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Soft Pretzels

These soft pretzels are the perfect salty, buttery pretzels with a soft and fluffy pretzel middle, and chewy pretzel crust. They're ready in under an hour and are a delicious salty snack.
Servings: 12
Calories: 180kcal


  • 2 1/4 tsp instant yeast (or 1 packet)
  • 1 1/2 cups warm water
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1 TBS brown sugar
  • 2 TBS melted butter
  • 4 cups all purpose flour
  • coarse sea salt

For the baking soda bath:

  • 9 cups water
  • 1/2 cup baking soda


  • Dissolve your yeast in your warm water in a large bowl. Stir together for about 1 minute until mostly combined.
  • Add in your salt, brown sugar and butter and stir everything together.
  • Add in your flour, 1 cup at a time until dough is thick and no longer sticky. Add more flour 1 TBS at a time if needed to make sure dough isn't sticky. (Poke dough with your finger, and dough should bounce back - then it is ready)
  • Lightly flour a flat surface.
  • Knead your dough for 3 minutes and form into a ball.
  • Oil a large bowl with nonstick spray and place dough in. Cover bowl with a towel and place in a warm area.
  • Allow dough ball to rest for 30 minutes.
  • Preheat the oven to 425 degrees.
  • Bring a large pot of water to boil. Add 1/2 cup baking soda to the pot.
  • Cut your dough into twelve pieces. (I did fourths, then thirds).
  • Roll each section into long ropes about 20-22 inches long.
  • Bring the two ends of the rope up toward each other then twist them around each other.
  • Fold the top back down onto the round part at the bottom to make a pretzel shape. Press the ends into the bottom.
  • Drop the pretzels carefully into the boiling water and boil for 30 seconds each.
  • Remove from water with a slotted spatula and place on a baking sheet lined with parchment or a silicone liner.
  • Sprinkle the tops with coarse sea salt.
  • Place 6 on each baking sheet.
  • Bake for 12-18 minutes until the pretzels are golden brown.
  • Remove from the oven and enjoy warm.


Calories: 180kcal | Carbohydrates: 34g | Protein: 5g | Fat: 2g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 5mg | Sodium: 1591mg | Potassium: 66mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 1g | Vitamin A: 58IU | Calcium: 12mg | Iron: 2mg