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Soft Giant Pretzels Recipe

Soft Giant Pretzels Recipe

My husband, friends and family love these soft, chewy pretzels. Let your machine mix the dough, then all you have to do is shape and bake these fun snacks. —Sherry Peterson, Fort Collins, Colorado
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.

Nutritional Facts

1 pretzel: 193 calories, 1g fat (0 saturated fat), 0 cholesterol, 380mg sodium, 41g carbohydrate (5g sugars, 1g fiber), 5g protein.

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Kathryn User ID: 9064350 260717
Reviewed Feb. 3, 2017

"I have a question. Is the 1/2 cup of baking soda correct? Other recipes for pretzels I've looked at only call for a few teaspoons of baking soda. Just wanted to find out what the extra baking soda does.

I am going to give it five stars because I don't want to bring the rating down when I haven't made it yet, but didn't know where else to ask a question. Thanks for any help on this."

TMMiles User ID: 3140011 258374
Reviewed Dec. 20, 2016

"Wonderful recipe! My family loved them!"

mikenmarg User ID: 8582934 256993
Reviewed Nov. 19, 2016

"They taste great, but "rolling" 20" ropes didn't work too well. Maybe my dough was too stiff. Essentially, I had to squeeze and hand stretch each portion to get anywhere close to 20" long. Still a good recipe though!"

sandra_bakes_a_party User ID: 7121479 256777
Reviewed Nov. 14, 2016

"They were more soft than it looks on a photo but still nice. But they look nothing like on the photo. Doubt that I will be making them again."

ErnaEMG User ID: 7679865 256770
Reviewed Nov. 14, 2016

"Thank you, ediecz!"

JMartinelli13 User ID: 92779 249040
Reviewed Jun. 4, 2016

"I've made them both giant and mini, it's a great recipe. I love that the dough is made in the bread machine, especially since I didn't get started on these until 3:45. There isn't specific instructions on making them bite size, I rolled out my ropes and then used a pastry scraper to cut them into bite size bits. They will puff a bit in the baking soda/water solution :) Mine took almost 15 mins to get to a nice crispy golden brown and then we tossed half with butter/cinnamon sugar and half we brushed with butter and sprinkled with kosher salt :)"

ediecz User ID: 3588527 214290
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!"

mikibunny31 User ID: 7066772 106120
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."

ksandjs1 User ID: 539854 31334
Reviewed Jul. 1, 2014


kcrihfield89 User ID: 5121811 55661
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!"

jodiejaxon User ID: 1063839 80414
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."

shecooksalot User ID: 5888460 31332
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!"

kelkel_7 User ID: 2749218 124488
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."

momof29 User ID: 6105359 124487
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!!"

1275 User ID: 6324211 55660
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."

mustluvchoc User ID: 5595132 90349
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"

tnoader User ID: 5505824 49194
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!"

theresa23 User ID: 3892699 124333
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!"

vewebber58 User ID: 998755 37505
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!"

ctga3 User ID: 21343 37492
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."

tstuff User ID: 1007245 89146
Reviewed Nov. 21, 2010

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

aug2295 User ID: 4631582 31004
Reviewed Oct. 1, 2010

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

wrobelrm User ID: 1520598 124265
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 =)."

BrendainPa User ID: 861741 49192
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!"

KJ1 User ID: 1778245 90346
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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