Published Jul 23rd
Soda Pretzels
Prep 20m Cook 10m Additional - Ready In 30m
Servings 12 pretzels Calories 137.4

This recipe for pretzels uses traditional Irish soda bread dough instead of a yeast based dough. It’s quick and works great! These pretzels come out great, just like the street vendor type.

Recipe Ingredients

  • ⅓ cup baking soda
  • 5 cups water
  • 1 ½ cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 ½ cups whole wheat flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 cup buttermilk
  • ¼ cup honey
  • 2 tablespoons kosher salt, for topping

Cooking Directions

  1. 1 In a non-aluminum stock pot, dissolve 1/3 cup baking soda in 5 cups water. Bring water to a boil, and then remove from heat. Preheat oven to 400 degrees F (200 degrees C).
  2. 2 In a large bowl, sift together all-purpose flour, whole wheat flour, and baking soda. Stir in buttermilk and honey until dough pulls together. Turn dough out onto a lightly floured surface, and knead briefly to form a firm dough.
  3. 3 Divide dough into 12 equal pieces. Roll each piece into a cylinder approximately 12 inches long. Form into classic pretzel shape. Pinch ends to seal. Dip pretzels in baking soda solution and then place on lightly greased cookie sheets.
  4. 4 Sprinkle pretzels with kosher salt, and bake in preheated oven until golden brown, about 10 minutes.

Nutrition Facts

  • Calories 137.4
  • Carbohydrate 29.6 g
  • Cholesterol 0.8 mg
  • Fat 0.6 g
  • Fiber 2.3 g
  • Protein 4.4 g
  • Saturated Fat 0.2 g
  • Sodium 2746.3 mg
  • Sugar 6.9 g


  1. These are pretty good--a nice wheat pretzel! I've been on a pretzel kick lately & I've always made yeast pretzels so I thought I'd give this one a shot. A little sweet and yes it's dense and heavier than yeast pretzels but I expected that. One: it has ww flour in it and two: although - Read more ...
  2. I really loved this recipe! I used only whole wheat flour and like others did some substitutions for the buttermilk and honey. I was able to use the dough to create some other amazing breads too-one that I filled with salmon and topped with a nori seaweed strip and another that was filled with curry - Read more ...
  3. I have made multiple pretzel recipes from this site and I always have the same complaint no matter how they taste: They never make a pretzel the same size as the ones you can buy at the mall! I cut this recipe in half because I was making them just for me and I didn't - Read more ...
  4. These were great but i did make a few modifications. I only had all purpose flour. I brushed them wth melted butter before baking. To make butermilk, add 1T vinegar to a measuring cup ten fill with milk and let sit for 5 minutes. Literally only take 10 minutes to bake! The kids were begging - Read more ...
  5. For a soda pretzel it is very good. My daughter made them several times. She got blue honor ribbons at the county and state 4-H fair with this recipe. We used sea salt as the topping. The wheat flour gives it a golden color all throughout.
  6. Delicious and FAST! I didn't have buttermilk and so I used milk mixed with some vinegar instead. I also used Karo syrup instead of honey. After kneading the dough on my kitchen aid I formed pretzel sticks. I brushed with milk sprinkled some with grated parmesan an some with ground pepper before baking. The sticks - Read more ...
  7. It was a fast easy success! I loved how the instructions didn't require a bread machine. PS- It works perfectly fine if you use all purpose flour for wheat and Karo Corn Syrup for honey.
  8. I was dying for soft pretzels and had no yeast when I found this recipe. It makes a nice pretzel a little heavy. I might try some yeast recipes later to compare. If you have a craving try it.
  9. The directions are little unclear as to what to do with the water and soda at first. Once you get over the slight confusion it is a wonderful recipe. I made it with my kindergarten class and they loved it.