As I mentioned a few weeks ago, I am a brand ambassador for Auntie Anne’s Pretzels. Pretty “sweet” deal, eh? 🙂
Anyway, one of the things Auntie Anne’s is really proud of and wanted me to test out for myself is their Pretzels & More Homemade Baking Kit. With my sister Maddie’s 10th birthday coming up, I knew it was a great time to try out the baking kit, and promised Maddie I’d be making pretzels as favors for her friends.
Of course, as life should have it, Anissa hadn’t napped that day and soon, we only had an hour to go and two pretzels made. I made the executive decision to bring packets of pretzel bites instead, which ended up being a perfect treat for the girls!
So, let me take you through the steps to make perfectly delectable Auntie Anne’s Pretzel Bites, or pretzels if you have a little extra time!
Step 1: Gather your materials
This kit is THE BEST because you don’t need anything but water and butter (if you want) to make the pretzels. It comes with the yeast, pretzel mix, and even salt or cinnamon sugar so you can top them how you’d like. I happened to find these great little green baggies, and some pink and white sprinkles to go along with her pink and green party theme, as well.
First, you mix the mix, water and yeast in a bowl and kneed it for 5-7 minutes. Then, form a ball and leave it in a bowl for 30 minutes to let it rise.
After it has risen, roll it out flat. You’ll need to cut each piece for a full pretzel 1 1/2 in. wide by 8 in. long, so plan accordingly if you are planning on full pretzels. For bites, I suggest about 1 in. x 1 in.
Here is the dough cut into slices for pretzels, when I felt ambitious. Ha ha- life laughed in my face- or maybe my baby girl did. Either way, these strips made perfect starters for the bites and I was able to cut these into chunks for the bites.
Once you form each pretzel, you dunk it in water to make it hold it’s form. The twisting of the pretzel was actually a lot easier than I had imagined! Then, they bake for about 5 minutes or until golden brown. The instructions are so easy to follow, and all on the box 🙂 The only place I struggled was that only 2 fit on a tray at a time, so I knew it would take a while to make them all, which is why I switched to bites. I was able to make two pretty perfect pretzels (if I do say so myself!) before realizing “Oh crap, I am supposed to leave in 30 minutes!” So much for planning ahead, eh? Total mom/sister fail on my part. But if I had had more time, I would have continued on with the pretzels because they are so pretty!
Once either the pretzels or the bites come out of the oven, you can top them with some butter to help either the salt or the cinnamon sugar stay put (plus make them extra tasty!)
And here are the final product! Cinnamon sugar and sprinkled Pretzel Bites! SO YUM! I bagged these cuties up in the green polka dotted bags and the girls loved these at the party! Plus, Mr. R and I loved the extras at home!
If you’re interested in trying out the Pretzels & More Homemade Baking Kit, find out where you can find it in a store near you here. You can also find tons of other fun recipes, like pretzel dogs and apple pie on a pretzel crust, on their website.
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Disclaimer: I am a Brand Ambassador for Auntie Anne;s Pretzels. I received product in exchange for the review, however all opinions are 100% mine.
NicoleNovember 23, 2014 at 1:32 pm
I would make pretzels, pretzel bites or pretzel sticks.
mandaNovember 25, 2014 at 2:10 pm
Nancy Johnson HornNovember 26, 2014 at 1:45 am
I love pretzels! I’d probably try to make those cinnamon sugar bites — looks delcious.