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Pretzel Dogs

Pretzel Dogs take a little time to make, but OMG!!! It is so worth it. The taste of a hot dog wrapped in a salty, chewy pretzel is hard to beat.

Pretzel Dogs piled on a plate with a small bowl of mustard.

I can’t think of a better lunch. Pretzel dough elevates a boring old hot dog to a whole other stratosphere. Your kids will love them!

How To Make Pretzel Dogs

You will need to make a dough and let it rise. I use bread flour for my dough beacuse it has a higher gluten content and produces a chewier pretzel. You can use all-purpose flour and still get great results.

It’s best to use a stand mixer to mix the dough.  Start with the paddle attachment and then switch to the dough hook.

Pretzel Dogs piled on a plate.

The dough will need to rise in a warm place until doubled in bulk. This will probably take an hour, longer if your house is cool.

Then divide the dough into 8 equal pieces. Roll them into thin ropes about 20 inches long and wrap each one around a hot dog. Working in batches, boil them in water with baking soda for 30 seconds.

Place them on a baking sheet, brush with melted butter, and sprinkle with coarse salt. Bake them for 12 to 14 minutes.

Pretzel Dogs

Serve with mustard or ketchup for a lunch that’s sure to bring lots of smiles.

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Pretzel Dogs

Pretzel Dogs

Pretzel Dogs take a little time to make, but OMG!!! It is so worth it. The taste of a hot dog wrapped in a salty, chewy pretzel is hard to beat.

PREP: 20 minutes
COOK: 12 minutes
Rise Time: 1 hour



  • 1 1/2 cups warm water (110 to 115 degrees)
  • 1 tablespoon sugar
  • 1 package active dry yeast
  • 4 1/2 cups bread flour
  • 2 teaspoons salt
  • 1/4 cup unsalted butter, melted

Pretzel Dogs

  • 10 cups water
  • 2/3 cup baking soda
  • 8 hot dogs
  • 1 tablespoon melted butter
  • coarse salt or kosher salt


  • Combine water, sugar and yeast in the bowl of a stand mixer. Let sit for 5 minutes.
  • Add flour, salt, and melted butter and beat with the paddle attachment until well mixed.
  • Switch to the dough hook and  turn to medium speed for 4 to 5 minutes.
  • Place dough in a lightly greased bowl. Cover and place in a warm place to rise for 1 hour. Dough should double in size. 
  • Preheat oven to 450 degrees F. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper and spray it lightly with cooking spray.
  • In a large pot, bring water and baking soda to a boil.
  • Divide dough into 8 equal portions. Roll each piece into a rope that is about 20 inched long. Wrap a rope of dough around each hot dog.
  • Place the hot dogs two at a time into the boiling water for 30 seconds. remove with a large slotted spoon and place on prepared sheet.
  • Brush the tops with melted butter and sprinkle with salt. Bake for 12 to 14 minutes.


You can use all-purpose dough instead of bread dough but it will be a little less chewy.


Calories: 262kcal
Course: Lunch
Cuisine: American
Keyword: hot dogs, kid-friendly

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Recipe adapted from What’s Megan Making

Pretzel Dogs

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2 thoughts on “Pretzel Dogs”

  1. I can’t stop making these on the weekends. I put the dough in my bread machine and they come out perfect every time.

  2. Dayna Hohmann

    I doubled the recipe, 16 was a more appropriate number for my group than 8…..the doubled recipe made 32!! AWESOME, the kids LOVED THEM!

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