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Homemade Soft Pretzels

If you love a giant, delicious & chewy pretzel you will fall in love with these Homemade Soft Pretzels. Great for parties, tailgating snacks, BBQ’s & more.
Course Appetizer, Snack
Cuisine American
Keyword pretzel
Prep Time 30 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Total Time 40 minutes
Servings 8 pretzels
Author Gina Kleinworth


  • tsp dry active yeast or one packet
  • 1 cup warm water 115 degrees is about perfect
  • 1 tbsp butter- melted
  • 1 tsp granulated sugar
  • 1 tsp table salt
  • 3 cups all-purpose flour
  • cups water
  • 5 tbsp baking soda
  • 2 tsp coarse salt for sprinkling on top


  • Preheat the oven to 475 degrees.
  • Line a large baking sheet with parchment & set aside.
  • Combine the yeast, sugar & 1 cup warm water in a mixer bowl & let it sit until it becomes frothy.
  • Once proofed, add in the melted butter & salt.
  • Turn on the mixer, using the dough hook attachment, add in flour, one cup at a time & allow the hook to combine the ingredients until the dough comes together & is pulling all pieces away from the sides.
  • You can continue to let the mixer knead the dough for an additional 5 minutes but I like to do this part by hand. Knead 5 minutes or until smooth stretchy.
  • Place the dough back into the bowl to rest for 15 minutes.
  • Prepare the water bath by combining the 2½ cups of water & baking soda in a medium saucepan & bringing to a boil over med/high heat.
  • Once the baking soda is almost completely dissolved, remove & let cool.
  • Take the dough out of the bowl & flatten slightly.
  • Cut into 8 even pieces & roll each to 15-19 inch long rope - then form the pretzel shape.
  • Place each in the water bath one by one making sure they are fully covered - allow each to soak about 2 minutes.
  • Transfer the wet pretzel dough to the prepared baking sheet & immediately sprinkle them with salt.
  • Continue with all pretzels & then bake for 8-10 minutes or until golden.
  • *Note- you can brush with additional melted butter when you remove them from the oven, however I found this unnecessary for our taste.
  • *Store in a paper sack- not an airtight container to keep them from getting moist before enjoying.