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Trader Joe’s Hack: 20 Minute Mini Pretzel Dogs

by Shaina

When I was a kid I used to go to Nathans in the mall food court and order the mini corn dogs. I would peel off all the corn bread and just eat the mini hot dogs. I know… I was a super picky eater. My mom knew soft pretzels were my favorite. We never left the mall without one… so that would be my lunch, mini hot dogs and a soft pretzel. Fast forward a few years later and some genius decided to invent the pretzel dog! Pretzel places took this a step further and created mini pretzel dogs. They ended up getting rid of the Nathans in the food court but I didn’t care because 3 new pretzel stands had just opened and they all had mini pretzel dogs. Shamelessly two of my favorite foods combined into one delicious bite sized snack! 

When I go to the mall I spend too much money (as I’m sure some of you can relate) so I’ve kind of been avoiding it lately… but I’ve been craving those delicious little pretzel dogs and the mall is the only place I know that sells them fresh. Solution: make them myself. I love making homemade dough but its such a long process. Ive been messing around with Trader Joe’s fresh pizza dough a lot lately. I love it because its extremely versatile. I recently had huge success using it to make my Cream Cheese Stuffed Everything Bagel Pull Apart Bread. It turned out so great I wanted to try out this pizza dough in other ways so I decided to give it a go as pretzel dough and make these mini corn dogs. Alas, another success! 

When I think soft pretzel, I think mustard. Ok, I hear you… cheese dip is also an amazing companion to pretzels but mustard is the real OG. Trader Joe’s has been experimenting with their mustard flavors recently. They have a few new ones, but the one that really caught my eye was their pale ale mustard. You guys… this mustard is amazing. I don’t think these pretzel dogs would be the same without this pale ale mustard, so do yourself a huge favor and pick up a jar!  If you must have your cheese dip, keep an eye out for my 5 minute nacho cheese dip recipe, coming soon. 

Trader Joe's Hack: 20 Minute Mini Pretzel Dogs

When I was a kid I used to go to Nathans in the mall food court and order the mini corn dogs. I would peel off all the corn bread… Print
Serves: 5 Prep Time: Cooking Time:
Rating: 5.0/5
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  • 1 Package Trader Joe's Cocktail Pups
  • 1 Package Trader Joes Plain Pizza Dough
  • 1 Jar Trader Joe's Pale Ale Mustard
  • Kosher or Pretzel Salt
  • 1/2 Cup Baking Soda
  • 4 Cups water


  1. Roll out pizza dough onto floured surface
  2. Cut rolled out dough into long strips
  3. Wrap each mini hot dog in dough 
  4. Preheat oven to 450 degrees 
  5. Boil 4 cups of water and dissolve 1/2 cup of baking soda
  6. Dip each pretzel dog for about 30 seconds into baking soda/water bath and place on parchment paper lined baking sheet 
  7. Bake pretzel dogs for about 8 to 10 minutes until golden brown 
  8. Serve with Trader Joe’s Pale Ale Mustard 
  9. Enjoy!

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