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Chewy Soft Pretzels

These homemade pretzels never last long around our house. My kids love to make them…and eat them! I serve them to company with a variety of dips, such as pizza sauce, ranch dressing, spinach dip or hot mustard. —Elvira Martens, Aldergrove, British Columbia
  • Total Time
    Prep: 1 hour + rising Bake: 15 min.
  • Makes
    1 dozen


  • 1 package (1/4 ounce) active dry yeast
  • 1-1/2 cups warm water (110° to 115°)
  • 1 tablespoon sugar
  • 2 teaspoons salt
  • 4 to 4-1/4 cups all-purpose flour
  • 8 cups water
  • 1/2 cup baking soda
  • 1 large egg, lightly beaten
  • Optional toppings: kosher salt, sesame seeds, poppy seeds and grated Parmesan cheese


  • Dissolve yeast in warm water. In a large bowl, combine sugar, salt, yeast mixture and 2 cups flour; beat on medium speed until smooth. Stir in enough remaining flour to form a stiff dough.
  • Turn dough onto a floured surface; knead until smooth and elastic, about 5 minutes. Place in a greased bowl, turning once to grease the top. Cover with plastic wrap; let rise in a warm place until doubled, about 1 hour.
  • Punch down dough; divide and shape into 12 balls. Roll each into an 18-in. rope; shape into a pretzel.
  • Preheat oven to 425°. Place water and baking soda in a large saucepan; bring to a boil. Place pretzels, one at a time, in boiling water for 30 seconds. Remove; drain on paper towels.
  • Place on greased baking sheets. Brush with egg; top as desired. Bake until golden brown, 12-14 minutes. Remove from pans to wire racks; serve warm.
Nutrition Facts
1 pretzel: 164 calories, 1g fat (0 saturated fat), 16mg cholesterol, 400mg sodium, 33g carbohydrate (1g sugars, 1g fiber), 5g protein.
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  • jetluvs2cook
    Dec 12, 2018

    Love soft pretzels dipped in cheese sauce!

  • kmandres13
    Dec 16, 2013

    Wonderful. However I was terrible at making the Pretzel shape. So instead I called them Christmas wreaths. I could get away with that considering the season!!! On a few I added garlic and Parm cheese. On a few others I added cinnamon and sugar!!!

  • jms_surprise
    Feb 1, 2012

    These are great! We even par-boiled and then froze them, thawed to room temp and then egg washed and baked....turned out great! We are doing 3 batches for the Super Bowl this Sunday!

  • blininger1
    Jan 30, 2012

    easy and fun to make and good to eat!

  • wvmountaineer
    Jan 2, 2012

    Just made this and it's so amazing do exactly as it says and you won't have a problem my family loved it.

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  • sreagin
    Jan 2, 2012

    So much fun and easy to do. My 7 yo grandson and I made these over Christmas break. Everyone raved about them. You must try these!

  • kbundick
    Dec 21, 2011

    Very easy to make and super, super yummy!!! I need to double it next time.

  • crob
    Dec 17, 2011

    question? would love to try this recipe....was wondering can u boil the pretzels a few hours ahead before baking? sorry if this sounds like a crazy question, but hoping for great results for my first dough experience! :)

  • jawjawme
    Dec 17, 2011

    I make bagels a lot. this recipe was great. the 8 cups of water was for boiling ,not in dough