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two soft pretzels on a white plate
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How to Make Homemade Soft Pretzels

These Homemade Soft Pretzels have the same gorgeous golden color as the ones at the pretzel stand, and taste 100 times better!
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  • 1 ⅓ cups warm water 110 ℉
  • 3 ½ teaspoons active dry yeast
  • 1 teaspoon sugar
  • 2 tablespoons melted butter divided
  • 3 ½ cups all purpose flour up to ¼ cup additional flour may be needed
  • ¼ cup brown sugar
  • 1 teaspoon table salt
  • 2 ¼ cups water
  • ¼ cup baking soda
  • ½ tablespoon coarse salt


  • In a small bowl or measuring cup, dissolve yeast and 1 teaspoon sugar in warm water and let sit for 5 minutes until frothy.
  • Mix flour, brown sugar, and table salt in a mixer. Add yeast mixture and one tablespoon melted butter and stir with dough hook.
  • Add up to ¼ cup of additional flour one tablespoon at a time until you can touch the dough without it sticking to your fingers. Knead with the mixer on low for 8 minutes.
  • Form dough into a ball and place in a lightly greased bowl. Cover with a damp tea towel and let rise in a warm place for one hour.
  • While dough is rising, prepare soda water bath by mixing 2 ¼ cups of water with baking soda in a small saucepan.
  • Preheat oven to 400 ℉. Cover baking sheets with parchment paper and spray with cooking oil.
  • Punch dough down and form into a ball. Cut into 16 equal pieces. Keep the pieces that you aren’t working with covered with the damp cloth to avoid drying out. Roll each piece into a 24 inch snake and form into a pretzel shape.
  • Heat baking soda and water to a boil and reduce heat to low. One at a time, place the pretzel into the soda bath for 30 seconds. Remove with a slotted spatula and blot excess water on a tea towel. Place pretzel on prepared baking sheets.
  • Brush pretzels with melted butter and sprinkle with coarse salt. Bake at 400℉ for 8-10 minutes or until golden brown.


Nutrition Information:

Calories: 135kcal (7%)Carbohydrates: 26g (9%)Protein: 4g (8%)Fat: 2g (3%)Saturated Fat: 1g (5%)Cholesterol: 4mg (1%)Sodium: 893mg (37%)Potassium: 59mg (2%)Fiber: 1g (4%)Sugar: 4g (4%)Vitamin A: 44IU (1%)Calcium: 9mg (1%)Iron: 1mg (6%)