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Easy Homemade Soft Pretzels

Create your own bakery-style Soft Pretzels at home with this easy-to-follow recipe. Enjoy the perfect combination of a chewy texture and a golden crust in each twist!

November 16, 2023
Homemade Soft PretzelsPhoto By Canva
Servings 6 people
Preparation 25 mins
Cooking 15 mins
Total 40 mins



  1. Combine the warm water, sugar, and kosher salt in a bowl. Sprinkle the yeast on top and let it sit for 5 minutes, or until it begins to foam.
  2. To make the dough, add the flour and melted butter to the yeast mixture. Mix until the dough comes together. Knead the dough on a lightly floured surface until smooth and elastic, about 4 to 5 minutes.
  3. Place the dough in a lightly oiled bowl, cover with a damp cloth, and let it sit in a warm place for about 50 to 55 minutes, or until the dough has doubled in size.
  4. Preheat your oven to 450 °F (230 °C). Line 2 baking sheets with parchment paper and lightly oil them. Bring 10 cups of water and the baking soda to a rolling boil in a large pot.
  5. Divide the dough into 8 equal pieces. Roll each piece into a long rope and twist into a pretzel shape.
  6. One by one, gently lower the pretzels into the boiling water for 30 seconds each. Remove them from the water using a large slotted spoon, and place them on the baking sheets.
  7. Brush each pretzel with the beaten egg yolk and water mixture. Sprinkle with pretzel salt. Bake for 12 to 14 minutes, or until golden brown.
  8. Let the pretzels cool for a few minutes before serving. Enjoy them warm for the best flavor!
Nutrition Facts
Serving Size 1 Homemade Soft Pretzels
Serves 6
Amount Per Serving
% Daily Value*
Protein 8 g16%
Total Fat 4 g5.1%
Sodium 500 mg21.7%
*The % Daily Value (DV) tells you how much a nutrient in a serving of food contributes to a daily diet. 2,000 calories a day is used for general nutrition advice.


  • Ensure the water is warm (110 °F to 115 °F) to activate the yeast without killing it.
  • Knead the dough until it's smooth and pulls away from the side of the bowl. This develops the gluten for a chewy texture.
  • Find a warm, draft-free spot for the dough to rise, which aids in a better texture.
  • Try to roll each pretzel dough piece evenly for consistent baking.
  • The baking soda bath is crucial as it gives pretzels their unique flavor and texture. Don’t skip this step.
  • Brush each pretzel with the egg wash. Brushing with an egg yolk-water mixture provides a nice sheen and helps the salt adhere. For more, check out our ‘What Is Egg Wash?’ article.
  • Keep an eye on the pretzels as they bake to prevent over-browning.
  • Soft pretzels are best enjoyed the day they are made, but they can be reheated in the oven to restore warmth and texture.
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There’s nothing quite like the aroma of freshly baked pretzels wafting through your kitchen. This homemade soft pretzel recipe will guide you through creating these classic snacks with a delightful chewy texture and a beautiful golden-brown crust. Whether you’re a baking novice or a seasoned pro, these pretzels are sure to impress with their perfect twist and irresistible flavor.

Origin of Pretzel

The pretzel, with its twisted shape, has a history that goes back to Europe, particularly during the Early Middle Ages and linked to monastic life. Legend has it that European monks created the pretzel's knot as a reward for children who memorized their prayers. The crossed arms of the pretzel represented folded arms in prayer, and its three holes symbolized the Christian Trinity. This humble beginning led to various forms of pretzels across cultures.

In Germany, especially Bavaria, the pretzel became a crucial part of the culinary culture. Traditional Bavarian pretzels, or Brezeln, are known for their distinctive dark brown, shiny crust and soft, fluffy interior achieved by dipping the shaped dough in a lye solution before baking. These pretzels are often enjoyed with butter, notably during breakfast or as a snack with a cold beer during Oktoberfest.

Today, pretzels have become versatile worldwide, with variations such as seasoned pretzels featuring a mix of spices for added flavor. Whether sweet or savory, adorned with cheese, garlic, seeds, or cinnamon and sugar, the adaptability of pretzels makes them a beloved snack for all occasions, connecting us to a rich history of culinary tradition and innovation.

What Are The Differences Between Soft Pretzel And Hard Pretzel?

Soft pretzels and hard pretzels differ mainly in their texture and preparation. Soft pretzels are, as the name suggests, soft and doughy. They are made from a yeast dough that gives them a chewy and tender texture. Soft pretzels are typically twisted into the iconic knot shape and then baked. They are often enjoyed warm and can be seasoned with salt or other toppings.

On the other hand, hard pretzels have a crisp and crunchy texture. They are made from a firm dough that doesn't contain yeast. Hard pretzels are baked until they become crispy and are usually smaller and thinner than soft pretzels. Unlike soft pretzels, hard pretzels can have a longer shelf life and are often packaged for convenience as a snack. The absence of yeast in the dough contributes to their characteristic crunch.

In summary, the key differences lie in the texture, ingredients, and preparation methods. Soft pretzels are soft and made from a yeast dough, while hard pretzels are crispy and made from a non-yeast, firm dough.

How To Reheat Pretzels?

Reheating pretzels properly can help retain their delicious texture and flavor. Here are the best methods to reheat your pretzels:

1. Oven Method (Recommended for Best Results):

  • Preheat the oven to 350 °F (175 °C). An oven is the best choice for reheating pretzels as it helps retain the outer crispness and soft interior.
  • If the pretzels have become hard, lightly dampen them with a sprinkle of water. This helps to rejuvenate the crust.
  • Wrap the pretzels in aluminum foil to prevent them from drying out. This also helps in evenly distributing the heat.
  • Place the wrapped pretzels in the oven and heat for about 5-10 minutes.
  • Unwrap and check if the pretzels are warmed through. If not, heat them for a few additional minutes.

2. Microwave Method:

  • Lightly dampen the pretzel with water to prevent it from drying out.
  • Place the pretzel on a microwave-safe plate.
  • Cover with a damp paper towel. This helps to keep the pretzel moist.
  • Heat on high for 20-30 seconds. Check and repeat in short bursts as needed. Be cautious not to over-microwave, as this can make the pretzels hard and chewy.

3. Toaster Oven:

  • Preheat the toaster oven to 350 °F (175 °C).
  • Put the pretzel directly on the rack or on a toaster oven tray.
  • Heat for a few minutes. It typically takes about 3-5 minutes to warm the pretzel. Keep an eye on it to prevent burning.

Tips for Reheating:

  • Avoid Overheating: Excessive heat can make the pretzels hard and dry.
  • Reheating Once: It’s best to only reheat pretzels once to maintain their quality.
  • Serving: Enjoy the pretzels warm for the best taste and texture.

By following these reheating methods, you can enjoy your pretzels as if they were freshly baked, with just the right amount of warmth, softness, and crispness.

What To Serve with Pretzels?

Pretzels are a versatile snack that can be enjoyed on their own or paired with various dips and accompaniments.You can serve them with classic options like mustard or cheese dip for a savory twist. For those with a sweet tooth, pretzels can be dipped in chocolate or caramel for a delightful treat. Additionally, pretzels make a great side to accompany soups, especially those with a rich and hearty base.

How To Store Pretzels?

Storing pretzels correctly is key to maintaining their freshness and texture. Here are the best ways to store your pretzels, whether they're soft or hard:

Storing Soft Pretzels:

  • Allow the pretzels to cool to room temperature before storing. This prevents condensation inside the storage container, which can make them soggy.
  • Wrap each pretzel individually in plastic wrap or aluminum foil. This helps to keep them moist and fresh.
  • Place the wrapped pretzels in an airtight container to further protect them from drying out.
  • Store the container at room temperature for up to two days. Avoid refrigerating as it can make the pretzels hard and stale.

Storing Hard Pretzels:

  • Store hard pretzels in an airtight container or resealable plastic bag.
  • Store the container in a dry, cool place to prevent the pretzels from becoming soft or stale.
  • Hard pretzels can last for several weeks when stored properly.

Freezing Soft Pretzels:

  • Wrap each pretzel individually in plastic wrap and then place them in a freezer-safe bag or container.
  • It's a good idea to label the bag with the freezing date.
  • Soft pretzels can be stored in the freezer for up to three months.
  • When ready to eat, reheat the frozen pretzels in the oven or microwave after thawing them at room temperature.

Tips for Storing Pretzels:

  • Avoid Humidity: High humidity can make hard pretzels chewy and soft pretzels soggy.
  • Refresh in Oven: If soft pretzels start to lose their freshness, briefly warming them in the oven can help restore their texture.
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