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Caramel Apple Homemade Soft Pretzel Recipe

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Caramel Apple Homemade Soft Pretzel Recipe – This fun homemade snack is stuffed with apples, smothered with dulce de leche, then sprinkled with sea salt. What could be better?

Homemade Soft Pretzel

For The Love of Soft Pretzels

Who doesn’t love freshly made soft pretzels? 

My latest Caramel Apple Soft Pretzel Recipe is almost too much to handle. Stuffed with fresh apples, smothered with dulce de leche, then sprinkled with sea salt, these big softies are our newest favorite fall treat. 

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.

Caramel Apple Pretzel

The Gift of Pretzels

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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Sweet and Soft Pretzels

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 coarse sea salt.

Don’t worry… Soft pretzels are much easier to make than they appear.

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Soft Pretzel Recipe Ingredients

These ingredients are for both the pretzels themselves, and the rich caramel sauce that you drizzle across the top of them. 

  • Warm Water
  • Sugar
  • Dry Active Yeast Packet
  • Salt
  • All-Purpose Flour 
  • Melted Butter
  • Diced Apple
  • Cinnamon
  • Nutmeg
  • Water
  • Baking Soda
  • Egg Yolk + Water for Eggwash
  • Dulce de Leche
  • Coarse Sea Salt

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How to Make Soft Pretzels

  1. Simply mix the dough and let it rise. Then using a mixer, “knead” in the fresh apple chunks.
  2. Separate the dough into equal pieces.
  3. 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.
  4. 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.
  5. Quickly boil the Caramel Apple Soft Pretzel Recipe to create the “skin” then place them on cookie sheets and bake.
  6. Drizzle, Sprinkle, Devour.

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


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Get The Full (Printable) Recipe Below For How To Make Caramel Apple Homemade Soft Pretzel.

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Frequently Asked Questions

Can you use a bread maker for this recipe? 

I have never made this recipe in 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, once the apples are incorporated.

How long do soft pretzels stay fresh?

They will keep for up to 3 days. To store, wrap up each one individually in plastic wrap and store them at room temperature. You can even keep them in the freezer for up to one month. Just make sure to label the package date so you know how long you’ve had the items.

Can you freeze soft pretzels?

Yes, soft pretzels freeze very well, even with cooked apples in them. However, it would be best to leave the caramel sauce off and add after thawing the pretzels. 

To freeze, wrap each pretzel well in plastic. Then place the wrapped pretzels in a large freezer bag. Freeze for up to 6 months. Thaw at room temperature. Then unwrap (and toast if desired) and top with caramel sauce. 

dulche de leche

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Caramel Apple Homemade Soft Pretzel Recipe

Prep Time: 40 minutes
Cook Time: 22 minutes
Total Time: 1 hour 2 minutes
This Caramel Apple Soft Pretzel Recipe is stuffed with apples, smothered with dulce de leche, then sprinkled with sea salt.
Servings: 16 mini pretzels, or 8 large



  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.

For the Dulce de 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.


Serving: 1pretzel, Calories: 187kcal, Carbohydrates: 31g, Protein: 5g, Fat: 5g, Saturated Fat: 3g, Cholesterol: 23mg, Sodium: 1880mg, Potassium: 68mg, Fiber: 2g, Sugar: 3g, Vitamin A: 155IU, Vitamin C: 0.6mg, Calcium: 15mg, Iron: 1.7mg
Course: Dessert, Snack
Cuisine: American
Author: Sommer Collier

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88 comments on “Caramel Apple Homemade Soft Pretzel Recipe”

  1. If I want more of a cinnamon and nutmeg taste inside, how much of each do you think to add to the the pretzel dough?

  2. Thanks For Sharing this amazing recipe. My family loved it. I will be sharing this recipe with my friends. Hope the will like it.

  3. This is dangerously addictive! DELICIOUS!

  4. I don’t think I’ve ever come across a sweet pretzel recipe before, but I love the look of these. So deliciously different. Thanks for such a detailed post too – I’ve never attempted to make any kind of pretzel before, so it’s all massively helpful.

  5. Oh wow, that looks sooo good!

  6. Looking delicious, super yummy caramel apple soft pretzels recipes. I’ll be test this recipes.

  7. wow.. this is so beautiful and thank for sharing this recipe.

  8. These pretzels look as scrumptious as they taste this recipe was a big hit at my friend’s baby shower, took care of all her sweet cravings.

  9. I love sweet. Trying to do this recipe for the kid’s vacation on weekends. They will really love this. Apple is rich in Vitamin, so it is great to eat.

  10. Never thought of making HOMEMADE soft pretzels. Have only eaten them at the food court in the mall. Thanks!

  11. Legit speechless, that caramel apple soft pretzels recipe looks unreal! Definitely, I will make it on the weekend for my family.

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  13. Absolutely love your creative idea with caramel apple soft pretzels! Never seen something like this! Definitely, I will try to make it too! Thx for sharing!

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  15. This is absolutely magnificent, scrumptious, delicious, super yummy caramel apple soft pretzels recipe. Thx for sharing Sommer! Can i post it on my blog?

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

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

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  31. 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

  32. 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.

  33. 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!

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

    • 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. :)

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


    great job, Sommer!

  38. Wowzers! I am loving this!

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  40. Caramel, sea salt, dough…sold!

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

  42. Best idea ever

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

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

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

  46. Love all the flavors in this one Sommer!

  47. Holly fantastical! These look amazing.

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

  49. 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.

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

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

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

  54. oh yumminess! Hope you had a great trip!

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

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

  57. 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

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

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

  60. 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. :)

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

  62. Oh and btw, your green mixer is super cute.

  63. 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!

  64. 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. :)

  65. What great flavors for soft pretzels!

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

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

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

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

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

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

  72. 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!

  73. Gorgeous pretzels, Sommer! I love these flavors!

  74. 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!

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

  76. 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!

  77. 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!

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

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

  80. 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!

  81. These are so creative! I absolutely love this idea!

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

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

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