Soft Pretzels

by on May 26, 2012

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The kids have been bugging me and bugging me to make homemade pretzels. I knew it was a fun thing for the kids to do and it is always good to get them involved in baking, so we searched for a recipe that sounded reasonably good and easy. We found a recipe from and adapted it to make it a bit more healthier for us. Merissa has also been looking for a good recipe to try, so I'm sure that she will be trying these out also. Here is what we ended up using for ingredients:

  • 1 1/8 cups water water
  • 1 1/2 cups unbleached white flour
  • 1 1/2 cups fresh ground wheat flour
  • 3 T. brown sugar or sucanat
  • 1 1/2 t. yeast
  • 2 quarts water (for boiling)
  • 1/2 c. baking soda
  • salt

We mixed this up two different ways, both in the Bosch mixer and in the bread machine. The pictures are of us mixing up the batch using the bread machine.

Place the first five ingredients in the bread machine in the order listed. You can mix up the flour, using white or wheat or whatever combination you prefer. We did one batch all wheat and the second batch using half white/half wheat. Place your bread machine on the dough cycle.

Once the dough cycle is complete, remove your dough onto a surface and cut in the amount of pieces you would like. We made 10 in one batch and 11 in the second batch. If you want larger pretzels, make less pieces.

Roll each piece into a long rope.

Then form into the pretzel shape.

In a large stockpot, bring the 2 quarts of water and baking soda to a boil.

Place the shaped pretzels into the boiling soda water, a couple at a time. Boil for approximately 15 seconds.

Remove from the boiling water with a slotted spoon and place them on a greased cookie sheet. I salted mine once out of the water, before I baked them. If you do it right away, while they are still damp, the salt will stick to them nicely.

Bake them for 8-10 minutes at 400 degrees or until golden brown.

Enjoy them right from the oven! They are delicious.
We refrigerated our leftovers and just warm them as we eat them.

Until next time, Julie

Julie is Merissa's mom and she's committed to living a frugal and simple lifestyle. Julie grows her own herbs in her garden and enjoys making things at home. You can now find her home remedies and ideas here at Little House Living.

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1 Financial Education Programs March 13, 2012 at 8:10 am

I’ve made soft pretzels before, and they’re SO good. They’re fairly inexpensive and fun to make!


2 Susan McClellan Plotts March 13, 2012 at 8:16 am

pretzels originated by a monk/priest to encourage prayer (folded hands) among the children.


3 April Mae Macdonald Rugletic March 13, 2012 at 8:16 am

~ Our favorite snack…I’ll have to try…thanks so much. <3


4 Morgan March 13, 2012 at 9:02 am

Do you think honey could be used in place of the brown sugar?


5 Elyse Barrier March 13, 2012 at 3:25 pm



6 Heidi @ HotCouponWorld March 14, 2012 at 6:17 am

Looks great. I have tried making soft pretzels before but have not found a recipe that I liked yet. I will have to give this one a try!


7 Tara @ Crock-Pot Ladies March 15, 2012 at 6:48 am

These look great. I keep saying i;m going to try homemade pretzels like this. My kids love the frozen kind but they cost too much! Thanks for sharing on the Whip It Up Wednesday blog hop.


8 Adelina Priddis June 15, 2012 at 6:26 pm

These look so good and pretty simple too since you use a bread machine! I’d love if you linked this recipe up to my Foodie Friday party.


9 Terri McConnell June 15, 2012 at 6:43 pm

I LOVE SOFT PRETZELS!!! And this is a little healthier version. Have you tried freezing them? I would love to make these! One of these days I will have a bread machine. I love! = )


10 Merissa June 15, 2012 at 7:14 pm

Yes these will freeze just fine if they last that long:)


11 Tara November 4, 2012 at 2:17 pm

I am totally going to make these! I find I am making more and more of your recipes….


12 Amanda February 3, 2013 at 9:13 pm

You mention making these in a bread machine. I do my breads by hand. The first step about mixing the ingredients and putting them in the machine is foreign to me. Is that just the rising step?


13 Merissa February 4, 2013 at 7:23 am

The bread machine kneads and mixes the dough, as well as gives it’s initial rising period of about an hour.


14 Melodee Bourdeau February 5, 2013 at 7:43 pm

Just made these and they are sooo easy and yummy….lol I made mine in my kitchen aid and well, there is no rise cycle …lol …so ours are a little heavy…but still good! I bet next time I make these and remember to allow the dough to rise an hour they will be even better!
Thanks so much for sharing!!!!


15 Debora Butler January 30, 2014 at 3:59 am

Are most of your recipes supposed to be healthy????

they sound delicious/////Bless you for sharing!!!!!!!


16 Merissa January 30, 2014 at 7:11 am

Our recipes (at least the ones from the last 3 years) are all from scratch, not always “healthy” (depending on your definition) but always try to contain non-processed ingredients. πŸ™‚


17 Mary Kelly October 16, 2014 at 9:31 pm

Oh I’m so glad I found your site. I love simple recipes like good meatloaf. There’s nothing better as far as I’m concerned and one reason is the sandwiches the next day. I make mashed potatoes with it and green beans. The next day I put mashed potatoes on the bread with meatloaf and mayo (Hellman’s only)


18 Lara @ Methodical Living October 20, 2014 at 10:12 am

These look great! I usually eat the frozen kind because they’re so easy, but I’ve pinned this recipe for future use! Thank you so much for sharing. πŸ™‚



19 Carolyn October 20, 2014 at 11:53 am

These look great! I’ve made soft pretzels before, but never in the crock pot! Thanks for the great idea!


20 Kate @ Veggie Desserts October 20, 2014 at 3:57 pm

These look lovely! Mmm…. lots of pink salt and mustard. #MerryMonday


21 Kyla @HouseOfHipsters October 20, 2014 at 8:55 pm

Totally making these! My husband loves pretzels and I think these might be a new favorite!


22 Audrey October 23, 2014 at 12:12 pm

Yummy! My son loves pretzels. This would make a great afterschool snack. Pinning now.


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