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Soft Pretzels with Dr Pepper Caramel

Yield: 8 servings

Homemade pretzels with Dr Pepper dipping sauce will be a hit on any game-day menu. In partnership with Tasty.

Ingredients

  • Caramel

  • ¼ cup brown sugar
  • 1 can Dr Pepper
  • 5 tablespoons butter
  • ¼ cup heavy cream
  • ½ teaspoon vanilla extract
  • Pretzels

  • 1 cup milk
  • 2¼ teaspoons active dry yeast
  • 2 tablespoons sugar
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • 2 tablespoons melted butter
  • 2¾ cups flour
  • ¼ cup baking soda
  • ½ teaspoon salt and ½ teaspoon sugar combined
  • 1-2 tablespoons softened butter
  • Caramel

  • In a medium, heavy-bottomed saucepan, bring Dr Pepper and brown sugar to a boil. Cook until mixture is reduced in half and dark in color, stirring periodically so as to not burn the liquid (approximately 10-20 minutes).
  • Reduce heat to medium.
  • Whisk in butter. Continue to whisk until mixture begins to slightly thicken.
  • Add cream, and whisk continuously until caramel sauce becomes thick. You may reduce heat to medium-low to prevent burning.
  • Stir in vanilla extract and remove from heat.
  • Pretzels

  • Preheat oven to 425° F/220° C.
  • Microwave milk for 30-45 seconds, or until it is warm but not hot.
  • In a large bowl, add milk, yeast, sugar, and stir. Let sit for 10 minutes.
  • Stir in melted butter and flour until the mixture comes together. Knead the dough in the bowl until it is well incorporated and forms a ball. Lightly butter the bottom of the bowl, place dough on top, and cover with plastic wrap. Let the dough sit in a warm place for 1 hour, or until it has doubled in size.
  • On a lightly floured surface, cut the dough into 8 even pieces.
  • Roll out each piece into a long rope shape, and then form into a pretzel.
  • Add baking soda to a large pot of water, and bring to a rolling boil. Boil each pretzel for 30 seconds per side.
  • Transfer pretzels to a parchment-lined baking sheet, brush with softened butter, and sprinkle with salt and sugar mixture.
  • Bake for 10-15 minutes or until golden brown.
  • Dip in caramel and enjoy!