Pretzel Dogs

When I was a kid, I only ate hot dogs one of two ways: nearly burnt to a crisp on the grill, or wrapped in crescent rolls and baked in the oven. The former typically happened during the summer, while the latter was almost always a fall and winter treat. My mom would kick the crescent-wrapped dogs up a notch by slicing the hot dogs down the middle and stuffing a half-slice of American cheese in the middle. As far as my 8-year-old palate was concerned, that was just about as gourmet as you could get. That was my favorite way to eat hot dogs for years and years… until I discovered pretzel dogs. I have been a soft pretzel junkie for what seems like forever, so imagine the shock and awe when I discovered hot dogs wrapped in soft pretzel dough. I don’t eat hot dogs very often, but a few times a year, I’ll have one either straight from the grill, black and charred, or wrapped in a buttery soft pretzel, which is usually accompanied by copious amounts of outlet shopping. For some reason, it never occurred to me to make them at home. Until now. Which is definitely cause for celebration.

I’ve been making homemade soft pretzels for nearly as long as I’ve had this blog and I’ve shared a couple of recipes with you in the past. This one, however, has been my staple for the last nearly three years. I can’t believe in all that time I haven’t gotten it out to you! To make the pretzel dogs, I used this basic recipe and instead of shaping the dough into pretzels (which you could also totally do), I wrapped it around hot dogs. It’s so easy, and if you’ve been intimidated by yeast recipes before, this would be a perfect one to start with. The dough is easy to mix together, very forgiving, and only requires one quick rise of less than an hour.

Whether you want to get in some hot dog-eating while it’s still summer, or you’re on the hunt for game day food for the upcoming fall season, these are definite musts for your menu. You could cut the hot dogs in half for smaller portions, or even use lil’ smokies for bite-size versions. Serve them up with ketchup, your favorite mustard and an ice-cold beer. Perfect for summer, perfect for watching the game, perfect for shopping… perfect anytime!

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Pretzel Dogs

Yield: 8 pretzel dogs

Prep Time: 1 hour 30 minutes

Cook Time: 12 to 14 minutes

Total Time: 1 hour 45 minutes


1½ cups warm (110 to 115 degrees F) water
1 tablespoon granulated sugar
2 teaspoons kosher salt
1 package (2¼ teaspoons) active dry yeast
4½ cups all-purpose flour
¼ cup unsalted butter, melted
Vegetable oil, for pan
10 cups water
2/3 cup baking soda
2 tablespoons unsalted butter, melted
Kosher salt, for sprinkling


1. Combine the water, sugar and salt in the bowl of a stand mixer and sprinkle the yeast on top. Allow to sit for 5 minutes or until the mixture begins to foam.

2. Add the flour and butter and, using the dough hook attachment, mix on low speed until well combined. Change to medium speed and knead until the dough is smooth and pulls away from the side of the bowl, approximately 4 to 5 minutes. Remove the dough from the bowl and place it in a clean, oiled bowl. Cover with plastic wrap and place in a warm area for about 1 hour, or until the dough has doubled in size.

3. Preheat the oven to 450 degrees F. Line 2 baking sheets with parchment paper and lightly brush with the vegetable oil. Set aside.

4. Bring the 10 cups of water and the baking soda to a rolling boil in an 8-quart pot.

5. In the meantime, turn the dough out onto a slightly oiled work surface and divide into 8 equal pieces. Roll out each piece of dough into a rope that's about 24-inches long. Starting at one end, wrap the dough around the hot dog, pinching each end together so that it's sealed. Place onto the parchment-lined half sheet pan and repeat with the remaining dough and hot dogs.

6. Place the pretzel dogs into the boiling water two at a time and boil for 30 seconds. Remove them from the water using a large flat slotted spatula. Return the boiled pretzel dogs to the half sheet pan, brush the tops with melted butter and sprinkle with the coarse kosher salt. Bake until dark golden brown in color, approximately 12 to 14 minutes. Transfer to a cooling rack for at least 5 minutes before serving.

(Recipe adapted from Alton Brown)

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  1. Ashley @ Wishes and Dishes on August 23, 2012 at 1:28 am

    I am a huge hot dog fan…I’m an even bigger fan of a hot dog wrapped up in a soft pretzel! OMG!


  2. IdaBaker on August 23, 2012 at 4:22 am

    What a great idea!! Every once in a while, I love a good hot dog. It’s great to see a different way of doing them.


  3. Jennifer on August 23, 2012 at 6:59 am

    I can’t wait to try this! I’ve been putting off yeast recipes, but this will be my first attempt! Quick question: were your hot dogs pre-cooked at all before you boiled the pretzel dogs?


    • Michelle on August 23rd, 2012 at 9:50 am

      Hi Jennifer, No pre-cooking. Just took them from the package, wrapped in the dough, then boiled and baked.


      • Jennifer on August 23rd, 2012 at 8:42 pm

        Thanks for clearing that up for me! These are on our menu this weekend. It’s unbelievable, but my husband has never had a pretzel dog!


  4. Jennifer @ Peanut Butter and Peppers on August 23, 2012 at 7:15 am

    I saw french bread wrapped hot dogs all over Europe and my Husband and me to make one for him, I think he would like your pretzel dogs better! Bookmarking your recipe!


    • Michelle on August 23rd, 2012 at 9:52 am

      That’s funny you say that… my boyfriend loves hot dogs on French bread! He loves these pretzel dogs, too :)


  5. dena @ohyoucook on August 23, 2012 at 8:11 am

    I liked my version … until I saw yours. I’ll have to make this recipe from now on.


  6. Erika - The Teenage Taste on August 23, 2012 at 9:00 am

    I’m not really much of a hotdog person, but pretzel dogs? Yeah, I could do that! I love pretzels!


  7. shelly (cookies and cups) on August 23, 2012 at 9:25 am

    What a fun idea!! My kids would be all over these!


  8. Mom24@4evermom on August 23, 2012 at 9:25 am

    I’m not really much of a hot dog eater, but these look fabulous!!


  9. Mal @ The Chic Geek on August 23, 2012 at 9:26 am

    Yum! I love pretzel dogs, I’ll have to try making them myself now


  10. Nikki @Pennies on a Platter on August 23, 2012 at 9:33 am

    Oh my gosh. I have to make these! And, never have I thought that hot dogs were so beautiful! haha!

    PS-That’s the pretzel recipe I love, too! :)


  11. Debbie on August 23, 2012 at 9:38 am

    This looks great. Could you also provide directions on how to just make pretzels out of this dough? Thanks!


    • Michelle on August 23rd, 2012 at 9:54 am

      Hi Debbie, You would make the dough the exact same way, still dividing it into 8 pieces and roll into a 24-inch rope. Instead of wrapping that rope around a hot dog, you’d just shape it into a pretzel. Boil and bake the same as the recipe above.


      • Debbie on August 23rd, 2012 at 10:27 am

        Perfect, thanks!


  12. Annie @ Annie's City Kitchen on August 23, 2012 at 9:48 am

    I’m IN LOVE with pretzel dogs! I just had a few friends over for a “dinner club” and pretzels dogs were the entree! Always a good choice.


  13. Sues on August 23, 2012 at 9:52 am

    These are crazy and incredible and just all things awesome! Who would have thought?


  14. Maria on August 23, 2012 at 9:55 am

    I don’t do hot dogs, but sign me up for the pretzel part:) Love!


  15. Debbie on August 23, 2012 at 10:00 am

    OMG… Can’t wait to try this… I’ve never made pretzels before, but love them…. AND just happen to have yeast that’s crying to be used…. thanks!


  16. RavieNomNoms on August 23, 2012 at 10:08 am

    Yes please! I’ll take 4.


  17. Meghan on August 23, 2012 at 10:27 am

    Awesome! My son is a very picky eater and I am trying to come up with meal ideas for my sitter while I am night school. I would want to make these in advance. Any recommendations for freezing them?


    • Michelle on September 27th, 2012 at 12:22 pm

      Hi Meghan, I would make and baked these, and then freeze the finished product. To warm, pop them in a 325-degree oven or in a toaster oven. (The pretzel might get too soft in the microwave.)


  18. colleen @ Secrets fromthe Cookie Princess on August 23, 2012 at 10:28 am

    Yes, delicious. I was planning to try these for game day this fall. And OMG my mom totally made the crescent dogs with cheese for us too! It was like the best thing ever when she’d bust those out.


  19. snapdabble on August 23, 2012 at 10:29 am

    Would wheat flour work instead of all purpose?


    • Michelle on September 27th, 2012 at 12:21 pm

      I haven’t used it, but someone else in the comment thread mentioned that she’s made this recipe with whole wheat flour and it worked out just fine.


  20. Stephanie on August 23, 2012 at 10:41 am

    Totally just added this to my to make list! Thanks so much! I LOVE pretzeldogs!


  21. Anna @ Crunchy Creamy Sweet on August 23, 2012 at 11:32 am

    That’s me too! Burnt on the grill or pigs in the blanket :) Love the idea of pretzel wrapped dogs – my kiddos will too!


  22. Laura Dembowski on August 23, 2012 at 1:09 pm

    I am craving a soft pretzel so badly, and this is such a great way to use them. I can’t remember the last time I had a hot dog, and I’ve never had one wrapped in a pretzel, but I am now officially craving one!


  23. Nancy on August 23, 2012 at 1:55 pm

    Can you use the dough setting on a breadmaker?


    • Michelle on September 27th, 2012 at 12:20 pm

      Hi Nancy, I have never used a breadmaker, so I’m unsure about how the settings work. There is very little prep time and only one rise, so doing it by hand isn’t very difficult.


  24. Amy Tong on August 23, 2012 at 2:42 pm

    I love pretzel dogs and yours look so perfect! Now you have me craving for some!


  25. Jocelyn Sweeney on August 23, 2012 at 2:55 pm

    Oh these preztel dogs look amazing! I haven’t had one in forever, but these ones look delicious.


  26. Annamaria @ on August 23, 2012 at 3:12 pm

    These look good. I eat very few hot dogs but I’d like to try this recipe. I already pinned it.


  27. Angelyn @ Everyday Desserts on August 23, 2012 at 3:14 pm

    Wow, I’m not really big on hot dogs but these actually look really good!!


  28. Madeleine @ teeniebaker on August 23, 2012 at 4:24 pm

    These are so cute! Such a great variation on a plain old hot dog.


  29. ace on August 23, 2012 at 5:38 pm

    hey quick question where did you get that measuring mat?


  30. Laura @ Family Spice on August 23, 2012 at 7:14 pm

    Alton’s recipe rocks! Works well with whole wheat flour, too!


  31. Barb on August 23, 2012 at 8:56 pm

    O.K. these look like something my kids would love, but what I’m really interested in is where you got that King Arthur Flour rolling mat!


  32. Karli on August 23, 2012 at 9:27 pm

    Thanks, Michelle! My two boys will LOVE these!!!


  33. The Teen Princess of Buttermilk Springs on August 23, 2012 at 9:27 pm

    Ahhh……. the sweet smell of buttery mall food…. at home. This looks beautiful, I’m not too keen of hot dogs either. But, wrapped in preztels. Oh! The Princess is happy!! Will have to try this after a fit into that new dress….
    Great site!

    Keep it yummy,
    The Princess


  34. PaPuff on August 24, 2012 at 12:15 am

    I love pretzel dog, but it is hard to come by around my neighborhood. Thank you for sharing this.


  35. Mukta on August 24, 2012 at 12:16 am

    The pretzel dogs look absolutely delicious. will definitely be trying…


  36. Cindy on August 24, 2012 at 9:33 am

    This looks like a fun recipe to try this weekend! I really like the recipes you feature! I look forward to the email.


  37. Courtney on August 24, 2012 at 1:25 pm

    I want to make these for tonight! Will it work if I add cheese inside the dough with the weiner?


    • Michelle on September 27th, 2012 at 12:27 pm

      Hi Courtney, I would actually cut a slit in the hot dog and put the cheese in there. I’d be afraid if the cheese was between the hot dog and dough that it could weep out while the dogs are being boiled.


  38. kaye bearden on August 25, 2012 at 1:38 pm

    Terrific looking pretzel dogs! My recipe is similar for pretzel dough with the exception of bringing soda water to boil and drop in. Mine says to turn water down to a simmer then drop pretzels in. Have you tried that or is a rolling boil best, yours are gorgeous, just worried about them becoming mush at a boil!


    • Michelle on September 27th, 2012 at 12:32 pm

      Hi Kaye, I always do a rolling boil on high heat and haven’t had a problem. Enjoy!


  39. Rima @ Bolu by Rima on August 25, 2012 at 11:57 pm

    OMG. Yes. i had these when i was in New York!! I’ve been craving ever since. Gotta try this soon :))


  40. Home Inspections Chicago on August 27, 2012 at 7:49 pm

    What a fun weeknight dinner idea!!!


  41. Britt on August 28, 2012 at 10:31 am

    These were amazing! I replaced 2 cups of flour with whole wheat pastry flour. It was DELICIOUS!


  42. Marcy on August 30, 2012 at 1:01 pm

    Made these this past weekend….instead of hotdogs I used the bun length smoked sausages….OMG! Fabulous! This will definitely be added to our menu rotation. Yummy!


  43. Heidi on September 2, 2012 at 12:07 am

    I made these tonight for dinner and my husband loved them! I loved the pretzel part, but I didn’t care for the hot dog part. The next time I make these, I’ll get different hot dogs. :)


  44. ce58 on September 2, 2012 at 9:40 pm

    I finally made these tonight for me and some college friends for dinner! (Okay. My roommate made the dough and did most of the work… I had a meeting.) We had a blast, and while they didn’t come out nearly as gorgeous as yours, they were still delicious! Thanks for sharing the idea!


  45. Monica on October 6, 2012 at 9:23 am

    Just made this & they are all gone! My family loooved them! Never had a prezel (from Kenya) , bt my dad’s already asking me to make some more. Thanks!!!


  46. Linda on November 10, 2012 at 11:19 am

    Nathans hot dogs are the best with these. I cut them into “coins” and top with chili, cheese, diced onions and mustard. Yum!


  47. Kate C on January 13, 2013 at 12:57 pm

    I was so thrilled to find these on Pinterest. My daughter loves these from Auntie Anne’s. Whenever we go to the mall the first thing out of her mouth is can we get a pretzel dog. Now she can have them at home and better yet for lunch at school! These were so easy to make and to make it even more yummy I used the hot dogs with cheese inside of them. I wish I was there at school to see her face when she unwrapped these! Thank you so much for this recipe. This will become a staple at our house. I am so glad I made a ton and am going to freeze them. I know I will be getting lots of requests for these.


  48. Emily on January 16, 2013 at 9:10 pm

    Made these for dinner tonight, and sharing your recipe on my blog! I split the recipe exactly in half and it turned out perfect. This was sooo delicious. Thank you!


  49. Melissa on January 17, 2013 at 2:39 pm

    Do you think this would work with veggie dogs instead of regular hot dogs?


    • Michelle on January 17th, 2013 at 6:43 pm



      • Melissa on January 17th, 2013 at 8:03 pm

        Thanks! I am excited to try these with my kids!


  50. Rick on January 19, 2013 at 6:14 pm

    Is it possible to make the dough a day in advance and just leave it in the fridge for the night? Or would this mess up the dough because of the yeast?


    • Michelle on January 20th, 2013 at 3:50 pm

      Hi Rick, I have never done it, but a lot of people have success using a cold, overnight rise with dough. This is a pretty forgiving recipe, so I think it would be worth a shot.


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