Homemade Soft Pretzels

Homemade soft pretzels are easier to make at home than you think. So soft, so buttery, they’re better than any food chain!

Homemade Soft Pretzels - Sprinkle Some Sugar

I have a slight obsession with soft pretzels. Where ever I am, if they are being offered, there’s a good chance I’m getting one.. or three. Call it a guilty pleasure but now that I can make homemade soft pretzels that are even better than any Mall chain (Auntie Anne’s, oh how I looove you), my life is practically made.

Homemade Soft Pretzels - Sprinkle Some Sugar

These pretzels turn out perfect every time. They have a slightly chewy exterior like a good soft pretzel should, while the inside is super soft and buttery. The flavor is out of this world! I mean, they are bathed in butter as soon as they come out of the oven. This recipe is basically like hitting the jackpot. No more standing in horrendously long lines and spending a crazy amount of money on one pretzel when you can spend that amount or less and make an entire batch!

They are easier to make than you think, too! Don’t be afraid of working with yeast, it’s really very simple if you follow my directions.

Homemade Soft Pretzels - Sprinkle Some Sugar

Also, if you’d like to make these for game day or any other event that you’d like to feed more people, you can cut the ropes of dough into 1-2 inch pieces to make little soft pretzel bites! So yum.

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Homemade Soft Pretzels

Yield: 8 soft pretzels

Ingredients:

2 1/4 tsp active dry yeast (1 standard packet)
1 cup warm water
1 tbs unsalted butter, melted
1 tsp sugar
1 tsp salt
3 cups all-purpose flour + up to 3/4 cup more if needed
2 cups water
4 tbs baking soda
1 tbs coarse salt, for sprinkling on top
6 tbs salted butter, melted

Instructions:

Preheat oven to 475 degrees and line a large baking sheet or two baking sheets with parchment paper.

Combine yeast with warm water and sugar in the bowl of your stand mixer fitted with hook attachment. Once mixture becomes "frothy" your yeast is ready. Stir in salt and 1 tbs of melted butter. Add flour 1 cup at a time until a dough forms and is no longer sticky. You may need more or less depending on temperature differences. If you press your finger into the dough and it bounces back, it's ready to knead. Knead dough for 5 more minutes until smooth and pliable. Form dough into a ball and place it back into the bowl to rest for 15 minutes. During this time, prepare baking soda bath.

In a medium sized pot, boil 2 cups of water with 4 tbs of baking soda. Once the baking soda is mostly dissolved, take mixture off heat and allow it to come down to a lukewarm temperature. Pour into a 9x9 baking dish once cooled down.

At this time, 15 minutes of dough resting time should be up. Take dough out of the bowl and flatten slightly with the palm of your hand. Cut dough into 8 sections (like a pizza). Roll each triangle into a long rope, about 19-20 inches long. Shape dough into pretzel shape and place in baking soda bath for 2 minutes. If the whole pretzel isn't covered by the water, spoon it on top of the areas is doesn't reach. Once the 2 minutes is up, carefully pick pretzel up either by your hand or with the help of a fork and place on prepared baking sheet. You may have to re-shape slightly. Sprinkle the pretzel with coarse salt while still wet (optional). Repeat these steps until all 8 pretzels are prepared and on the baking sheet(s).

Bake pretzels for 8-9 minutes or until golden brown. Immediately from the oven, brush (heavily) with 6 tbs of melted butter.

These homemade soft pretzels are best served hot and fresh out of the oven but will keep for about 2 days stored at room temperature in an airtight container. Pop them in the microwave and they're good as new!

http://www.sprinklesomesugar.com/homemade-soft-pretzels/

Recipe slightly adapted from King Arthur Flour.

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Comments

  1. Denise says

    I love pretzels I did not know that it could be so easy to make. I am going to try it for my Super Bowl party. I think it will be a great thing for my guests.

  2. says

    Yum these look amazing! I love trying new recipes and I’ve never made these so this could be a fun one to try! I don’t think that I’ve ever eaten a soft pretzel either! I may have to change that, because this looks so good!

  3. says

    Your pretzels look amazing! I have a bit of a pretzel addiction and love getting one at the mall when we go! This could be dangerous being able to make these at home!! I bet you could wrap the dough around a hot dog as well for game day!

  4. says

    What a yummy looking collection of recipes! Now I really want to start cooking. I’ve never made pretzels before, but your instructions give me confidence. Hopefully I can pull them off! My family will be excited.

  5. says

    I’m not huge into salty “junk” food. But I do have a soft spot for soft salty pretzels, especially from those mall kiosks. Oh, and movie popcorn. Top on my priority list when I go see a movie.

    I better not read the recipe and see how easy it is to make it, because then I’D make it for my husband and I. Omg imagine making MINI pretzels. Okay, so then we’d make them all the time, and grow big ol’ bellies.

    Okay. Maybe once. Maybe I”ll make it once. They look SO freaking good.

    Sorry, that was a bit much. Lol.

  6. says

    I love soft pretzels and your food photography is incredible! You do an awesome job capturing each mouthwatering pretzel. What is so great about this recipe is that you can easily customize it with say, coarse sugar, cinnamon, anything your heart desires. What a perfect addition to any party and keep up the fantastic recipes!

    • Jessica says

      Thank you so much for your kind words!! Yes, exactly! I haven’t tried cinnamon sugar, but it is definitely on my must-make list for the near future – I’m sure it would be amazing!

        • Jessica says

          Yes, you can. On King Arthur Flour’s website where this recipe originated, they state, “To make dough with a bread machine: Place all of the dough ingredients into the pan of your bread machine, program the machine for dough or manual, and press Start. Allow the dough to proceed through its kneading cycle (no need to let it rise), then cancel the machine, flour the dough, and give it a rest in a plastic bag, as instructed above.”

  7. says

    I may also have a slight obsession with soft pretzels. I’m attracted just by the aroma and looking at these pictures now make my mouth water. Your recipe seems easy to follow. I will try to make them myself this weekend!

  8. says

    Your picture of this makes it looks so perfect I am seriously doubting I could do as good of a job as you. The older I get the more I love salty taste and this looks so delish I would love to attempt to make it. I am pinned this for future references just to see my attempt of if I can be successful of making it…thanks for the inspiration!

  9. Michelle Hwee says

    Wow these look so delicious! I love soft pretzels but never really gave it much thought to making my own. Yours are perfected cooked and baked! I always was fascinated by the loop of pretzels. I would love to make my own one day, thanks for sharing this great recipe!

  10. says

    The pretzels look amazing and delicious. They look like something I may try to have for our super bowl party. I’ll have to do a test run first though, mine never come out as pretty as pictures Thank you for the recipe!

    • Jessica says

      I use my Kitchen Aid fitted with the dough hook attachment but I have done it by hand also for this recipe, it just takes a bit longer to get a perfectly smooth and pliable.

    • Jessica says

      I’ve never tried myself so I can’t say for sure, but I think they will be fine to freeze! I would allow the ones you want to freeze to cool completely, then transfer them to individual, freezer-safe zip-loc bags and then freeze them like that. When it comes time to thaw them, just take them out of the freezer, preheat oven to correct temperature and bake for 5-10 minutes until they are done (in their frozen state). Hope this helps, Amanda. Enjoy!! I need to make myself a batch of these, I’m long overdue!

  11. maggie says

    I have tried twice making pretzels and i give up. They stick to the wax paper, and are hard. Is there a trick to this.

    • Jessica says

      Wax paper is not recommended for baking as it can melt or ignite in the oven at such a high temperature which could be why your pretzels are sticking. I have never tried baking with wax paper, so I am unsure that is just my guess. I would use parchment paper instead. Have you tried my recipe or you just are talking about making pretzels in general?

      • Jessie says

        Your guess is absolutely correct! You can’t bake with wax paper exposed. I’m trying this recipe right now! so excited!

          • Sherrie says

            I am wondering if maybe I soaked them in the water and baking soda to long because they had a funny taste to them?

          • Jessica says

            Very odd. I’ve never had this problem before. Perhaps you kept them in the baking soda bath a little too long?

  12. Sarit says

    I just made these and they were delicious! I used margarine instead of butter, because I didn’t want it to be dairy. It was pretty quick and simple. I don’t have a Kitchen Aid, so I kneaded it by hand. They were just what I needed! Absolutely delicious and perfect with yellow mustard. The best homemade pretzels I’ve every had! Thanks for the recipe.

    • Jessica says

      Awesome!! I give you credit for kneading it all by hand, lol! Thanks so much for letting me know they turned out well for you!

  13. Yumm says

    Thanks for your sharing your yummy recipe. I just made a batch and they turned out great. The only thing I’m not sure about is the baking soda bath. Seems like an awful lot of baking soda for the amount of water? Mine Dissolved but then recrystallised as it cooled and seemed to give the bottom of the pretzels a bitter salty taste… I ate right past it though!

    • Jessica says

      It does seem like a lot of baking soda, but in my experience and research that’s how much is needed to create the beautiful golden chewy exterior. I’ve never had a bitter salty taste, perhaps you kept them in a little too long? Either way, I’m happy you loved them anyway!

      • Johnnie says

        This is the worst pretzel recipe! None of your directions make any sense! No dough rises in 15 mins! 5 mins to knead the dough *scoff* now my pretzel taste like shit and are tough! Thanks for nothing! You tube had better instructions and made it easy to understand and make a good pretzel. You should delete this its very misleading.

        • Jessica says

          I’m sorry you feel that way! If you had read the instructions correctly, it says for the pretzel dough to *rest* for 15 minutes, not rise. There is no need for the dough to rise. As for the kneading, yes, once the dough comes together, you knead for five minutes UNLESS you are kneading by hand. The instructions for kneading are for using a stand mixer fitted with a dough hook, I do not have instructions for making the recipe by hand. Also, before any recipe, especially one that uses yeast, you should always read the instructions one time fully before attempting so you have all the steps in order. Maybe you should have read the instructions more carefully or had someone read them for you because the instructions are pretty straight forward. Sorry you didn’t enjoy the pretzels. Have a great night, Johnnie.

          • Johnnie says

            Im sorry. You’re correct. I was pretty fucking drunk when I attempted to make your pretzels. I could of been wasted but they ended up being amazing. I actually did make them by hand because I didnt have a dough hook. But, all was good!

  14. Amy says

    Made your recipe today. They look great and it was pretty easy but also had a weird baking soda taste to them. I followed the recipe to a T. Timed exactly 2 minutes and used exactly 2 C water with 6 TBSP baking soda. Wondering what i can do to not get that taste. My kids still want to eat them but I can’t gag down the baking soda.

    • Jessica says

      Hmm, I don’t understand why this is happening to so many people! I have made these numerous times along with some readers in the comments below with no issues – very frustrating! I’m very sorry that this happened to your pretzels and I am going to edit the recipe to have the baking soda read 4 tablespoons instead of 6, that will get rid of the baking soda after-taste that you guys are getting and still be enough to give the pretzels a beautiful brown color. Again, I’m very sorry and I hope you give these pretzels another chance because they are so delicious!

      • natalie says

        Yes I actually saw the recipe called for 4 tbs and then in the recipe it said 6 so I thought I would look down comments to see and sure enough, I am definitely not putting 6 tbs in!
        In the process of making them now, can’t wait to eat them

      • Lisa says

        FYI – you updated the ingredients to 4 tbs of baking soda but the instructions still refer to 6. May want to make that consistent, thanks!

  15. says

    Hi there! I just wanted to let you know that this is by far my favorite pretzel recipe. I made these last night and quickly realized that I should have made a double batch. I’m pretty new to the blogging world, and am not sure how this all really works. But wanted to see if I could use your dough recipe for my pretzel post, I’m featuring several different flavor combinations, and this dough is much easier to make than some of the other recipes I use. I would obviously link back to you. Please let me know, Thanks!

    • Jessica says

      Thanks so much, I’m so happy you love this recipe as much as we do! That is totally fine with me that you use this recipe.

  16. Michelle says

    I just made these and yum yum YuuuuuuM! So good! I dipped in cheese dip. Tastes just like the mall pretzels and they are so easy and not all time consuming! So good! Excellent!

  17. Morgan says

    I just tried these tonight, they are awesome! You’re right, they taste JUST like those soft pretzels from the mall. I made some with cinnamon sugar on them–new favorite. After a few more batches I think I’ll be a pro, thanks for the recipe!

    • Jessica says

      Cinnamon sugar sounds so good!! I’ve only always stuck to making the traditional salt pretzels because they’re my favorite but I think I need to give cinnamon sugar a go next time! I’m glad you loved the pretzels, Morgan!

      • Connie Phelps says

        I love the soft pretzels at the mall, and the cinnamon sugar ones are a really good dipped in a chocolate fudge dip. Be sure and try that when you make them. I’m going to try your recipe, I have grandchildren who love getting soft pretzels at the mall. Now they will love it when Grammy makes them!

        • Jessica says

          Aw, how adorable! Your grandkids will love them for sure! I STILL haven’t tried cinnamon sugar and I so need to. Sounds so delicious dipped in chocolate!!

  18. says

    Jessica these were so good! I was afraid to make them. But I did ! Was so easy. The only problem I had was they stuck to the parchment paper! How do I prevent this? Thank you so much.

    • Jessica says

      I’m glad you loved my pretzels, Danielle! Hmm, my pretzels usually stick slightly but they’ll come right off. Maybe next time just grease the parchment very lightly and that should do the trick!

  19. Shawna says

    These are beautiful! I’ve tried baking pretzels with varying success but I haven’t given up yet. I’ve never seen a recipe that specified turning off the water after it came to a boil. As I think this is the step where I usually mess up (I think the water boils off and creates a stronger baking soda taste) I’m excited to give this method of cooled water a try. I’ll be attempting some pretzel “bites.” Wish me luck!

  20. Tina says

    These were delicious and so easy to make!!! Took less than 45mins! The kids were able to help and it was a fun family cooking adventure!! The pretzels came out perfect and were so great! I’m always nervous trying recipes out I find online but these we will be making again! Thank you!!

    • Jessica says

      You can absolutely make it by hand. Add ingredients to a large bowl as they are stated in the instructions for a stand mixer and instead stir with a spoon until a dough forms. Flour your hands and a surface very well and knead the heck out of it! Prepare for an arm workout.

  21. says

    I totally made these for my family tonight. They really are delicious. Mine definitely were not as attractive as yours turned out, but my husband was raving out how good they were. Thank you so much for sharing the recipe. It was easy enough that I WILL be making them again.

  22. Dagmar says

    I’m dutch and I found your recipe on pinterest. I made just half the recipe this afternoon, but after I tasted these i regret making half the recipe. They are delicious. I put some garlic, smoked pepper, chili powder and parmesan cheese to make a pizza topping and they’re even better than the ‘normal’. I’m actally making these agian tomorrow =)
    X

  23. Katie says

    This recipe was amazing! They are better than all of the mall pretzels and any other soft pretzels we’ve ever bought. They turned out just like the picture and were mouth watering! Thank you for the great recipe. We added cinnamon sugar on top of a couple of them and omitted the salt on top and they were delicious like this too! My kids and I will be making this recipe many more times for many more years to come! A new family favorite

  24. debbie ierano says

    thank you so much for the great recipe! I made these this morning. they were easy to make and came out perfectly on the first try! that doesn’t always happen : ))

  25. Jesamie says

    Thank you for this recipe! These are better than mall pretzels. I have tried several different soft pretzel recipes that involve long rising times and they were no where close to the fluffy insides/browned outsides that these have. I love them! I made myself sick eating 4 of them!

  26. Wife & Mom United States Marine Corps says

    Aren’t you cute: “…but will keep for 2 days…” In December 2015 I stayed 5 weeks with my son and dil for the birth of their second child. Her mom was with us, too. I made one batch as Pretzel Balls and they were gone in no time. Hubby joined us for my last 10 days there. I made 2 DOUBLE batches (of the ball shapes) while he was with us. IF there were any left 24 hours later it was because my husband and son disciplined themselves harshly to leave a few “for later”! These are absolutely delightful. Later, back at home, I made them in pretzel stick shapes with vanilla added to the dough and rolled them in cinnamon sugar for backing. I have been instructed by my children that I could make these every day! Thank you so much for sharing the recipe!

  27. Katie says

    HI,

    I just made these today for my grand kids after school snack. I have to say, I have made pretzels before and I have put them in the boiling soda water for about 30 sec so was concerned that these were a little different. Well let me tell you, THIS is the way I’m doing them now! Ok I have to be honest, I have a terrible head cold so I can’t taste or smell… but my husband can’t stay out of them. I’m like “how do they smell?” well he just couldn’t say enough. Getting a little cheese wiz for the kids to dip. Can’t wait until I can taste them too!

  28. says

    I was having some serious PMS cravings and this was the first recipe that popped up on Pinterest in my search for soft pretzels. I had another recipe that I really wasn’t fond of – it was a lot of work and the pretzels never tasted right. Whipped these up in about 45 minutes and enjoyed (gasp) TWO of them for lunch with homemade cheese sauce. Forbidding myself from going back into the kitchen so there are some left when everyone else gets home this afternoon…

    Thanks for the delicious recipe!

    • Jessica says

      Haha!! I know how those pregnancy cravings strike and they need to be curbed immediately!! So glad you enjoyed the pretzels, Deb!

  29. says

    These look amazing! I can’t wait to try them at home. I love pretzels, but I live in Norway and noone sells them here, and I miss Auntie Anne’s! Thank you for sharing

  30. Tina says

    Hi! My kids eat a soft pretzel every night before bed. Have you tried making a batch and freezing them? Thanks!!!

    • Jessica says

      I have not tried freezing them, but I did a little research for you and it looks like the best method to do this is to bake them the full amount of time, cool completely and freeze. I would place them all separated on a parchment-lined baking sheet first and allow them to freeze completely individually before sticking them in a freezer bag so they don’t stick together. Thaw them and reheat in the oven at 400 degrees. Let me now if you try it out!

  31. Gracey says

    I tried this recipe and it turned out amazing!!! Whenever i have the craving for a pretzel i can just pull one out of the frezer and heat it up!! The pretzels are both delicious right out of the oven or reheated!!! I will definatly be using this recipe in the future!!❤️

  32. Donna says

    Awesomeness…..thank you….I made these for my Grandchildren…they loved it…easy to follow recipe…on point ….we made cinnamon sugar …dipped our warm pretzels in butter then the mixture..thanks for sharing got it from Pinterest !

  33. Leanne says

    I literally just made these and have scoffed two already! I am so shocked at how well they have turned out!! Like, I made these and they’re better than any I’ve ever had! Thank you so much for the recipe!

  34. Kyra Dorey says

    Hi I would love to make these today, however I don’t have a stand mixer with hook attachment all I have is a small handheld electric mixer. Would that work or even just a fork to beat it
    Thanks

  35. Beth says

    I am so gonna make these, wonder how cinnamon / sugar would be instead of salt? Can’t wait to try this recipe!!

    • Jessica says

      Delicious!! If you scroll through the comments you’ll see many readers have made them this way also and they raved about them!

  36. Stephanie says

    I just made these and they are AMAZING!!! I added cinnamon and sugar to half…4 out of 4 kids loved them!!!! We frequent our local soft pretzel place weekly and these are better, HANDS DOWN!!!!! Making them with Beer Cheese for an adult get together this weekend. Thank You

  37. Tracie Gauthier says

    This is an easy fantastic recipe!!!!! I have tried to make pretzel’s before and they were very dense and dry, this recipe is the bomb!!!!!!! Taste like the pretzel’s you get at mall!!! What is the purpose of soaking them in the warm baking soda water for 2 min before baking???? They stuck to the was paper out of the oven should I have sprayed with cooking spray first????? Thanks for sharing this yummy recipe!!!

    • Jessica says

      Hey Tracie, I’m so happy you loved these pretzels!! Soaking them in the warm backing soda bath gives the pretzels that nice golden brown chewy crust on the outside. As for the sticking, was that a typo and you meant to type wax? If so, you never, ever want to use wax paper in the oven. That is the reason they stuck. Use parchment paper instead – no need to grease it, they will just pop off. Hope this helped!

  38. Tara says

    I have made this recipe about 9 billion times now, and it is the best I have found! They freeze well (when there is any left over) and it is seriously an “oops proof” recipe. For those of you who are wondering, as long as you get the ingredients and portions correct, these will turn out just fine. Its my go to for slumber parties, football games, and my job working 12 hour shifts. Thank you sooooooo sooooooo much!

  39. Odelia says

    These were remarkable!! Super quick and they didn’t last three hours before getting eaten up! Thank you!

  40. Amy T says

    I made these yesterday with my kids. They turned out great! Thanks for posting this recipe. Next time I use it, I think I will top them with garlic butter. Everything is better with garlic!

  41. Brittany says

    Hey Jessica, all I’ve got is a hand mixer, will this recipe still work? I’m thinking I’ll need to enlist my boyfriend to help in certain parts, but besides that will the recipe more or less turn out like yours?

    • Jessica says

      Sorry about the late reply! A hand mixer wouldn’t work very well, I would probably just use your hands in a large bowl.

  42. Kelly Meyers says

    Made these tonight as a snack but then decided they would work for dinner too! Delicious! Thanks for the recipe! We will be making these again…and again!

  43. marie says

    hi jessica, my pretzels look, smell and feel great, but the taste is terribly and unusually yeasty (tastes like the smell of raw yeast). any ideas what i could try next time or what i did wrong?

  44. Chandra says

    Tried this recipe for the first time tonight and fell immediately in love with how easy and delicious they turned out. My only complaint is after I brushed them with butter the bottoms got a bit soggy. Have you tried putting them on cooling rack and if so does It help with the sogginess. And could I make 4 segments of the dough and make larger pretzels? Would the soak and bake time be the same. Thanks for sharing the amazing recipe

    • Jessica says

      Yay! I’ve never experienced the bottoms being soggy, but after baking you can absolutely put them on a cooling rack, this may elevate the sogginess you noticed. You can definitely make larger pretzels. The soak time will be the same but the bake time would just be a few minutes more, I’d just watch them carefully to be sure! Thanks Chandra!

  45. Haley says

    These were so easy and so delicious! I just finished making them with my 2 year old daughter and we are obsessed!!! She made some fun shapes and we made regular pretzels, bites and sticks. They all taste amazing, I can’t believe how easy it was!

    • Jessica says

      Aw, that makes me so happy! I’m glad you guys got to spend time in the kitchen together making these pretzels. I may do this with my 3 year old.

  46. Reece says

    I I am in the middle of making these pretzels right now. Some of the other recipes I look that called for an hour or two of resting time for the dough to rise. Is the 15 minutes of resting time for the bread to rise because mine did not and I’m waiting a little longer what should I do

  47. harmony says

    Hi, I’ve used this recipe multiple times with great success. We are going to use it this weekend and I think we are going to shape them like Mickey heads and pumpkin shapes for our Halloween party. Anyway, the question I have is: how long can I let the dough sit before starting the soaking and baking process? They taste so good fresh out of the oven that I try to avoid reheating them. I’m hoping to start the dough at home, then take them to the party and bake them there. Is this possible?

    • Jessica says

      Sorry about the late response, Harmony. That sounds adorable! I think you’d be fine preparing the pretzels at home, placing them on the pan. Then at the party I’d do the baking soda soak and bake there.

  48. Melissa Hudgins says

    In the recipe it has 2 different melted butter ingredients but when i am to add the butter the recipe does not say which one to add.

  49. Natasha says

    Hi! A quick question regarding the step that involves mixing the flour into the dough– is it supposed to be very flaky for a while before becoming one big ball (when using the mixer with the hook I mean)? I mixed mine in the mixer for about five minutes and it wouldn’t make a ball. thank you in advance!

    • Jessica says

      That probably happened because you added too much flour. Next time try adding a little less and see if that works for you.

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