Pretzel Donuts

Chocolate covered soft-pretzel donuts. Ahhhmazing.

Pretzel Donuts Recipe Vegan Vkrees vanessa rees food photography


  • 1 1/2 cups warm
  • 1 tablespoon sugar
  • 2 teaspoons kosher salt
  • 1 package active dry yeast
  • 4.5 cups all-purpose flour
  • 2 Tbs earth balance, melted
  • Vegetable oil, for pan
  • Water for boiling
  • 2/3 cup baking soda
  • Kosher salt
  • 0.5 lb semisweet chocolate


  1. Combine the water, sugar, yeast, and kosher salt in a bowl and let it sit for 5 minutes.
  2. Add the flour and earth balance, a little at a time,  to the yeast mixture. Stir until well combined.
  3. Knead the dough, for 5 minutes, on a lightly floured surface.
  4. Put 1 tsp of oil in a clean bowl and put the dough into the bowl. Cover the bowl with plastic wrap and let it sit in a warm place an hour.
  5. Preheat the oven to 450 degrees F.
  6. Bring the water and the baking soda to a boil on the stove.
  7. Put the dough onto a lightly oiled work surface and divide into 15 equal pieces.
  8. Roll out each piece of dough so that it is about 5″ long.
  9. Put  each piece of dough into a hole in the donut pan and push the dough down with your finger until it fills out the entire shape.
  10. Use a fork to carefully lift the dough out of the pan, and 1 by 1, place it into the boiling water for 30 seconds. Take the dough out of the boiling water and put it back into the donut pan.
  11. Once all of the donuts have been boiled and placed into the donut pan, sprinkle them with salt and stick the pan in the oven for 12 minutes, or until light brown.
  12. Let the donuts cool completely.
  13. Melt the chocolate in a bowl.
  14. Dip the top of the donuts into the chocolate and set it aside to harden.


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Heather@Sundaymorningbananapancakes - Okay I should know better than to look at foodie blogs first thing in the morning – I am officially craving pretzel donuts!

Y - These look amazing! That does it, I NEED to buy a donut pan.

art and lemons - I adore everything about these pretzel doughnuts and your site. So glad to have found it!

Maggie Muggins - That’s brilliant! I’m totally crushing on you right now.

Scissors and Spice - Girl! That is all sortsa crazy awesome experimental!

vkrees - Soma- The material is some kind of plastic that I found on the side of the street. I have no idea what it was in its previous life but I loved the textures on it so I took it home w/ me. =)

vkrees - Georgia- Hah! I know! He wasn’t as interested in the pretzel donuts as everyone else was.

Georgia - I miss Marshall! ;)

Soma - amazing indeed! I have a bad case of weakness for anything donuts and this is not helping me just staring at your awesomeness with a cup of coffee only by my side. I want some.

What is the background? Slate?

vanillasugarblog - sweet jessus!!
what else can one say?

Ruby - These look absolutely incredible! I just discovered your blog and I’m already in love with your recipes and photos- they’re giving me great inspiration for my own blog!

Jes - Soft. Pretzel. Donuts. Be still my wildly beating heart!

Russell van Kraayenburg - What a great idea! I bet the chocolate goes perfectly with the pretzel doughnut. Yum!! As always, gorgeous shots!

PS thanks for the shout out in your other post! I must admit you are a huge inspiration in my own venture into food photography.

dana @ my little celebration - Ooh, wow! These look fantastic! Genius. What do they taste like? Are they really like a donut or more like a fluffy pretzel with chocolate…?

Apron of Grace - Move over Krispy Kremes:) Lovely photos!

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