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Soft Giant Pretzels Recipe

Soft Giant Pretzels Recipe

"My husband, friends and family love these soft, chewy pretzels," reports Sherry Peterson of Fort Collins, Colorado. "Let your machine mix the dough, then all you have to do is shape and bake these fun snacks."
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 20 min. + rising Bake: 10 min. YIELD:8 servings


  • 1 cup plus 2 tablespoons water (70° to 80°)
  • 3 cups all-purpose flour
  • 3 tablespoons brown sugar
  • 1-1/2 teaspoons active dry yeast
  • 2 quarts water
  • 1/2 cup baking soda
  • Coarse salt


  • 1. In bread machine pan, place the first four ingredients in order suggested by manufacturer. Select dough setting (check dough after 5 minutes of mixing; add 1 to 2 tablespoons water or flour if needed).
  • 2. When cycle is completed, turn dough onto a lightly floured surface. Divide dough into eight balls. Roll each into a 20-in. rope; form into pretzel shape.
  • 3. Preheat oven to 425°. In a large saucepan, bring water and baking soda to a boil. Drop pretzels into boiling water, two at a time; boil for 10-15 seconds. Remove with a slotted spoon; drain on paper towels.
  • 4. Place pretzels on greased baking sheets. Bake until golden brown, 8-10 minutes. Spritz or lightly brush with water. Sprinkle with salt. Yield: 8 pretzels.

Reviews for Soft Giant Pretzels

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Reviewed Dec. 7, 2014

"So I don't have a bread maker. No big deal. Mix first four ingredients, knead for 5 minutes and let rise in covered bowl for an hour. It is SO WORTH IT!"

Reviewed Jul. 17, 2014

"Perfect! Delicious and easy to get the hang of. Better than having to drive all the way to a mall for a pretzel."

Reviewed Jul. 1, 2014


Reviewed Feb. 18, 2014

"I don't use a bread machine to make the dough, just my Kitchen-Aid mixer, and these turn out great!"

Reviewed Jul. 3, 2013

"I tried this recipe for the first time two days ago and my family has already asked me to make it again."

Reviewed Feb. 16, 2013

"These were so easy to make. I loved that I could just whip up the dough in the bread machine. We made these for a Valentine's day treat and made them heart shaped. I let the kids put whatever topping they wanted and they were so yummy! They've already requested them again!"

Reviewed Jan. 22, 2013

"so easy! Tasted like the ones I bought in NYC! Living in northern Canada I don't get to NY often, so it was great to have that flavor again. I agree with other posters, put salt on before baking."

Reviewed Feb. 13, 2012

"The boys helped me make the pretzels. I was amazed at just how forgiving the dough is! This is undoubtedly the best pretzel recipe we have ever had here, and we have 13+ kids!!"

Reviewed Jan. 14, 2012

"I was prompted to try this recipe when I found the reviews saying they were great. Well, they were! They were a snap to make and tasted great! Try using a spatula to remove the pretzels from the water. The one problem I did have was that the salt would not stick on the pretzels, even with a sprinkling of water. Next time I might try putting the salt on before baking. Otherwise, I would definitely recommend and I will be making this recipe again."

Reviewed Sep. 19, 2011

"I was so excited when i came across this recipe, my daughter loves pretzels. when we lived in CA we always got them at the mall, now we live in japan she misses our treat. i am so pleased that we can now make these treats together, much more fun :) thank you all so much"

Reviewed Sep. 15, 2011

"These were very tasty. Tastes like the vendors only fresher! I took the advice of another and put the salt on before I baked. Turned out good. Next time I may try putting on pizza sauce. I tripled the recipe as I have a family of 10. Quick and yummy!"

Reviewed Aug. 29, 2011

"These are awesome! Loved letting my bread machine do the work, and then my little boy and I had fun making them into shapes. I brushed them with beaten egg and rolled them in cinnamon/sugar. Can't wait to make them again!"

Reviewed May. 2, 2011

"Yum!!!!!!!! I made these this son and I pigged down three apiece for a snack, and it was all we could do to save a couple for my daughter for when she gets home. I'm already getting requests to make then again from my son. I do think I'll make them smaller and make more of them the next time. Now I'm too full of pretzels to want any dinner!"

Reviewed Mar. 28, 2011

"These were easy and fun to make, it was fun putting them in the water. I made smaller pretzels to make the last longer. My son and his friends loved them. They were just as good the next day when we heated them up. My son is bugging to make them again."

Reviewed Nov. 21, 2010

"They were great! I will make these again for sure."

Reviewed Oct. 1, 2010

"These were good! I put Kosher salt after boiling but before baking so it baked right in."

Reviewed Apr. 28, 2010

"This is the best homemade soft pretzel recipe I've tried yet! they come out great every time and my kids love them! We've successfully made them into smaller pretzels, too, so that the kids feel like they are getting more pretzels even though they are just smaller =)."

Reviewed Sep. 11, 2009

"Very,very good! We brushed some w/melted butter & rolled in cinn. sugar mixture too. Wow! Kids were disappointed that the recipe only made 8!"

Reviewed Sep. 15, 2008

"These are the best!!! I've tried them once before and am fixin' to try em' again!! I've successfully made them gluten free as well."

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