Copycat Pretzel Nuggets

Just like the pretzels you get at the mall!

So, I have good news and I have bad news.

The bad news is that I made these pretzel nuggets to use as part of another recipe that was going to blow all of our minds. Like, unbelievable recipe idea, you guys. But, I couldn’t complete the recipe, because my daughter ate every single one of these pretzel nuggets right off of the baking sheet as they came out of the oven. Every. Single. One.

Just like the pretzels you get at the mall!
The good news is that I made pretzel nuggets that were so good they were more or less inhaled in about 3 minutes flat.

I’m waiting to make these again when my daughter is not around so that I can complete the other recipe. I just don’t trust her around pretzel nuggets anymore. She’s got this hungry look in her eyes and I just know she’s waiting for me to pull another pan of pretzel nuggets from the oven.

Just like the pretzels you get at the mall!

Anyway, if you’ve ever been to a shopping mall, you know that Auntie Anne’s makes some delicious pretzels and probably those mall pretzels are your favorite part about shopping trips. Now you can make them at home, easily, with about 30 minutes of hands on time.

Just like the pretzels you get at the mall!

Pretzel Nuggets

Prep Time 30 minutes Cook Time 10 minutes Total Time 40 mins


  • 2 1/4 teaspoons active dry yeast
  • 2 tablespoons brown sugar
  • 1 1/2 cups warm water (about 110 degrees)
  • 3 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 cup bread flour (may use all-purpose)
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 2 cups hot water
  • 2 tablespoons baking soda
  • 2 tablespoons butter, melted
  • kosher salt, for sprinkling


  1. In the bowl of a stand mixer fitted with the paddle attachment, add the yeast, sugar, and warm water. Let sit for 10 minutes.
  2. Stir in both flours and the salt. Mix on medium speed, about 8 minutes, or until dough is soft, smooth, and elastic.
  3. Transfer dough to an oiled bowl and let rise until doubled in a warm place free of drafts, about 1 hour.
  4. Add the hot water and baking soda to a medium bowl and stir to dissolve the baking soda.
  5. Grab a handful of dough and roll it into a long, thin snake, about 1/2 inch thick. Cut into 1-inch pieces.
  6. Dunk each piece in the baking soda solution using a slotted spoon. Transfer to a paper towel lined plate to dry for about 30 seconds. Remove to a well greased baking sheet. When the baking sheet is full, set aside to rise for 15 more minutes.
  7. Continue filling baking sheets with pretzel nuggets and bake, one sheet at a time, in a 400 degree oven for 10 minutes or until golden brown.
  8. Brush with the melted butter and sprinkle with salt.
  9. Serve with warm cream cheese, queso dip, or your favorite sauce for dipping.


Disclaimer: The nutrition information presented below is not guaranteed to be accurate.

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Nutrition Facts
Serving Size
Amount Per Serving As Served
Calories 2162kcal Calories from fat 267
% Daily Value
Total Fat 30g 46%
Saturated Fat 16g 80%
Transfat 1g
Cholesterol 61mg 20%
Sodium 7608mg 317%
Carbohydrate 407g 136%
Dietary Fiber 16g 64%
Sugars 19g
Protein 59g

Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs:

Calories 2000
Total Fat Less than 65g
Sat Fat Less than 25g
Cholesterol Less than 300mg
Sodium Less than 2,400mg
Total Carbohydrate 300g
Dietary Fiber 25g