Published Jun 19th
Prep 2h Cook 10m Additional 10m Ready In 2h 20m
Servings 1 dozen Calories 237.1

After spending so much money on those Mall bought pretzels, I thought I’d try making some myself. So here’s a recipe that has worked for me. These pretzels are a bit sweeter than other types and are buttery. These are great plain with a bit of pretzel salt or coated with cinnamon and sugar. Once finished, dip the hot pretzel in melted butter and coat with your favorite flavors. Enjoy!

Recipe Ingredients

  • 4 teaspoons active dry yeast
  • 1 teaspoon white sugar
  • 1 ¼ cups warm water (110 degrees F/45 degrees C)
  • 5 cups all-purpose flour
  • ½ cup white sugar
  • 1 ½ teaspoons salt
  • 1 tablespoon vegetable oil
  • ½ cup baking soda
  • 4 cups hot water
  • ¼ cup kosher salt, for topping

Cooking Directions

  1. 1 In a small bowl, dissolve yeast and 1 teaspoon sugar in 1 1/4 cup warm water. Let stand until creamy, about 10 minutes.
  2. 2 In a large bowl, mix together flour, 1/2 cup sugar, and salt. Make a well in the center; add the oil and yeast mixture. Mix and form into a dough. If the mixture is dry, add one or two more tablespoons of water. Knead the dough until smooth, about 7 to 8 minutes. Lightly oil a large bowl, place the dough in the bowl, and turn to coat with oil. Cover with plastic wrap and let rise in a warm place until doubled in size, about 1 hour.
  3. 3 Preheat oven to 450 degrees F (230 degrees C). Grease 2 baking sheets.
  4. 4 In a large bowl, dissolve baking soda in 4 cups hot water; set aside. When risen, turn dough out onto a lightly floured surface and divide into 12 equal pieces. Roll each piece into a rope and twist into a pretzel shape. Once all of the dough is shaped, dip each pretzel into the baking soda-hot water solution and place pretzels on baking sheets. Sprinkle with kosher salt.
  5. 5 Bake in preheated oven until browned, about 8 minutes.

Nutrition Facts

  • Calories 237.1
  • Carbohydrate 48.9 g
  • Fat 1.7 g
  • Fiber 1.7 g
  • Protein 5.9 g
  • Saturated Fat 0.3 g
  • Sodium 4681.1 mg
  • Sugar 8.8 g


  1. Nice taste but WAY to much flour! Start w/ 3 & if you need more then add it but I did not need anymore than 3 cups!
  2. Excellent! I used to work in one of the pretzel places in the mall- and this recipe is on point! A couple of tips though: yes, you will need to add a bit more water, but also about a teaspoon more oil as well- this will help smooth out the dough. The soda bath is - Read more ...
  3. As I was reading the reviews, I was pretty unsure about how it was going to turn out. I halved the recipe, because it is just my boyfriend and I, and this was my only mistake! I made them as the recipe stated, using the dough hook on my mixer. I added flour until the - Read more ...
  4. Good recipe, though I replaced the oil with butter and used less flour. Another reviewer asked why the baking soda bath is necessary: Old world Germans used to dip their brezels (pretzels) in a solution of sodium hydroxide (lye) and water before baking. Lye is a very strong and caustic alkaline. Because most people aren't - Read more ...
  5. These are better than Auntie Anne's or Pretzel Time!! My kids ate all 12 within 10 minutes - I couldn't believe how good these were !! I wish I had made a triple recipe. They all said they tasted BETTER than the ones at the mall - I agree ! And a lot cheaper making - Read more ...
  6. WOW!! These pretzels are absolutely amazing. They were soft and chewy on the inside, awesome flavor, with that great authentic thin "pretzel" crust on the outside. I spooned the melted butter over them after baking which soaked in and was just perfect. My husband described them as "heavenly", haha, never heard him use that one - Read more ...
  7. I couldn't understanding why other reviewers had such a hard time with the dough....then it dawned on me, I did not follow the instructions. I looked at the water, yeast, salt sugar content, mixed all those together and THEN added as much flour as it could hold. That is what I do for all breads, - Read more ...
  8. I've been using this recipe for a few years, and have found it to be my most popular bread. My friends STRONGLY encourage me to bring pretzels to most events. A few recommendations- use higher gluten flour to get a little more chewiness. I always need at least 1 1/2 cups of water, sometimes more. - Read more ...
  9. Update to my review from over a year ago... I'm still making these pretzels and love them because they are soooo easy. I've found the sea salt is the absolute best thing to top them with (but be sure to use kosher salt in the dough), Excellent recipe! I've found it is best to add - Read more ...
  10. I have gotten into baking breads, etc. since my wife bought a baking stone. This recipe is very good. The pretzels didn't last long. Here's what I will do next time I make a batch: After dividing the dough into 12 pcs., roll the dough out into a rope at least 20-24" long. The dough - Read more ...