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Soft Pretzel Recipe

The BEST homemade Soft Pretzel Recipe. Crispy on the outside and chewy and soft on the inside, these pretzels are perfection! Serve these pretzels with your favorite dipping sauce for the ultimate appetizer or snack!
Prep Time: 25 minutes
Cook Time: 15 minutes
Rise Time: 1 hour
Total Time: 1 hour 40 minutes
Servings: 12 servings
Author: Valentina's Corner


Pretzel dough-

  • 1 ½ cups warm water, 110°F
  • 2 ¼ tsp active dry yeast
  • 1 ½ tsp salt
  • 1 Tbsp granulated sugar
  • 3 Tbsp unsalted butter, melted
  • 4 cups all purpose flour, measured then sifted

Water bath-



Prepare Pretzel dough-

  • In a bowl, or kitchen aid bowl attachment add the sifted flour and salt and mix.
  • In a separate bowl, add the warm water, yeast, sugar, melted butter and mix. Allow to sit for about 5 minutes, allowing the yeast to activate. Pour the mixture into the flour.
  • With a kitchen aid hook attachment or by hand, knead the dough until well incorporated.
  • Cover the dough and allow it to rise for 1 hour.

Shape pretzels-

  • In a large pot bring the water and baking soda to a boil.
  • Preheat the oven to 450°F and line a large baking sheet with parchment paper.
  • Once the dough has risen, flour workspace and add the dough onto the work space. Divide the dough into 12 equal parts.
  • Roll out each piece into a 20 inch rope. Create a U shape, twist the ends twice and fold over creating a pretzel shape. Repeat will all 12 pretzels.
  • Using a large strainer spatula, add 2-3 pretzels into the water bath for 30 seconds and remove and add the baking sheet. Repeat with all the pretzels.
  • In a small bowl, combine the egg with water and using a pastry brush, brush the pretzels with the egg wash and sprinkle with coarse salt.
  • Bake the pretzels at 450°F for 14-16 minutes, or until golden and crispy.
  • Enjoy pretzels with your favorite dipping sauce.