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Homemade Soft Pretzels

Both adults and children rave about these homemade soft pretzels, especially when eaten fresh and hot out of the oven. The dough, made with simple ingredients like water, salt, sugar, yeast, flour, and oil, is mixed and set aside to rise for an hour in a warm spot. The poofy dough is then shaped into classic pretzel twists before boiling briefly in baking soda and water, brushed with egg wash, sprinkled with salt, and baked in the oven until golden. The result? Soft, chewy pretzels with a crispy exterior, perfect for dipping into tangy mustard sauce or a gooey cheese dip. Treat yourself to the ultimate snack experience!

Tasty Team
94% would make again
Homemade Soft Pretzels

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for 8 servings

  • 1 ½ cups water (360 mL), warm
  • 1 tablespoon salt
  • 1 tablespoon sugar
  • 1 packet active dry yeast
  • 4 ½ cups flour (565 g)
  • 3 tablespoons oil, divided
  • ⅔ cup baking soda (120 g)
  • 2 eggs, beaten
  • coarse salt

Nutrition Info

  • Calories 288
  • Fat 2g
  • Carbs 55g
  • Fiber 1g
  • Sugar 1g
  • Protein 9g

Estimated values based on one serving size.


  1. In a bowl, mix water, salt, and sugar until combined. Add yeast, and let rest 5 minutes until yeast starts to foam.
  2. Add flour and 2 tablespoons of oil, and mix thoroughly until a dough forms.
  3. Remove the dough and use the remaining oil to cover the bowl.
  4. Cover bowl with plastic wrap, and leave in a warm place for 1 hour.
  5. Preheat oven to 450°F (230°C).
  6. Cut dough into 8 pieces and roll them out into thin ropes, twisting the two ends to form a pretzel shape.
  7. Add baking soda to a large pot of water, and bring to a rolling boil. Boil each pretzel for 30 seconds per side.
  8. Transfer pretzels to a baking sheet, brush with egg wash, and sprinkle with salt. Bake for 10-15 minutes, until golden brown.
  9. Enjoy!
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Homemade Soft Pretzels

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