, I thought I had gotten it pretty thin, but they still baked up a little thicker than Yammie’s (and Auntie Anne’s). They still tasted awesome though!
  • When doing the baking soda/water dip, I found that rolling and shaping a few out at a time and then dipping them was more efficient and less messy.
  • If you are baking them in separate batches. (I only baked 3 at a time.) Roll, shape, and dip the ones you’re going to bake and then put them in the oven. While they’re baking roll, shape, and dip the next batch. This way they don’t have too much of a chance of the dough raising again in between. 
  • I don’t care for a lot of salt on my pretzels, so I did not salt them (except for what was in the dough) before putting them in the oven. I did do a light dusting of sea salt after I dipped them in butter.

Homemade Pretzels - Auntie Anne copycat

Seriously, these are so good. My husband and I polished 4.5 of them off the first day. My son doesn’t really care for bread, so it was all on the two of us to eat them. I know, he must not really be my child!


  • Julia Kendrick
    Posted March 20, 2013 9:42 am 0Likes

    I love soft pretzels and every time I pass an auntie anns I have to get me one! Thanks so much for the recipe! Pinned! Julia @

  • Stephanie
    Posted March 21, 2013 7:12 pm 0Likes

    Oh goodness. I’ve never tried homemade pretzels, but these look too good to pass up! And I agree about having a Kitchen Aid for dough (and for all baking)!! I wish so badly I had one.. it would make doughs so much easier to work with.

    • sometimes-homemade
      Posted March 21, 2013 8:50 pm 0Likes

      I agree, I stare at them every time I’m at the store – someday, that KitchenAid will be mine! Thanks for stopping by!

  • shelconnors
    Posted March 25, 2013 12:53 pm 0Likes

    These looks amazing! Auntie Anne’s are my absolute favorite- Can’t wait to make these!

    Stopping by from the Marvelous Monday’s Link Party 🙂

    • sometimes-homemade
      Posted March 25, 2013 5:32 pm 0Likes

      I warn you, they are addicting! I can’t wait to have people over so I have a reason to make them again (and not eat them all myself!).

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