Cranberry Pretzels

Cranberry Pretzels

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  • ¾ C dried cranberries
  • ⅓ C unsweetened applesauce
  • 2 T Pioneer® Sugar, divided
  • 1 pkg. (¼ oz.) active dry yeast
  • 1 C fat-free milk, warmed
  • 3 T canola oil
  • 1 ½ tsp. salt
  • 3 ½ – 4 C all-purpose flour
  • 2 quarts water


  • 1 egg white, beaten
  • ½ tsp. ground cinnamon
  • 1 T Pioneer® Sugar
  • Honey or cream cheese, optional


  1. In a food processor or blender, add the dried cranberries, applesauce and 1 tablespoon Pioneer® Sugar; cover and process until finely chopped. Set aside.
  2. In a mixing bowl, dissolve yeast in warm milk (Milk should be between 110 & 115° F). Add the remaining Pioneer® Sugar; let stand for 5 minutes. Add the cranberry mixture, oil, salt and enough flour to form a soft dough. Turn onto a lightly floured surface; knead until smooth and elastic, about 6-8 minutes. Place in a bowl coated with nonstick cooking spray, turning once to coat the top. Cover and let rise in a warm place until doubled (about 1 ½ hours).
  3. Punch dough down. Turn onto a floured surface. Divide dough into 15 balls. Roll each ball into a 14-inch rope and form into a pretzel shape.
  4. In a large saucepan, bring water to a boil. Drop pretzels, one at a time into water; boil for 10 seconds on each side. Remove with a slotted spoon; drain on paper towels.
  5. Place pretzels on baking sheets coated with nonstick cooking spray. Cover and let rise in a warm place until puffy, about 25 minutes.
  6. Preheat oven to 375° F.

Topping Directions:

  1. Brush pretzels with egg white. Combine cinnamon and Pioneer® Sugar; sprinkle over tops. Bake for 12-14 minutes or until golden brown. Serve with honey or cream cheese if desired.

Nutritional Analysis:

  1. 1 pretzel, 170 calories, 3g fat, 1g fiber, 31g carbohydrate, 4g protein.
Cranberry Pretzels
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