Easy Cinnamon Sugar Pretzels Recipe {Video} (2024)

These cinnamon sugar pretzels are delicious! They are the perfect treat to take to work with you or to gift as a great holiday gift. They are crazy easy to make, taste delicious, and only take a few ingredients.

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Cinnamon Sugar Pretzels

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If you want a super easy last-minute gift, these would be perfect! You could put them in a cute jar with a ribbon tied, and you are good to go!

I love giving homemade DIY Gifts during the holidays, which is probably not a surprise if you have been reading Tammilee Tips for a while. I just love sharing my love for baking with friends and family.

Many cute gift containers line the shelves of grocery stores, making it easy to package your homemade cinnamon pretzels. I get distracted by all the pretty seasonal gift packages available when grocery shopping.

I also bought a few more inflatable holiday animals for the front yard. Our new neighbors may think I have lost my mind regarding holiday inflatables, but it is so fun that you can now get inflatable narwhals and grinches.

Next year I should put out some classic decorations, but so far this year, all of our decorations are just a random, eclectic mix of animals. It makes me giggle every time I pull up to the house.

If you’ve been following us, you may have noticed all the holiday cookies and treats we’ve shared over time! We have many ideas for great homemade holiday treats your family, co-workers, and neighbors will love! Or you can just bake them! We are a total no-judgment zone!

I love the holiday season! Any time I can add an epic cinnamon sugar mixture to a recipe it makes me happy. The flavor is perfect for comfort food!


Here is a quick overview of the simple ingredients for making epic Cinnamon Sugar Pretzels! The printable recipe card at the bottom of the post includes specific measurements and step-by-step instructions.

  • Pretzels
  • Vegetable Oil
  • Sugar
  • Cinnamon

Equipment Needed

You only need a few things to make this recipe, which I love!

  • Large Bowl: You want to use the largest bowl available to keep the pretzels corralled inside. I tried making these with a medium-sized bowl the first time and ended up with pretzels falling over the top and all over the counter.
  • Parchment Paper: This will help make it easier to remove the pretzels after they have baked.
  • Baking Sheet with Sides: Trust me, you do not want to put these on a flat cookie sheet and pull them out of the oven while the pan is hot and you are trying to balance the cookie sheet so they don't slide off the end.

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How to Make Cinnamon Sugar Pretzels

I've included complete instructions in the printable recipe card at the bottom of the post, but here's a quick version.

  1. Preheat oven to 300°F.
  2. Place pretzels in a large bowl.
  3. Stir oil, sugar, and cinnamon in a small bowl and mix well.
  4. Pour over pretzels, tossing them to ensure they are well coated.
  5. Pour out onto a parchment-lined baking sheet, and pour any remaining sugar and cinnamon over the pretzels.
  6. Place in oven
  7. Remove from oven and cool before serving.

The cinnamon sugar coating will harden to the pretzels. You want to let the pretzels cool down so the cinnamon sugar coats the pretzels and doesn't fall off onto the prepared baking sheet.

Preparation and Storage

Make Ahead: None of the ingredients require preparation outside of mixing them before baking, and it’s best to bake them as soon as you coat them.

Storage: The bagged pretzels make this a shelf-stable recipe! Store them in an airtight container for about a week or until they appear stale.

Freezing/How to Freeze: We discovered that bagged pretzels last up to a year when stored in an airtight, freezer-safe container that keeps them dry.

How to Reheat: Thaw leftover cinnamon sugar pretzels by leaving them at room temperature.

Recipe Variations

Substitutions: Feel free to swap the vegetable oil for another neutral-tasting oil, such as canola, coconut, or salted butter (these last two were reader suggestions!). Brown sugar would also be yummy instead of white sugar.

These epic cinnamon sugar pretzels can also be made with homemade soft pretzels, pretzel twists, soft pretzel bites. You will need to adjust the baking time for the soft pretzels.

Vegetarian + Vegan Options: Most store-bought pretzels are vegetarian and vegan-friendly. Always check the product labels to be sure.

Gluten-Free: You’ll be happy to know that grocery stores carry many gluten-free options for this popular snack! Snyder’s is one of the biggest gluten-free pretzel brands we see often.

Smaller Serving Size + Larger Group/More Servings: Use a smaller or larger pretzel bag, depending on your desired quantity.

Make it Spicy: Cayenne would be a great addition if you use brown sugar and want your cinnamon sugar pretzels to have a kick.

Sugar-Free: Use your go-to sugar alternative to make this recipe sugar-free.

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Tips for the Best Cinnamon Sugar Pretzels

  • Reader Tip: Combine the ingredients in a Ziploc bag until fully coated for convenience and less mess.
  • While we love the classic look of knotted pretzels, this recipe also adapts to other shapes for added fun!

What to Serve with Cinnamon Sugar Pretzels

These cinnamon sugar pretzels would be fantastic on a sweet snack platter or as a part of a DIY gift bag for any sweetie you love! Here are some pairing suggestions from our Snack Collection!

Snacks: Pumpkin Spice Pretzels, Guinness Glazed Pecans, Crock Pot Peanut Clusters, Chocolate Peanut Butter Muddy Buddies, Hot Chocolate Muddy Buddies, Pumpkin Spice Pumpkin Seeds, Sriracha Caramel Corn, Crock Pot Sugared Candied Walnuts, Sugar and Spice Almonds, Dunkaroo Funfetti Dip

When to Serve Cinnamon Sugar Pretzels

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  • DIY Gifting!
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Cinnamon Sugar Pretzels

How to makeCinnamon Sugar Pretzels that are a great holiday gift or snack.

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Prep Time: 5 minutes minutes

Cook Time: 30 minutes minutes

Total Time: 35 minutes minutes

Servings: 16

Calories: 212kcal

Author: Tammilee Tips


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  • Preheat oven to 300 degrees

  • Place pretzels in a large bowl

  • Combine oil, sugar and cinnamon in a bowl and mix well

  • Pour over pretzels, tossing the pretzels to make sure they are well coated

  • Pour out onto a parchment lined baking sheet, pour any remaining sugar and cinnamon over the pretzels

  • Place in oven for 30 minutes, turning every 10 minutes

  • Remove from oven and cool before serving

Kitchen Tools

  • Cookie Sheets

  • Parchment Paper


Please keep in mind that nutritional information is a rough estimate and can vary greatly based on products used.


Nutrition Facts

Cinnamon Sugar Pretzels

Amount Per Serving

Calories 212Calories from Fat 81

% Daily Value*

Fat 9g14%

Saturated Fat 7g44%

Sodium 359mg16%

Potassium 42mg1%

Carbohydrates 29g10%

Fiber 1g4%

Sugar 7g8%

Protein 2g4%

Calcium 13mg1%

Iron 1.5mg8%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

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Recipe originally shared on December 15, 2013. Updated October 2020.

Easy Cinnamon Sugar Pretzels Recipe {Video} (2024)


What does the baking soda solution do for the pretzels? ›

Like lye, baking soda is an alkaline substance, and when mixed with water and brushed over the pretzel dough, it changes the pH of the dough and gelates the surface starch. In the oven, the starch gel hardens and the alkaline baking soda makes browning happen fast.

Why are my homemade pretzels so dense? ›

Under or over-proofing the dough

Specifically, under-proofed dough creates dense pretzels, while over-proofed dough can cause them to expand and then collapse. If your recipe requires fermenting (or proofing), one of the biggest mistakes you can make is letting your dough ferment for the wrong amount of time.

What makes Auntie Anne's pretzels sweet? ›

Auntie Anne Pretzels are somehow more delicious than your average pretzel. A healthy dose of sugar makes for a tasty dough, and a topping of melted butter and salt makes them positively addictive.

Do you put baking soda or baking powder in pretzels? ›

As noted above, baking soda is a staple ingredient for making homemade pretzels. Dunking your pretzels in a baking soda bath prior to baking is what enables them to develop their distinctive color and crispy-on-the-outside, chewy-on-the-inside texture.

Can I use baking soda instead of baking powder? ›

Baking powder is made of baking soda plus cream of tartar and cornstarch. Baking powder can be substituted for baking soda by tripling the amount of baking powder. Baking soda can be substituted for baking powder by dividing the amount of baking powder needed by 4 and adding twice that amount of cream of tartar.

Can you skip the baking soda bath for pretzels? ›

The boiling water also locks in the shape so the pretzels don't over-puff in the oven. (Without the baking soda bath, you lose texture, that deep brown color, and flavor. So, basically, you will have bite-size bread instead of pretzels.)

Do you use baking soda for pretzels? ›

In the end, the choice between lye and baking soda is yours. If you're wary about bringing lye into your kitchen, baking soda works well. And while you won't have the same color, sheen, and texture, it still boils down (sorry!) to a delicious pretzel.

What is the secret solution for Auntie Anne's pretzels? ›

While dough is rising, prepare a baking soda water bath with 2 cups warm water and 2 tbsp baking soda. Be certain to stir often. After dough has risen, pinch off bits of dough and roll into a long rope (about 1/2 inch or less thick) and shape. Dip pretzel in soda solution and place on greased baking sheet.

How long do you leave pretzels in a baking soda bath? ›

Baking Soda + Room Temperature Water Pretzel Bath

Dip your pretzels in the bath using either your hands or a slotted spoon for 30 seconds, flipping once during this time. Drain and place back onto your greased parchment lined baking sheets. Sprinkle with pretzel or coarse salt, if desired.


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