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Soft Pretzel Recipe

Course Appetizer, Snack
Cuisine American
Keyword pretzel, soft pretzel recipe
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 6 minutes
let dough rise 1 hour
Total Time 1 hour 21 minutes
Servings 12 pretzels
Calories 284 kcal
Author Joanna Stephens


Pretzel Dough

  • 2 ¼ tsp active dry yeast (1 package)
  • 2 cups warm milk
  • 2 Tbsp melted butter cooled
  • ¼ cup brown sugar
  • 2 tsp salt
  • 5 cups all-purpose flour

Baking soda bath (to dip raw pretzels in)

  • 2 cups warm water
  • cup baking soda


  • 4 Tbsp butter melted
  • coarse pretzel salt


Pretzel Dough

  1. Whisk together warm milk and active dry yeast. Let it set for 10 minutes to get foamy.

  2. Add in the cooled melted butter, brown sugar, and salt. Mix for about 2 minutes.

  3. Then, add in the flour (1 cup at a time). Mix well after each addition. When the dough starts to get sticky, switch to a dough hook.

  4. Knead gently in the bowl to get your dough into a uniform ball. Then, place this dough ball in a well-oiled bowl.

  5. Let rise for 1 hour or until the dough as doubled in size.

  6. Punch the center of your dough, then turn out onto a floured surface. Cut evenly into 12 pieces.

  7. At this time pre-heat your oven to 450 degrees Fahrenheit.

  8. Then, whisk the baking soda and warm water together in a large bowl for the pretzel bath.

  9. Take one piece of the pretzel dough and form it into a pretzel shape. Then, carefully dip into the baking soda bath. Whisking before each dip. Continue doing this for all 12 pretzels.

  10. On a lined cookie sheet, bake the pretzels for 6-8 minutes or until golden brown.

  11. Then, lightly brush each pretzel with melted butter and sprinkle with coarse salt.

Recipe Notes

If you use aluminum foil to line your cookie sheet, make sure to spray with a non-stick cooking spray or the pretzels will stick.

You could also use a parchment paper, but make sure it's safe for an oven temperature of 450 degrees Fahrenheit.

Store any remaining soft pretzels in a ziplock bag. 

Nutrition Facts
Soft Pretzel Recipe
Amount Per Serving
Calories 284 Calories from Fat 72
% Daily Value*
Fat 8g12%
Saturated Fat 4g25%
Trans Fat 1g
Polyunsaturated Fat 1g
Monounsaturated Fat 2g
Cholesterol 19mg6%
Sodium 1372mg60%
Potassium 124mg4%
Carbohydrates 47g16%
Fiber 2g8%
Sugar 7g8%
Protein 7g14%
Vitamin A 241IU5%
Vitamin C 1mg1%
Calcium 61mg6%
Iron 2mg11%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.