Healthy Little Cooks: Homemade Pretzel Hot Dogs

11.26.2013 / Blog Posts Health and Wellness Recipes

Kimberly Young, MA
Founder of Healthy Little Cooks and author of 5-Minute Lunchbox

Two of my family’s favorite treats are hot dogs and fresh baked pretzels, so combing them makes me a superhero.  Before we had 4 kids, I’d go to the nearby Amish market to buy them, but at $4 a pretzel my habit became too expensive.  So I searched for a healthier and cheaper way to keep my superhero status. Using Alton Brown’s Homemade Soft Pretzel Recipe as a base, I perfected the winning recipe.  Enjoy!

8-10 hot dogs (I use sulfite-free turkey or veggie dogs)
1 1/2 cups warm water
1 tablespoon sugar
1 teaspoon sea salt
1 package active dry yeast
4 ½ cups all-purpose flour
2 ounces margarine, melted
Vegetable oil, for pan
10 cups water
2/3 cup baking soda
1 large egg yolk beaten with 1 tablespoon water
Pretzel salt



1. Combine warm water, sugar and sea salt in the bowl of a stand mixer and sprinkle yeast on top. Allow it to sit for 5 minutes.  To the bowl, add flour and butter.  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.

2. Coat the ball of down in vegetable oil and cover the bowl with plastic wrap.  Sit it in a warm place for 55 minutes.

3. When the dough has been sitting for 30 minutes, preheat the oven to 450 degrees and line a cookie pan with foil.  Place the hotdogs on the pan and warm for 5-10 minutes or until fully cooked.  Remove from oven, slide foil and dog dogs off the pan and let them cool while you prepare the dough.

4. Line 2 half-sheet pans with foil and spray with non-stick oil and set aside.  Then bring10 cups of water and the baking soda to a rolling boil in an 8-quart saucepan or roasting pan.

5. In the meantime, lightly flour your counter and remove the dough from the oily bowl onto the counter.  Break the dough into 8 pieces and roll each piece into a long rectangle.  Place the hot dog in the middle of the dough and wrap around hotdog.  Be sure to close the dough thoroughly.  Repeat this step for the remaining hot dogs.

6. Dip the pretzel hot dogs into the boiling water for 30 seconds. Remove and place on oiled cookie sheet.  Brush the top of each hot dog with beaten egg yolk and sprinkle with salt.

7. Bake for 10-12 minutes or until golden brown.  Cool and wrap in foil to store until ready to eat.


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