Monday, October 18, 2010

Pretzel Dogs

Have you noticed pretzel everything these days?  Pretzel bagels, pretzel hamburger buns...pretzel dogs?  I reworked a pretzel recipe I had to make these pretzel-wrapped hot dogs.  Everybody loved them here, so I thought I'd share the recipe. 

Pretzel Dogs
The original recipe is for "Soft-Ball Pretzels" from Paula Deen.


1 cup warm water (about 98 degrees F)

1 package active dry yeast

2 3/4 cups all-purpose flour, sifted

2 tablespoons margarine, softened

1/2 teaspoon salt

1 tablespoon sugar

4 cups water

2 Tbs. baking soda

Kosher salt  or pretzel salt

One package Hot Dogs ( I used Hebrew National, which only has 7 per package)


In the bowl of a stand mixer, combine warm water and yeast. When the yeast dissolves, add half of the flour, the margarine, salt, and sugar and mix  with dough hook for about 3 minutes. Add in the remaining flour. Continue kneading dough in mixer or turn dough out onto a floured surface and knead until the dough is no longer sticky. Let the dough rise in a greased, covered bowl until it doubles in size, about 45 to 50 minutes. Punch down the dough and divide into 12 pieces. Roll each piece of dough into 18-inch long ropes. Wrap the rope around the hot dog, making sure that the ends are secured.  Place on a parchment-lined cookie sheet.  Any remaining ropes of dough can be shaped into pretzels. Let rise again until almost doubled, about 30 minutes.

Preheat oven to 475 degrees F.
In a large non-aluminum Dutch oven over high heat, bring 4 cups of water and baking soda to a boil. Using a large spoon, gently lower pretzels into water a few at a time and boil for about 1 minute, or until they float. Return the pretzels to the cookie sheet and sprinkle with kosher salt or pretzel salt.   Bake until browned, about 12 minutes.


  1. Made the pretzel dogs tonight. Here's how ours turned out! Yummy - a kid-pleasing classic. Thank you!

  2. So glad you made the recipe. I added the amount for the yeast. Thank you for pointing that out! Thank you again for trying one of my recipes.

  3. I just made these for my family and they were wonderful. thanks so much for the recipe.

  4. Thanks for posting a comment. I'm so glad that you and your family enjoyed the recipe.

  5. I updated the picture. This time I made sure to wrap the dough tighter with the ends tucked underneath. I hope it shows better in the picture.

  6. Hmm... stopped by because I'm making these again. This picture, sadly, looks a bit on the - ahem - toasty side. Maybe I'll get a picture of mine tonight before they're all snapped up!

  7. Yes, I guess the picture does make them look a bit dark. No doubt distracted at the last minute of cooking by some crisis in the household :) I'm so glad you came back to make the recipe again. I would love to see a picture..please post!