Auntie Anne's Copycat Cinnamon Sugar Pretzel Bites (Nuggets) with Cream Cheese Dipping Sauce

Auntie Anne's Copycat Cinnamon Sugar Pretzel Bites (Nuggets) with Cream Cheese Dipping Sauce

I think I’ll take the award for coolest mom ever today (I’m only joking, but after making these, I’m feeling like my kids think I’m seriously amazing). My family has become serious pretzel lovers, all thanks to my husband. He has always loved them so he started taking my kids to get them at the mall. Now, they request to go get them at least once a week. We only live 10 minutes away from the mall which has two Auntie Anne’s so we definitely haven’t had a shortage of them. My kids are always begging to go, and even though I’m not much of a mall person I’m always game for food. The last time we went we made the switch from the regular salted pretzels (with that nasty cheese sauce my kids love) to the cinnamon sugar version. We are hooked on those now. What happens then? I usually try to find a way to make it at home if we love something that much. Plus, I thought theirs could seriously use a sweet and fluffy cream cheese dipping sauce to pair with them (it’s like a cinnamon roll meets mall pretzels = best upgrade ever).

Ingredients

  • 1 (1/4 oz) pkg active dry yeast
  • 1 cup warm water, 110 degrees
  • 2 Tbsp granulated sugar
  • 2 Tbsp packed light-brown sugar
  • 1 Tbsp vegetable oil
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1 1/2 cups bread flour
  • 1 to 1 1/4 cups all-purpose flour, plus more for dusting
  • 3 cups hot water
  • 1/4 cup baking soda
  • 1/2 cup butter, melted
  • 1/2 cup granulated sugar
  • 1 Tbsp ground cinnamon
  • Cream Cheese Dipping Sauce, recipe follows

Ingredients

  • 4 oz cream cheese, softened
  • 2 Tbsp butter, softened
  • 1 cup powdered sugar
  • 1/2 tsp vanilla extract (optional)
  • 2 Tbsp heavy cream
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