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Hard Cider Pretzels with Creamy Honey Mustard, simply the best! Homemade soft pretzel dough made with autumn spiced cider and baked until golden. These pretzels are soft, chewy, and rich with autumn flavors. Serve each salty pretzel up with a creamy spicy honey mustard…such a classic and SO GOOD. Serve these up for game day or as a delicious appetizer for any party.

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Are you ready to enter a new season? With Labor Day now behind us, I’m so excited to slowly begin to embrace the autumn season. I know it’s still summer for two more weeks, and I’m not breaking out the pumpkin just yet. But with the temps dropping, and our leaves turning, fall is creeping in!

For me, September is apple season, I save the pumpkin for October and November. But in September, I try my best to really embrace the fall apples.

So here we go with our first fall-like recipe of the year, Hard Cider Pretzels. Yes, these soft pretzels have a little cider mixed in, one of my favorite autumn ingredients.

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The Idea

I stole this idea from myself kind. A few years back I shared these pumpkin beer pretzels with chipotle queso. They’re always one of my favorite appetizers to make come October.

When I was thinking about fall recipes, I couldn’t get my mind off of soft pretzels. I had a good handful of ideas in my head, but these just sounded so perfect. Simple, but so perfect.

Using cider in the dough adds a slight warmth to the pretzels with notes of warming spices and sweet apples. It’s faint, so you don’t know it’s there necessarily, but it makes the pretzels a little more special than all the rest.

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Fun fact, I really love soft pretzels…

Over the years I’ve created a good amount of fun pretzel recipes.

My first pretzel recipe was these hot buttered rum cinnamon sugar stuffed soft pretzels. And then these sweet peanut butter cup soft pretzel ice cream sandwiches. Next were my Chocolate Chip Cookie Stuffed Soft Pretzels (legit, these are the BEST thing ever). Then came everyone’s favorite, Spinach and Artichoke Stuffed Soft Pretzels. And then my favorite, pumpkin beer pretzels with queso.

Yeah, we love soft pretzels. Pretty sure I get my love of buttery soft pretzels from mom. She loves them too, but then are you surprised?

What’s not to love about salty, buttery carbs? They’re just too good!

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Onto the details, start with the pretzels

Making soft pretzels is easy. First, you’ll need a nice, good quality, apple cider, both hard and regular will work. Then just some yeast, honey, flour, butter, and salt. Super simple ingredients. Simply knead everything together in a mixer and let the dough rise.

The pretzel dough is very easy to work with, so don’t let anything intimidate you!

When the dough is ready, just divide it into 8 equal balls, roll them out into long ropes, and twist each into a pretzel. Use the photos for guidance, but I promise this is easy!

And remember, they don’t need to be perfect.

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Boil and bake the pretzels

Once the pretzels are shaped, boil them in water mixed with baking soda. The baking soda in the water helps the pretzels achieve that soft, chewy texture we all love so much!

When you have all the pretzels boiled, brush them with a beaten egg, then sprinkle with salt. I love using this pretzel salt, it’s so good.

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While the pretzels bake, make the honey mustard

I love to make a creamy spicy honey mustard with high-quality olive oil, mayo, honey, and Dijon, plus chili powder and cayenne for a nice kick.

This is so quick to mix up, which is great for easy fall entertaining!

When the pretzels are done baking, you have to serve these up warm. When they’re warm, they’re perfectly soft, doughy, buttery, and have the slightest notes of warming autumn flakes.

Then just add the spicy, creamy honey mustard for dipping – perfection!

Looking forward to making these all month long. Great for Sunday game nights, and dinner parties to come. These are the perfect laid-back appetizer. And let’s be real, everyone loves a warm pretzel with honey mustard for dipping.

So good.

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Looking for other fun fall appetizers? Here are a few ideas: 

Pumpkin Beer Pretzels with Chipotle Queso

Pastry Wrapped Baked Brie with Maple Butter Roasted Apples

Caramelized Onion, Spinach, and Cheddar Flaky Pastries

Everything Ranch Cheese and Pretzel Snack Mix

Cheesy Buffalo Chicken Strombolis

Lastly, if you make these Hard Cider Pretzels with Creamy Honey Mustard, be sure to leave a comment and/or give this recipe a rating! Above all, I love to hear from you guys and always do my best to respond to each and every comment. And of course, if you do make this recipe, don’t forget to tag me on Instagram! Looking through the photos of recipes you all have made is my favorite!

Hard Cider Pretzels with Creamy Honey Mustard

Prep Time 30 minutes
Cook Time 25 minutes
Total Time 2 hours
Servings: 8 pretzels
Calories Per Serving: 430 kcal

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Ingredients

Pretzels

Creamy Honey Mustard

Instructions

  • 1. Combine the water, honey, and yeast in the bowl of a stand mixer. Let sit for 5 minutes, until bubbly on top.
    2. Add the cider, butter, flour, and salt. Mix on medium speed until the dough is smooth and begins to pull away from the sides of the bowl, about 3 to 4 minutes. If the dough is too wet, add additional flour, 1 tablespoon at a time. Cover the bowl and place in a warm spot until the dough doubles in size, about 1-2 hours.
    3. Preheat the oven to 425° F. Line 2 baking sheets with parchment. Bring a large pot of water to a boil.
    4. Remove the dough from the bowl and place on a floured surface. Divide the dough into 8 equal balls. Roll each ball into a long rope. To shape into pretzels, take the right side and cross over to the left. Cross right to left again and flip up.
    5. Add the baking soda to the boiling water. Boil the pretzels, 1-2 at a time, for 30 seconds. Remove with a large slotted spoon. Place the pretzel on a parchment lined baking sheet. Brush the pretzels with the egg and sprinkle liberally with salt. Bake for 10 to 15 minutes or until pretzels are golden brown.
    6. Meanwhile, make the honey mustard. Combine all ingredients in a bowl and whisk until smooth and creamy. 
    7. Serve the pretzels warm, with lots of honey mustard for dipping.
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  1. 5 stars
    Great taste and chew! I didn’t roll the dough out long enough, though, so my pretzels were a little “squatty”. Definitely making these again, though!

  2. 5 stars
    Made these with regular cider and my gosh, they were so good! My husband is lactose free, so I used plant butter, and they came out perfectly, just had to add a little extra flour!

  3. 1 star
    Absolute mess…couldn’t get dough to firm up for rolling. Shape was like a dumpling. Nor better taste than a frozen one with good mustard. Waste of time, energy and money!!
    My guests who are real bakers and foodies said thumbs down!! Embarassed

  4. 5 stars
    Made these last night and OMG. So good!! I accidentally cut the butter in half (oops!) but they came out great. I never would have known if I hadn’t re-read the recipe, but I think I’ll be cutting it in half from now on. I’ll be remaking these this weekend because my husband was sad he was out of town when we made them. The honey-mustard sauce is amazing and I’ve been thinking of all the things I can dip it in!

  5. 5 stars
    First time pretzel-maker, here and these turned out perfect! No additional flour needed. I ended up freezing them after the egg wash & salt step due to the fact that our Octoberfest party wasn’t until later in the afternoon. They baked up perfectly after about 16 mins! They were a big hit! Soft, warm, and a perfect accompaniment to our Octoberfest beers. I feel these would be a fun activity with kids. We will definitely make these again!

  6. 4 stars
    Pretzels are excellent flavor and texture, but why did mine stick to the parchment paper after baking? Did I miss a step?

  7. 4 stars
    The texture and flavor of these pretzels are outstanding. I was so happy with my end result. I did have to add a pretty significant amount of flour to get an ideal consistency for the dough, and I use a kitchen scale for all of my measurements so I know I didn’t overdo it on the liquids. The mustard dip is delicious! The apple cider vinegar is strong but it compliments the pretzels beautifully.

  8. Hi. Question… have you ever used food grade lye when making pretzels? I find when I boil in the baking soda my pretzels have a metallic taste to them. I first I thought it was maybe the egg wash and/or salt but googled it and found it could be the baking soda. I know working with lye can be tricky so just not sure.

  9. These look delicious! Any tips on a make ahead option? Maybe freeze the dough after boiling so I can just pull the pretzels out of the oven to bake for guests? Thanks in advance for any advice 🎃

    1. Hey Kaitlin,
      Yes, that will work well for you! I hope you love this recipe, please let me know if you give it a try! xTieghan

    1. Hi Jane,
      Fantastic!! So great to hear that you enjoyed this recipe and thanks a lot for making it. Have a great week!🍂 xTieghan

    1. Hey Suzanne,
      Fantastic!! So great to hear that you enjoyed this recipe and thanks a lot for making it. Have a great week!🍂 xTieghan

    1. Hi Lorena,
      You could use beer in place of the hard cider. I hope this recipe turns out amazing for you, please let me know if you give it a try! xTieghan

  10. 5 stars
    These are super tasty, love the subtle cider flavor. I’ll have to make again because I had some issues, I may have miscounted the cups of flour because I ended up have to add a bunch extra! And then they took way longer to cook, and this one was definitely my fault because I had temperature at 350 instead 425… my bad! Still tasty and next time will go better haha.

    1. Hey Ashley,
      Fantastic!! So great to hear that you enjoyed this recipe and thanks a lot for making it. Have a great week!🍂 xTieghan

    1. Hey Joanna,
      I would recommend using a GF flour blend instead of almond flour. I hope you love this recipe, please let me know if you give it a try! xTieghan

    1. Hi Kristen,
      Happy Sunday! I am thrilled to hear that this recipe was a winner. Thanks a lot for giving it a try! xTieghan

  11. 5 stars
    Fun to make. Fun to eat. Tieghan your recipes rarely disappoint. And HOLY MOLY, that creamy honey mustard!!! So good! I can’t wait to make another batch of pretzels to freeze for a yummy snack!

    1. Hi Rachel,
      Happy Sunday! I am thrilled to hear that this recipe was a winner. Thanks a lot for giving it a try! xTieghan

    1. Hi Felicia,
      Yes, bread flour should be just fine for you to use here. I hope this recipe turns out amazing for you, please let me know if you give it a try! xTieghan

  12. 5 stars
    Absolutely delicious. Very easy to do and get the kids involved too! We topped some with cinnamon and sugar for the sweet tooth members of the family. Will make these again for sure!

    1. Hey Adele,
      Love to hear that this recipe was enjoyed, thanks a bunch for making it! Have the best weekend🍁 xTieghan

    1. oh, one more thing! i want to form half of the prezels ahead of time and boil/bake during my party to keep fresh. Do you recommend baking immediately after boiling? Or can it be done after a few hours?

    2. Hey Rebekah,
      I’m not sure what the flavors would be like with the homemade mead. You could use beer in place of the hard cider. I hope you love this recipe, please let me know if you give it a try! xTieghan

    1. Hey Christina,
      Happy Friday!! I so appreciate you giving this recipe a try, I love to hear that it was enjoyed!! xTieghan

  13. 5 stars
    I’ve been making at least one of your recipes per week for the last while and they have all been absolutely delicious!
    Tonight I made the hard cider pretzels and I can’t believe how great they turned out. Like all of your recipes, they are easy to follow and are wonderful!

    1. Hey Shirley,
      Happy Friday!! I so appreciate you giving this recipe a try, I love to hear that it was enjoyed!! xTieghan

  14. Hi Tieghan,
    I love your recipes and cookbook! I noticed your recipe calls for AP flour. Is there a reason you use AP over bread flour and have you ever used bread flour to make pretzels?

    1. Hey Claire,
      Thanks for your kind message! I just found that AP flour worked well for me in this recipe, I am sure bread flour would be just fine to use as well. Please let me know if you have any other questions! xTieghan

    1. Hey Peyton,
      You bet, an equal amount of beer would work well for you! I hope you love this recipe, please let me know if you give it a try! xTieghan

  15. 5 stars
    I made these today for a tailgate and they were wonderful! I honestly didn’t expect them to turn out quite right, but they were surprisingly easy. I used a packet of yeast instead of measuring out, and I had to add a lot (maybe up to a cup) more flour than the recipe called for- I blame an excessively humid day in Georgia. I also made them much smaller and boiled between a minute and a minute 30. Still need to perfect my technique a bit so can’t wait to make again! Delicious, thank you Tieghan!

      1. 5 stars
        so yummy. made for some Sunday football! we only had raspberry hard cider on hand and hey it was great.

        Not sure how to get them so perfectly smooth and pretty shaped as yours- but next time!

        1. Hi Meredith,
          Fantastic!! So great to hear that you enjoyed this recipe and thanks a lot for making it. Have a great week!🍂 xTieghan

    1. Hey Linda,
      I used Angry Orchard hard cider, but use your fave! I hope you love the recipe, please let me know if you give the recipe a try! xTieghan

    1. Hey Lauren,
      I would use butter in place of the egg. I hope you love this recipe, please let me know if you give it a try! xTieghan

  16. 5 stars
    I made these last Friday night. My family went crazy for them!! They are a little intimidating to roll out and shape, and mine certainly didn’t look this pretty….haha….but they tasted like heaven! And the Honey mustard is legit the best I’ve ever had. Must make recipe for sure!

  17. I made these yesterday, wow they were sooo good! Didn’t look as pretty as yours but they still tasted good and my kids loved &Zheng so that’s a big win in my book!

  18. 5 stars
    Yum! Made these for the first football Sunday as well…but RATS! I should have known they were going to be a bit large and I also should have read the comments ahead of time about freezing. I made up all the pretzels and then stuck 4 in the freezer. Do you think I can bake them at a lower temp, like 350, for 20 minutes to have again next weekend? Or did I ruin my chances? Lol

    1. Hey Val,
      Thanks a lot for trying out this recipe. I love to hear that it was enjoyed and hope you have the best week! They should be fine to bake on low. xTieghan

  19. 5 stars
    I made these for my husband and his best friend for football Sunday. The dough was easy to make. I struggled a bit with the rolling/ twisting (first time ever trying to make pretzels) but got the hang of it after the first few. I ended up making about half twisted pretzels and half rivets (cut the rolled dough into about 1 inch sections with a pizza cutter).

    These were a HUGE hit & the boys loved the honey mustard too!

    1. Hey Sarah,
      Thanks a lot for trying out this recipe. I love to hear that it was enjoyed and hope you have the best week! xTieghan

  20. 5 stars
    LOVE THIS RECIPE. These are so easy to make. They are so light and fluffy and so much fun to roll out and twist. Definitely an easy recipe even for a non-baker like me.
    100% making again!

    1. Hey Charlotte,
      Thanks a lot for trying out this recipe. I love to hear that it was enjoyed and hope you have the best week! xTieghan

    1. Hey Bre,
      Thanks a lot for trying out this recipe. I love to hear that it was enjoyed and hope you have the best week! xTieghan

  21. Made these today, they were DELICIOUS and pretty easy all around! My one question would be, do you think if I froze some they’d be easy to reheat later? If so, would you defrost then heat up or heat up right from the freezer?

    1. Hey Sam,
      Thanks a lot for trying out this recipe. I love to hear that it was enjoyed and hope you have the best week! I would freeze before baking and then you could just bake from frozen, just increase your bake time. xTieghan

    1. Hey Sarah,
      For this recipe, I would recommend using hard cider, regular cider, or beer. Please let me know if you give them a try, I hope you love the recipe! xTieghan

  22. 5 stars
    Pretzels for the first NFL game of the season. Delicious! The pretzel shaped challenged me, so I went for pretzel sticks. A big thumbs up! Make sure you make the mustard dipping sauce.

    1. Hey Kelli,
      Thanks a lot for trying out this recipe. I love to hear that it was enjoyed and hope you have the best week! xTieghan

  23. 5 stars
    perfect texture, great flavor (not apple-y or sweet). I used flake sea salt and that worked perfectly. Easier than I expected and so delish!!

  24. 1 star
    Just finished making this and not impressed at. Took about 45 mins to even get a slight brown to the pretzel. By then then the bottom was ridiculously hard and the rest of it was still slightly mushy. Followed this to a T. Changed nothing. Would not make this again. Way to much work and mess to have the outcome be as bad as it was. I can’t for the life of think the way this recipe is written you could have your pretzels look the way they do. Totally disappointed

    1. Hey Connie,
      So sorry to hear this. Did you boil them in the baking soda? A little more info would help me to better help you. xTieghan

  25. Can you make these if you don’t have a mixer? I live in London and kitchen space is a premium so I don’t have one. But I’m dying to make these!

    1. Hey Trish,
      You bet! Just mix with a wooden spoon and knead by hand. Please let me know if you give the recipe a try! xTieghan

      1. I made these in my modest little apartment kitchen without a stand mixer and after mixing with a wooden spoon I kneaded the dough for 8 minutes by hand and topped with everything bagel spice and they turned out FABULOUS ! Yum

        1. Hey Jenna,
          Thanks a lot for trying out this recipe. I love to hear that it was enjoyed and hope you have the best week! xTieghan

  26. 5 stars
    Hi Tieghan,

    Big fan of yours! The dough is absolutely delicious but my pretzels came out a bit raw inside – did I underboil or underbake?

    Also, can I substitute whole wheat flour?

    Thanks,
    Melissa

    1. Hey Melissa,
      Thanks so much for making this recipe, I am delighted to hear that it was enjoyed! Was there anything you adjusted? Sounds like they needed to bake a bit longer. Yes, whole wheat flour will work. Have the best weekend:) xTieghan

    1. Hey Charlie,
      Sure, that would be just fine to do. I would freeze before boiling. I hope you love the recipe, please let me know if you give it a try! xTieghan

  27. 5 stars
    I made these today and although I had a few learning curves along the way, the end product was absolutely delicious!! The dough was so simple to make! It took me a sec to figure out how to roll it out best and settled on between the palms which worked really well. I was surprised by when I added the baking soda to the boiling water! My pot basically exploded hahaha 🤣. But then got the hang of it! And despite all that, I would definitely make these again! Sooooo yummy!

    1. Hey Gabby,
      You bet!! You will just mix that right in with the flour:) I hope you love the recipe, please let me know how it turns out! xTieghan

    1. Hey Lyn,
      I would try using ghee in place of the butter and for the egg as well. I haven’t tested this, but let me know how the recipe turns out! xTieghan

  28. 4 stars
    First time trying pretzels and they were pretty good. I had a hard time getting the moisture out of the pretzel after boiling it. (They were big and broke easily when trying to get them out of the water with a slotted spatula.) So some of the edges ended up soggy coming out of the oven. I would definitely try making them again.

      1. I’m so excited to make these. They look incredible. Thank you for sharing!

        Question: what type of hard cider did you use? Just a simple hard apple cider?

        Thanks again!
        Courtney

        1. Hey Courtney,
          Yes, whatever you favorite hard apple cider is works here. I hope you love the recipe, please let me know if you give it a try! xTieghan

    1. Hey Suzanne,
      For this recipe you could use hard cider, regular cider, or beer. I hope you give the recipe a try, please let me know if you have any other questions! xTieghan

  29. I can’t wait to try this! I want to use my sourdough starter in place of the yeast; would that work?? If so, do you know how much (how many grams) I should use??

    1. Hey Amanda,
      I’m sure that would work well for you, since I haven’t tested it I am unsure on how much to use. Please let me know if you give the recipe a try! xTieghan

    1. Hey Jessica,
      That should work just fine for you. I hope you love the recipe, please let me know if you give it a try! xTieghan

    1. Hey Lisa,
      I would just mix with a wooden spoon and knead by hand. I hope this recipe turns out amazing for you, please let me know if you give it a try! xTieghan

    1. Hey Acro,
      Yes, that will work well for you. I hope you love this recipe, please let me know if you give it a try! xTieghan

    1. Hey Stephanie,
      You bet! I hope this recipe turns out amazing for you, please let me know if you give it a try! xTieghan

    1. Hey there,
      Sure, non-alcoholic beer would also work well here. Please let me know if you have any other questions! xTieghan

    1. Hey Jillian,
      Happy Wednesday! Thanks a lot for making this recipe, I love to hear that it was enjoyed! Have the best day:) xTieghan

    1. Hey Mary Ellen,
      Just use an equal amount of GF flour. I hope you love this recipe, please let me know if you give it a try! xTieghan

  30. What is your recommendation to keep them fresh for kids to take for school? How long do they last after preparation?

    As always, your recipes are absolutely amazing and spot on one of my families favorite food website to rely on for delicious food.

    1. Hey Christie,
      I would just keep them in an airtight container. I hope the recipe turns out amazing for you, please let me know if you give it a try! xTieghan

    1. Hey Elaine,
      For this recipe I used apple cider. I hope you love the recipe, please let me know if you have any other questions! xTieghan

  31. These look delicious but I’m gluten free. Do you thing these will work well with a gluten free flour like the King Arthur brand?

    1. Hey Heather,
      Yes, an equal amount of GF flour will work well for you here. I hope you love this recipe, please let me know if you give it a try! xTieghan

    1. Hey Nicole,
      If you wanted to do everything up until the baking point that would work well, but I prefer to serve these warm from the oven. I hope this recipe turns out amazing for you, please let me know if you give it a try! xTieghan

    1. Hey Jennifer,
      That is totally fine to do, the alcohol is not necessary:) I hope this recipe turns out amazing for you, please let me know if you give it a try! xTieghan

        1. Hey Maria,
          You will want to use regular cider in place of the hard cider. I hope you love the recipe, please let me know if you give it a try! xTieghan