Auntie Anne’s Spicy Cheese Dip

Auntie Anne’s Spicy Cheese Dip

Recreating Auntie Anne’s Spicy Cheese Dip at home is a delightful way to bring the flavors of your favorite pretzel shop into your kitchen. While I can’t provide the exact recipe used by Auntie Anne’s, I can guide you through making a similar spicy cheese dip that pairs perfectly with soft pretzels, breadsticks, or even as a savory addition to sandwiches and burgers. This homemade version combines creamy cheese with just the right amount of spice for a deliciously indulgent treat.


  • 2 tablespoons butter
  • 2 tablespoons all-purpose flour
  • 1 cup milk (whole milk preferred for creaminess)
  • 1 cup sharp cheddar cheese, grated
  • 1/2 cup pepper jack cheese, grated (adjust based on spice preference)
  • 1/4 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon onion powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon paprika
  • 1-2 tablespoons pickled jalapeños, finely chopped (adjust to taste)
  • Salt to taste


Make a Roux:

  1. Melt the Butter: In a saucepan over medium heat, melt the butter. Once melted, whisk in the all-purpose flour until a paste forms, cooking for about 1 minute. This is your roux, which will help thicken the dip.

Add the Milk:

  1. Gradually Add Milk: Slowly pour in the milk while continuously whisking to prevent any lumps from forming. Keep whisking until the mixture becomes smooth and starts to thicken.

Cheese Time:

  1. Mix in the Cheese: Reduce the heat to low and add the grated cheddar and pepper jack cheeses to the saucepan. Stir until the cheese has completely melted into the milk mixture and the sauce is smooth.

Spice It Up:

  1. Add the Flavors: Stir in the garlic powder, onion powder, paprika, and chopped pickled jalapeños. Continue to cook on low heat, stirring until everything is well combined and the dip has a creamy consistency.

Adjust and Serve:

  1. Season: Taste the cheese dip and adjust the seasoning with salt and additional jalapeños if you prefer it spicier.
  2. Serve Warm: Transfer the spicy cheese dip to a serving bowl. Serve warm alongside your favorite pretzels, breadsticks, or as a topping for nachos.

Tips for the Perfect Spicy Cheese Dip:

  • Consistency Adjustments: If the dip is too thick, add a splash more milk to reach your desired consistency. If it’s too thin, let it simmer a bit longer to thicken up.
  • Serving Suggestion: For an authentic Auntie Anne’s experience, serve this spicy cheese dip with freshly baked soft pretzels.
  • Storage: Store any leftovers in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 3 days. Reheat gently, adding a little milk if necessary to restore the creamy texture.

Enjoy your homemade version of Auntie Anne’s Spicy Cheese Dip, a creamy, cheesy, and slightly spicy delight that’s perfect for dipping or drizzling over your favorite snacks.

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