The ultimate homemade Pretzel Dog recipe is made with hot dogs wrapped with a soft and chewy dough and baked. This homemade pretzel dog will become a family favorite!

Homemade pretzel dogs topped with coarse salt laid out on top of each other.

This recipe uses our classic pretzel dough recipe. We love the different serving methods for the dough and these pretzel dogs definitely are a favorite with kids and adults alike.


The chewy and soft dough recipe combined with your favorite hot dogs is an incredible combination of flavors. This recipe is truly the best Auntie Anne’s copycat recipe.

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This recipe is so quick to make and easier than you think! For detailed instructions on how to make the pretzel dough recipe, read this post.

Soft pretzels laid out on a baking sheet loaded with coarse salt.


  1. In a bowl, or kitchen aid mixer add the flour and salt.
  2. In a separate bowl, combine the warm water, melted butter, yeast, and sugar and allow the yeast to activate.
  3. Add the yeast mixture to the flour mixture and knead with the dough hook attachment until well combined.
  4. Cover the dough and allow it to rise for 1 hour.
  5. Bring water to a boil in a large pot, add in the baking soda and mix.
Step by step collage of how to assemble these homemade soft and chewy pretzel dogs.

SHAPE the dough-

  1. Divide the dough into 12 equal parts and roll out each piece into an 18-inch rope. Wrap the rope around a hot dog and pinch to seal the ends so the dough does not unfold. Repeat with all the dough.


  1. Add 3 at a time into the water bath for 30 seconds and remove with a large strainer spatula. Add the dogs onto the baking sheet. Top with coarse salt, this is optional.
  2. Bake them at 450F for about 14-16 minutes or until they are crispy and golden.
  3. Serve with your favorite dipping sauces. Enjoy!
Juicy hot dogs wrapped in a homemade pretzel dough and baked to perfection.


What kind of hot dog can I use in these pretzel dogs?

You can use your favorite brands or types of hot dogs.

Can I freeze these pretzel dogs?

You can prepare the dough and shape the pretzel dogs then freeze. They can be frozen for up to 3 months, just thaw overnight in the fridge.

Do I have to use the water bath method?

You can opt-out of the water bath and just brush the pretzel dogs with an egg wash. You will lose a lot of the crispy and chewy taste the water bath gives.

Can I make them ahead of time?

You can prepare the pretzel dog dough in the morning and refrigerate it. Then, when ready to enjoy the pretzel dogs, shape and bake per instruction.

Can I freeze the baked pretzel dogs?

Yes! These pretzel dogs are perfect to freeze when baked. I love to make a double batch and then freeze. Just add to an airtight freezer bag and freeze for up to a month. Thaw and reheat to serve.

Pretzel dogs stacked on top of each other topped with coarse salt.

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Homemade Pretzel Dog Recipe

5 from 6 votes
The ultimate homemade Pretzel Dog Recipe made with hot dogs wrapped with a soft and chewy pretzel dough and baked.
Author: Valentina
Prep Time: 25 minutes
Cook Time: 15 minutes
Rise Time: 1 hour
Total Time: 1 hour 40 minutes
Servings: 12 pretzel dogs


Pretzel dough-

  • 1 1/2 cups warm water, 110°F
  • 2 ¼ tsp active dry yeast
  • 1 ½ tsp salt
  • 1 Tbsp granulated sugar
  • 3 Tbsp unsalted butter, melted
  • 4 cups all-purpose flour, measured then sifted

Water bath-


Prepare pretzel dough-

  • In a bowl or kitchen aid bowl add the sifted flour and salt and mix.
  • In a separate bowl, add the warm water, yeast, sugar, melted butter and mix. Allow to sit for about 5 minutes, allowing the yeast to activate. Pour the mixture into the flour.
  • With a kitchen aid hook attachment or by hand, knead the dough until well incorporated.
  • Cover the dough and allow it to rise for 1 hour.

Shape the pretzel dogs-

  • In a large pot bring the water and baking soda to a boil.
  • Preheat the oven to 450°F and line a large baking sheet with parchment paper.
  • Once the dough has risen, flour workspace and add the dough onto the work space.
  • Divide the dough into 12 equal parts. Roll out each piece into about an 18 inch rope and then wrap the dough around a hot dog pinching the sealing ends so that it does not unfold.
  • Repeat with all 12 hot dogs and the rest of the dough.
  • Add about 3 pretzel dogs at a time in the water bath for about 30 seconds, with a strainer spatula remove the pretzel dogs then add them to the prepared baking sheet. Top with coarse salt if desired.
  • Bake the pretzel dogs at 450°F for about 14-16 minutes or until crispy and golden.


Calories: 335kcalCarbohydrates: 35gProtein: 10gFat: 17gSaturated Fat: 7gPolyunsaturated Fat: 1gMonounsaturated Fat: 8gTrans Fat: 1gCholesterol: 33mgSodium: 1700mgPotassium: 125mgFiber: 2gSugar: 2gVitamin A: 87IUVitamin C: 1mgCalcium: 18mgIron: 3mg
(The nutrition information provided is an estimate and will vary based on cooking methods and brands of ingredients used.)