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Soft Pretzels

Delicious homemade soft pretzels, just like the soft buttery pretzels you love at the mall.
Course Bread, Snack
Cuisine American
Keyword homemade soft pretzels, soft pretzels
Prep Time 30 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
let rise 1 hour
Total Time 50 minutes
Servings 8 pretzels
Calories 199kcal
Author Leigh Anne Wilkes


  • 2 1/2 C bread flour or all purpose flour
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 2 tsp sugar
  • 2 1/4 tsp instant dry yeast
  • 1 C warm water
  • 1/2 C warm water
  • 2 Tbsp baking soda
  • kosher salt
  • 4 Tbsp butter melted


  • Preheat oven to 425 degrees F.
  • In your mixer combine flour, salt, sugar and yeast.
  • Stir to combine and then add 1 C warm water.
  • Using bread hook, mix the dough until a soft, smooth dough forms. Knead for about 5-6 minutes.
  • Cover dough with a clean cloth and allow to rise for 30-60 minutes. (I was short on time and only did it for 30 minutes)
  • Place dough on floured counter and divide into 8-16 pieces depending on what size pretzels you want.
  • For pretzels the size of the "mall pretzels" make 8 pieces.
  • Roll each piece into a long rope, about 15-20 inches long. Form into a pretzel shape.
  • Together 1/2 C warm water and 2 Tbsp baking soda. Stir to dissolve soda.
  • Dip pretzel front and back into water mixture.
  • Place on baking sheet covered with parchment or silicone baking mat.
  • Sprinkle with kosher salt.
  • Allow to sit for 10-15 minutes.
  • Bake at 500 degrees for 7-9 minutes or until golden brown.
  • Remove from oven and brush with melted butter. Don't skimp here!
  • Enjoy warm! Can be reheated in microwave


If you prefer to use dry active yeast, Use 1/4 cup of the 1 cup water and add yeast to it.  Allow to sit for 5-10 minutes until the yeast activates.  Add that into the flour mixture with the remaining water.


Calories: 199kcal | Carbohydrates: 29g | Protein: 5g | Fat: 6g | Saturated Fat: 3g | Cholesterol: 15mg | Sodium: 1020mg | Potassium: 49mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 1g | Vitamin A: 175IU | Calcium: 8mg | Iron: 0.4mg