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30 Minute Homemade Soft Pretzel Recipe

This homemade soft pretzel recipe puts Auntie Anne's to shame and is ready in just 30 minutes. It yields perfect soft pretzels ready to be coated in any topping of your choice and is much less expensive than buying one out.
Prep Time20 minutes
Cook Time10 minutes
Total Time30 minutes
Course: Appetizer, Dessert, Snack
Cuisine: American
Servings: 12
Calories: 181kcal


  • 1 1/2 cups luke warm water
  • 1 packet active yeast 2 1/4 tsp
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1 tbsp granulated sugar
  • 4-4 1/2 cups all purpose flour and more for flouring the counter surface and hands (for whole wheat, use 2.5 cups wheat flour & 1.75 cups white)
  • 1 large egg
  • salt for sprinkling, optional
  • cinnamon & sugar for sprinkling, optional


  • Preheat oven to 425 degrees. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper or a silicone baking mat.
  • Dissolve yeast in water. Stir with a spoon to combine. Add salt and sugar, stirring to combine.
    1 1/2 cups luke warm water, 1 packet active yeast, 1 tsp salt, 1 tbsp granulated sugar
  • Slowly add flour, one cup at a time. Stir with a wooden spoon until dough is thick. Continue to add flour, one cup at a time, until dough is no longer sticky.
    4-4 1/2 cups all purpose flour
  • Poke dough with a finger. If it 'bounces back' it is ready to knead.
  • Turn the dough out onto a floured surface. Knead the dough for about 5 minutes and shape into a ball.
  • With a sharp knife, cut the dough ball into 1/3 cup sections. This measurement doesn't have to be exact.
  • Roll the dough into a rope about 20 inches long.
  • Once you have your long rope, take the ends and bring them together until your form a circle. Twist the ends then bring the down towards yourself and press them down into a pretzel shape.
  • In a small bowl, beat the egg. Dip the shaped pretzel into the egg wash, evenly coating both sides.
    1 large egg
  • Place on baking sheet and sprinkle with salt or sugar depending on your personal preference.
    salt, cinnamon & sugar
  • Bake for 10 minutes at 425. Turn the broiler on and bake for 5 more minutes to brown the tops. Watch carefully to prevent burning.
  • Allow pretzels to cool, and serve.


  • You want the water to be just warm to the touch and not too hot or you will kill the yeast.
  • To make pretzel bites, roll the dough out into long ropes and cut 1 to 2 inch sections of dough. Dunk them in the egg and bake until the pretzels are golden brown.
  • Serve them with your favorite topping and dipping sauces. Savory pretzels pair well with cheese sauce or mustard while cinnamon sugar ones are delicious with a powdered sugar glaze.


Calories: 181kcal | Carbohydrates: 37g | Protein: 5g | Fat: 1g | Saturated Fat: 0.2g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 0.3g | Monounsaturated Fat: 0.2g | Trans Fat: 0.002g | Cholesterol: 16mg | Sodium: 202mg | Potassium: 57mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 1g | Vitamin A: 23IU | Calcium: 10mg | Iron: 2mg