Mall pretzels are so dang yummy. And guess what, you don’t have to go to the mall to satisfy your carb-filled cravings anymore! I’ve got the perfect copycat mall pretzel recipe and it will only take you an hour. So, let’s go!
So my husband worked at Pretzel Time in high school. He learned the art of making and forming mall pretzels. Now, he’s passing the family secret on to all of you! So let’s get baking.
Activate the mall pretzel yeast
First off, warm up 1/2 cup of milk and 1/2 cup water in the microwave for about 45 seconds or until warm. Then add 2 teaspoons of yeast and let it sit for about 10 minutes until bubbly.
Combine remaining ingredients
While you are waiting for your yeast to activate. Take the brown sugar, melted butter, salt, baking powder and two cups of flour and mix in a KitchenAid. Then add the yeast mixture and mix for about 7 minutes.
You’ll want to make sure that the dough separates from the side of the bowl. I added another six tablespoons or so of flour to get the right texture. It should be slightly tacky to the touch. Once the dough is mixed, place it in a greased bowl and let it rise in a warm place for 30-45 minutes.
Form your pretzels
Once your dough has risen, place it on a floured surface and cut into eight equal parts. Take your first hunk of dough and roll it out into a 30″ snake. It will get really long and thin. That’s okay. Then for a pretzel knot see the pictures below.
Of course, you can also try form a pretzel like a professional. In that case, check out the video below of my sister-in-law. She worked at Pretzel Time too and she’s got skills.
It helps to wet your hands with a little water if the dough has too much flour on it. Then, after you form the mall pretzels, dip them in a shallow bowl with two cups of water and two tablespoons of baking soda. Then place it on a cookie sheet lined with parchment paper.
Cook your pretzels in the oven at 410 degrees Fahrenheit for 8 – 10 minutes. You can also roll out the dough and then cut it into pieces to make little pretzel bites too. Yum!
Dip in butter and add toppings
Once your delectable knots of goodness are done cooking, pull them out of the oven and dip them in some melted butter and lay them on some waxed paper. Oh baby!
The fun doesn’t end there! After you dip your pretzels in butter, you can add whatever toppings or dips that you would like. Here are just a few:
- Cream cheese
- Nacho cheese
- Pizza sauce
- Sugar glaze
- Cinnamon and sugar
- Parmesan cheese
- Coarse salt
I hope you love these mall pretzels as much as we did. Check out the recipe below. You can also download and print the recipe by clicking on the link below. Enjoy!
What other ideas do you have for a mall pretzel bar? Leave your comments below.
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