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52 Weeks of Baking: Soft Baked Pretzels

When it came time to work on this week's baking project, I promptly thought of pretzels. My friend Molly's been bugging me all year long for soft baked pretzels, and every week I keep saying I'll do them next time. However it's her birthday this week, so I thought I would finally get around to it. I was out all weekend, so I knew I'd have to find an easy, weekday recipe. There's an hour of proofing involved, but the one I found goes together easily and tastes great too. You can get it started, and then set it aside to rise while you eat dinner. To check out the recipe for soft baked pretzels, keep reading.

This recipe calls for a sprinkling of salt or cinnamon sugar, however feel free to experiment with other flavors such as garlic powder.

Soft Baked Pretzels

Soft Baked Pretzels

Soft Baked Pretzels


  1. 1 package (.25 oz.) active dry yeast
  2. 2 tbsp brown sugar
  3. 1 1/8 tsp salt
  4. 1 1/2 cups warm water
  5. 3 cups all-purpose flour
  6. 1 cup bread flour
  1. 2 cups warm water
  2. 2 tbsp baking soda
  1. 2 tbsp butter, melted
  2. 1-2 tbsp coarse kosher salt or cinnamon sugar


  1. In a large mixing bowl, add yeast, brown sugar and salt. Test water temperature with thermometer. When it reads 110 degrees, add to bowl. Stir to dissolve. Add both types of flour and stir well.
  2. Place dough on floured surface. Knead dough until smooth and elastic, about 8 minutes. (To knead dough, press down on dough with your palm, fold the dough over and rotate 1/4 turn, repeat until dough is ready.)
  3. Grease a large bowl. Place dough in bowl then turn dough upside down to coat the surface. Cover with a towel and let rise for one hour in a warm spot.
  4. Combine 2 cups warm water (test again for 110 degrees) and baking soda in an 8-inch square pan. After the dough has risen, divide it into 12 pieces.
  5. Roll each piece into a 1 1/2-foot rope, 1/2-inch wide. Twist into a pretzel shape, and dip into the baking soda solution. Place on cookie sheets and let rise 15 to 20 minutes.
  6. Bake at 450°F. for 8 to 10 minutes, or until golden brown. Brush with melted butter, and then sprinkle with coarse salt or cinnamon sugar.
Join The Conversation
weffie weffie 6 years
After my pretzels lose their first-day freshness, I slice and toast them like bagels and spread on a bit of brown mustard.... they're crispy, chewy and delicious :)
ngocnguyen ngocnguyen 7 years
These look great! I would like to know how it would turn out if I used 4 cups of all-purpose bread flour here. Should I run out to get some? I am craving it now after looking at this post :)
Tall-Face Tall-Face 9 years
would it be possible to freeze the dough, once it's shaped into a pretzel, for later baking? i'd like to make these for my girlfriend, but i want them right-out-of-the-oven fresh :D thanks, - jason
Chemicat Chemicat 9 years
They were pretty good, I'm sure I did something wrong though, some of them weren't fully cooked. But the cooked ones are nice! lol
Chemicat Chemicat 9 years
I'm making these right NOW. Waiting for the dough to rise. I hope they turn out!
ohplz ohplz 9 years
I'm gonna try this with my girl scouts
ragus ragus 9 years
mmm I can smell them now!
lolalu lolalu 9 years
i'm so gonna make some of these. I LOVE the pretzels from the mall, it would be awesome if i could make them at home!
genvessel genvessel 9 years
oh gracious, those look amazing. i just may need to make those this weekend
erindeshey erindeshey 9 years
Oh thank you for this recipe! Soft pretzels are one of my biggest cravings right now and I go to the mall A Lot to get them. I never thought of making them at home!
designergirl designergirl 10 years
These look wonderful! I'll have to try them. I love to make bread, and unfortunately most food websits and magazines don't like to deal with yeast.
RobinFabulous RobinFabulous 10 years
OMG I love pretzels! I'm going to try this recipe, I ave another one that looks a little easier, but these look better
Food Food 10 years
ah, that was probably the problem then. At least they were tasty!
daisyeater21 daisyeater21 10 years
i kneaded it for about 10 was pretty sticky. i had to convert the measurements to grams because i dont use the US cup sizes so that may have affected it.
Food Food 10 years
how long did you knead the dough for? it should look like this before you let it rest for an hour.
DCStar DCStar 10 years
Yowza! These look insanely delicious.
daisyeater21 daisyeater21 10 years
ok. i just made these. i dont think i put enough flour in because they dough was very soft. they kind rose a bit in the oven and ended up a bun shape but they were still very tasty!
Catipa Catipa 10 years
These look great and easy to make, thanks!
Food Food 10 years
i ate one at home with some honey mustard, but in the office we had to eat them plain, the mustard was MIA!
misslarue misslarue 10 years
With the colder weather today, I am totally getting into "baking mode". I will add this to my recipe book!
lexichloe lexichloe 10 years
This is GREAT! I love pretzels! And I of course would have to dip them in something. It would be fun to come up with your own sauces!
beingtazim beingtazim 10 years
do you just eat them alone or dip them in something? i'm into dipping. :)
demeter demeter 10 years
Oh YUM! I want these now!
xrockette19x xrockette19x 10 years
i am so going to make these!! i recently moved to florida from philadelphia, and i have been missing the soft pretzels from home like crazy!! I was just thinking that I should find a recipe, so yum, your timing is excellent!! these look delicious!!
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