These cinnamon sugar pretzel bites taste just like the ones at the mall. Soft and pillowy on the outside and coated with a heavenly cinnamon sugar mixture. Homemade is the best!
In a bowl, mix together the warm water, yeast and granulated sugar. Let it rest for 5 minutes.
Add in the brown sugar, vegetable oil and salt and stir well to combine. Add in half of the flour and mix well. Then add in the other half of the flour and mix to form a dough. Transfer to a floured board and knead, sprinkling on more flour as needed. The dough should be slightly sticky. Rub a bowl with oil (I always use the same bowl in which I mixed the dough). Then place the dough in the bowl and cover with a plastic wrap and kitchen towel. Let it rise in a warm place for 1-2 hours until about doubled in size. To ensure it rises, turn on your oven for 2 minutes then turn it off and place the dough in it to rise.
Preheat oven to 400 degrees F (200 degrees C). Punch down risen dough to remove excess air then cut dough into 6 equal pieces. Take one piece and with your hands, roll into a long rope - about 28 inches long. Cut the rope into two. Then cut each piece into 4-6 pieces. Mix together hot water and baking soda then quickly dip the pieces into the water and remove. Place immediately on tray lined with parchment paper (you will need to prepare 2-3 trays for this recipe). Repeat the process of rolling, cutting dough and dipping in baking soda solution with the rest of the dough.
Bake the bites in preheated oven for 8-10 minutes until golden brown on the outside. Once they are out of the oven, dip each bite into melted butter. Combine the cinnamon and sugar in a large bowl then place in the bites in and toss lightly to coat.
1.The sugar in this recipe is greatly reduced because I do not like very sweet stuff. Feel free to adjust the sugar according to taste.
2. This recipe was adapted from cookingclassy.com