Funfetti Birthday Pretzels

These funfetti birthday pretzels, are delicious soft baked pretzels!  

September is a busy “Birthday” month for our family.  So, this is a great way to start all of our Birthday’s!

They were really, really good!  Drizzled with a sweet icing. Plus, topped with more sprinkles!  

Need I say more?

With the help of our son, Landon, we found tiny dinosaur sprinkles.  They’re cute little guys.  I was looking for regular colored “jimmy” sprinkles.  All the store had, were the dino sprinkles.  And a five year old chanting, “Come on mom, get these dinosaur ones.  These are cool!  Are they on sale?”  Yes, he did ask if they were on sale.   Oh well… Let’s try it.  They worked out perfect!

Sprinkles are just great!

Here’s a list of what sprinkles mean:

  • Sprinkles = “Happiness.” – How could you not be happy when you see sprinkles?
  • Sprinkles = “Smiles.” – Try not to smile, just try.
  • Sprinkles = “Funfetti.” – That’s all.
  • Sprinkles = “Birthday.” – Go Birthday, go birthday, go! 
  • Sprinkles = “Celebration.”- Everyday is a reason to celebrate.
  • Sprinkles = Food “Bling” – Sprinkles are the diamonds, in food world. 
  • Sprinkles = “Fun” – Oh, girls just wanna have fun!  (Now, that song is in your head, too.)
  • Sprinkles = “Frosting or Icing” – Usually, frosting or icing will be peeking around if sprinkles are involved.

How about a nice icing drizzle shot?  Sure why not?  

Looking good… looking good you sweet thing you!

 I used my bread machine to make the dough for these, funfetti birthday pretzels.  I just proofed my yeast for 5 minutes and dumped the rest of the ingredients into the bread machine.  I used the dough setting and went about my business.  That easy.  I’m sure you could easily make these in your mixer with a dough hook or by hand. 

After your dough has formed and rose up nicely.  You punch it down and knead in the sprinkles.  Form into twelve dough balls.  Roll each piece of dough into a 16 inch rope.  Form into pretzel shape or any shape you want.  Place on non-stick baking mat and allow to rest and rise for 30 -60 minutes ( This second rise, makes sure they come out soft and fluffy).

Funfetti Birthday Pretzels
Soft and fluffy pretzels, baked with sprinkles. Then drizzled with an icing and topped with more sprinkles!
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  1. 3/4 cup warm milk
  2. 1 Tablespoon active yeast
  3. 1/3 cup of sugar
  4. 1/4 cup powdered sugar
  5. 2 Tablespoons salted butter - softened
  6. 1 egg
  7. 1 1/2 teaspoons vanilla
  8. 1 1/2 teaspoons butter extract
  9. 1/2 teaspoon sea salt
  10. 3 1/2 cups flour - sifted ( I used pastry flour )
  11. 1/2 cup sprinkles - save to knead in dough later.
Baking soda wash
  1. 1/2 cup warm water
  2. 1/2 Tablespoon baking soda
Icing Drizzle
  1. 2 cups powdered sugar
  2. 1 Tablespoon corn syrup
  3. 1/2 teaspoon vanilla
  4. 1/2 teaspoon butter extract
  5. 2 Tablespoons milk
  6. Sprinkles
Bread Machine Method
  1. Place warm milk ( Milk needs to be very warm, not scolding hot) and sugars into bread machine pan, mix it up. Add the yeast into warm sugar milk, and allow "to proof" for 5 minutes. This just activates the yeast before making into a dough.
  2. Now, add the remaining ingredients into bread machine pan, except the sprinkles. We'll add those later. Set on dough cycle and wait until the cycle is finished.
Mixer or hand method
  1. Grab a bowl and follow step 1. for bread machine method.
  2. After the 5 minutes and yeast has "proofed" add the remaining ingredients into mixer (using dough hook) or large bowl, except the sprinkles. Allow the ingredients to mix and knead dough for 7-10 minutes. Once dough is smooth place in a greased/oiled bowl. Roll dough in bowl to coat in grease/oil. Cover loosely and allow to rise, until doubled in size. This will take about an hour.
Forming pretzels- Same method for bread machine and mixer or by hand
  1. Once dough has doubled in size. Punch down and place onto a floured work surface. Knead in the sprinkles and form into 12 dough balls.
  2. Roll out each dough ball into a 16 inch long rope. Shape into pretzels or desired shapes. Place pretzels on non-stick baking mat on pan or spray pan with non-stick cooking spray.
  3. Allow to rise for 30 minutes. While they are rising get your warm baking soda wash ready. Preheat oven to 375 F degrees.
  4. Use a pastry brush to dip in baking soda wash and brush on the pretzels before baking. Bake in preheated oven for 12 - 15 minutes. Allow to cool completely.
  5. Prepare the icing by mixing all ingredients together in a bowl. Drizzle on the cooled pretzels and immediately add sprinkles on top.
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19 comments on “Funfetti Birthday Pretzels

  1. Celli

    They look fantastic!!!!!

    1. Vanessa

      Glad you think so, Celli!

  2. Carol

    I love sprinkles!!!

    1. Vanessa

      I love sprinkles too, Carol!

  3. Thalia @ butter and brioche

    This pretzels looks so cute and delicious.. totally loving all the funfetti sprinkle action going on!

    1. Vanessa

      Thank you Thalia! Glad you enjoyed the sprinkle action! Thanks for stopping by!

  4. Anne

    Funfetti birthday pretzels????!!!! You are crazy girl!!! But this kind of crazy is the best kind! :DDDD

    1. Vanessa

      Haha! Thanks for stopping by my side of crazy!

    1. Vanessa

      Thanks Suzanne! They make a great sweet treat.

  5. Jessica @ Sweet Menu

    Oh wow! I love these so much! Just look at those darling photos – pinned!

    1. Vanessa

      Thanks Jessica! I’m glad you enjoyed the photos!

  6. Faith (An Edible Mosaic)

    It’s funny, I just talked on my blog today about how September is such a big birthday month! These pretzels are such a cute idea I know they’d be a big hit with my family…and they’re definitely the perfect way to kick off birthday season!

    1. Vanessa

      Hi Faith! These pretzels are perfect for any Birthday! Sending you and your family, September – “Happy Birthday” wishes!

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  10. Corrine

    These look fantastic! How long do they keep?

    1. Vanessa

      Thank you, Corrine! They are best fresh. But you could store baked pretzels in the freezer (without icing). Here’s how: After baking pretzels, allow them to cool completely. Wrap them very well and store in a freezer safe bag. When ready to eat one, heat the oven to 400 F degrees and bake for about 8 minutes. Enjoy!