Soft Pretzel Dogs

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Soft Pretzel Dogs #recipe from @katrinaskitchen

Have you ever wanted to slow down and simplify? I don’t know why but I’ve really been feeling the urge to purge recently. I’m surrounded by too many things that occupy my space. These things also take up space in my thoughts. Here’s how it all goes down in my brain while I’m lying awake at night:

Did I take the last load of laundry out of the dryer tonight?
I forgot to get laundry detergent at Target yesterday.
I spent way too much at Target yesterday.
Why did I go in there in the first place?
Oh yeah for diapers and wipes.
Kids are expensive. I love our children.
My foot still hurts from stepping on that Hot Wheels car today.
Four Year Old Foodie has too many cars.
His brother seems to be more into balls than cars.
Should I get rid of that mechanic’s garage toy?
Nobody plays with it anymore.
I should have a garage sale.
I could get rid of a lot of old baby clothes.
Baby clothes. I left them in the dryer. Ugh.
Does my husband have clean socks for tomorrow?
What will I make for dinner tomorrow?
Hot dogs. Soft pretzel hot dogs!
I hope I remember this in the morning.
My mind is too cluttered.
I like soft pretzels.
My space is too cluttered.
I need to have a garage sale.
I’ll sell that toy mechanic’s garage.

And I did! Ahh it feels good to simplify (and it helps to make a few dollars on the side!). It is nice to simplify dinners in the summer too and that’s what this recipe is about. The concept is simple. The dough is simple. The dishes were simple. And we pretty much cleared out every last bite so the clean up was simple!

Soft Pretzel Dogs #recipe from @katrinaskitchen

You could make these into pretzels instead of pretzel dogs. For me that was NOT simple. I will not be applying for a job at the mall anytime soon I guess. I made 6 pretzel dogs and turned the rest into bite-sized pieces. I can handle that!

Soft Pretzel Bites #recipe from @katrinaskitchen


Soft Pretzel Dogs

Hotdogs baked in soft pretzel dough


  • 1 package active dry yeast approx. 2 ¼ teaspoons
  • 2 Tablespoons brown sugar
  • 1 ¼ teaspoons salt
  • 1 ½ cups warm water 110- 115 degrees F
  • 4 cups flour
  • 2 cups water
  • 2 tablespoons baking soda
  • 2 – 3 Tablespoons melted butter
  • Coarse Kosher Salt optional


  • In the bowl of your mixer (fitted with dough hook) dissolve yeast, brown sugar and salt in 1 1/2 cups warm water. Mix in flour until you can turn your dough on a floured surface. Knead until smooth and elastic, 6-8 minutes. Place in a greased bowl. Cover, and let rise for one hour. ** This step can be done with a wooden spoon instead of a mixer. Turn the dough out onto a floured surface and knead – 8-10 minutes.**
  • After dough has risen, cut into 12 pieces. Let the dough rest for 5 minutes. Roll each piece into a 2-3 foot rope.
  •  In a large saucepan, bring water and baking soda to a simmer over medium heat.
  • Roll your dough around the hot dogs and dip into the baking soda solution for about 20-30 seconds. Place on parchment covered (or greased) baking sheets, and let rise 15-20 minutes.
  • You could certainly roll your pretzel dough into any shape at this point. 
  • Brush with melted butter and salt. Bake at 450 degrees F (230 degrees C) for 8 -10 minutes, or until golden brown.

Soft Pretzel Dogs #recipe from @katrinaskitchen


I am so sad that Blogger ate up all of your comments. One day they just disappeared. Sigh. But thanks again – I just don’t want you all to think I’ve been deleting your comments! I appreciate you taking the time to give me your feedback as always!

- Katrina

102 Responses to “Soft Pretzel Dogs”

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    Belinda @zomppa — June 13, 2011 at 12:34 am

    Haha! Your train of thought is awesome…I love that soft pretzels came up a couple times!!

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    Sandras Easy Cooking — June 13, 2011 at 12:37 am

    Ohhh this is good, really good!!! I absolutely love your mouthwatering photos!!
    I think that both of us having same thoughts..I can totally not only relate but agree on every possible thing that you wrote!!! Ahh that is our life, mother's life!:))

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    Pam — June 13, 2011 at 12:40 am

    LOVE these! I am totally putting these on my short list of "have to make" things!

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    Erin @Dinners Dish.. — June 13, 2011 at 12:53 am

    Oh yum! I will have to try this with my son while he is home this summer, he will love it! And I love how your mind works – 100 different directions, but it all makes sense! I can so relate!

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    @boysmademe — June 13, 2011 at 1:40 am

    This seems like a great summer dinner!!

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    lisamichele — June 13, 2011 at 1:42 am

    OMG…I love hot dogs wrapped in either Asian bun dough or pretzel dough. Yours look so good that I may have to go out and get some tomorrow…with lots of dipping mustard! and honey mustard You see, if I make them, I'll eat them all :>/

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    kate — June 13, 2011 at 1:49 am

    Katrina you sound like me. Garage sales are not fun but these hot dogs are tons of fun. They look awesome!

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    Betty — June 13, 2011 at 2:07 am

    That's exactly what happens to me when my head hits the pillow at night, except my kids are all grown up and I don't worry about diapers or hot wheels anymore. (Actually it was the legos that got me all the time.) These pretzel dogs look like they'd be great for a picnic or potluck- seriously yummy! 🙂

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    Jill @ Dulce Dough — June 13, 2011 at 2:17 am

    Isn't crazy the way the mind races sometimes when you can't sleep?
    Your pretzel dogs look so yummy! Love your pictures!

  10. #
    Lexi — June 13, 2011 at 2:34 am

    I love soft pretzels. Those pretzel dogs look delicious!

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    Anne — June 13, 2011 at 2:36 am

    Sometimes simple is best! I love pretzel dogs. Even as a kid, I remember my mom trying to keep things simple and wrapping hotdogs in crescent rolls! These look amazing! I'll take two to go please! : )

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    Mari's Cakes — June 13, 2011 at 2:53 am

    Oh my!! This looks delicious. I will try to make these pretzels, I hope it comes out looking as good as yours.
    Have a great week 🙂

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    Angela — June 13, 2011 at 2:53 am

    These remind me of the bagel dogs from Einstein Bros. My daughter loves 'em so if I can make something that's close she will think it's fabulous. We've got to try your recipe!

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    sweetsillianah — June 13, 2011 at 3:09 am

    how cute are these? i love the itty bitty bites… i could probably eat that whole plate in one sitting. =P

    i totally know what you mean by wanting to purge and keeping things cluttered free… having too much stuff around just gets me so frustrated sometimes. and yet i go out and buy more props for the blog. sigh…

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    Apron Appeal — June 13, 2011 at 3:53 am

    All that AND you post on a sunday? food bloggers are crazy! 🙂 But hey, I noticed you managed to take Ah-maze-ing pictures of a meal and not a dessert….were your kids going crazy having to wait or did you find a way to freeze time to get the shot?

  16. #
    Sue — June 13, 2011 at 5:24 am

    Delicious! I'm sure all of my munchkins would love these!
    Hopefully you'll sleep better tonight:)

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    theharriedcook — June 13, 2011 at 6:23 am

    My foot still hurts from stepping on a strand of beads my little girl left lying on the floor. And then I stepped on her Hot Wheels car with my other foot. Ouch! The pretzel dogs look great. Love the color on them! Thanks for sharing 🙂

  18. #
    Eftychia — June 13, 2011 at 7:18 am

    Delicious and easy to make! Thanks for sharing!

  19. #
    Shabs — June 13, 2011 at 7:43 am

    Hahahahhaah , I could really relate to that list , the pretzel dogs look drool worthy 🙂

  20. #
    Maris — June 13, 2011 at 8:05 am

    Oh I know that feeling! These look so delicious!

  21. #
    Carolyn — June 13, 2011 at 11:22 am

    My kids would go bonkers over these. This recipe is a keeper. And my mind works much like yours, frantically reviewing the day behind me and gearing up for the day ahead. Life as an adult with small children…it's never simple!

  22. #
    Liz @ Blog is the New Black — June 13, 2011 at 11:32 am

    These are like, insane, huge pigs in a blanket! Genius!

  23. #
    Jill Colonna — June 13, 2011 at 12:37 pm

    That is too funny – but worrying when you see that list written down! I shall try not to think of that….
    Love these and the bite sized portions are fabulous.

  24. #
    [email protected] — June 13, 2011 at 12:39 pm

    Oh boy does that sound familiar! My brain jumps from one thing to another at a million miles an hour! My husband says he has a hard time keeping up with my train of thought because I'm trying to say too many things at once, lol.

  25. #
    Kathy — June 13, 2011 at 12:44 pm

    YUMMY! I love making homemade pretzels, never thouht about wrapping around a hot dog. Will be trying this this week with the kids. Thanks for the ideas.

  26. #
    TheBakerChick — June 13, 2011 at 1:08 pm

    These look great Katrina! I am very impressed that you made these from scratch considering how awesome they look! You are supermom! 🙂

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    Baked by Rachel — June 13, 2011 at 1:19 pm

    Is that spicey mustard? Please tell me it's spicey mustard because that's perfect. I saw something similar on Amanda's site a while back and bookmarked it to try sometime but it may have to wait until the girls don't get their dogs cut up anymore. It definitely sounds fun though even if part of the dough was turned into bites… that's totally okay in my book. Ahhh and you're another one who has brain issues – it won't shut off and you think about all of the bizarre things you shouldn't be thinking of when you should really be sleeping. I've told my brain 'shut up!' 'stop!' etc lol not verbally – just in my head. Fun post 🙂

  28. #
    KatrinasKitchen — June 13, 2011 at 1:30 pm

    Scary how I think! lol Thanks for stopping by!

  29. #
    KatrinasKitchen — June 13, 2011 at 1:31 pm

    Thanks Sandra! I'm loving your new site! Congrats!!

  30. #
    KatrinasKitchen — June 13, 2011 at 1:34 pm

    It was so simple and tasty! My boys devoured them. 🙂

  31. #
    Shawn — June 13, 2011 at 1:42 pm

    Looks super yummy! My husband & daughter will be so happy to get these 🙂

  32. #
    KatrinasKitchen — June 13, 2011 at 1:42 pm

    We had some people over to help us eat them!! And they were devoured…every last bite! I'm with you on the mustard. mmm

  33. #
    KatrinasKitchen — June 13, 2011 at 1:47 pm

    It was a lot of work to put together but worth it to clean up the clutter!

  34. #
    KatrinasKitchen — June 13, 2011 at 1:48 pm

    ooh legos! ugh! We haven't let my oldest have a lot of legos yet because the baby will eat them…but I know that those days await me! :O

  35. #
    KatrinasKitchen — June 13, 2011 at 1:53 pm

    Thanks Jill!

  36. #
    KatrinasKitchen — June 13, 2011 at 1:57 pm

    Yep – Guldens spicy mustard!! Mmm! We are never without it in our home! And about the kids and hot dogs- both of my boys devoured them (even 1 year old). I still cut it up of course. I use kitchen shears to cut it all up into pieces…much easier than a knife.

  37. #
    Georgia — June 13, 2011 at 5:27 pm

    This is such a fun party recipe! You are so creative, Katrina, and this would definitely be a hit with the guys in my life. Thanks for sharing and inspiring with every new post! 🙂

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    mywanderingspoon — June 13, 2011 at 7:05 pm

    Gorgeous pretzel dog….my kids love them too. Love reading your blog…thing about Target and spending time and money and steping on the toys on the floor….so familiar….:)

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    Lynne @ 365 Days — June 13, 2011 at 7:24 pm

    Katrina, purging is good – it also helps to unclutter the mind which in turn helps us to be better bloggers! ;-)Homemade pretzels are absolutely delicious and a soft pretzel dog would be perfect for my lunch right now!
    Thanks for sharing.

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    Eliot — June 13, 2011 at 8:49 pm

    I have tried to make pretzels exactly ONCE. These look great and a great idea for summer easy meals. But, these are great pretzel rolls that I found at…. They are awesome by themselves or smeared with homemade mustard.

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    happywhennothungry — June 13, 2011 at 10:33 pm

    Wow these look amazing!!! My mouth is watering 🙂

  42. #
    Bake Your Day — June 13, 2011 at 11:30 pm

    I love your train of thought. Mine go like that all the time and I (very often) laugh about it! Great recipe!!

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    familyspice — June 13, 2011 at 11:36 pm

    oooh! I will definitely have to make this!

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    Casey — June 14, 2011 at 12:39 am

    oh my gosh, these look just like bagel dogs- but BETTER! You truly are a genius, I absolutely love this idea!!

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    weekendgourmet — June 14, 2011 at 2:37 am

    Yummy! I love to get pretzel dogs at the mall food court, but homemade would be even more delish!!! Well done…and simplifying in summer is a great strategy!!

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    Chef Dennis — June 14, 2011 at 2:48 am

    what a perfect treat! I love pretzels, I love dogs, its a match made in heaven! Your bites look very tasty too, just load up a plate and pass the mustard!

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    Lindselicious — June 14, 2011 at 4:18 am

    I have been wanting to make pretzels for ages… Love that you wrapped the hot dog in this too. I've never been a corndog fan, so this is great for me!

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    Wendy Irene — June 14, 2011 at 5:34 am

    This is something my kids would love!! Doesn't it feel good to clear your mind?! I love how you wrote about simplifying. Have a great day!

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    Nami — June 14, 2011 at 5:49 am

    I know my kids will love this. I haven't made homemade pretzels but nice idea of eating with a hot dog. Delicious!

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    Jennifer — June 14, 2011 at 1:26 pm

    A mom's mind is always so busy…it's in constant motion…love that you were able to throw a little of it here on the blog to show us that we are not alone in that endless stream of thoughts!! : ) The pretzel dogs are great…love how they browned up so nicely. I am going to give these a try, my son will love me for it! I used to have a butter roll recipe that I'd make the dough for then wrap hot dogs…always reminded me of when my mom would wrap hot dogs in crescent roll dough. The pretzel thing though…I think that's an even better way to go…thanks fo sharing it with us!! : )

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    Parsley_Sage — June 14, 2011 at 7:57 pm

    Fabulous! These are so perfect for outdoor grilling appetizers. Well done! And glad the garage sale was a success! You and I share a brain because I just thought this morning 'I MUST clean out this house!' Buzzed 🙂

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    kankana — June 14, 2011 at 11:03 pm

    Oh dear! I can imagine.. it used to happen with me when i was crazy busy with work .. now I am more relaxed and no babies yet 😛 I love kid ..i do.
    These are one of my all time fav bite and every time we go for shopping I have to pick one in the mall ..

  53. #
    Kelly — June 15, 2011 at 12:52 am

    Thumbs up!!!!

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    sylviangirl — June 15, 2011 at 3:10 pm

    Maybe it's because i'm from the uk or something but I have no idea what soft pretzels are…and I feel like im missing out! These look amazing!!

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    Roxana GreenGirl — June 16, 2011 at 1:41 am

    Your train of thoughts is so familiar. Hubby has a hard time catching up with my nightly questions :)))
    The bites sound amazing. you'd love a couple.

  56. #
    briarrose — June 16, 2011 at 8:38 pm

    Yum! This would make such a fun dinner. Love the little pretzel nuggets.

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    You Go Girl! — June 17, 2011 at 2:44 am

    These look amazing – so impressed! AND…. I can totally relate to the list running through your head – must be a MOM thing!

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    bakingserendipity — June 17, 2011 at 5:58 pm

    I love the glimpse into your mind! 🙂 And these pretzel dogs! I always see something similar at the mall food court, but know that it can't be good for me. Homemade has to be better though, right? 🙂

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    KatrinasKitchen — June 17, 2011 at 6:01 pm

    Oh WAY better! 😉

  60. #
    Beverly — June 17, 2011 at 10:26 pm

    Those look so yummy. I am going to give those a try.

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    TidyMom — June 18, 2011 at 3:08 pm

    I LOOOVE pretzel dogs……never tried making them though, but I know it was a real pain just making soft pretzels! lol

    Thanks for linking up! I featured your post in my wrap up!

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    Alisa — June 18, 2011 at 3:29 pm


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    Gourmantine — June 18, 2011 at 9:38 pm

    I'm with you on the simple things, you really need them at times to stop from going crazy 🙂

  64. #
    KatrinasKitchen — June 19, 2011 at 12:47 am

    The dogs and bites were simple…not so much on twisting the pretzels (for me anyway!) Good luck! 🙂

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    KatrinasKitchen — June 19, 2011 at 12:47 am

    I've never had the Einstein bros ones but these are like the ones at the mall Auntie Anne's I think 🙂

  66. #
    KatrinasKitchen — June 19, 2011 at 12:48 am

    I know it is frustrating sometimes to make space then fill it up again. But at least it is better than always accumulating MORE 🙂

  67. #
    KatrinasKitchen — June 19, 2011 at 12:50 am

    LOL! Well, my youngest was napping and the oldest was on a bike ride with Dad! I was thankful to get in a few shots because there were NO leftovers!

  68. #
    KatrinasKitchen — June 19, 2011 at 12:55 am

    That's a good way to put it – reviewing the day and gearing up for the next. Whew! Exhausting!

  69. #
    KatrinasKitchen — June 19, 2011 at 12:57 am

    Ha ha! I never thought about it like that! lol So true!

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    KatrinasKitchen — June 19, 2011 at 12:57 am

    I'm a fan of bite sized food!

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    KatrinasKitchen — June 19, 2011 at 12:59 am

    Sylvie – that is my husband too! I get distracted and move on to another point before I finish the first and he was…whoa! Back up…! lol

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    KatrinasKitchen — June 19, 2011 at 1:09 am

    Ha! I assure you I am NOT! You should have seen my pretzels – they looked like tangled up shoelaces! lol

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    KatrinasKitchen — June 19, 2011 at 1:19 am

    Thanks for stopping by! Yes – Target sees me coming and smiles. Oy!

  74. #
    KatrinasKitchen — June 19, 2011 at 1:23 am

    I was enjoying your blog but I can't comment 🙁 That mochi looks yummy – I'd love to try it sometime!

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    KatrinasKitchen — June 19, 2011 at 1:23 am

    Anything that comes from Sweet Pea's Kitchen is Ahhh-mazing! 🙂

  76. #
    KatrinasKitchen — June 19, 2011 at 1:26 am

    Thanks! There is a pretzel place in our mall called auntie Anne's and they make something like this. Mmm!

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    KatrinasKitchen — June 19, 2011 at 1:27 am

    Oh the dogs were WAY easier than the pretzels. My pretzels looked like tangled up shoelaces! The dogs and the bites were the way to go (for me!).

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    KatrinasKitchen — June 19, 2011 at 1:31 am

    Thanks so much Jennifer! 🙂

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    Kate from Scratch — June 19, 2011 at 1:36 am

    Great post! My little ones always skip the bun for hotdogs (why? who , but I bet I could totally do the pretzels..they'd love that! Wonderful family friendly food. Wonderful as always, Katrina!

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    KatrinasKitchen — June 19, 2011 at 1:38 am

    Oh just wait – you must try one then! 😉 btw- I'm glad you're liking Pinterest!

  81. #
    KatrinasKitchen — June 19, 2011 at 1:38 am

    Hey thanks for stumbling this for me! 🙂

  82. #
    KatrinasKitchen — June 19, 2011 at 1:41 am

    The the healthiest fare but still fun to mix it up once in a while!

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    KatrinasKitchen — June 19, 2011 at 1:45 am

    Totally agree – my pretzels looked like tangled up shoe laces. The dogs were easy – my 4 year old even rolled out his own and wrapped it! I was so proud of him!

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    KatrinasKitchen — June 19, 2011 at 1:47 am

    Thanks Kate!

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    Kim - Liv Life — June 19, 2011 at 4:45 am

    So I never discovered that I love pretzels with mustard until I was something like 35!! And I'm with you… I think I'll just keep my pretzels shapes in bites, you can't go wrong!!

  86. #
    Cindy — June 19, 2011 at 3:56 pm

    Your recipe looks delicious and your comments leading up to it are so funny because they are so true!

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    kita — June 19, 2011 at 6:02 pm

    MUST. MAKE. THESE. The BF wont eat a hot dog but from time to time – oh yeah, Ill indulge. These look awesome. I have been itching to make homemade pretzels for a while – but stick a hot dog in there and I really have to make these soon.

  88. #
    peteformation — June 19, 2011 at 7:57 pm

    This is good! My kids would love this soft pretzel dogs!

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    Manu — June 20, 2011 at 12:32 pm

    Yum! We make something similar in Italy and I have always loved them! I have the same problem: "cluttered mind" perfectly describes my state! I keep forgetting things as I have too many things to do! I usually write things down on pieces of paper… but that adds to the mess (you know how it is… toddlers' mess!!!) and they often get lost or drawn on! I am hopeless! hahaha

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    Melinda — June 20, 2011 at 9:30 pm

    Is the yeast 2 1/4 Tablespoons or Teaspoons? Tablespoons seems like a lot.

  91. #
    KatrinasKitchen — June 21, 2011 at 4:11 pm

    teaspoons! yikes! thanks 🙂

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    SweetSugarBelle — June 22, 2011 at 10:08 am

    I am craving these at 5am.. not good. Not good at all.

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    The Country Cook — June 22, 2011 at 5:06 pm

    Love this. Simple is almost always better. Don’t know why we gotta take a simple recipe or concept and totally complicate it and make it harder on ourselves (unless of course we have the time, energy or money to do all that). I usually have none of the Gorgeous recipe and your pictures are making me salivate!

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    Sunshine And Smile — June 23, 2011 at 11:41 pm

    oh boy!! saw your tweet and immediate came here .. this is sad. Why does Blogger keep doing this ?? eating away stuff all the time. 60 to 2 comment is sad 🙁
    You know sweetie I like all your recipes and i loved this one too. I hope the comments come back!

  95. #
    Kitchenarian — June 23, 2011 at 11:44 pm

    My boys would absolutely love these! I see some soft pretzel dogs in my future. 🙂

  96. #
    Lizzy — June 24, 2011 at 6:58 pm

    My kids would like BOTH the pretzel dogs and the pretzel bites. YUM.

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    Maranda — July 7, 2011 at 7:36 pm

    These look amazingly delicious!!! I must have one soon! I want some of those pretzel bites too…but with nacho cheese! Yum! I’m glad you were able to clear out some of the stress and make a couple extra bucks!

  98. #
    Lisa Orgler — July 26, 2011 at 1:15 pm

    This is such a nice hot dog twist (no pun intended). I can’t wait to try them!

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    Amanda — July 25, 2013 at 8:35 pm

    I just made these for dinner tonight, and shall I say… FANTASTIC!! I made them with hot dogs for the kids, and beer brats for me and the hubby. In the brats ones, I also wrapped some caramelized onions. Because of the onions, I couldn’t twist-wrap the dough, so instead I gently rolled out thick rectangles big enough to fit around the sausage and onions. Then I just pinched the dough closed with a seam across the top. I had enough dough to wrap 4 brats this way as well as 4 hot dogs. My family loved them and are asking when I’m going to make them again!

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    Kathy — January 15, 2014 at 3:11 pm

    These look delicious! I’d like to freeze them to have on hand for my kids’ lunches… any recommendations on whether to freeze before boiling, after boiling, or after boiling and baking? Thanks!

  101. #
    Vicki — January 12, 2016 at 8:50 pm

    Can these pretzel dogs be frozen? I can’t wait to try them. Thank you.

  102. #
    chang nguyen — June 14, 2017 at 9:58 pm

    Soft pretzel seem make my dog too fat.

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