Homemade Soft Pretzels
Who doesn’t love soft pretzels with butter and salt that you can dip into your favorite sauce. These are a soft bread type pretzel, not real chewy, with a delicious taste.
Adapted from: Food Network
Warm the milk to 110 degrees
and place into a medium bowl.
Pour in the yeast and let it sit
for 2 minutes to soften.
Stir in the brown sugar and 1 cup
of flour with a wooden spoon.
Add 2 Tbsp. of diced
softened butter and stir.
Add the remaining 1¼ cups
of flour and fine salt.
Stir to make a sticky dough.
Turn the dough onto a
lightly floured surface.
Knead, adding more flour as needed,
until smooth but still slightly tacky,
about 5 minutes.
Shape into a ball.
Lightly grease a bowl that
is larger than the dough.
Place the dough into the bowl then turn it
over so the entire dough ball has the oil on it.
Cover with plastic wrap and let rise in a
warm place until doubled, about 1 hour.
Preheat the oven to 450 degrees. Cover a
large baking sheet with parchment paper
or grease the baking sheet with butter.
Punch the dough down to deflate it.
Turn dough onto a lightly floured surface.
Divide the dough into 6 pieces.
Roll and stretch each piece into a
(approximately) 30″ rope on the counter.
Shape each one into a pretzel shape.
In a 8 quart saucepan, boil 10 cups of water
with the baking soda. Add one pretzel at
a time and boil for 30 seconds. Remove from
the water with a large flat spatula and place
on the parchment paper or greased pan.
In a small bowl combine
the egg yolk and water.
Brush the pretzels lightly with the egg
yolk mixture. My granddaughter
made hers a heart shape.
Sprinkle with Kosher or pretzel salt.
Bake until a dark golden color on top,
about 12 – 14 minutes.
Melt 6 Tbsp. of butter and
brush on top of the pretzels.
Serve immediately as is or with
your favorite dipping sauce.
Homemade Soft Pretzels
- 1 cup milk
- 1 package active dry yeast
- 3 Tbsp. light brown sugar, packed tightly
- 2¼ cups all purpose flour, plus more for kneading
- 2 Tbsp. butter, softened
- 1 tsp fine salt (regular table salt)
- 10 cups water
- 2/3rds cup baking soda
- 1 large egg yolk
- 1 Tbsp. water
- Kosher salt or pretzel salt, to taste
- 6 Tbsp. butter
- Warm the milk to 110 degrees and place into a medium bowl. Sprinkle the yeast over the top. Let it sit for 2 minutes to soften.
- Stir in the brown sugar and 1 cup of the flour using a wooden spoon. Add 2 Tbsp. of softened butter and stir.
- Add the remaining 1¼ cups of flour and the fine salt. Stir to make a sticky dough.
- Turn the dough onto a lightly floured surface and knead, adding more flour as needed, until smooth but still slightly tacky (about 5 minutes) then shape into a ball.
- Lightly oil a bowl that is larger than the dough ball. Place the dough into the oiled bowl and turn over to get oil on the other side of the dough.
- Cover the bowl with plastic wrap and let rise in a warm place for about 1 hour or until doubled in size.
- Cover a large baking sheet with parchment paper or grease the baking sheet with butter.
- Preheat oven to 450 degrees.
- Punch the dough down to deflate it. Turn the dough onto a lightly floured surface.
- Divide the dough into 6 equal pieces. Roll each piece into an approximately 30″ rope. Shape each rope into a pretzel shape.
- In an 8 quart saucepan, bring the water and baking soda to a boil. Add one pretzel at a time and boil for 30 seconds. Using a flat spatula, remove the pretzel and place it on the parchment paper or buttered baking sheet.
- In a small bowl whisk the egg yolk and water together. Brush the egg mixture over all of the pretzels then sprinkle with the Kosher or pretzel salt.
- Bake for 12 – 14 minutes or until a dark golden color on top.
- Melt 6 Tbsp. of butter and gently brush the entire tops of the pretzels being careful not to knock off the salt.
- Serve immediately as is or with your favorite dipping sauce.
Yum. That looks awesome!
Thank you Lydia!!!
This is great, Diane!
Thank you so much Chantelle!
Wow!!! I would love to make some😍😍😍😍😍😍😍😍👌👌👌
Go for it Shaheen!
Those look amazing. I’ll have to try these!
Thank you Margot. 🌺
Thank you pretzels are my weakness!
This looks so awesome. I can almost smell them! This recipe looks tougher for my baking skill level but saved for a future challenge!
It is a little challenging but it’s fun to make. As long as you do the 110 degree temperature the rest doesn’t really matter. Even if they don’t look great They still taste good. Thank you!
Oh yummy, these look so wonderful
Amazing! They look so good!
Thank you! 🌸
These look great. But if you don’t stop sending out all these great recipes my oven is going to burn up! 😂🤣 But I’ll give these a try anyway. My wife loves pretzels. Used to get them hot from the guy on the street corner in New York.
That’s a good excuse to buy a brand new oven! Hahaha
I must get my wife to start reading your blog!
Hahahaha or you could cook for her. 😉
Soft pretzels are one of my all time favorites! These look sooooo good. I must give these a try. 😊
They are fun to make and the family loved them. Enjoy Catherine.❤️
Soft pretzels, yum!
Thank you Camie!
I used to love the “Hot Sam” stand at the mall. One part of the mall was those Cinnabons, the other was Hot Sam pretzels and that was not even the food court. I’ve never had homemade pretzels before – wow!
The grandkids and hubby loved them. They tasted great but were too bread like for me. I like a chewy pretzel….personal preference.
I like chewy pretzels too Diane. I’ve not had one in years, but that Hot Sam’s at the mall had a line every time you walked past. I haven’t been to the mall for a few years, but I think it was Pretzel Peddler there now – you dip them in sauces or cheese I think. Hot Sam was good with or without mustard. Simple and great.
Yes the malls are the best. Our mall has Auntie Anne’s Pretzels. If you go to their store 5 minutes before closing they will fill a bag full of whatever they have left for $5.00. OK yes I have done that a couple of times…lol
Oh, I would do that too Diane! 🙂 What a deal! I’ve not seen Auntie Anne’s here, but I don’t get to the mall too much. I like the big knotted pretzels. Some of the pretzel places just have pieces which you can dip. Not really the same. 🙂
That’s what Auntie Anne’s does. They even sell them covered in cinnamon sugar, wrapped around mini hotdogs etc. They are closed now due to the virus.
I just hopped onto their website Diane. The cinnamon ones look good and I saw the hot dog bites too. That’s a great idea. Too bad they are closed though – hope they pick up steam as soon as they open again.
Yum! I love soft pretzels! <3 <3
They are so addicting aren’t they? Thank you!
Needs spicy mustard!!
I’ll take jalapeno cheese dip…lol
That’s why I like you lol!!
Looks delicious- making me hungry.
Thank you Georgetta! Gosh I love your name!
You are welcome.😊 I am named after my grandmother and aunt. Thank you so much!As a kid I hated my named because it sounded so “old”. Now, knowing why my mother named, I have come to appreciate and love my name!😊👣
Lots of work but well worth it 😉
Oh you are absolutely right. It takes a lot of time to make these and then they disappear fast…lol. I am happy making these once a year and after making them you can see why they charge so much for them at the stores. Still, I think they are fun to make and I do it when I have an entire afternoon free.
How about you make them and mail them to us!
Hahaha That is the only bad thing about homemade pretzels, they need to be eaten right away. We had some leftover and they were much better the same day they were made….but of course we still devoured them…lol
These turned out so good that they look bakery bought. You explained it very well but don’t feel it will be that easy to make. Will try for sure.( Digging the blue bowl, beautiful colour).
I hope you do try them, they are so much fun to make.Thank you for your nice comment! 💕
Thanks for sharing this recipe, Diane! I was actually looking for a recipe the other day because I had a craving for soft pretzels. I’ll definitely have to try this one out!
You’re welcome Stephanie. I think they are so much fun to make. Have fun and enjoy!
Thank you Saania!
That looks amazing 👌
Thanks so much!
I want pretzels now lol
I know what you mean I could eat these all the time!
This looks delicious 😋❤️
Thank you they really were. 💓
I love pretzels! And yours look so yummy!
You are right, who doesn’t love soft pretzels. I love mine dipped in cinnamon. Thank you for the recipe
Oh yes!!!!! That is so good. ❤
oh my gosh i totally want to try this now!! my son absolutely loves pretzels!
I made them when the grandkids were here and they all disappeared fast…loo
Soft pretzels are one of the ultimate comfort foods. My favorite complements to it are beer cheese sauce or all-beef hot dogs ).
And cinnamon sugar…..I have a sweet tooth! Lol
These look sooo good! There’s nothing like a freshly-made soft pretzel.
Now I need someone to make these for me… 😉
Right they are much better to just eat them and not have to make them…lol However, they are fun to make too.