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These soft pretzel dogs are delicious and chewy homemade soft pretzels, wrapped around savory hot dogs and ready for your next party!

Soft Pretzel Dogs on a sheet pan.

I don’t know about you, but there’s something about a fun and delicious pretzel dog that makes me instantly happy (like my Everything Bagel Pigs in a Blanket, they’re bite-sized and make the perfect appetizer)!

These soft pretzel dogs are soft and chewy homemade pretzels, wrapped around salty and savory hot dogs.

Don’t be intimidated by making your own pretzels, it’s super easy! And since we’re wrapping them around hot dogs, you don’t have to worry about making the perfect pretzel shape. 

You could even get creative and try wrapping these in my Garlic Parmesan Soft Pretzels, too!

Trust me, these soft pretzel dogs are a delightful treat for game-day parties or poolside picnics!

Ingredients to make homemade pretzel dogs on a table.

Ingredients for soft pretzel dogs

  • Warm water –  To help the yeast bloom, be sure your water temperature is around 100-110ºF
  • Brown sugar – This will help activate the yeast.
  • Active dry yeast – Active dry yeast will help the pretzels to rise and stay fluffy.
  • All-purpose flour – All-purpose flour is a common baking ingredient that will make up the dough of our pretzels.
  • Kosher salt – Kosher salt is necessary so our pretzels are properly seasoned.
  • 8 hot dogs – Feel free to use your favorite brand!
  • Baking soda – Baking soda will be used in the water boil before the pretzels bake.
  • Egg with a splash of water – This egg wash will help our toppings adhere and will also give a nice glossy shine to our pretzels.
  • Toppings – Feel free to use pretzel salt, flakey sea salt, or even sesame seeds
Soft pretzel dough wrapped around a hot dog.
Soft Pretzel Dog floating in water.


Eating soft pretzel dogs on their own is fine, but who doesn’t love a tasty dip to dunk them into?

Honey mustard, ranch, and ketchup are all fine and dandy, but my roasted poblano queso is the perfect combination of cheesy and spicy! 

Or my homemade fry sauce, which is perfectly creamy and tastes just like your favorite fast food place. 

Dipping a Soft Pretzel Dog into honey mustard.

What is the difference between active dry, and rapid rise yeast?

I know the names can get confusing, but there’s only 1 big difference between these two types of yeast that are commonly found in most major grocery stores:

Active dry needs time to proof in a warm water and sugar solution, whereas rapid rise, sometimes called instant yeast, can be added straight from the packet, into your dry ingredients.

You can substitute rapid rise for active dry, but you need to use 25% less of the yeast to do so, so just keep that in mind when baking!

Soft Pretzel Dogs topped with sesame seeds and salt.

Storage and leftovers

Any leftover soft pretzel dogs can be stored in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 2 days.

To reheat, I suggest wrapping them in a damp paper towel and heating them in the microwave for 1-2 minutes or until it is heated throughout. 

Soft Pretzel Dogs on a sheet pan with dipping sauce.

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Soft Pretzel Dogs

Soft Pretzel Dogs

Yield: 8 pretzel dogs
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 35 minutes
Rise Time: 1 hour 30 minutes
Total Time: 2 hours 20 minutes

These soft pretzel dogs are delicious and chewy homemade soft pretzels, wrapped around savory hot dogs and ready for your next party!


  • 1 cup warm water, 100-110 degrees F
  • 1 tablespoon brown sugar
  • 2-¼ teaspoons (1 packet) active dry yeast
  • 2-¼ cups all purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 8 hot dogs
  • ¼ cup baking soda
  • 1 large egg, beaten with a splash of water
  • Pretzel salt, for topping
  • Sesame Seeds, for topping


  1. Add the warm water, light brown sugar, and active dry yeast to a large bowl and stir to combine. Set aside for the yeast to bloom for 5 minutes. 
  2. Next, add the flour and kosher salt. Stir with a dough whisk or wooden spoon until a shaggy dough forms. 
  3. Turn the dough onto a floured surface and knead until it is smooth and tacky, about 2-3 minutes. You’ll know the dough is ready when you poke it gently and it springs back. 
  4. Cover the dough (with plastic wrap or a damp towel) and place it in a warm place to rise until doubled in size, about 90 minutes. 
  5. When the dough has risen, turn it out onto a lightly floured surface and divide it into 8 pieces.
  6. Roll each piece into a 10-inch long rope and then wrap it around one of the hot dogs.
  7. Pinch the seams together at the ends to ensure the pretzel dough doesn’t become unwrapped. 
  8. Preheat the oven to 400 degrees F and bring a large pot of water to a boil.
  9. Reduce the heat to medium (a gentle boil) and very slowly add the baking soda. 
  10. Cook the pretzel dogs 1-2 at a time (making sure not to crowd the pan) for 30 seconds. Then flip the pretzel dogs and cook them for an additional 30 seconds. 
  11. Remove the pretzel dogs from the water bath and place them on a parchment-lined baking sheet. 
  12. Brush the pretzels with egg wash and sprinkle with salt or sesame seeds. 
  13. Bake the pretzel dogs for 20-22 minutes or until the pretzels are golden brown. Serve immediately. 
  14. Storage: Store any leftovers in an airtight container in the fridge for up to two days. 

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Nutrition Information:
Yield: 8 Serving Size: 1
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 231Total Fat: 17gSaturated Fat: 6gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 8gCholesterol: 51mgSodium: 2582mgCarbohydrates: 12gFiber: 1gSugar: 2gProtein: 8g

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Wednesday 6th of September 2023

Pretzel dogs are always a hit! Thanks for the tasty recipe!

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