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Soft Pretzels I Recipe

Soft Pretzels I

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"These pretzels taste just like the ones you get in the mall! Serve with your favorite cheese sauce or mustard. Bet you can't eat just one!"

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Original recipe makes 1 - 2 dozen pretzels Change Servings


  1. In a large bowl, dissolve the yeast and sugar in the warm water. Proof for 5 minutes.
  2. Mix in butter or margarine, flour, and salt. Cut dough into short strips, roll into ropes, and shape into pretzels. Cover, and let rise on a greased baking sheet for about 45 minutes.
  3. In a cast iron or other nonaluminum pan, bring water and baking soda almost to a boil. Gently lower pretzels into water for about 1 minute, turning once. Do not let water come to a full boil. Remove pretzels, and return to greased baking sheet. Sprinkle with kosher salt.
  4. Bake at 475 degrees F (245 degrees C) for about 12 minutes.
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  • Aluminum foil can be used to keep food moist, cook it evenly, and make clean-up easier.

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Most Helpful Positive Review
Sep 19, 2003

If you bake them for five (5) minutes before you drop them in the water, it makes them easier to handle, just pre-heat the oven to 300 for the initial baking, then raise the temp as directed for baking after the water bath. This also makes them alittle more airy, and less dense. Works great!

Most Helpful Critical Review
Jul 22, 2007

I, like another reviewer, unfortunately tried the Mall Pretzels from this site first...we LOVED that recipe. This was much quicker to make but the other reviewer was right the other recipe is much better. This also didn't work very well...oven temp too high and it just didn't taste as good as the other one. We will keep the other one. Thanks for the post.


73 Ratings

Oct 18, 2003

I may have given these a better rating, had I not tried Mall Pretzels from this site first. These are quicker to make, but not near as good. The dough was tough to work with, it should rise for an hour first. When putting the pretzels in the baking soda water, I had one completely fall apart. I'm not sure I agree with the 475 degree temperature either. I had mine in for 9minutes, and they burned. They tasted okay, just more trouble to make than the Mall Pretzels. I will be using that recipe from now on.

Sep 19, 2003

This is a good basic recipe but I did adjust it a bit. I omitted the margarine and used two cups of water. After the dough was mixed I hand kneaded several times and placed the dough in a greased bowl and let it rise for one hour. I then punched it down and kneaded it a couple of more times and cut the dough into sixteen pieces. Once my pretzels were formed I let them rest for about ten minutes while I prepared my boiling water to which I added two tablespoons of baking soda. The pretzels held a perfect shape while poaching and were easily extracted with a slotted flipper. Once cooled I brushed the pretzels with an egg wash and proceeded with a garlic and salt topping. They came out golden and shiney. The gang devoured them! Thanks for a good start Colleen!

Mar 08, 2005

Yummy! I followed the measurements exactly and combined it all in my cuisinart (fast!). It makes a nice dough. After shaping I increased the rising time to at least a full hour. I also found that boiling for longer than 1 min. and flipping them half way through in a steady simmer resulted in the chewier consistency we all are looking for. I reduced baking to 7 min. or golden, brushed with melted butter while cooling and sprinkled with either salt or cinnamon-sugar.

Oct 08, 2003

Everything went well until I tried to lift them off the pan to boil them. Since the dough had risen, they were very delicate and were easily misshapen in the transfer process to the pot of water. Then they came out looking really weird. They taste good, though. And since they were boiled, they stay moist for awhile. So if you can't eat them all right away, they keep pretty well in a Ziploc bag. I think I'll try some other recipes, though.

Apr 04, 2011

The only difference I did was bake them at 400 degrees for 5 minutes; then turned the pan and baked another 3 minutes - because the first time I made them at 475, the batch came out very dark and hard. I also made one batch of brushed-on butter and coarse salt, and one batch with brushed-on butter and then sprinkled cinnamon sugar. The kids LOVED this, tasted like Monkey Bread. I also placed them on parchment paper, and sprayed that with cooking spray. They did not stick at all.

Dec 05, 2003

These pretzels are absolutly wonderful. We used Bread flour instead of all purpose, they came out GREAT!!! For a really good treat coat with butter when you remove from the oven!!!!


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  • Calories
  • 176 kcal
  • 9%
  • Carbohydrates
  • 33.7 g
  • 11%
  • Cholesterol
  • 0 mg
  • 0%
  • Fat
  • 2.2 g
  • 3%
  • Fiber
  • 1.3 g
  • 5%
  • Protein
  • 4.6 g
  • 9%
  • Sodium
  • 1568 mg
  • 63%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet.

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