Caramel Apple Soft Pretzel Recipe

Amazing Caramel Apple Soft Pretzels Recipe | #SoftPretzels #CaramelApples #FallRecipesWho doesn’t love freshly made soft pretzels? My latest Caramel Apple Soft Pretzel Recipe is almost too much to handle. Stuffed with apples, smothered with dulce de leche, then sprinkled with sea salt, these big softies are our newest favorite fall treat.

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Every April, Lt. Dan asks me to make soft pretzels for his birthday. He could have anything under-the-sun to eat, but he asks for soft pretzels.

Pretty cute, if you ask me.

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Today I made his favorite soft pretzel recipe just for the heck of it. …Because that’s the kind of thing you do when you love somebody.

You don’t wait until they ask.

You don’t ponder what they’ve done for you lately.

You don’t check your schedule to see if you can fit it in.

You just do things you know they like, because it will make them smile.

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Dan loves this Caramel Apple Soft Pretzel Recipe. And who wouldn’t?

Pillowy twists of buttery dough, with tiny morsels of apple nestled deep within. Then each soft pretzel is generously drizzled with creamy “dulce de leche” caramel and sprinkled with a hefty dose of course sea salt.

Soft pretzels are much easier to make than they appear.

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Simply make the dough and let it rise. Then using a mixer, “knead” in the fresh apple chunks.

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Separate the dough into equal pieces.

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Then roll each piece into a long doughy snake, on a greased surface. Some of the apples will pop out, but keep rolling and you’ll recollect them all.

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Lift the ends up to make a U shape. Twist and press the ends close to the bottom. Don’t worry if they are imperfect. Caramel Apple Soft Pretzels “pretty-up” as they bake.

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Quickly boil the Caramel Apple Soft Pretzel Recipe to create the “skin.” Then place them on cookie sheets and bake.

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Drizzle, Sprinkle, Devour.

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I can’t say enough about this Caramel Apple Soft Pretzel Recipe, other than you REALLY should make it.



Yield: 8 large or 16 minis

Prep Time: 40 minutes active time

Cook Time: 22 minutes

Caramel Apple Soft Pretzel Recipe


  • 1 1/2 cups warm water
  • 2 tablespoons sugar
  • 2 1/2 teaspoons dry active yeast (1 packet)
  • 2 teaspoons salt
  • 4 1/2 cups (24 ounces) all-purpose flour + 1 tablespoon
  • 6 tablespoons melted butter
  • 1 1/2 cups diced apple
  • 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1/8 teaspoon nutmeg
  • 3 quarts water
  • 3/4 cup baking soda
  • 1 egg yolk + 1 tablespoon water for egg wash
  • 1 can Dulce de Leche
  • Course Sea Salt


  1. Place the water, sugar and salt in the bowl of an electric mixer and sprinkle the yeast on top of the water. Let it foam for 5-10 minutes.
  2. Using the dough hook, mix in 24 ounces flour and the melted butter 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 5-6 minutes. Remove the dough from the bowl, spray the bowl with nonstick spray, then place the dough back in the bowl, cover with plastic wrap and sit in a warm place for approximately 1 hour or until the dough has doubled in size.
  3. Meanwhile, peel and chop the apples into small chunks, toss the apples with cinnamon, nutmeg and 1 tablespoon flour. After the dough has doubled, pour the apples into the dough and knead to combine.
  4. Preheat the oven to 450 degrees F. Line 2 cookie sheets with parchment paper and spray with nonstick spray, Set aside. Bring 3 quarts water and the baking soda to a boil in large sauce pot.
  5. In the meantime, dump the dough out onto a slightly floured work surface and divide into 8 equal pieces (or 16 pieces for mini pretzels.) Spray a work surface with nonstick spray. Roll out each piece of dough into a 24-inch rope (12-inch for minis.) The apples will pop out a little, but keep rolling and you will reincorporate them.
  6. Make a U-shape with the rope. Take the ends and cross them over each other twice, and press onto the bottom of the U to form the pretzel. Place onto the parchment-lined sheets.
  7. Put the pretzels into the boiling water, one at a time, for 30 seconds. Remove from the water using 1-2 large spatulas. Return to the cookie sheet and brush each pretzel with the beaten egg yolk and water mixture. Bake until dark golden brown, 12 to 14 minutes. Transfer to a cooling rack and cool for at least 15 minutes before drizzling with caramel and sprinkling with salt.
  8. For the Dulce e Leche Caramel Drizzle: Because Dulce de Leche doesn't "set" like frosting, it's best to drizzle the pretzels right before serving. Place them in an airtight container to keep fresh. When ready to serve, warm the dulce de leche until slightly thin. Then place in a zip bag. Cut a small hole in the corner of the bag and "pipe" the warm caramel over the soft pretzels. Sprinkle with course sea salt and serve.

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67 Responses to “Caramel Apple Soft Pretzel Recipe”

  1. #
    Heather | Farmgirl Gourmet — October 12, 2012 @ 12:44 am

    WHOA…those are some serious pretzels Sommer. I need these in my life. :)


  2. #
    Kare @ Kitchen Treaty — October 12, 2012 @ 2:31 am

    Oh. My goodness. These look *phenomenal*. Homemade soft pretzel recipes tend to intimidate me a bit but these really do look simple (and divine)!


  3. #
    Belinda @zomppa — October 12, 2012 @ 4:20 am

    That is one gorgeous pretzel!!! Looks so warm and sweet and so fall.


  4. #
    Katrina @ Warm Vanilla Sugar — October 12, 2012 @ 4:34 am

    These are so creative! I absolutely love this idea!


  5. #
    Brian @ A Thought For Food — October 12, 2012 @ 5:33 am

    Well, I saw this post before the rest of the world and I told you IN PERSON how fabulous I thought these looked! But I’ll tell you again that these look FAB-U-LOUS! Despite it being 4:30 here, I’ll go off and give this baby a big pin!


  6. #
    Carolyn — October 12, 2012 @ 5:34 am

    Whoa, dude! I didn’t even know there were sweet soft pretzels like this. Yours are gorgeous!


  7. #
    Angie — October 12, 2012 @ 7:21 am

    These are amazing!


  8. #
    Robyn | Add a Pinch — October 12, 2012 @ 7:23 am

    These look fabulous! Can you please send one my way?


  9. #
    Tara — October 12, 2012 @ 9:31 am

    Well, hello lover! I already love the base pretzel recipe you use here but adding apples, spices, and ddl to it pretty much puts them completely over the edge! Thanks for sharing!


  10. #
    Monet — October 12, 2012 @ 8:58 am

    We LOVE making soft pretzels. One of our favorite activities. Thank you for sharing these pretzels. What a great post to read before a long weekend (with plans of baking and cooking). I hope you have a wonderful Friday!


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    Erin @ The Spiffy Cookie — October 12, 2012 @ 9:10 am

    I cannot imagine a caramel apple pretzel but I am interested to try!


  12. #
    Julia — October 12, 2012 @ 10:11 am

    Soft pretzels are my absolute favorite (I keep finding some many yummy recipes on Pinterest). I love your idea of the drizzle with apples. These look so delicious!


  13. #
    Laura (Tutti Dolci) — October 12, 2012 @ 10:17 am

    Gorgeous pretzels, Sommer! I love these flavors!


  14. #
    Christine (Cook the Story) — October 12, 2012 @ 11:32 am

    These are brilliant and beautiful. The caramel and salt is such a great idea. It’s also got my mind spinning thinking of other combos that would be great on pretzels. Thanks for the inspiration!


  15. #
    Cassie — October 12, 2012 @ 12:06 pm

    Oh yes, bring on the soft pretzels! I absolutely love the apple chunks in them!


  16. #
    Anna @ Crunchy Creamy Sweet — October 12, 2012 @ 1:19 pm

    Love this fall twist on soft pretzels! The drizzle of ddl made me swoon!


  17. #
    Diane (createdbydiane) — October 12, 2012 @ 1:27 pm

    oh yes I’m in LOVE these look great! I can almost smell the goodness.


  18. #
    Jeanette — October 12, 2012 @ 1:48 pm

    So sweet of you to make your husband’s favorite – that is love ;).


  19. #
    Barbara | Creative Culinary — October 12, 2012 @ 3:04 pm

    This is sinful…which means I want to make them!


  20. #
    Abby — October 12, 2012 @ 2:48 pm

    I can only imagine how amazing these would smell baking away in the oven. Yum!


  21. #
    Jessica@AKitchenAddiction — October 12, 2012 @ 3:05 pm

    What great flavors for soft pretzels!


  22. #
    Amy Tong — October 12, 2012 @ 3:07 pm

    Oh….these look so good! I know why they are Dan’s favorite! And so true that we just make our love ones happy by making their favorite food. No questions asked. :)


  23. #
    Chung-Ah | Damn Delicious — October 12, 2012 @ 3:45 pm

    These have to be the best pretzels I’ve ever come across! I have a huge aversion to yeast but I am definitely going to try this!


  24. #
    Chung-Ah | Damn Delicious — October 12, 2012 @ 3:46 pm

    Oh and btw, your green mixer is super cute.


  25. #
    Kate@Diethood — October 12, 2012 @ 4:28 pm

    Um. Wow. Speechless.


  26. #
    Words Of Deliciousness — October 13, 2012 @ 10:42 am

    Wow! Fantastic looking pretzels. I am pinning these and will be making them soon.


  27. #
    Nandita — October 13, 2012 @ 2:19 pm

    Hi Sommer,

    This is my first time on your blog and I am absolutely in love with your space These pretzels are to die for. I love baking breads and I will be baking them soon. I am book marking the recipe. :)


    • Sommer — October 15th, 2012 @ 6:07 pm

      Thanks Nandita, I’m so glad you stopped by. Make sure to tell me how they turn out!


  28. #
    Shay @ Whine Less, Breathe More — October 13, 2012 @ 7:41 pm

    These look delicious! You make it look so easy! Did I mention delicious?!


  29. #
    Sylvie @ Gourmande in the Kitchen — October 14, 2012 @ 3:21 am

    Does your husband know how lucky he is? Seriously, these are amazing!


  30. #
    Aldy @ Al Dente Gourmet — October 14, 2012 @ 4:23 am

    My-Oh-My….I just love those caramel apple pretzels, Sommer! They look absolutely irresistible! I want a bite :) Hope you’re having a great weekend!

    Hugs <3


  31. #
    Hayley @ The Domestic Rebel — October 14, 2012 @ 7:27 am

    Holy cowabunga. I am a soft pretzel fanatic and I’d like nothing more than 12 of these at once. They’re perfect!


  32. #
    Alison @ Ingredients, Inc. — October 14, 2012 @ 4:00 pm

    oh yumminess! Hope you had a great trip!


  33. #
    Katie@Cozydelicious — October 14, 2012 @ 4:04 pm

    Oh, wow, these pretzels look amazing!! I’m in love. You combined my two favorite foods in teh whole world. Yum!


  34. #
    Elizabeth @Food Ramblings — October 14, 2012 @ 6:22 pm

    omg- these look AMAZING!!! I’m craving one right now!


  35. #
    Stephanie @ Eat. Drink. Love. — October 14, 2012 @ 9:33 pm

    I mean, seriously?!!! These are incredible, Sommer!


  36. #
    Sook — October 14, 2012 @ 11:35 pm

    Mmm the pretzels look so good! I wish I could have a bite of this right now. :)


  37. #
    Kiersten @ Oh My Veggies — October 15, 2012 @ 7:54 am

    These. Look. INCREDIBLE. The last time I made soft pretzels was when I was in grade school, so I’d say it’s time for me to give it another try.


  38. #
    Aimee @ ShugarySweets — October 15, 2012 @ 11:32 am

    This is pure genius. I can only imagine how yummy it tastes! What an awesome fall recipe! PINNING.


  39. #
    Nicole @ Lapetitebaker — October 15, 2012 @ 12:44 pm

    Holly fantastical! These look amazing.


  40. #
    Paula - bell'alimento — October 15, 2012 @ 1:43 pm

    Love all the flavors in this one Sommer!


  41. #
    Kathy - Panini Happy — October 15, 2012 @ 2:28 pm

    I’m convinced! These are so gorgeous. :-)


  42. #
    steph — October 15, 2012 @ 3:46 pm

    these look terrific, i can’t wait to try the recipe!


  43. #
    Rachel Cooks — October 16, 2012 @ 7:09 am

    Homemade pretzels are on my bucket list. I love the sweet-salty combo in these. I have to try!


  44. #
    Joy — October 16, 2012 @ 11:23 pm

    Best idea ever


  45. #
    Marjorie (Sugar for the Brain) — October 17, 2012 @ 7:59 pm

    Oh my goodness!!!! This looks delicious! I’ve never made Pretzel, but I’m planning on doing these real soon! Thanks for sharing!!!


  46. #
    Nikki whited — October 19, 2012 @ 7:33 pm

    Caramel, sea salt, dough…sold!


  47. #
    Russell van Kraayenburg — October 23, 2012 @ 4:36 pm

    Wowzers! I am loving this!


  48. #
    Averie @ Averie Cooks — October 23, 2012 @ 5:18 pm

    the pretzels themselves are gorgeous and I love the flavor combo and then the the dulce de leche …. wow!!


    great job, Sommer!


  49. #
    Jeannette — December 3, 2012 @ 7:42 pm

    Can the first part, up until the mixing in of the apples, be made in a bread maker? These look wonderful!!!


    • Sommer — December 3rd, 2012 @ 8:39 pm

      Hi Jeannette, I don’t have a bread-maker, but I don’t see why not. You could use the breadmaker instead of a mixer, then continue on with the recipe as is. :)


  50. #
    Tricia — June 28, 2013 @ 9:27 pm

    Wow. These look absolutely divine. Oh how I miss American flavor combos (especially the fall ones – caramel and apple, pumpkin , anything cinnamon mmmm.) living here in Mexico!

    I am making these as soon as I take my mixer out of storage. ASAP.

    And by the way, we have dulce de leche in a convient squeeze bottle here. A small price to pay for no pumpkin flavoring anywhere!


  51. #
    Danielle — July 6, 2013 @ 4:47 am

    Great recipe . Easy to follow and tastes so good. Mixed it by hand, kneading it for around 10 min. Dough was nice and soft and easy to use. Highly recommend it. We ate them at half time during a rugby game with a wine. Not the usual Kiwi (New Zealand) half time snack , but none left.


  52. #
    ge microwave reviews countertop — August 27, 2013 @ 10:04 am

    Hi i am kavin, its my first occasion to commenting anywhere, when i read this
    article i thought i could also make comment due to this sensible


  53. #
    Dorothy @ Crazy for Crust — September 10, 2013 @ 7:26 pm

    These are INSANE. Oh my, I’m in love!


  54. #
    Averie @ Averie Cooks — September 12, 2013 @ 10:23 am

    Just saw these on pinterest. Repinned! Fabulous work, Sommer!



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