Homemade Pretzel Dog Recipe – No Buns, No Problem

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.

Homemade 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.

Auntie Anne's Copycat Pretzel Dog Recipe

(By the way, if you like this recipe, you might also love our fun rainbow pretzel twists recipe!)

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Homemade Pretzel Dog Recipe - No Buns, No Problem
Homemade
Pretzel Dog Recipe
Course Main Dish, Snack
Keyword snacks & apps
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Passive Time 80 minutes
Servings
Pretzel Dogs
Ingredients
Proofing the Yeast
Making Pretzel Dog Dough
Wrapping the Dogs
  • 8 Hotdogs We used Ballpark Bun-Sized Franks, our favorite!
Boiling the Pretzel Dogs
Preparing to Bake
Course Main Dish, Snack
Keyword snacks & apps
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Passive Time 80 minutes
Servings
Pretzel Dogs
Ingredients
Proofing the Yeast
Making Pretzel Dog Dough
Wrapping the Dogs
  • 8 Hotdogs We used Ballpark Bun-Sized Franks, our favorite!
Boiling the Pretzel Dogs
Preparing to Bake
Pretzel Dog Recipe
Instructions
Proofing the Yeast
  1. Combine 1 cup of warm water with 1 tsp granulated sugar and 2.25 tsp yeast.
  2. Wait 5 - 10 minutes for the yeast to become active and fluffy.
Making the Dough
  1. For this pretzel dog recipe, we use naan style dough. Add .25 cup granulated sugar, 1 beaten egg, 3 tbsp milk, and 2 tsp salt.
  2. Add 4 cups of flour and mix to combine well.
  3. Knead for 5-10 minutes until dough is smooth.
  4. Cover and set dough aside to rise for one hour.
Assembling & Cooking the Pretzel Dogs
  1. Pull a clementine-sized ball of dough off and begin to roll it between your hands. Form a long, smooth coil about 14" long.
    Soft Pretzel Dough Coils
  2. Repeat to produce 8 coils, one for each hotdog.
  3. Wrap the first hotdog with dough.
  4. Allow to rise for a bit while you continue wrapping each hotdog with dough.
    Pretzel Dough Rising
  5. If you have any leftover dough, simply make pretzels or twists!
  6. Boil for one minute each, turning over after 30 seconds.
    Boil Pretzel Hotdog
  7. Remove from water and drain on a wire rack.
    Pretzel on Rack, Cooling
  8. Allow to cool for about 2-3 minutes and then sprinkle kosher salt if desired.
  9. Spread melted butter on the dough and turn pretzel dogs over to cover both sides.
  10. Place on a baking sheet and cook at 425 degrees until golden brown. Timing may vary - start with 8 minutes and add on 2 minutes at a time.
  11. Allow to cool, brush with a touch more butter if desired, and enjoy!
Recipe Notes

If you're dreaming of that Auntie Anne's hot dog wrapped in buttery, delicious soft pretzel, it's time to make that dream a tasty reality.

 

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