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Pretzel-Caramel Ice Cream Sandwiches

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  • Prep 30 min
  • Total 60 min
  • Servings 10
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Salty, fresh-baked soft pretzels combine with caramel swirl ice cream for a perfect sweet treat.
by: The Food in My Beard
Updated Oct 27, 2014
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  • 4 1/2 cups flour
  • 1 1/2 cups water
  • 1/2 cups brown sugar
  • 2 teaspoons salt
  • 3 tablespoons butter (melted)
  • 1 package active dry yeast
  • Pretzel salt
  • 1 1/2 quarts caramel swirl ice cream
  • Egg
  • 1/2 cup baking soda


  • 1
    Warm the water in the microwave to about 110°F. Add the sugar, water, and yeast and allow to sit for about 10 minutes until bubbly.
  • 2
    Mix in the flour and melted butter and knead for at least 7 minutes until the dough is soft, smooth, and not sticky.
  • 3
    Allow to rest an hour for dough to double in size.
  • 4
    Roll out the dough into logs about a half inch thick and 15 inches long. Fold into pretzels.
  • 5
    Bring about 15 cups of water to a boil and add in the baking soda. Dip the pretzels into the boiling water for about 1 minute each. Whisk the egg with an equal amount of water. Brush the pretzels with the egg wash and sprinkle with the pretzel salt. Bake at 425°F for about 15 minutes.
  • 6
    Allow the pretzels to cool fully, then cut in half the long way.
  • 7
    Place the pretzels into the freezer for about 30 minutes before filling. Fill pretzels with one scoop of caramel swirl ice cream and press down to smoosh.
  • 8
    Store in the freezer until it's time to serve, but ideally, you want to serve them within a few hours of making them, or the pretzels will get too hard.

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  • Salted caramel is all the rage these days.

    I was eating a soft pretzel in Philly recently (the best place to eat a soft pretzel) when it occurred to me that the salty, dense bread would go really well with caramel.

    Because I’m an ice cream fanatic, the first thought was to sandwich some nice caramel swirl ice cream in between a sliced pretzel. The thing is, the holes in store bought pretzels are way too large for this to work. I had to take matters into my own hands and bake up some custom soft pretzels.

    The effort really paid off because these Pretzel-Caramel Ice Cream Sandwiches were a surprise delight! Everything worked really nicely together and the buttery pretzel was the perfect contrast to the creamy ice cream and the big salt granules on top.

    The dough is actually really easy to make. Just a few ingredients and a quick knead, then let it rest a while.

    Make your pretzels nice and tight so there aren't any large holes. These would work nicely for a bunch of things. Sandwiches, sliders, or you know, eating plain.

    Dip the pretzels into water that is boiling with baking soda. About a minute will do just fine.

    A quick brush with egg wash before they go into the oven.

    MMMmmmmm... Golden brown and delicious! Wait, weren’t there 12 before???

    After they fully cool and spend some time in the freezer, fill ‘em up with the ice cream.

    Press it down to make it more edible.

    If you aren’t serving these immediately, you can store them in the freezer for a few hours, but if you leave them there overnight, they will become a little hard. We ate a few right away, but ended up leaving some in the freezer. The next day I was able to eat one out of the freezer, but had to let it sit about 10 minutes to soften up a little – and it wasn't as good.

    Regardless, the taste of these Pretzel Ice Cream Sandwiches is exactly what you would hope for: Perfect salty-sweet treats for the pretzel and ice cream lover in all of us.

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    Dan Whalen didn’t understand soft pretzels until he had one in Philadelphia. He has been blogging for over 4 years at The Food in My Beard; check Dan's Tablespoon profile often to try his recipes with creative international spins!
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