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Auntie Anne’s-Style Cinnamon Sugar Gluten Free Soft Pretzel Bites and Sticks

Auntie Anne’s-Style Cinnamon Sugar Gluten Free Soft Pretzel Bites and Sticks

Gluten free cinnamon sugar gluten free soft pretzel bites just like Auntie Anne’s—with sweet glaze. Get your Auntie Anne’s back!

Gluten free cinnamon sugar gluten free soft pretzel bites just like Auntie Anne's—with sweet glaze. Get your Auntie Anne's back! https://glutenfreeonashoestring.com/auntie-annes-style-gluten-free-soft-pretzel-bites-cinnamon-sugar/It’s a Friday, and here I am with another recipe. This isn’t even what I had planned to write about today. But then my son reminded me that I had to go to the mall to buy a gift for his friend (a 10-year-old boy who already has everything!), and that got me thinking about our dear Auntie Anne and her mall pretzels. We’ve already made her traditional soft pretzels (copycat gluten free style) with that delicious sweet mustard dipping sauce from the recipe for Pretzel Rolls from page 153 of GFOAS Bakes Bread with just a few decadent modifications. But I quickly followed that with cinnamon sugar gluten free soft pretzel bites and sticks. It may or may not have been a transparent excuse to whip up a copycat version of dear Auntie Anne’s sweet glaze.

Gluten free cinnamon sugar gluten free soft pretzel bites just like Auntie Anne's—with sweet glaze. Get your Auntie Anne's back! https://glutenfreeonashoestring.com/auntie-annes-style-gluten-free-soft-pretzel-bites-cinnamon-sugar/

Personally, I’m partial to the sticks. I have my reasons.

Gluten free cinnamon sugar gluten free soft pretzel bites just like Auntie Anne's—with sweet glaze. Get your Auntie Anne's back! https://glutenfreeonashoestring.com/auntie-annes-style-gluten-free-soft-pretzel-bites-cinnamon-sugar/

Okay, my reason is pretty thin. They’re just easier to dip in the glaze without having to dirty your fingers and then be faced with resisting the licking of the fingers. As a person who cooks and bakes for other people all day every day of my life, I am very sensitive to the licking of fingers. I never, ever do it. EVER. Even when I’m totally alone. I just … can’t.

Gluten free cinnamon sugar gluten free soft pretzel bites just like Auntie Anne's—with sweet glaze. Get your Auntie Anne's back! https://glutenfreeonashoestring.com/auntie-annes-style-gluten-free-soft-pretzel-bites-cinnamon-sugar/

Now, I made the bites and the sticks. Half bites, half sticks. The bites remind me of donuts. The sticks? A soft, sweet chewy glaze delivery system.

Gluten free cinnamon sugar gluten free soft pretzel bites just like Auntie Anne's—with sweet glaze. Get your Auntie Anne's back! https://glutenfreeonashoestring.com/auntie-annes-style-gluten-free-soft-pretzel-bites-cinnamon-sugar/

It’s really a personal thing. Mine is not to judge.

Gluten free cinnamon sugar gluten free soft pretzel bites just like Auntie Anne's—with sweet glaze. Get your Auntie Anne's back! https://glutenfreeonashoestring.com/auntie-annes-style-gluten-free-soft-pretzel-bites-cinnamon-sugar/

Mine is merely to show you the light and fluffy, chewy inside of those gorgeous gluten free soft pretzel sticks, coated with cinnamon sugar, ready to be dipped in that gorgeous glaze. Oh, and a word about the glaze: I realize that it seems ridiculous to use light cream cheese when a person is whipping it with heavy whipping cream. It’s just that the light cream cheese is a bit thinner and can be easier to whip. If you only have regular cream cheese, just roll with it.

Gluten free cinnamon sugar gluten free soft pretzel bites just like Auntie Anne's—with sweet glaze. Get your Auntie Anne's back! https://glutenfreeonashoestring.com/auntie-annes-style-gluten-free-soft-pretzel-bites-cinnamon-sugar/

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Prep time: Cook time: Yield: 8 to 10 servings

Ingredients

FOR THE SOFT PRETZELS
1 recipe Gluten Free Soft Pretzel Dough (I used the Pretzel Rolls dough from page 153 of GFOAS Bakes Bread, but the Pretzel Rolls from the blog would work fine, too), prepared according to each recipe’s instructions, but made with the following adjustments:

  • In the book recipe:
    1. Reduce the amount of Gluten Free Bread Flour to 3 cups (420 g) from 3 1/4 cups (490 g).
    2. Eliminate the nonfat dry milk.
    3. Increase the packed light brown sugar to 1/4 cup (55 g).
    4. Increase the butter in the dough to 5 tablespoons (70 g).
    5. Replace the warm water with 1 cup (8 fluid ounces) warm milk (about 95°F).
  • In the blog recipe:
    1. Increase the packed light brown sugar to 1/4 cup (55 g).
    2. Increase the butter in the dough to 4 tablespoons (56 g).
    3. Replace the warm water with an equal amount (1 1/2 cups (12 fluid ounces)) of warm milk (about 95°F).

Baking soda bath for boiling (6 cups water plus 1 tablespoon baking soda plus 1 teaspoon kosher salt, brought to a rolling boil over medium-high heat)

4 tablespoons (56 g) unsalted butter, melted, mixed with 1 tablespoon (21 g) honey (for brushing)

1/2 cup (100 g) sugar + 2 teaspoons ground cinnamon, for rolling

FOR THE SWEET GLAZE
1 cup (115 g) confectioners’ sugar

2 ounces light cream cheese, softened

1/4 cup (2 fluid ounces) heavy whipping cream, chilled

Directions

  • On baking day, line a rimmed baking sheet with unbleached parchment paper, grease it lightly with cooking oil spray, and set it aside. If using the pretzel roll dough from the book, please note that these instructions begin “on baking day,” after the dough has already had its first (refrigerator) rise.*

    *If you prefer, instead of allowing the dough to rise slowly in the refrigerator as directed in the instructions, you may make and use this dough on the same day. It will not be as easy to handle, however, but you can work with it. To use the dough the same day it is made, after making the dough, set the covered dough to rise in a warm, draft-free environment to allow it to rise to double its size (about 1 hour). Once it has doubled, place it in the refrigerator for at least 15 minutes or until it is chilled. This will make it much easier to handle. Then, continue with the rest of the recipe instructions.

  • If using the pretzel dough from page 153 of GFOAS Bakes Bread, on a lightly floured surface, knead the dough until smoother as directed in These General Shaping Tips. Divide the dough in half, and roll each half into a ball as illustrated in this gluten free bread shaping video. Cover one piece of dough loosely with a towel to prevent it from drying out. Working with the other half, divide it into 4 equal pieces. Roll each piece of dough (pressing down and out with your palms) into a rope about 9 inches long. Using a floured bench scraper or sharp knife, slice each rope into 3 equal pieces (each 3-inches long). Place each piece of shaped dough on the prepared baking sheet, 2 inches apart from one another. Repeat the process with the other half of dough, but slice each of the 4 ropes into 1 1/2-inch bite-sized pieces of dough instead of 3-inch sticks. Place the bite-sized pieces of dough on the prepared baking sheet, about 1 inch apart from one another. Dust all of the shaped pieces of dough lightly with flour, then cover with lightly oiled plastic wrap. Set in a warm, draft-free location to rise until nearly doubled in size (about 40 minutes). The bites and sticks will swell in every direction as they rise, but the doubling will not be as obvious as it is with a larger piece of dough.

  • To make the sweet glaze, place the confectioners’ sugar and cream cheese in the bowl of a stand mixer fitted with the whisk attachment (or a large bowl with a handheld mixer). Mix by hand until the cream cheese is incorporated into the confectioners’ sugar. If you try to mix it with the machine at the start, sugar will fly everywhere! Once the sugar is absorbed into the cream cheese, you should have a very thick mixture. Beat with the whisk attachment or handheld mixer on medium speed until fluffier. With the mixer still on medium, drizzle in the heavy whipping cream slowly and continue to beat on medium speed until the dip is light and fluffy (about 3 minutes). Cover the bowl with plastic wrap and place in the refrigerator to chill while you finish making the pretzels.

  • As the dough nears the end of its rise, preheat your oven to 350°F and line a second baking sheet with unbleached parchment paper. In a large pot, make the baking soda bath by dissolving the baking soda and salt in approximately 6 cups of water, and bringing it to a rolling boil over medium-high heat. Once the dough has finished rising, place the risen sticks and bites a few at a time in the boiling baking soda bath for about 30 seconds per side. Remove the boiled dough with a strainer and return the pieces to the baking sheet, placing the sticks on one prepared baking sheet, and the bites on the other (they should bake separately from one another as they will bake at different rates). Using a very sharp knife, slash each boiled dough stick at a 45° angle in 2 or 3 places, about 1/4-inch deep, and each boiled dough bite in the same way, but once in the center of the bite. Brush all the pieces of dough generously with the melted honey butter mixture, and place the baking sheet in the center of the preheated oven. Bake the sticks until golden brown all over (about 9 minutes). Remove from the oven and allow to cool briefly. Bake the bites until golden brown all over  (about 7 minutes). Remove from the oven and allow to cool on the pan briefly.

  • Once the sticks and bites have cooled until they can be handled, brush each bite and stick with the remaining honey butter, and roll in the cinnamon-sugar mixture. Serve warm with the chilled dipping sauce.

Love,
Me

 

P.S. If you haven’t gotten your copy of Gluten Free on a Shoestring Bakes Bread, won’t you grab one today? Your support means everything to me!

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  • Sarah
    April 13, 2014 at 10:29 PM

    I have the dough based on the bread book in the fridge tempting me with it’s supple beauty! First recipe from the bread cookbook since I was waiting on my whey protein isolate powder in the mail. So excited to bake these! My question is how to store leftovers… if there are any.

  • wendyintexas
    April 4, 2014 at 2:26 PM

    I love your blog, I have all your books (so far!), and I’m ready to make some pretzels, but I have a question—the changes you list in the recipe above, you do mean to make those changes to the recipe IN THE BOOK, right?
    Well, I just opened the book, and I see you DO mean that—got it! Looking forward to soft pretzels this weekend!

    • April 5, 2014 at 1:02 PM

      Looks like you held up both sides of that conversation just fine, Wendy. :)

  • Anneke
    April 4, 2014 at 1:28 PM

    I knew that thing about you and the finger licking! Totally gross, isn’t it? These will not be gross, these will be awesome. So awesome, in fact, that I might have to avoid making them so I don’t eat them all myself!

    Big track team brunch here tomorrow, with chocolate muffins, lemon poppyseed muffins, vegan granola bites — all kinds of good stuff from your recipes! So glad I have so many to choose from!

    • April 5, 2014 at 1:04 PM

      I get that track team could put away everything you’re gonna make for them and then some, Anneke. Nothing like a bunch of running teens to clear you out! *mwah*

  • Alyssa Z.
    April 4, 2014 at 1:04 PM

    Oh my gosh, Nicole! You read my mind with this recipe!! Of all the people in the world that I have never met, you are truly one of my favorites;)

    • April 5, 2014 at 1:03 PM

      LOL, Alyssa. I take that as the highest compliment possible … from someone I have never met either. :)

  • Ligea
    April 4, 2014 at 1:02 PM

    OMG, I missed these forever! My best friend and I always got them when she picked me up at the airport… Thank you for giving me back sweet memories!

    • April 5, 2014 at 1:03 PM

      Aw, that’s really sweet, Ligea. :)

  • Lorraine Hannaford
    April 4, 2014 at 12:30 PM

    Oh Nicole! I wish you were my nice next door neighbour lady. These looks so good! Last week I attempted the clone soft pretzels on the BB site. I really think the baking soda on their recipe is wrong because I had to throw the whole lot out. I nearly cried. All that work, mess and BB flour. Your soda amounts look much better. Right now though …it looks like too much work. You’ve always wanted to live in Canada right?

    • April 4, 2014 at 12:38 PM

      Honestly, Lorraine, I’m so done with the NY area that I’d totally move to Canada. You don’t need much baking soda to make the bath. Otherwise, you’ll taste it (ew). Anyway, I need a new crop of neighbors. Mine are no longer interested in my treats (well, the kids are, but the moms are done with me!). ;)

      • Jennifer S.
        April 4, 2014 at 12:54 PM

        they don’t know what they are missing. open a bakery, girl -you’d be a huge hit!

    • Jennifer S.
      April 4, 2014 at 12:54 PM

      I wish she were my neighbor too. heck I’d pay her to bake for us! :)

  • Jennifer S.
    April 4, 2014 at 10:32 AM

    I have several items on my weekend baking list: the roadhouse rolls, ricotta bread, regular auntie Annie’s pretzels and now maybe these! Yay, me!

    • April 4, 2014 at 10:45 AM

      Oh that’s a good list, Jennifer! Make a double batch of the pretzel dough, then, and just separate everything out. :)

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