Soft Pretzels

I made hot pretzels the other day and they disappeared in minutes.  I found this recipe at allrecipes.com.

1 pkg active dry yeast (or 2 1/2 tsp.)
2 TBS brown sugar
1 1/8 tsp sat
1 1/2 cups warm water
3 cups all purpose flour
1 cup bread flour
2 cups warm water (110 degrees)
2 TBS. baking soda
5 TBS melted butter
2 TBS coarse kosher salt
parchment paper

I used my kitchenaid mixer for this part:
In a large mixing bowl, dissolve yeast, brown sugar and salt in a 1 1/2 cups warm water.  Stir in flour, and knead dough (on a floured surface or in your mixer using kneading paddle) for about 8 minutes.  Place in a greased bowl, and turn to coat the surface.  Cover, and let rise for one hour.

Combine 2 cups warm water and baking soda in an 8" square pan.

After dough has risen, cut into 12 pieces.  Roll each piece into a 3 foot rope, pencil thin or thinner.  Twist into a pretzel shape and dip into the baking soda solution pan.  Place on parchment covered cookie sheets, and let rise for 20 minutes.

Bake at 450 for 8-10 minutes or until golden brown.  Brush (I dipped top surface into a bowl of melted butter) and sprinkle with coarse salt, garlic salt or cinnamon sugar.



  1. This is on our summer list - thanks for sharing the recipe!Your blog is always a daily must read. Thank you Sarah!

  2. wow those look delicious, and easy enough to make!

  3. Is this similar to Katrina Kenison's recipe in Mitten Strings...? fun idea.

  4. I think I'll try these tomorrow!

  5. My kids have been asking me to make pretzels for a while. I wil have to show my girls how to make these.

  6. yum!!! i'm going to add this to our summer list...i think the kids will love this!!!

  7. I haven't made these yet this summer...will have too they are always a hit over here too. Right now I'm trying to use zucchini in everything I possible can since we are being over run by them!

  8. p.s I like the dipping them in hot water vs. putting them in boiling water..I will have to try this version.

  9. have to try. i have the canned version that the dough is already prepared. this will be much more fun. :)

  10. Um, YUM!!!!!!!! Will be making these !!!!!

  11. oh, these look/sound SOOOO good! I pinned them to my 'food' pinterest board. can't wait to try to make them!! :)

    heidi @

  12. Sarah,

    Can't wait to try them!


  13. Great idea! I'm living dairy and soy free to nurse my daughter and have been eating "super pretzels" but making my own is a much better idea! Thanks for sharing.

  14. Made them yesterday with my girl. Nice and easy for a great result (we added a bit of sea salt on the wet dough before putting them in the oven).
    Thanks for sharing this with us.

  15. Great recipe, made some on Sunday with my youngest, added a bit a sea salt on the crust, really nice. Thanks for this :)