Chinese Sweet Pretzels Recipe - Authentic Cuisine from China

Chinese Sweet Pretzels

Chinese Sweet Pretzels Recipe - Authentic Cuisine from China
Region / culture: China | Preparation time: 15 minutes | Cooking time: 20 minutes | Servings: 6


Chinese Sweet Pretzels
Chinese Sweet Pretzels

Chinese Sweet Pretzels are a popular street food in China, known for their crispy texture and sweet flavor. These pretzels are made by dipping a rosette iron into a batter and frying it until golden brown. They are perfect for snacking or as a dessert.


The recipe for Chinese Sweet Pretzels has been passed down through generations in China. It is believed to have originated in the northern regions of China, where fried foods are a common snack. The pretzels are often sold by street vendors and are a favorite among locals and tourists alike.


How to prepare

  1. Heat the oil to 385° F.
  2. In a large bowl, sift together the cornstarch, flour, sugar, and salt.
  3. In a large measuring cup, combine the milk, water, and egg.
  4. Add the milk mixture to the dry ingredients and blend until smooth.
  5. Heat the rosette iron in the oil until hot.
  6. Dip the hot iron into the batter and return it to the fryer.
  7. Cook until the pretzels are delicately browned, turning them once.
  8. Drain them on paper towels.


  • Add a sprinkle of cinnamon sugar on top of the pretzels for extra flavor.
  • Drizzle melted chocolate or caramel sauce over the pretzels for a decadent treat.

Cooking Tips & Tricks

Make sure the oil is hot enough before frying the pretzels to ensure they cook evenly and become crispy.

- Be careful when dipping the rosette iron into the batter, as the hot oil can splatter.

- Drain the pretzels on paper towels after frying to remove excess oil.

Serving Suggestions

Chinese Sweet Pretzels can be served as a snack or dessert. They pair well with a cup of hot tea or coffee.

Cooking Techniques


Ingredient Substitutions

You can use almond milk or coconut milk as a dairy-free alternative to evaporated milk.

- Gluten-free flour can be used in place of regular flour for a gluten-free version of the pretzels.

Make Ahead Tips

The batter for Chinese Sweet Pretzels can be made ahead of time and stored in the refrigerator for up to 24 hours. Simply bring the batter to room temperature before frying the pretzels.

Presentation Ideas

Serve Chinese Sweet Pretzels on a platter with a dusting of powdered sugar for a beautiful presentation.

Pairing Recommendations

Chinese Sweet Pretzels pair well with a cup of hot tea or coffee.

Storage and Reheating Instructions

Chinese Sweet Pretzels can be stored in an airtight container at room temperature for up to 3 days. To reheat, place the pretzels in a 350°F oven for 5-10 minutes until heated through.

Nutrition Information

Calories per serving

Each serving of Chinese Sweet Pretzels contains approximately 300 calories.


Each serving of Chinese Sweet Pretzels contains approximately 40g of carbohydrates.


Each serving of Chinese Sweet Pretzels contains approximately 15g of fats.


Each serving of Chinese Sweet Pretzels contains approximately 3g of proteins.

Vitamins and minerals

Chinese Sweet Pretzels are not a significant source of vitamins and minerals.


Chinese Sweet Pretzels contain gluten and dairy.


Chinese Sweet Pretzels are a delicious treat that is high in carbohydrates and fats. They are best enjoyed in moderation as an occasional indulgence.


Chinese Sweet Pretzels are a delicious and crispy treat that is perfect for snacking or as a dessert. With a few simple ingredients and some frying techniques, you can enjoy these tasty pretzels at home.

How did I get this recipe?

I distinctly remember the first time I saw this recipe for Chinese Sweet Pretzels. It was many years ago, when I was just a young girl living in a small village in China. My grandmother, who was known for her exceptional cooking skills, had invited our neighbors over for a special dinner. As I watched her effortlessly prepare dish after dish, I couldn't help but be in awe of her talent.

One of the dishes that caught my eye was a plate of beautifully twisted sweet pretzels. They were golden brown and glistening with a sugary glaze, and they smelled absolutely divine. I asked my grandmother where she had learned to make them, and she smiled and told me that the recipe had been passed down through generations of our family.

As the years went by, I would often watch my grandmother make these sweet pretzels, carefully measuring out the ingredients and expertly shaping the dough into perfect twists. She would always tell me that the key to making them just right was to be patient and to put love and care into every step of the process.

When I was old enough, my grandmother began teaching me how to make the sweet pretzels myself. She showed me how to mix the dough, knead it until it was smooth and elastic, and then let it rise until it had doubled in size. She taught me how to shape the dough into long ropes and then twist them into pretzels, being careful to make sure they were evenly coated in a sweet syrup before baking them to golden perfection.

I remember the first time I made the sweet pretzels on my own. My grandmother watched me from the sidelines, offering gentle guidance and encouragement as I worked. When the pretzels came out of the oven, golden brown and smelling heavenly, I knew that I had finally mastered the recipe.

Over the years, I have continued to make these Chinese Sweet Pretzels, sharing them with friends and family who always rave about how delicious they are. I have added my own little touches to the recipe, experimenting with different flavors and toppings to make them even more special.

Every time I make these sweet pretzels, I think of my grandmother and the love and care she put into teaching me this recipe. I am grateful for the memories we shared in the kitchen, the laughter we exchanged, and the joy of creating something delicious together.

Now, as I pass this recipe on to future generations, I hope that they too will experience the same sense of pride and joy that comes from making something with their own hands. And I hope that they will remember the story of how I learned to make Chinese Sweet Pretzels, and the love and tradition that have been passed down through our family for generations.


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