Soft, Fluffy Pumpkin Spice Pretzels with Pumpkin Cream Cheese Dip

Prep Time
15 min
Cook Time
15 min
12 pretzels

In this edition of Menu Mashup, soft pretzels are combined with classic pumpkin pie to create these delectable pumpkin spice soft pretzels. Topped with a pumpkin spice sugar blend and served with a pumpkin cream cheese dip, this fall-inspired dessert is sure to be your new favourite pumpkin dessert… step aside, pumpkin pie!

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1 ½
cups warm water (110°F)
Tbsp brown sugar
2 ¼
tsp yeast
cups all-purpose flour plus additional for dusting
tsp salt
cup butter, melted plus additional for brushing
Oil, to grease bowl
cups room temperature water
cup baking soda

Pumpkin Spice Sugar Blend

cup sugar
tsp ground ginger
tsp ground all-spice
tsp ground nutmeg
tsp ground cinnamon

Pumpkin Cream Cheese Dip

oz cream cheese, softened
Tbsp pumpkin puree
Tbsp butter, softened
cup powdered sugar
tsp vanilla extract
Tbsp heavy cream
Pinch salt



Rising time: 1 hour. Store leftover pretzels in an airtight container at room temp for 3 days. Leftover dip can be stored in the fridge for 5 days.

ingredients of pumpkin spice soft pretzels
Step 1

For the pretzels, pour the warm water into a small mixing bowl. Stir in the brown sugar and yeast and let stand for 5 minutes, or until the yeast begins to foam.

Step 2

In a large bowl, whisk together the flour and salt. Pour in the wet ingredients and the melted butter, then stir until it forms a dough. Lightly dust your countertop with flour and turn the dough out. Knead for about 5 minutes, until the dough is smooth and elastic.

Step 3

Grease a large bowl with oil and place the dough in the bowl, turning and flipping it to ensure it is coated. Cover the bowl with a damp towel and keep in a warm spot for 1 hour, or until doubled in size.

Step 4

Once dough has risen, turn it out onto a lightly floured surface and divide into 12 equal portions. Roll each portion into a ball and arrange on your countertop or a plate.

Step 5

Preheat the oven to 400°F. In a large saucepan, add water and baking soda. Place on high heat and bring to a boil.

Step 6

Meanwhile, shape the pretzels by rolling a portion of the dough into a long rope, at least 20 inches in length. Make a “U” with the rope and cross the ends over each other twice, then flip them and press into the bottom of the “U” forming a pretzel shape.

dough rolled into pretzels for pumpkin spice soft pretzels
Step 7

Arrange the pretzels on a large, parchment-lined baking sheet. Working in batches of 2 to 3 pretzels, place them in the boiling baking soda solution for about 20 seconds. Remove and place back on the baking sheet. Repeat with remaining pretzels.

pretzels being boiled for pumpkin spice soft pretzels
Step 8

Bake the pretzels in the oven for about 14 minutes, or until they are shiny with a deep brown colour.

Step 9

While the pretzels are baking, make the pumpkin spice by combining sugar, ginger, all-spice, nutmeg and cinnamon in a small bowl. Set aside until serving.

Step 10

For the dip, in a medium bowl, whisk together cream cheese, pumpkin puree and softened butter until smooth. Add the powdered sugar and mix again, then add vanilla, cream and salt, and give it a final mix. Transfer to a smaller bowl and set aside until serving.

Step 11

Once the pretzels are baked, brush them in melted butter and sprinkle generously with pumpkin spice. Serve with pumpkin cream cheese dip on the side.

pumpkin spice soft pretzels on a baking tray, ready to serve

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