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Mini Pretzel Dogs

close-up photo of a plate of Mini Pretzel Dogs

Ever since I found out that soft pretzel dough stores well in the freezer, I’ve had some on hand in my freezer to take out whenever I’m in the mood for soft pretzels. Lately, I’ve been using the frozen dough to make whatever soft pretzel variation I can come up with. This weekend I decided to try soft pretzel dogs, a snack I’ve always loved.
photo of soft pretzel dogs on a baking rack
I wanted to make small ones, perfect finger food. I originally was going to use mini sausages, but I forgot to buy them. Instead, I used full-sized sausages, but cut them up into thirds to make mini pretzel dogs (I guess technically they aren’t dogs since I used sausages).
Mini Pretzel Dogs
These came out great. Since I already had the soft pretzel dough premade, it was easy to defrost the dough, wrap them around the dogs and then cook them. These were gone in a flash. I’ll have to make them again since I didn’t have any leftovers.

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Pretzel Dogs

Servings: 48 mini pretzel dogs
Prep Time: 30 minutes
Cook Time: 8 minutes
Course: Appetizer, Snack
Cuisine: American
Soft pretzel dough keeps well in the freezer so I like to make batches of it to have on hand for different snacks like these mini pretzel dogs.


  • 1 1/2 cups warm water 110 to 115°F
  • 1 tbsp sugar
  • 2 tsp salt
  • 2 1/4 tsp active dry yeast
  • 4 1/2 cups all purpose flour
  • 2 ounces unsalted butter melted
  • 2/3 cup baking soda
  • 1 large egg
  • 16 full sized hot dogs/ sausages


  • Combine the warm water, sugar and salt in the bowl of a stand mixer and sprinkle the yeast on top. Allow it to sit for about 5 minutes. Add the flour and butter and using the dough hook attachment, mix on low speed until well combined. 
  • Change to medium speed and knead about 5 minutes until the dough is smooth and pulls away from the side of the bowl. Remove the dough from the bowl, and place the dough in a glass bowl oiled with vegetable oil. Cover with plastic wrap and let rise in a warm place for approximately 50 to 55 minutes or until the dough has doubled in size.
  • Divide the dough into 16 pieces. Roll out each piece of dough into a 12 inch rope.
  • If you are making mini dogs, cut hot dogs to desired length. Then take rope of dough and begin wrapping around the length of the hot dog/sausage. One dough rope can be used for a full sized hot dog. If you are making minis, wrap until you reach the top, then break off the dough for the rest of the mini hot dogs/sausages.
  • Preheat the oven to 450 degrees F.
  • Using a large sauce pan, fill with water. Bring the water to a boil and add the baking soda.
  • Place the pretzels into the boiling water for 30 seconds. Remove them from the water using a large flat spatula. Place pretzels on baking sheet lined with parchment paper or silpat mat.
  • Beat one large egg. Brush the top of each pretzel dog with the beaten egg. Bake until dark golden brown in color, approximately 6-8 minutes.


Recipe adapted from Alton Brown


Serving: 1mini pretzel dog, Calories: 91kcal, Carbohydrates: 12g, Protein: 3g, Fat: 3g, Saturated Fat: 1g, Sodium: 657mg, NET CARBS: 12g

The nutrition information provided are only estimates based on an online nutritional calculator. I am not a certified nutritionist. Please consult a professional nutritionist or doctor for accurate information and any dietary restrictions and concerns you may have.

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9 comments on “Mini Pretzel Dogs”

  1. Want to buy in bulk pretzel dogs pre made
    Does any one know where I can buy some?

  2. These look delicious and would be such an impressive appetizer for a party!

  3. those look so cute! I would totally make that except i’d be lazy and use ready made croissant dough but then it wouldn’t really be like pretzel dog.

    • Pretzel dough is really easy to make. Out of all the yeast stuff I’ve tried, it’s definitely the easiest. If you are ever feeling up to it, you can make a big batch and then freeze it and use a little a time. Or you can get your daughter to help with the kneading and stuff. 😉

  4. What a great way to use up leftover pretzel dough!

    • These were gone so fast I think I’ll have to make a batch of pretzel dough just to make enough of these for next time!

  5. Oh, these are the cutest little things. I can just see my granddaughters helping me make these and then gobbling them right up. They absolutely love soft pretzels, too. Thanks for sharing. Great photos!