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Soft Pretzel

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 pretzels


  • 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


  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Bake at 400° for 15-20 minutes or until golden brown. Remove from pans to wire racks to cool.
Nutrition Facts
1 each: 122 calories, 2g fat (1g saturated fat), 17mg cholesterol, 165mg sodium, 23g carbohydrate (3g sugars, 1g fiber), 3g protein.
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  • bossysara
    Nov 2, 2014

    Super awesome pretzels. So delicious

  • cdnewton
    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.

  • kerrynjames
    Jan 2, 2013

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

  • kshea
    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!

  • ladybugterri
    Aug 14, 2011

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

  • alecat
    Apr 27, 2010

    This was one of the most dissapointing recipes I've ever tried. I didn't even have the heart to feed the leftovers to my critters outside!!!

  • HalfDozen
    Apr 11, 2010

    This was a super fun recipe that we made as a family. We put cinnamon sugar, garlic powder, course salt and some other toppings to mix it up. These didn't rise much in the fridge and at first I wasn't sure how they would come out since it was a bit on the dry side. We used our fingertips to lightly wet the dough to make it easier to work with and as we did that it was much easier. Sitting and waiting for the over they rose even more. The entire family wants to make these again, a lot of fun :)