Mini Pretzel Dogs


What I used (36 mini pretzel dogs)

  • 1 1/2 cups warm water
  • 1 tablespoon white sugar
  • 2 teaspoons salt + more for sprinkling
  • 1 package active dry yeast
  • 4 ½ cups all purpose flour
  • ¼ cup unsalted butter, melted
  • 4 cups hot water
  • ½ cup baking soda
  • 1 large egg
  • 1 tablespoon water
  • 3 packs hot dogs, cut in half to equal 48 mini hot dogs


  • Prepare yeast.
    • In small bowl, combine 1 1/2 cup warm water, 1 tbsp sugar, and 2 teaspoons kosher salt in a bowl. Sprinkle the yeast on top, and let the mixture stand until the yeast becomes foamy, about 5 minutes.
  • Melt butter.

You can either prep the remaining ingredients or complete (1)-(3) and then finish the mise-en-place.

  • Preheat oven to 450 degrees.
  • Prepare egg wash
    • Separate 1 egg, retaining the yolk.
    • Beat egg yolk with 1 tbsp water.
  • Cut hot dogs into thirds (we use the longer Kirkland brand from Costco for this purpose).
  • Place two baking sheets (one on top of the other) and spray with nonstick spray.

(1)  Combine flour, butter, and yeast mixture in a large bowl.  Mix together until they form a ball.


(2)  Remove from bowl and knead lightly on a floured surface for 2 minutes.


(3)  Form into a smooth ball, spray large bowl with non-stick spray, and place dough in bowl.  Cover with a moistened kitchen towel and set aside for 1 hour.


(4)  Place dough on a lightly oiled surface.  Pinch off finger-sized strips of dough.


(5)  Roll out dough (like a play-dough snake).  Place “snake” a short distance away from one end of the hot dog.  Roll dough around the hot dog, overlapping edges, until you reach a short distance away from the other end of the hot dog.


(6)  In a metal bowl, add 4 cups hot water and baking soda.  Whisk until baking soda has dissolved.


(7)  Using tongs, dip each pretzel dogs into the baking soda solution and place on a folded kitchen towel.


(8)  Move pretzel dogs to prepared baking sheet.  Brush pretzel dogs with egg wash and sprinkle with salt.


(9)  Bake in preheated oven, 15-17 minutes.




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