Pretzel Dogs

Homemade Pretzel Dogs - just like Auntie Anne's! #recipe by bunsinmyoven.com

I made lunch. Then I ate it.

That’s about the end of that story.

Except for, you know, the part where I cried tears of joy because these pretzel dogs were ridiculous in all the right ways. They even made it to the Buns In My Oven Favorites Category! While I love all of the recipes that I share with you, the Favorite Recipes section is where you’ll find the best of the best, those recipes that I make for my family as often as I can get away with!

Homemade Pretzel Dogs - just like Auntie Anne's! #recipe by bunsinmyoven.com

I mean, plain hot dogs aren’t really my thang. I’ll eat them, of course, but I have to do it very fast and without thinking about it. Kinda like when I see my daughter take a swig from my water bottle and half of the water from her mouth goes right back in the bottle? I basically have to give myself amnesia to drink from the bottle again.

Anyway, hot dogs are delicious if you don’t over-think them and if you make them into something a little more fabulous than just a boring ol’ dawg.

Homemade Pretzel Dogs - just like Auntie Anne's! #recipe by bunsinmyoven.com

So, I whipped up some pretzel dough and wrapped it around a hot dog, just like the ones you find in the mall at Auntie Anne’s. Then I ated them all gone, oopsies, sorry about that kids! No lunch for you!

These are definitely a leeeeetle more involved than the traditional hot dog cooked in the microwave and popped on a store bought bun. Worth every bit of extra effort, though. This recipe is lightly adapted from Alton Brown’s soft pretzels. I halved his recipe to make 8 pretzel dogs, but you can totally make the full batch and enjoy some soft, buttery pretzels with your pretzel dogs! You can freeze these, too. Instructions for freezing are in the recipe below.

Homemade Pretzel Dogs - just like Auntie Anne's! #recipe by bunsinmyoven.com

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Pretzel Dogs

Yield: 8 pretzel dogs

Prep Time: 20 minutes

Cook Time: 20 minutes

Total Time: 1 hour 40 minutes

Ingredients:

3/4 cup warm (110 to 115 degrees F) water
2 teaspoons sugar
1 teaspoon kosher salt
1 1/2 teaspoons active dry yeast
2 1/4 cups flour
1 tablespoon butter, melted
Vegetable oil, for pan
10 cups water
2/3 cup baking soda
1 large egg yolk beaten with 1 tablespoon water
Pretzel salt
8 hot dogs

Directions:

Combine the water, sugar and kosher salt in the bowl of a stand mixer and sprinkle the yeast on top. Sit for 5 minutes or until the mixture begins to foam. Add the flour and butter and mix on low speed using the dough hook until well combined. Increase to medium speed and knead until the dough is smooth and pulls away from the side of the bowl, about 4 to 5 minutes. Remove the dough from the bowl and place in a clean, oiled bowl. Cover with plastic wrap and sit in a warm place for approximately 50 minutes or until the dough has doubled in size.

Preheat the oven to 450 degrees. Line a large cookie sheet with parchment paper and brush with the vegetable oil.

Bring the 10 cups of water and the baking soda to a rolling boil in a large, deep pan.

In the meantime, separate the dough into 8 equal pieces. Use your hands to roll and stretch the pieces of dough into ropes, about 12 inches long. Wrap one piece of dough around each hot dog, leaving just a bit of the dog peeking out at the ends. Press the ends of the dough together to hold in place.

Place the pretzels, one at a time, into the boiling water for 30 seconds. Remove them from the water using a slotted spoon. Return to the prepared cookie sheet, brush the top of each pretzel with the beaten egg yolk and water mixture and sprinkle with the pretzel salt. Bake until dark golden brown in color, approximately 12 to 14 minutes. Transfer to a cooling rack for at least 5 minutes before serving.

If you're freezing the pretzels, do not brush the tops with butter or add the pretzel salt. Bake them until just lightly browned and cool completely. Place them into the freezer on the cookie sheet for 1 hour to harden. Remove from the cookie sheet and place in a freezer safe bag and freeze until ready to use. To prepare, brush the frozen pretzels with butter and sprinkle with salt. Bake at 350 degrees for about 15 minutes or until warmed through and golden brown.

Looking for more hot dog recipes?
Cajun Andouille Hot Dog from Country Cleaver
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Mac and Cheese Dogs from Taste and Tell
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58 Responses to “Pretzel Dogs”

  1. Nancy P.@thebittersideofsweet August 11, 2013 @ 3:12 pm (#
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    This would so be a winner in my house!! Looks great!

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  2. Belinda @themoonblushbaker August 11, 2013 @ 3:31 pm (#
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    YUMMMM!!!!! These are my favourite type of bread and meat combo. I made one that is hong kong style (condensed milk bread with a frank ford) for my blog if you want to take a look. more sweet than savoury but you get the picture

    http://themoonblushbaker.blogspot.com.au/2013/08/clutter-bug-paradox-hong-kong-sausage.html

    I could definitely give these germany ones a go too! pass the mustard please!

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  3. Pamela @ Brooklyn Farm Girl August 11, 2013 @ 5:54 pm (#
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    I love pretzel inspired rolls so these I’m all over. In fact I think I would just snack on them! Yum, can’t wait to make them!

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  4. Tieghan August 11, 2013 @ 7:59 pm (#
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    Seriously???

    You just went above and beyond awesome!! These are just, WOW!

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  5. Mimi @ Culinary Couture August 11, 2013 @ 11:51 pm (#
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    Oh these are a million times better than gross hotdog buns! Also, what is it with kids and half the water going back into their water bottle! My nephews do it all the time and it is my biggest pet peeve!

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  6. madison August 12, 2013 @ 5:21 am (#
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    AMAZING looking! These would be great to bring to a potluck or party. Thanks for sharing!

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  7. Wendy August 12, 2013 @ 11:25 am (#
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    This is a hot dog dressed for the prom….or maybe a baseball game! Serve some cracker jacks on the side and all of my family’s concession stand treats would be in one place! :) I love how the pretzles and the hot dog tips browned in the oven.

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  8. Jess Cadena August 12, 2013 @ 12:08 pm (#
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    I’ve been sitting here at my desk for 45mins trying to come up with this week’s menu so I could be off to the grocery store! Tonight, we’re having pretzel dogs. Sounds SO GOOD! Thanks for hitting my inbox before I pulled my hair out <3

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    Karly Reply:

    So, tell me about the bacon…did you wrap it around the dog before the pretzel dough or what? I’m intrigued by how that worked!

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  9. Tahnycooks August 12, 2013 @ 12:24 pm (#
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    I just started making my self some oatmeal…blah I know! But, these dogs look so much better!! Darn you! I want one of those with mustard!

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  10. Kirsten@FarmFreshFeasts August 12, 2013 @ 12:25 pm (#
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    Karly, we rarely eat hot dogs around here primarily because a hot dog was the last thing my daughter ate before she ran into an airplane at an air show. The resulting concussion and assorted symptoms (that’s as clear as I’ll be) really turned her off the taste of hot dogs, so it became a rare thing, when we were out or when she wasn’t home.
    However, this looks amazing, and I will make this since the rest of us like hot dogs, so perhaps the difference in bun-taste (is that a word?) will fool her into giving them a try–afterwards, I’m sure she’ll like it. Or, you know, only pretzel dogs for my son and I! Thanks for the freezing instructions, too.

    BTW–the plane was just fine.

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    Karly Reply:

    Haha! Your comments always crack me up!

    Glad to hear that the plane was okay. I hope your dad can recover from her hot dog phobia soon!

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  11. Andi August 12, 2013 @ 12:27 pm (#
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    I’ve figured it out. You’re TRYING to kill me. Also you’re psychic and have been hearing the pretzel-dog craving that’s been happening in my brain for the past week. (Sorry about that.)

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  12. Teresa August 12, 2013 @ 12:31 pm (#
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    I’ve been making these for a while and they are THEE best! I was surprised at how quickly they come together, and oh so yummy! Last time I doubled the batch and made cinnamon sugar pretzel bites. Dinner and dessert for a carb lover!

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    Karly Reply:

    Sounds like a fabulous idea! I need cinnamon sugar pretzels now!

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  13. carrian August 12, 2013 @ 1:11 pm (#
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    oh man, hot dogs are my favorite put put a pretzel around it?! Dang, girl!

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  14. Marcie August 12, 2013 @ 3:44 pm (#
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    These look so screamin’ good! I’d have eaten them all up, too. Kids don’t appreciate the work. I’d give them crescent rolls and save the good stuff for myself. Lol

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    Karly Reply:

    Ooh, I’d forgotten about crescent dogs. I haven’t made those in years!

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  15. Rachel @ Baked by Rachel August 12, 2013 @ 5:07 pm (#
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    I’ve wanted to make pretzel dogs forever! Just because they look so fun!

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    Karly Reply:

    Do it! Soooooo good!

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  16. sally @ sallys baking addiction August 12, 2013 @ 5:11 pm (#
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    Yes and yes. I don’t eat hot dogs too often but when I do, it has to be wrapped inside a pretzel. These put hot dog buns to shame!

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  17. Joanne August 12, 2013 @ 7:25 pm (#
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    Pretzel rolls just make everything infinitely more edible.

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  18. Dorothy @ Crazy for Crust August 12, 2013 @ 7:31 pm (#
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    I love pretzel dogs. SO MUCH. Did you know sonic has a pretzel bun nowadays? I’m going tomorrow. :)

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    Karly Reply:

    Yes! I haven’t tried it yet, though.

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  19. jann jones August 12, 2013 @ 10:53 pm (#
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    I wouldn’t get away with just 8, have to do a full 16, or more… And I “hate” Alton Brown, I watch Good Eats repeats, and gain weight! With backwashing kids, start with a small opening bottle, like a soda bottle mouth size, and teach them sips.. My son, Jeremy, was backwash free by 2 1/2.. SO glad, little drink thief! Lol.. He’s 23, love him.. Good luck! More goodies! My tush isn’t 4feet wide yet!! Hahha….

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    Karly Reply:

    Do it! I really should have stocked my freezer with 16 of these! :)

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  20. Kathy August 13, 2013 @ 6:18 am (#
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    Oh my! My kids would go nuts for these!

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  21. Julie @ Julie's Eats & Treats August 13, 2013 @ 1:45 pm (#
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    Oh my goodness I LOVE pretzel buns and this would be amazing!!! Stick some cheese in that puppy and I’d think I’d died and gone to heaven!

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  22. Melanie @ Just Some Salt and Pepper August 13, 2013 @ 9:24 pm (#
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    Thanks for the freezing directions, these look great!

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  23. Stephanie Pass August 14, 2013 @ 6:31 am (#
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    These look amazing! I just pinned them and will definitely be making them for a family meal soon.

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  24. Ashley @ Kitchen Meets Girl August 14, 2013 @ 3:16 pm (#
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    I don’t even know what to say about these other than “OMG!” and “Get in my piehole now.”

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  25. Dani @ seehubbycook August 15, 2013 @ 6:30 am (#
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    Pretzel dogs are a food group of their own. Thus, they’re my favorite food group. True story ;-)

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  26. Emily @ Life on Food August 15, 2013 @ 6:45 am (#
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    I don’t really like hot dogs but I love them wrapped and baked like this. Pretzels take them to a whole new level.

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  27. Bea Long August 15, 2013 @ 5:07 pm (#
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    Great recipe, reminds me of Oktober fest in New Braunfelds, Texas!!

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  28. Joanne @ Fifteen Spatulas August 16, 2013 @ 12:00 pm (#
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    OMG I want these. Love that you made the dough from scratch!

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  29. Jocelyn @BruCrew Life August 21, 2013 @ 5:15 pm (#
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    Well, now I don’t want the dinner on my stove now…I want pretzel dogs something fierce! I actually like hot dogs, but not the real beef ones, the generic cheapo ones. Yes, I know I’m strange. And you made pretzels from scratch? Girl, you are just plain awesome!!!

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  30. Heather @ French Press August 21, 2013 @ 6:10 pm (#
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    now that is a hot dog! YUM

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  31. christina September 18, 2013 @ 9:12 pm (#
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    We made these tonight and then also made some other with just Nutella inside, amazing!

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  32. nicosnana September 27, 2013 @ 11:54 am (#
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    You have made me so HAPPY!! We absolutely love love love soft pretzels. Forget the hot dog, I’m going to make those pretzels.

    Thank you

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  33. Katy October 11, 2013 @ 5:09 pm (#
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    Oven at 350 or 450? Recipe above states 450 at the beginning and 350 at the end. Thanks.

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    Karly Reply:

    450 degrees if you’re baking them right away, 350 if you’re baking them straight from the freezer.

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  34. Katy October 11, 2013 @ 5:53 pm (#
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    Looked at the Alton Brown recipe referenced – oven temp is 450. Just made and had for dinner. Simple, fun to make as a family, and – the best part – they look like the pictures! Next time I’ll double the recipe and make pretzels bites. I also threw together a little cheese sauce. So good but I’m sure I’ve had my fat intake limit for the week.

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  35. Ryan October 12, 2013 @ 9:06 pm (#
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    Do you need a stand mixer or can you mix by hand?

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    Karly Reply:

    I’ve never tried making this by hand, but I imagine it can be done. It’ll take a lot of work though. :)

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  36. Arom October 14, 2013 @ 11:07 pm (#
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    I am not sure about (10 cups water). Is it true?

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    Karly Reply:

    The water is used for boiling. You don’t actually add it to the dough.

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  37. Alicia October 23, 2013 @ 4:28 pm (#
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    I made these this afternoon and put them in the refrigerator (uncooked) until we were ready for dinner. My husband was a little skeptical at first, but he and my son both loved them! Can’t wait to make these again!

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  38. Stephanie @ Stephanie's Az Kitchen November 1, 2013 @ 2:15 pm (#
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    This looks perfect for football. I love that they are freezer friendly. Will be trying it soon :) Thanks!! Love your pics.

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  39. Ammie November 14, 2013 @ 8:25 pm (#
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    I made these last week and they were a huge hit with my family. I’m making them again tonight but I doubled the dough so I can freeze some for later. As I understand the recipe, you would still boil and partially bake them before freezing. Is this correct? The boiling part is the step I’m unclear on. Thanks for sharing this awesome recipe!

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    Karly Reply:

    @Ammie,

    Sorry for the late reply! I was on vacation all week!

    Yes, I’ve boiled, then partially baked them, and then frozen. That way they don’t get too brown when you reheat them. :)

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  40. Sharon November 26, 2013 @ 8:55 am (#
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    Is it possible to short cut and use frozen bread that you bake? I have several loaves that I need to use before they freezer burn..this idea sounds like a great idea especially for the kids..

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    Karly Reply:

    @Sharon,

    I haven’t tried it myself, but I imagine it would work fine!

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  41. Lee December 1, 2013 @ 4:03 am (#
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    Hi! Can I use this recipe to make normal pretzels? :)

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    Karly Reply:

    @Lee,

    Absolutely! :)

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  42. Giovanni December 28, 2013 @ 11:09 pm (#
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    This is an amazingly good recipe and it’s pretty close to the real thing (aunties :-)). I found that wrapping dogs, mozzarella cheese and jalapenos works awesome. Same thing it you replace dogs with ham. Yummmm.

    Thank you for posting the recipe.

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  43. Allie | Baking a Moment January 13, 2014 @ 7:21 pm (#
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    I’ve been wanting to make pretzel dogs for my kids for so long! This recipe is just the kick in the butt I needed. Thanks Karly!

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  44. Danielle January 30, 2014 @ 4:24 pm (#
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    I’m using your recipe for the pretzel bun to wrap around lil smokies. I hope it will be as good as it sounds. No hotdogs in the house or I would try it with those.

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    Karly Reply:

    @Danielle,

    Bet that will be delicious!

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