Soft Pretzels

This post may contain affiliate links. Read our disclosure policy here.

Homemade Soft Pretzels

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 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:

Homemade Soft Pretzels

  • 1 1/8 cups 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.

Linked to Whip It Up Wednesday and Frugal Days

Print Friendly, PDF & Email

Support Little House Living by Sharing This

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *


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

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

  3. 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!

  4. 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.

  5. 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! = )

  6. Pingback: This Weeks Favorites - Linda's Lunacy
  7. 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?

  8. 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!!!!

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

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

    1. 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. 🙂

  10. 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)

  11. 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. 🙂