Easy to make homemade pretzel dogs are perfect for a snack or for game day! This pretzel recipe can also be used to make savory or sweet pretzels as well as pretzel bites!
BAM! Soft, homemade pretzels wrapped around a hot dog and sprinkled with coarse sea salt. DIP, DUNK, and SWIRL it all in some delish, jalapeno cheddar cheese sauce. Pretzel dogs, my how you make me love you. It’s what football season is all about. Okay, so I should’ve said that that’s what football season is all about for me.
Football mainly means 3 things to me and none of them actually have anything to do with football itself, go figure!
1.) chilly evenings with a.) warm oversized sweaters or b.) big comfy blankets
2.) this one is the epitome of football season: snacks, snack galore
3.) pumpkin spice lattes
I’ve been quite obsessed with pretzels lately. Earlier this year I made my garlic parmesan soft pretzels which have quickly become one of the most pinned recipe here on Little Spice Jar. It’s an easy recipe that can be used to make regular salted pretzels, the cinnamon sugar kind, or one of my favorite, garlic parmesan pretzels. Mmm. My heart beats for soft garlicky pretzels.
So.. hot dogs aren’t really my thing anymore. Nah. Nope. It’s probably the only thing I agreed to eat as an after school snack when I was 10. And now, the quick microwaved hot dog stuffed in a store bought bun just doesn’t do it for me anymore. But i’ll take a pretzel dog all snuggled and warm and cozily wrapped inside a pretzel. ← I really have a thing for cozy foods. Or cozy anything, really.
All I did for these pretzel dogs is whip up a quick batch of pretzel dough. The recipe i’m sharing today is adapted from Alton Brown. All you do is wrap the dough around the hot dogs and boom! You’ve got pretzel dogs just like the ones they serve in the mall – Auntie Anne’s pretzel dogs at home in no time.
Here’s a quick tip to make your dough rise when you’re wanting these pretzel dogs lightening fast: To make your dough rise in half the time the recipe calls for (works for most recipes) just run your dryer on low heat for 3 minutes. Turn the dryer off and place your dough (in a bowl, covered with plastic wrap, of course) inside for half the time the recipe calls for. There you go! This works because 1.) it’s warm2.) it’s dark. That’s exactly what’s required for the yeast to work it’s magic.
These homemade pretzel dogs are just the ticket that will make you the best snack-maker for game day. Don’t stop with just the coarse salt. Top these pretzel dogs with sesame seeds, Montreal steak seasoning, or whatever else you can think of. And if you’re an even bigger hero, split the dough in half and make half pretzel dogs and use the rest of the dough to make pretzels or pretzel bites.
Hot, lightly crisp, buttery, sweet, pretzel dogs. Serve them up with jalapeno cheddar cheese sauce (recipe coming soon), ketchup, or mustard.
Come on now, get on this.
- 16 Turkey franks
- 1 1/2 cups warm water (about 110-115 degrees F)
- 1 tablespoon sugar
- 2 teaspoons sea salt
- 1 package active dry yeast
- 4 1/2 cups (22 ounces) all-purpose flour
- 2 ounces salted butter, melted
- 1 tablespoon oil
- 10 cups water
- 2/3 cup baking soda
- 1 large egg yolk beaten with 1 tablespoon water
- Coarse salt
- In the bowl of an electric mixer fitted with the hook attachment, combine the water, sugar, and sea salt. Sprinkle the yeast on top. Let rest for 5 minutes, the mixture should start to foam. Add the flour and butter and start the machine, mixing on the low setting until well combined. Once combined, increase the speed to medium and let knead for 4 -5 minutes. Oil a large bowl with the oil and place the dough inside. Cover with plastic wrap loosely and let the dough rise for about 50 minutes or until the dough doubles in size. (see note for quicker rising method).
- Turn the dough out onto a lightly oiled surface. Divide the dough into 16 golf ball sized pieces. Roll out each piece into a 10-inch rope. Wrap the rope around the hot dog, making sure the two end pieces are secured to the sides.
- Preheat the oven to 450 degrees F. Line 2 baking sheets with parchement paper or silicone mats.
- Bring the water and baking soda to a boil. Place the pretzel dogs in the water one at a time for 30 seconds. Using a large slotted spoon remove them from the water and place them on the lined baking sheet.
- Brush the tops with the beaten egg yolk and water mixture and sprinkle lightly with the coarse salt. Bake for 12-14 minutes. Transfer to a cooling rack to allow pretzel dogs to cool for a few minutes before serving.