CINNAMON SUGAR PRETZEL BITES
Pretzel Maker Copycat Recipe
2 1/2 cups all purpose flour
1 teaspoon table salt
2 teaspoons granulated sugar
2 1/4 teaspoons instant yeast
1 cup warm water
1 cup very hot water
2 tablespoons baking soda
4 tablespoons melted butter
1/2 cup sugar
1 teaspoon cinnamon
2-3 ounces softened cream cheese
1-2 tablespoon butter, softened
1/2 cup confectioners' sugar
1-2 tablespoon milk
With your mixer, combine flour, salt, sugar, and yeast. Then add in 1 cup warm water and mix until well combined. You could also do this by hand or use a food processor. Knead the dough until it is smooth. Sprinkle flour in the bottom of a bowl. Place the dough in the bowl and cover it. Allow it to sit for about 30 minutes to rise.
Knead the dough for 30 seconds to 1 minute. Divide the dough into 4 equal sections. Form each section into strips about 8 inches long and about 1 inch wide. Cut each strip into 8 pieces so that you have 32 pretzel bites.
Preheat your oven to 475 degrees. In a shallow dish combine one cup of very hot water with 2 tablespoons baking soda. Whisk well to combine. Place pretzel bites in the water/baking soda mixture and allow to site for one minute. Then flip the pretzel bites and allow to sit in the mixture for one minute longer. Arrange the pretzels on a greased baking sheet. Allow the pretzel bites to rest for about 5 minutes, then place them in the oven for 10-11 minutes, or until the pretzel bites are nice and brown.
While the pretzel bites are baking, melt 4 tablespoons of butter (1 minute in the microwave does the trick) and in a small bowl combine 1/2 granulated sugar with 1 teaspoon cinnamon. Dip each pretzel bite in butter, then in the cinnamon sugar mixture.
With your mixer, cream together cream cheese and butter. Add in confectioners sugar and mix until smooth. Add in 1-2 tablespoons of milk depending on your desired consistency.
Serve pretzel bites with cream cheese frosting on the side.