Cinnamon Sugar Pumpkin Soft Pretzels

Soft pumpkin pretzels coated in cinnamon sugar and drizzled or dipped in vanilla icing! Just 30 minute prep and they’re made from scratch! Pumpkin season isn’t complete without these!  

Cinnamon Sugar Pumpkin Soft Pretzels

 The second or third best thing ever happened yesterday. Remember that trip we took to the Outer Banks back in March? If you do then you probably remember those donuts I rambled on and on and onnnn about for days. In fact if you’re following my Instagram feed then you probably drooled over the pictures too. These are no ordinary donuts people. They are made-to-order. Let me repeat that… they are made. to. order. As in, freshly fried in front of your very eyes and then dipped in the frosting(s) of your choice and topped with sprinkles, coconut flakes, or anything else your little heart desires.

Cinnamon Sugar Pumpkin Soft Pretzels

So back in March I was introduced to Duck Donuts, the makers of these dreamy donuts and until yesterday I thought the only way I would ever get to experience the greatness of Duck Donuts ever again would be to make a trip back to North Carolina. But yesterday all of my dreams came true. Turns out there is a Duck Donuts in Virginia, and it is in Williamsburg. Do you know where I am spending this, (my birthday) weekend?? Williamsburg Virginia. It is fate. Absolutely positively fate. Yesterday was one maple-chocolate and one strawberry-orange with sprinkles. Both=heaven on earth. Today’s made-to-order donuts are yet to be decided. But these pumpkin pretzels are on my mind so I’m thinking vanilla-frosted dipped in cinnamon sugar. Yes? Yes. Done.

 These pumpkin pretzels are made from scratch but DO NOT let that scare you away. They honestly take 30 minutes of prep, that’s it. They are incredibly easy and so unbelievably yummy. They are pumpkin, so naturally they are already a winner. But then you dip them in cinnamon and sugar. What?? Yes. And then! Some frosting. Of course. 🙂


Cinnamon Sugar Pumpkin Soft Pretzels
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Soft pumpkin pretzels coated in cinnamon sugar and drizzled or dipped in vanilla icing! Just 30 minute prep and they're made from scratch! Pumpkin season isn't complete without these!
Recipe type: Dessert
Serves: 12
  • 1⅓ cups very warm water
  • 1 tablespoon active dry yeast
  • 2 tablespoons honey
  • 4 cups flour
  • ½ cup canned pumpkin puree (not pumpkin pie filling)
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon pumpkin pie spice
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  • water
  • ⅓ cup baking soda
  • ¼ cup (4 tablespoons) butter, melted
  • ¼ cup sugar + 1 tablespoons cinnamon
  • 3 cups powdered sugar
  • ¼ teaspoon vanilla
  • 2 tablespoons cream cheese, softened
  • 2-3 tablespoons of milk
  1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees. Grease a baking sheet with cooking spray. Whisk together warm water, yeast and honey. Allow to rest for 5 minutes.
  2. Add flour, salt, pumpkin pie spice, and pumpkin puree to water-yeast mixture and mix until dough comes together.
  3. Transfer dough to a very well floured surface and knead a few times. Allow to rest for 10 minutes.
  4. Roll dough into a long log and divide into 12 equal pieces. Roll each piece into a long log (about 16-18 inches) twist dough into a pretzel shape (click HERE for some picture on how to do this).
  5. Fill a pot with about 2-3 inches of water. Bring to a boil. Slowly sprinkle baking soda into water (careful, it will bubble and foam).
  6. Carefully drop a pretzel into the water. Allow to boil for 30 seconds. Use a slotted spoon to transfer to a paper towel. Repeat with remaining pretzels. Place pretzels on greased baking sheet. (You may need to bake them in two batches). Bake for 10-15 minutes until pretzels are lightly browned. Allow to cool for a few minutes.
  7. Whisk together cinnamon and sugar, then spread it out in a layer on a plate. Brush melted butter onto baked pretzels, then dip the buttered side into the cinnamon sugar, move it around to coat the front of the pretzel well with cinnamon and sugar. Repeat with remaining donuts.
  8. For the frosting, mix together powdered sugar, vanilla, and cream cheese until smooth. Add milk one tablespoon at a time until desired consistency is reached. (I like it a little bit thinner for drizzling, thicker for dipping). Serve with pretzels.


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Oh wow those look awesome! I love soft pretzels, this seasonal variation is just calling my name! 🙂

    Soft pretzels are my weakness! Admittedly, I sometimes go to the mall just to get one. 😉 But these pumpkin ones are so easy to make at home and perfect for Fall time! 🙂

Oh my god! Yum! Love this creative use of pumpkin.

Ah Tiffany!! These pumpkin pretzels are to die for! I could eat 3-4 of them right now! Drooling over my screen 🙂

These look absolutely yummy. Just a quick question: I’m assuming from comments below that the final texture is supposed to be softly chewy like an Annie’s pretzel from the mall? No cake-like like a donut?

    Hi Ann, yes these are made to be more chewy, and less cake-like. 🙂


I’m new to the world of baking with yeast, and was wondering two things.

1) Can I substitute instant yeast for your active dry yeast you used?

2)If I don’t have access to pumpkin puree, can I just boil down a pumpkin, puree it myself, and use that?

Thank you 🙂

Are the quantities of cinnamon and sugar reversed?!

    The recipe has been updated – sorry for any confusion!

      Hi Tiffany – I think there might still be a typo; the Coating should be 1/4 Cup Sugar + 1 Tablespoon Cinnamon, right?


      ¼ cup (4 tablespoons) butter, melted
      ¼ cup sugar + 1 tablespoons sugar

      Thanks for the awesome recipe, I just made these to take to a fall BBQ.

        Oh for heaven’s sake – I’m so sorry! I’ve updated it FOR REAL this time 🙂

I’ve never attempted to make my own pretzels before, but something tells me I’m about to. These sound wonderful and the photos are beautiful. Glad I found your blog.

We absolutely loved your cinnamon sugar/pumpkin soft pretzels. We loved it so much we featured your recipe on our 13 Pumpkin Goodies to Serve at Your Wedding via The Temple Square Wedding blog. This blog post also has a pumpkin recipe contest associated with it – even though we featured your recipe, you can still enter our contest if you’d like! 🙂

Thanks so much for posting such a nummy recipe!! It’s delicious!

Are these best the same day made or can I make the night before? I know everyone would flip for these Thursday.