5 from 1 vote
Homemade Soft Pretzel Recipe
Prep Time
2 hrs 40 mins
Cook Time
20 mins
Resting Time:
1 hr 30 mins
Total Time
3 hrs

Best ever homemade soft pretzel recipe! These are so chewy and good- perfect with a sprinkling of salt and a dunk in grainy mustard.

Course: Snack
Cuisine: German
Keyword: homemade soft pretzel recipe
Servings: 8
Calories: 188 kcal
  • 1/4 cup warm water
  • 2 teaspoons brown sugar
  • 1/4 ounce active dry yeast (1 packet)
  • 3 cups bread flour*
  • 1 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1 cup beer water may be substituted
  • 1/3 cup baking soda
  • egg wash (1 large egg beaten with a few teaspoons of water)
  • additional kosher salt (or pretzel salt for garnish)
  1. Stir the warm water, brown sugar, and dry yeast together in a small bowl.
  2. Place the bread flour & salt in a large mixing bowl and whisk together.
  3. When the yeast mixture looks foamy, stir it into the flour mixture.
  4. Stir in the beer until a stiff dough forms.
  5. Knead the dough for 10 minutes, or until it feels silky and elastic.
  6. Place the dough in an oiled bowl, cover with plastic wrap, and allow to rise in a warm place for 90 minutes, or until doubled in bulk.
  7. Punch down the dough, and divide it into 8 equal portions.
  8. Roll each portion of dough into a rope about 20-inches long.
  9. Twist into a pretzel shape and place on an oiled baking sheet.
  10. Cover loosely with plastic wrap, and allow to rise for 30 minutes.
  11. Preheat the oven to 450 degrees F.
  12. Bring a large pot of water to a simmer, and add the baking soda (liquid will foam up and then settle back down).
  13. Boil the pretzels (one or two at a time) in the liquid for 1 minute on each side.
  14. Drain on clean towels, then transfer to parchment-lined baking sheets.
  15. Brush with egg wash, and sprinkle with salt.
  16. Bake for 18 to 22 minutes, or until dark brown and shiny.
Recipe Notes

*bread flour has a higher gluten content, and will yield chewier soft pretzels.

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Nutrition Facts
Homemade Soft Pretzel Recipe
Amount Per Serving
Calories 188
% Daily Value*
Sodium 1661mg 69%
Potassium 63mg 2%
Total Carbohydrates 36g 12%
Dietary Fiber 1g 4%
Sugars 1g
Protein 6g 12%
Calcium 0.7%
Iron 2.3%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.