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Soft Pretzel

Homemade Soft Pretzel

Soft Pretzel Recipe - homemade pretzels using easy made-from-scratch dough that yields a wonderful slightly chewy exterior while incredibly soft on the inside. Make a big batch of this as an afternoon snack, movie night munch, game day finger food or any way you'd like it! Serve it with your favorite pretzel dip!
Course Appetizers, Bread
Cuisine German
Prep Time 30 minutes
Cook Time 25 minutes
Servings 8 pretzels
Calories 419kcal
Author Imma


Soft Pretzel Dough

  • 1 ¼ cup (296.25) warm (110 to 115 degrees F) water
  • 2 ¼ teaspoon (19.12g) active dry yeast (1 standard packet)
  • 2 tablespoons  (31.5g) unsalted butter (melted)  or oil 
  • 3 - 3½ cups (375g-437.5g) all-purpose flour or more if needed
  • 2-3 tablespoons  (25g-37.5g) granulated sugar
  • 1 ½  teaspoon (7.5g) salt

Dipping Water

  • 8 cups (1896ml) water
  • ½ cup (115g) baking soda

For Brushing 

  • 1 large egg yolk beaten with 1-2  tablespoon milk or water
  • 4-6 tablespoons (56g-84g) unsalted butter , melted
  • 1 tablespoon (17g) coarse salt for sprinkling (or may use sesame seeds, cinnamon sugar or spice of choice.)


  • Combine warm water and yeast in a standing mixer or large bowl. Let it sit until dissolve for about 5 minutes.
  • Add in butter, followed by 3 cups of flour, sugar, and salt. Using the dough hook attachment, mix the dough on low speed until well combined. Change to medium speed and knead until the dough is smooth and pulls away from the side of the bowl, approximately 5-6 minutes. Add in enough additional flour (if needed) to make a soft dough. It’s best to add less flour.
  • Remove the dough from the bowl.
  • If mixing by hand, turn dough on a lightly floured surface and knead for 5 to 6 minutes or more or until dough is smooth.
  • Clean the large bowl, oil and place dough inside. 
  • Cover loosely with a clean cloth and let rise in a warm, draft-free place for 1 to 2 hours or until doubled.
  • Punch the dough down and place on a lightly floured work surface.
  • Bring about 8 cups of water and the baking soda to a boil in a saucepan about 5 -6 quart.
  • Roll out each piece of dough into a long, thin rope about 22- 24-inch rope length. Make a U-shape with the rope, holding the ends of the rope, cross them over each other and press onto the bottom of the U in order to form the shape of a pretzel. Then tightly pinch the dough at the seam to secure the dough from falling apart.
  • Let it lay onto the parchment-lined sheet pan.
  • Then gently place the pretzels into the pot of the boiling water, one at a time, for about 30 seconds, pretzels should be immersed in the water.
  • Quickly placed the wrapped pretzel in the boiling water for about 30 seconds – remove with a slotted spoon and place it on a paper to soak up any excess water from the pretzel.
  • Preheat the oven to 425 degrees F. Line baking sheet. Set aside. Repeat process with the rest of the pretzel.
  • Finally, brush each pretzel with the egg yolk mixture, and sprinkle with salt, sesame seeds, cinnamon sugar or spice of choice.
  • Bake for about 12-15 minutes or until golden brown, brush with melted butter and serve with ketchup, mustard or dipping sauce of choice.


  1. Soft pretzels are best eaten when fresh off the oven, but leftovers could be stored in an airtight container or Ziploc for up to 3 days.
  2. You can mix the dough by hand or using a mixer.
  3. You can customize this soft pretzel recipe by either seasoning it with any of the following: salt, cinnamon sugar, cheddar cheese, or garlic parmesan. You may also stuff it with peanut butter, Nutella or anything that rocks your boat.
  4. Please keep in mind that nutritional information is a rough estimate and can vary greatly based on products used.


Serving: 1pretzel | Calories: 419kcal | Carbohydrates: 82g | Protein: 12g | Fat: 4g | Saturated Fat: 2g | Cholesterol: 8mg | Sodium: 520mg | Potassium: 141mg | Fiber: 4g | Sugar: 3g | Vitamin A: 92IU | Calcium: 15mg | Iron: 5mg