If I’ve learned anything, it’s that quarantine cooking will lead me to some of my best kitchen creations. In the face of shortages, social distancing, and store avoidance, we’ve largely resorted to using what we have. Sadly, the last of our hotdog buns went moldy earlier than expected. There went one of our easy lunch ideas! (or so I thought…) Soon I thought about learning how to make homemade hotdog buns. Then I looked up a recipe and saw it was over 11 hours! Forget that! Instead, I give you my latest adventure in quarantine cuisine – my homemade pretzel dog recipe! This is as close as I can get to a copycat Auntie Anne’s pretzel dog recipe.
Of course, if you are a Philly Soft Pretzel Factory fan, this recipe could also rival their pretzel dogs. We enjoy those as well! I mean really, who doesn’t love a juicy hot dog wrapped in buttery, salty pretzel dough?! Our daughter loved getting her free soft pretzel on the day they picked letter N first names last year. And boy did those pretzel dogs smell amazing then!
But now, back to our copycat pretzel hot dogs!
First, I’ll say that you could make any soft pretzel recipe that you like for pretzel dogs. So, if you have a favorite, go for it. Second, I’ll say that I was aiming for more of an Auntie Anne’s pretzel dog copycat, so I went all in. About a year ago, I stumbled on an incredible realization that Naan (Indian style fried flatbread) can have quite a similar taste to buttery Auntie Anne’s soft pretzels. Today I needed a fun lunch for my family, so I opted for the pretzel dog using naan dough. We added a bowl of chicken noodle soup to complete our meal!
Here’s my copycat Auntie Anne’s pretzel dog recipe.
(By the way, if you like this recipe, you might also love our fun rainbow pretzel twists recipe!)