These pretzel dogs (often called Bagel Dogs) rival Auntie Anne’s Pretzel Dogs, for sure. They are easy to make with this copy-cat recipe and even easier to serve. But, if you are making a lot of them you will want to elicit a buddy to help because the rolling does get rather tedious after a batch or two. Think we’re crazy making several batches at once? Wait till you taste them… you’ll know why we wanted dozens. Plus, they freeze beautifully and defrost quickly so you’ve got a quick meal in your hand anytime the craving arises. The other reason is that they are also more fun to make in pairs, a good date dinner if you’re so inclined.
If you love Auntie Anne’s Pretzels and hot dogs, you will love these Pretzel Dogs! You may have already tried one at Auntie Anne’s at some point in time, but seriously you can make enough to feed the family for about the same cost as buying just one. That is if you time it right, our grocery chain puts Nathans hots on a BOGO sale every few months that makes 8 of these pretzel dogs cost around $5 to make. If you’re lucky enough to also have snagged some flour and yeast at your house, then you’re ready to make some mall food at home!
Pretzel Dog Ingredients
1 package Yeast
1 1/4 teaspoons Salt
1 1/2 Cups Water
2 Tbs Brown Sugar
4 Cups Better for Bread Flour (or, 2C Bread Flour and 2C regular all-purpose Flour)
1 package Nathan’s Skinless Bun Size Hot Dogs (be sure to buy this brand, you will be sorry if you try to cheat here and use an inferior hot dog).
That’s it for the dogs, but you will also need 2 Tbs Baking Soda (and 2 cups warm water) for the bath before baking
And about 2 Tbs melted Butter for brushing the bagel dogs after baking is completed.
Pretzel Dog Instructions
- Sprinkle 2 &1/4 tsp active dry Yeast (that’s 1 package) into 1 &1/2 Cups of lukewarm water (110°-120°). Make sure the water is warm to the touch, but not hot. Stir to dissolve then let the mixture sit for 5 minutes.
- Add 2 Tablespoons of Brown Sugar and 1 &1/4 teaspoons of Salt and stir again.
- Add 4 cups of “Better for Bread” Flour.
If you don’t have this flour, you can use 2 cups bread flour and 2 cups all purpose flour.
- Knead until soft and elastic (the dough will work its way up & down the mixing hook). Let the dough rise uncovered for 30 minutes (or more).
- Grease a baking sheet with Crisco or butter.
- Fill a bowl with 2 Cups of Warm Water and 2 Tablespoons of Baking Soda. Stir.
- Pinch off some of the dough (put a little bit of flour on your fingertips first to prevent sticking) and roll it into a long thin rope about 12-16 inches long.
- Dip the rope into the baking soda water bath and then roll the rope around a hot dog.
- Allow the dogs to rise again after being rolled, about 20-30 minutes.
- Bake the tray at 450°F for 10 minutes (or until golden brown).
- Brush with melted butter and sprinkle with salt right after removing from oven.
- Dip the pretzel dogs in mustard, ketchup or melted cheese (if desired) for a warm satisfying meal. They are delicious, no matter how they’re served!
To find out how long hot dogs last visit our hot dog page.
Check out these other stuffed bread options for additional meals in bread recipes.