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air fryer pretzels

Air Fryer Pretzels

Prep Time 5 mins
Cook Time 10 mins
chill 10 mins
Total Time 25 mins
Servings 32 Pretzels


  • 2 quarts water
  • 2 Tablespoons baking soda
  • 1 canister pizza dough
  • ΒΌ cup butter

To top:

  • 2 Tablespoons cinnamon sugar -or-
  • 1 Tablespoon pretzel salt


  • Begin by adding 2 quarts of water and 2 Tablespoons of baking soda to a large pot and set to boil.
  • While the water is coming to a boil, open the dough canister and divide dough into 32 pieces of equal size.
  • Set a grate or grill pan on top of a pan and set beside the oven. Add the dough balls to the boiling water and boil for 2 minutes.
  • Remove the dough balls and set atop the grate to allow to drain. Place the pan in the freezer for around 15 minutes. This will allow the dough to firm up enough for you to be able to shape it.
  • While the dough is chilling, melt the butter and place the cinnamon sugar, if using, on a small plate.
  • Remove the dough from the freezer and gently shape into balls. If the dough is too still tacky, wet your hands to be able to shape it. If it is too frozen to mold, let it sit for a few minutes and then proceed.
  • One by one, dip the dough balls in the melted butter and then roll in the cinnamon sugar, if using. If you are wanting salted pretzels, dip in the butter and then sprinkle with the pretzel salt.
  • Place all the prepared pretzels in the air fryer basket. Pre-heat the air fryer to 375. Add the pretzels and cook for approximately 10 minutes.


Kitchen scissors are the easiest way to divide the dough into pieces.
Air Fryer models vary so be sure to keep an eye on your pretzels as they cook as yours make cook quicker or slower.