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Auntie Anne's Pretzels Recipe
Auntie Anne's Pretzel
By Todd Wilbur

Recipe Type: Bread
Calories: 543
Cook Time: 25 minutes
Recipe Rating: 4.9 (32 reviews)

The first Auntie Anne's pretzel store opened in 1988 in the heart of pretzel country - a Pennsylvanian Amish farmers' market. Over 500 stores later, Auntie Anne's is one of the most requested secret clone recipes around, especially on the internet. Many of the recipes passed around the Web require bread flour, and some use honey as a sweetener. But by analyzing the Auntie Anne's home pretzel-making kit in the secret underground laboratory, I've discovered a better solution for re-creating the delicious mall treats than any clone recipe out there. For the best quality dough, you just need all-purpose flour. And powdered sugar works great to perfectly sweeten the dough. Now you just have to decide if you want to make the more traditional salted pretzels, or the sweet cinnamon sugar-coated kind.  Decisions, decisions.

Source: "Even More Top Secret Recipes" by Todd Wilbur.

1 1/4 cups warm water
1 tablespoon plus 1/4 teaspoon yeast
Submitted on: 08/20/13
Best recipe ever !!!!! :)
zainab ibrahim  
Submitted on: 01/02/13
A real copy of AA it.
Absolutely amazing!
Jay T.  
Submitted on: 11/07/12
I made these today and was blown away. They are a perfect clone! Just be sure to roll the dough extra thin, they'll puff up in the oven. Great job, Todd!
Right on the Money...
Chris S  
Submitted on: 12/26/11
Todd...this recipe is right on the money. The pretzels taste fantastic. We can't keep them in supply...the demand is just too great! These are the bees' knees at Christmas time. Thanks for the great recipe!
Angie Bollinger  
Submitted on: 02/08/11
The recipe is easy to make specially when you have kids that wanna help and all ingredients are very basic. The texture is not the same as auntie anne's but the taste is the same. Don't be intimidated to make this it's really simple & cheap :)
Jill McMillan  
Submitted on: 11/20/10
Very easy to make and taste just like Auntie Anne's!
Submitted on: 03/12/09
I gave this a 4 only because I couldn't get the dough the same consistency as Auntie Anne's. I guess I am a novice. I made pretzel sticks instead to keep it simple and I couldn't keep up with my family. They literally were waiting for each batch to come out of the oven and fought over the last batch. To the point they were counting who had how many...including my husband. They taste just like the one's at the pretzel shop in our local mini mall. Delicious! I don't have a choice; I will be forced to make these again. Hehe!!
Submitted on: 01/04/09
Just made recipe for the first time a little while ago (and munchin' on the results now!)....AWESOME! Still doesn't compare to Auntie Anne's, but definitely an awesome replica. Yummyyyy!!
All Is On  
Submitted on: 10/29/08
This is a great recipe. It tastes like the real thing... I have made these several times and they always come out great.
Mary Ellen  
Submitted on: 09/03/08
This is the awesomest recipe for pretzels ever!! I can't believe it took me so long to find it. Tastes just like Auntie Anne's. I'm still working on how to form them.
Submitted on: 08/20/08
Wow! This was a great recipe!!! I had AA's pretzels for the first time & was awed by the taste. I made this last night & my son snatched 2 off of the cookie sheet right away! I definitely will be making these regularly. It was worth the $.79. I will try it w/ raisins or craisins next time...even different dried fruits. I'm sure it will be a hit.
Submitted on: 03/19/08
These are so yummy! If you use a KitchenAid mixer it does all the work for you! It really couldn't be any easier. Instead of the pretzel shape, I made mini sticks because they fit better in the dish with the melted butter. Glad I got this recipe when it was free!!!
Submitted on: 12/28/07
This recipe is awesome. It is just like the real thing. I have been using this recipe for about 4 years now. I even replace the flour with wheat flour and you have their wheat pretzels.
Submitted on: 09/18/07
This recipe is fantastic! Better than Auntie Anne's. They are a lot of work, but much easier if you use the dough setting on your bread machine. Just follow your machine's instructions on what order to add the ingredients. They are also very good with half whole wheat flour!
Submitted on: 07/05/07
I found a much easier way to roll out the pretzels is to place the dough between two pieces of press-n-seal wrap (instead of in a bowl) and set it out on the kitchen counter. Let it rise for 3 hours so it is nice and soft, then use a PIZZA CUTTER wheel to slice off pieces to roll out into pretzels. It makes it so much easier to roll them out, and the process goes MUCH faster!
Submitted on: 05/25/07
I have made these pretzels about 4 times now. I absolutely LOVE them!! I have made the regular salted pretzels (with my own secret recipe nacho cheese sauce), mini-pretzel bites for my kids and I've also did the cinnamon sugar and dipped them in creamcheese frosting! They are delicious!!!
Submitted on: 01/08/07
I haven't tried the real thing - but these pretzels are awesome! My boys helped me make them and then devoured them the minute they came out of the oven!
Submitted on: 12/11/06
My husband and I try to eat organic foods so we do not eat out much. I love AA pretzels and was excited to have a recipe we could make with organic ingredients. We will enjoy this recipe for years to come!
Submitted on: 08/02/06
Totally awesome recipe. I am a big fan of AA's and was curious as to how these would turn out. Having baked a lot, I was amazed as how great this recipe is. The kids love it and it will definitely become a favorite in our house...
Submitted on: 07/10/06
This recipe is extremely easy and delicious. This so much better than mall pretzels. I like it without the two extra tablespoons of powder sugar. Pretzels taste really good with melted Velveeta Mexican Hot cheese.
Submitted on: 07/05/06
This was the best and easy to make!! good plain and with the cinn./sugar. Actually liked them better then the mall ones!!!
Submitted on: 06/11/06
this is a great recipe. i've made soft pretzels before and none have been close to these. great tast just like auntie anne's. although i would not recomend the cinnamon the regular salted and butter is great!
Submitted on: 05/05/06
Yes indeed very messy to make, had to add more flour when kneading, it was too sticky. Otherwise the taste is awesome just like in the mall. Worth the work.
Submitted on: 02/19/06
I tried out this recipe yesterday.. and it's excellent. I'll definitely be making these again!
Submitted on: 12/26/05
Recipe was awesome - also used beef franks cooked in microwave for 50 seconds and then wrapped in a square of the pretzel dough. Didn't put in the water bath - they turned out great!
Submitted on: 12/08/05
I have never had an Auntie Annes' pretzel, but was looking for a pretzel recipe to make Pretzel Dogs. I made 15 dogs and a couple of misc. pretzels. My 5 year old made her own 'pretzel' shapes. I thought twisting the pretzel into shape would be hard, but it was actually very easy. Will definitely make again (once we have finished off all the dogs in the freezer).
Submitted on: 11/27/05
AMAZING, I didnt think that it would taste like Auntie Anne's, becuase I am a big AA fan. I made them just to see and was I surprised! If you want salted, sprinkle salt on BEFORE the "wash", and it will stick, even after coating. YUM!
Submitted on: 10/15/05
Absolutely fantastic - just as good as the ones you buy at the mall!
Submitted on: 10/11/05
This recipe isn't as difficult to make as thought it may be. (but it is messy) Everyone thought these pretzels were greatest! I've made them twice already.
Submitted on: 10/10/05
YUMMY! Even brushed some with butter and sprinkled with garlic powder. Next I'll try them around hot dogs for homemade pretzel dogs!
Submitted on: 10/09/05
I make these all the time. They are awesome.
Submitted on: 07/18/05
These are fabulous. Just make sure you dip them in the "bubble bath" for the authentic taste.