Homemade Pretzel Donuts dipped in a rich Chocolate Glaze and finished with pretzels, sprinkles, and anything else I could find.
Trashed-up desserts are a thing and always have been. It’s what happens when you make something utterly delicious but then can’t stop adding a whole bunch of other yummy ingredients to set it over the top. And it totally works. It’s a sweet treat you feel somewhat guilty indulging in, but you can’t and don’t really want to stop.
And to be totally honest, these are the kind of recipes that I love sharing with you the most. I am ridiculously giddy and excited about this one.
First of all, any day on which I get to talk about donuts can’t turn out to be anything but fabulous. Secondly, I combined my favorite treat of all time, donuts, with a savory favorite, pretzels, and am now able to enjoy both of them at the same time. I know! Even though it took me quite a few years to think of this combo, I am so, so overjoyed that I finally did.
Pretzel Donuts forevermore!
Once I successfully made the donuts, I thought long and hard about the glaze to dunk these in. Just kidding – it took me .5 seconds to decide to melt some dark chocolate and cover each donut with a thick and fudgy layer. Obvi.
But I didn’t stop there. I trashed these donuts like it’s my job.
In anticipation that the donuts would turn out well, I made chocolate-covered pretzels while they were rising. I also figured that if they didn’t turn out the way I had hoped, I would be left with perfect chocolate pretzels and could drown my pretzel donut sorrows with that salty-sweet combo instead. But it didn’t have to come to that.
I waited patiently to bite into my chocolate-dipped pretzel donut covered in chocolate-covered pretzels and I will never forget that glorious moment. Love at first bite, for sure.
The addition of sprinkles and the occasional sandwich cookie pressed into some of the donuts, was also inevitable. And I don’t regret any of it. As a matter of fact, I can hardly wait to make them again since they’ve somehow disappeared.
Wishing you all a scrumptious Monday!
- 3 3/4 cups of bread flour, additional flour for dusting
- 1 1/2 cups of warm water
- 1 1/4 teaspoons of active dry yeast
- 2 tablespoons granulated sugar
- 2 teaspoons salt
- 2 tablespoons of unsalted butter, softened
- 1/2 cup of baking soda
- 1 egg, beaten
- 2 cups semisweet or dark chocolate
- 1 1/2 tablespoons oil
- chocolate-covered pretzels
- mini pretzels (plain)
- flaky sea salt
- 1. In a stand mixer with the dough hook attached, combine the bread flour, warm water, yeast, sugar, salt and butter. Combine all the ingredients until well combined and a dough ball forms, about 8 minutes. Stop the mixer and put the dough onto a floured surface. Let sit for 5 minutes.
- 2. Roll out the dough into 1/2 inch thickness and using a donut cutter, cut out 8 donuts. Reroll dough and cut out 8 additional donuts. Line two baking sheets with parchment paper and put 8 donuts on each sheet. Set the baking sheets in a warm place and let the dough rise for one hour. Transfer the baking sheets to the fridge and leave inside for at least 2 hours or until you're ready to move on to the next step.
- 3. Preheat oven to 400 degrees F.
- Fill a large pot halfway with water and bring to a boil. Add the baking soda to the water and put 3 donuts at a time into the water. Boil for 30 seconds, flip the donuts over and boil for another 30 seconds. Take out the donuts and put back onto the baking sheet. Repeat with the remaining donuts.
- 4. Beat the egg in a bowl. Using a pastry brush, brush some of the beaten egg on top of each donut.
- 5. Put the sheet into the oven and bake for 12-15 minutes. Let the donuts cool completely before removing from the baking sheet.
- Repeat steps 3-5 with the second baking sheet of donuts.
- 6. Once the donuts have cooled completely, melt chocolate in a heatproof bowl in 30 second increments in the microwave until completely melted. Add oil and stir until combined.
- Dip each donut in the melted chocolate and return to the baking sheet. Press chocolate-covered pretzels & regular pretzels (broken into pieces) into the donuts. Add sprinkles and flaky sea salt, optional. (You can also press broken oreo pieces into the donuts, chocolate chips or anything else you like).
- Let donuts sit until set and dig in.