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soft pretzel recipe
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Soft Pretzel Recipe

Easy homemade soft pretzels recipe that is quick to whip up and oh so tasty. Add to your list of yummy desserts with cinnamon sprinkled on top or turn them into pretzel bites and dip in cheese sauce for a delicious snack.

Course Snack
Prep Time 45 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Total Time 1 hour
Servings 12
Calories 164 kcal


  • 1 ½ cups warm water
  • 1 package instant yeast
  • 1 tsp kosher salt
  • 1 tbsp brown sugar (light or dark)
  • 1 tbsp unsalted butter, melted
  • 4 cups all-purpose flour (plus more for work surface)
  • coarse sea salt for sprinkling on top

Baking Soda Water Mixture

  • ½ cup baking soda
  • 9 cups water


  1. In your stand mixer, whisk the yeast into the warm water and allow to sit for 1 minutes.

  2. Whisk in salt, brown sugar, and melted butter.  Add in 3 cups of flour, slowly, one cup at a time, and mix with the dough hook on your stand mixer.

  3. Add 1 cup more of flour, and mix.  Continue to add flour in ¼ cup increments until the dough is not longer sticky.  (It took about 4 ½ cups for us).  Your dough is ready for kneading, once you poke the dough ball and it bounces back.

  4. Place the dough onto a floured surface.  Knead the dough for 3 minutes and shape into a ball.  Cover lightly with a kitchen towel and let rest for 10 minutes.

  5. While the dough is resting, you can start the baking soda/water mixture by pouring 9 cups water and ½ cup baking soda in a deep saute pan or dutch oven, place on the stove top, and bring to a boil.

  6. Roll the dough into a 20 inch rope.  Take the ends, bring them together, forming a circle, then cross the ends looping them into a pretzel shape.

  7. Once you have formed the twelve dough pretzels, taking the pretzels one at a time, pick up with a large slotted spatula, and dunk them into the boiling water/baking soda mix for about 20-30 seconds (no more than 30 seconds).  You will see the dough start to puff up, this is what you want.

  8. Bake for 12-15 minutes or until golden brown in your preheated 400 degree oven.

  9. Immediately after removing from the oven, feel free to rub butter over each pretzel and watch it melt on top, creating the most incredibly buttery and delicious homemade treat.

Recipe Notes

Adapted from Sally's Baking Addiction

Nutrition Facts
Soft Pretzel Recipe
Amount Per Serving
Calories 164 Calories from Fat 9
% Daily Value*
Fat 1g2%
Cholesterol 2mg1%
Sodium 1582mg69%
Potassium 44mg1%
Carbohydrates 32g11%
Fiber 1g4%
Sugar 1g1%
Protein 4g8%
Calcium 13mg1%
Vitamin A 30IU1%
Iron 1.9mg11%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.