Cinnamon Sugar Pretzel Knots

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These cinnamon sugar pretzels are pretty much amazing. I mean, they’re bread dipped in butter and rolled in cinnamon sugar, which is why my son loves them so much. The kid adores butter. I have to watch him when I set a stick of butter out to soften. If I’m not careful, I’ll find it with a bites out of it when I go to use it. And it’s hard to get too mad about it because I did the same thing when I saw his age.

Now, if you’ve made your own pretzels before, there are a couple things you might notice about this recipe. First, there is no butter or oil in the dough. The pretzels are still really soft, and it means that you can save the butter for the outside (where you’ll actually taste it!). Second, these pretzels are dipped in the water bath, not boiled. I’ve tried making them both ways, and I prefer dipping because I like the outside to have a little chew but still be fairly soft. I found that when I boiled my soft pretzels they ended up with a harder crust, which I didn’t love.

One more thing to note – these pretzels are best eaten the day they’re made. They just don’t taste as good the next day. However, you can cover and chill the dough after it has risen. I’ve refrigerated mine for up to 2 days after I made it, and the pretzels were still good when I baked them. Just make sure that you leave some extra room in your container because the dough will continue to rise in the fridge.

Cinnamon Sugar Pretzel Knots
  • 1 ½ c. warm water (about 85 F)
  • 1 ¼ tsp. active dry yeast
  • 2 T. brown sugar
  • 1 tsp. ground cinnamon
  • 1 tsp. salt
  • 2 c. bread flour
  • 1-2 c. all-purpose flour
Water Bath
  • 2 c. warm water (about 85 F)
  • 2 T. baking soda
  • 1/4 c. butter
  • 1 c. granulated sugar
  • 1 T. ground cinnamon
  1. In the bowl of a stand mixer fitted with a paddle attachment (or in a large bowl if mixing by hand), stir together warm water, yeast, and brown sugar. Let yeast mixture stand for 5-10 minutes or until foamy.
  2. Once the yeast is foamy, stir in cinnamon, salt, and bread flour.
  3. Stir in all-purpose flour 1/2 cup at a time until dough comes together. Dough will still be a little sticky. If you touch the dough, it should pull with your finger but shouldn't come off on your finger.
  4. Cover the dough with plastic wrap, and let it rise for about 1 1/2 hours or until doubled.
  5. Toward the end of the rising time, preheat oven to 425 F. Line baking sheets with parchment paper or silicone baking mats and spray with nonstick cooking spray.
  6. To prepare the water bath, stir together remaining 2 cups warm water and 2 tablespoons of baking soda in a medium bowl.
  7. Shape dough into knots, bites, or other desired shape.
  8. Submerge dough in waterbath, and then place dough on prepared baking sheets.
  9. Bake for 8-10 minutes for a 2-inch knot.
  10. Toward the end of the baking time, melt butter in a small dish.
  11. In a separate small dish, stir together sugar and cinnamon.
  12. Remove pretzels from oven.
  13. Immediately dip pretzels in melted butter and then into cinnamon sugar mixture.
  14. Place on wire rack to cool.

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  1. says

    Love this and your blog! I would love to have you come and share this at my link party that is just up and going! Come join us! We would love to have you at

    • kateheartseating says

      Me too! You and I would get along just fine! Thanks so much for hosting each week! =)

  2. says

    Oh cinnamon how I love you! My boys would go crazy for these. I am pinning right now so I can be super Mom later :) Krista @ A Handful of Everything

  3. says

    These looks absolutelty incredible! was immediately drawn to them at Tutus and Tea Parties link party. Thanks for sharing. Look forward to following your future work!

  4. says

    I absolutely love soft pretzels with cinnamon and sugar!!! These look so good, and I love the shape :)

  5. says

    Gorgeous bread and thanks for your tips and thoughts about the water bath vs. boiling. When I make pretzels, I don’t even do either and I came up with a 1 hour dough and it all works out. Yours are gorgeous. Pinned!

    • kateheartseating says

      Thank you! That’s a huge compliment coming from you. A 1 hour dough would be nice. I have one that I love and use for making quick dinner rolls, but it would be nice to have one for pretzels, too. I’ll have to check yours out! =)

    • kateheartseating says

      For a long time, I was too. This recipe is really easy, but if you have any questions, I’d be glad to help! =)

    • kateheartseating says

      Totally agree! You throw some butter in with the cinnamon and sugar, and you have my idea of Heaven =).

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