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These crunchy pretzel dog treats are fantastic whether you’re celebrating Oktoberfest, settling in for movie night, or just want to try your hand at making something a little extra for your pup. The original recipe is simple, and I’ve simplified it even further to make it dog-friendly by eliminating the yeast. You don’t have to let these dog pretzels rise, which saves time. Still, the longer bake time, boiling stage, and careful shaping do make this a labor of love.Print
Crunchy Pretzel Dog Treats Recipe
This recipe works best with wheat flour. However, it’s possible to make it gluten-free using oat flour, or a combination of oat and tapioca flour. In that case, there won’t be enough stretch to form pretzel twists—but you can still make dog-friendly pretzel sticks or bite-sized treats.
- Prep Time: 50 minutes
- Cook Time: 55 minutes
- Total Time: 1 hours 45 minutes
- Yield: 45 pretzels 1x
- Category: Snack ATTACK
- Cuisine: Labor of Love
For the Pretzels
- 3/4 c oat flour (rolled outs blitzed into flour in the food processor)
- 1/4 cup tapioca flour (also labeled tapioca starch)
- 1 cup all-purpose flour (if you need more flour, use this)
- 1 tbsp baking powder
- OPTIONAL 1 tbsp malt powder or malt syrup (found in baking and beer supply stores)
- pinch of salt
- 2/3 cup warm water
- Large pot of water
- 3 tbsp baking soda
For the Egg Wash
- 1 egg
- 2 tbsp water
For the Optional Drizzle
This drizzle is most assuredly not health food, so use it sparingly. That being said, Miss Bea went wild for it, so for a very occasional splurge, this will make you the most popular member of your family for all time.
Preheat oven to 400º
Start water and baking soda boiling in a large pot on the stove.
In your stand mixer, combine the flours, baking powder, salt. and malt powder and mix on low to combine.
Add the egg as you continue mixing.
Add the warm water slowly as you continue mixing.
Add more AP flour by the spoonful until the dough firms up and is workable by hand.
When the dough is ready, transfer to a flat work surface and spray lightly with oil to keep things moist.
Divide off a nice chunk of dough and roll into a long, pencil-thin snake on the board.
Pinch off about a 3″ long rope and form it into a circle. Twist the loose ends and pinch to the top of the circle. If the dough won’t stick to itself, you can use a dot of egg wash to seal it together.
How to shape a pretzel
Once you’ve made 6 or 8 pretzels, gently lower them into the boiling water for about 30-60 seconds or until they all float to the top.
Transfer the boiled pretzels to a baking tray, making sure they stay “pretty” side up.
When all the pretzels are boiled, apply a nice coat of egg wash to each.
Turn oven down to 325ª and bake for 55 minutes or until a nice golden brown.
Turn halfway through baking for an even browning.
For a crunchier pretzel, turn off oven when time is up, but allow pretzels to cool in the oven.
Peanut Butter Drizzle Topping
Place the candy melts and peanut butter in a glass bowl and microwave 30 seconds and stir, continue until the consistency is just right for drizzling with a spoon. Take care not to scorch. You can also use a double boiler.
Lay your pretzels out on a large sheet pan covered with parchment or foil for easier cleanup. Push the pretzels as close together as possible to make the most of your drizzling.
Use a spoon to pick up a small amount of the warm coating and flick it along each row of pretzels. Just a little goes a long way, due to the sugar and fat content.
Allow to cool completely and serve. You can cool in the fridge or freezer if you’re in a hurry!
Pretzel Dog Treats: Tasting Notes
Bea loved these doggy pretzels so much she was whining at the kitchen door all night for more.