Soft Pretzel Recipe
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Soft Pretzel Recipe

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Big soft pretzels are all the rage in shopping malls across the country. I think it's worth the time to make them from scratch to get the incomparable homemade taste.
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 20 min. + rising Bake: 15 min.
MAKES:32 servings
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 20 min. + rising Bake: 15 min.
MAKES: 32 servings


  • 2 packages (1/4 ounce each) active dry yeast
  • 2 cups warm water (110° to 115°)
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 1/4 cup butter, softened
  • 2 teaspoons salt
  • 1 egg
  • 6-1/2 to 7-1/2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 egg yolk
  • 2 tablespoons cold water
  • Coarse salt

Nutritional Facts

1 each: 122 calories, 2g fat (1g saturated fat), 17mg cholesterol, 165mg sodium, 23g carbohydrate (3g sugars, 1g fiber), 3g protein


  1. In a large bowl, dissolve yeast in warm water. Add the sugar, butter, salt, egg and 2 cups flour. Beat until smooth. Stir in enough remaining flour to form a stiff dough. Place in a greased bowl, turning once to grease top. Cover and refrigerate for 2-24 hours.
  2. Punch dough down. Turn onto a lightly floured surface; divide in half. Cut each into 16 pieces. Roll each piece into a 20-in. rope. Shape into a pretzel.
  3. Place on greased baking sheets. Beat egg yolk and cold water; brush over pretzels. Sprinkle with coarse salt. Cover and let rise in a warm place until doubled, about 25 minutes.
  4. Bake at 400° for 15-20 minutes or until golden brown. Remove from pans to wire racks to cool. Yield: 32 pretzels.
Originally published as Soft Pretzels in Best of Country Breads 2000, p101

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Reviewed Nov. 2, 2014

"Super awesome pretzels. So delicious"

Reviewed Nov. 19, 2013

"I made these into ropes and instead of shaping like a pretzel, I cut the ropes into 1" pieces. Perfect size for snacks. I also shaped some ropes into pretzels as well."

Reviewed Jan. 2, 2013

"I know this sounds weird, but try this recipe for a homemade pizza crust! It's great! Thanks for the recipe!"

Reviewed Jul. 24, 2012

"Made these for years for my kids. I add a cheese sauce for dipping:8 oz. American cheese, cubed, 1 pkg. 3oz. cream cheese, 1-2T milk, l/2t. mustard. Put in micro till melted 2-3 min. stir in milk. serve w/pretzels. Great!"

Reviewed Aug. 14, 2011

"Easy and fun. I made them larger than recommended, and they were fantastic!"

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