soft homemade pretzels

Easy Soft Pretzel Recipe

5 from 5 reviews

You can have chewy, soft pretzels at home, anytime the craving calls. No need to head to the shopping mall for your favorite salty treat. This homemade pretzel recipe is a keeper.

  • Prep Time: 1 hour
  • Cook Time: 10 min
  • Total Time: 1 hour 10 minutes

Yield: 8


  • 1 1/2 cups warm water (110-115F)
  • 2 TB white sugar
  • 1 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1 package active dry yeast
  • 4 1/2 cups flour
  • 3/4 stick salted butter, melted
  • canola, olive, or vegetable oil
  • 2/3 cup baking soda, mixed in 10 cups of water
  • 2 egg yolks and 1 TB water, beaten together
  • Optional Toppings:  coarse sea salt, butter, mustard, cheese, cinnamon sugar, parmesan, etc.


  1. Combine first 4 ingredients in large bowl, mixing it in a little. Let sit until mixture foams.  Add flour and butter. Mix until combined, by hand or stand mixer.
  2. Knead until dough is smooth and no longer sticks to bowl (about 5 min).  Put dough into well oiled bowl and turn dough so it is oiled on all surface areas.
  3. Cover with damp towel and set in warm place for 1 hour, or until doubled in size.The actual time it takes to double depends, of course, on the temperature. If the room is cool, I set my dough in the oven, with only the light turned on. If you do that, just make sure you remove the dough before preheating oven. 
  4. Preheat oven to 450F.  Line cookie sheets with parchment paper, and grease paper with oil.
  5. Bring baking soda and 10-cup water mixture to a boil in large pan.
  6. Divide dough into 8 equal pieces.  Roll out each one into a 1 1/2 – 2 ft rope.  Lightly oil working surface if needed.
  7. Making a U-shape with rope, cross the ends over each other and form pretzel shape.  Press ends tightly in, so they don’t come apart while baking.
  8. One at a time, carefully lift and place each pretzel into boiling water for just 30 seconds. This gives it that wonderful outer texture.
  9. Return to parchment-lined pan. Brush tops of pretzels with egg/water mixture.  If desired, sprinkle lightly with coarse salt. Bake 9-10 minor until golden brown.
  10. Remove from oven and brush with butter, if desired. Sprinkle desired toppings onto pretzels. Cool on rack a few minutes before taking a bite.  


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  • Serving Size: 1
  • Calories: 351
  • Sugar: 1.3 g
  • Sodium: 5542.1 mg
  • Fat: 10.4 g
  • Carbohydrates: 55.1 g
  • Protein: 8.2 g
  • Cholesterol: 68.9 mg
  • Author: Chew Out Loud
  • Category: Bread
  • Method: baking
  • Cuisine: American
  • Diet: Vegetarian

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