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Caramel Apple Soft Pretzel Recipe

Amazing Caramel Apple Soft Pretzels Recipe | ASpicyPerspective.com #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.


Caramel Apple Soft Pretzel Recipe

Yield: 8 large or 16 minis

Prep Time: 40 minutes active time

Cook Time: 22 minutes


  • 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.

Making this recipe? Why not take a quick shot and share it on Instagram! Make sure to tag it #ASpicyPerspective so we can see what you're cooking!

More Fall Favorites:

Carmel Corn Blondies

Pumpkin Whoopie Pies

Baked Brie and Pear Tart

Pumpkin Pound Cake

Salted Caramel Cheesecake Bars ~ Made with Pink

Pumpkin Spice Latte Ice Cream ~ Annie Eats

Brown Sugar Cookies ~ My Kitchen in the Rockies

Baked Caramel Apple Donuts ~ Not Quite Nigella

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71 Responses to “Caramel Apple Soft Pretzel Recipe”

  1. Heather | Farmgirl Gourmetposted October 12, 2012 at 12:44 am

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


  2. Kare @ Kitchen Treatyposted October 12, 2012 at 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 @zomppaposted October 12, 2012 at 4:20 am

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


  4. Katrina @ Warm Vanilla Sugarposted October 12, 2012 at 4:34 am

    These are so creative! I absolutely love this idea!


  5. Brian @ A Thought For Foodposted October 12, 2012 at 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. Carolynposted October 12, 2012 at 5:34 am

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


  7. Angieposted October 12, 2012 at 7:21 am

    These are amazing!


  8. Robyn | Add a Pinchposted October 12, 2012 at 7:23 am

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


  9. Taraposted October 12, 2012 at 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. Monetposted October 12, 2012 at 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!


  11. Erin @ The Spiffy Cookieposted October 12, 2012 at 9:10 am

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


  12. Juliaposted October 12, 2012 at 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)posted October 12, 2012 at 10:17 am

    Gorgeous pretzels, Sommer! I love these flavors!


  14. Christine (Cook the Story)posted October 12, 2012 at 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. Cassieposted October 12, 2012 at 12:06 pm

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


  16. Anna @ Crunchy Creamy Sweetposted October 12, 2012 at 1:19 pm

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


  17. Diane (createdbydiane)posted October 12, 2012 at 1:27 pm

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


  18. Jeanetteposted October 12, 2012 at 1:48 pm

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


  19. Barbara | Creative Culinaryposted October 12, 2012 at 3:04 pm

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


  20. Abbyposted October 12, 2012 at 2:48 pm

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


  21. Jessica@AKitchenAddictionposted October 12, 2012 at 3:05 pm

    What great flavors for soft pretzels!


  22. Amy Tongposted October 12, 2012 at 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 Deliciousposted October 12, 2012 at 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 Deliciousposted October 12, 2012 at 3:46 pm

    Oh and btw, your green mixer is super cute.


  25. Kate@Diethoodposted October 12, 2012 at 4:28 pm

    Um. Wow. Speechless.


  26. Words Of Deliciousnessposted October 13, 2012 at 10:42 am

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


  27. Nanditaposted October 13, 2012 at 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 Moreposted October 13, 2012 at 7:41 pm

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


  29. Sylvie @ Gourmande in the Kitchenposted October 14, 2012 at 3:21 am

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


  30. Aldy @ Al Dente Gourmetposted October 14, 2012 at 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 Rebelposted October 14, 2012 at 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.posted October 14, 2012 at 4:00 pm

    oh yumminess! Hope you had a great trip!


  33. Katie@Cozydeliciousposted October 14, 2012 at 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 Ramblingsposted October 14, 2012 at 6:22 pm

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


  35. Stephanie @ Eat. Drink. Love.posted October 14, 2012 at 9:33 pm

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


  36. Sookposted October 14, 2012 at 11:35 pm

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


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  38. Kiersten @ Oh My Veggiesposted October 15, 2012 at 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.


  39. Aimee @ ShugarySweetsposted October 15, 2012 at 11:32 am

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


  40. Nicole @ Lapetitebakerposted October 15, 2012 at 12:44 pm

    Holly fantastical! These look amazing.


  41. Paula - bell'alimentoposted October 15, 2012 at 1:43 pm

    Love all the flavors in this one Sommer!


  42. Kathy - Panini Happyposted October 15, 2012 at 2:28 pm

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


  43. stephposted October 15, 2012 at 3:46 pm

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


  44. Rachel Cooksposted October 16, 2012 at 7:09 am

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


  45. Joyposted October 16, 2012 at 11:23 pm

    Best idea ever


  46. Marjorie (Sugar for the Brain)posted October 17, 2012 at 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!!!


  47. Nikki whitedposted October 19, 2012 at 7:33 pm

    Caramel, sea salt, dough…sold!


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  49. Russell van Kraayenburgposted October 23, 2012 at 4:36 pm

    Wowzers! I am loving this!


  50. Averie @ Averie Cooksposted October 23, 2012 at 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!


  51. Jeannetteposted December 3, 2012 at 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. :)


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  54. Triciaposted June 28, 2013 at 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!


  55. Danielleposted July 6, 2013 at 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.


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  58. Dorothy @ Crazy for Crustposted September 10, 2013 at 7:26 pm

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


  59. Averie @ Averie Cooksposted September 12, 2013 at 10:23 am

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


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