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Just a few simple ingredients is all you need to make Homemade Soft Pretzels. This recipe has a warm, buttery, salty exterior and is delicious by itself, or dunked in your favorite cheese dip! 

Homemade soft pretzels on a baking sheet with a cup of cheese dip

While the thought of soft pretzels might leave you reminiscing over your teen years at the mall or amusement parks, once you make them at home you will never go back to the food court again! These pretzels have a soft interior, and chewy, salty exterior. You will find yourself coming back for seconds and thirds every time you make them! 

This recipe is so easy, even the kids can get involved. Between making the dough ropes, dunking in the baking soda mixture, and brushing with melted butter, there is a job for everyone in the family to help out with! These are truly the best soft pretzels. Get ready for it to become your family favorite!

  • How do I make sure I make 12 even sized pretzels? 

    Weigh the dough in ounces before dividing the dough. Divide the weight by 12. This will tell you how much each dough ball should weigh. As you are pinching dough off, weigh each one and add or remove dough as needed to keep them a similar size. You can also eyeball it, and keep them about the size of golf balls.

  • How hot of water do I need? What’s the best method for this?

    The easiest option is to simply use the hottest water possible from the tap. It does not have to be boiling, but you do want it very hot. Other options are to microwave, boil on stove, or use an electric hot water kettle. 

  • Are there any flavor variations I can make? 

    Yes, there are so many flavors that work well with pretzels! Cinnamon and sugar is a popular flavor. To make these, simply sprinkle cinnamon and sugar on top after brushing the pretzels with melted butter. Another favorite is cheese pretzels. After dunking in the baking soda mixture, sprinkle shredded cheddar cheese on top right before baking. You will not want to brush melted butter on top of any cheese pretzels, as you do not want the added grease. 

If you like this recipe, you may be interested in these other delicious pretzel recipes:

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Homemade soft pretzels on a baking sheet with a cup of cheese dip
Learn how to make The Best Homemade Soft Pretzels complete with a visual demonstration. Just a few simple ingredients is all you need and it's so easy the kids can get in on the action too!
Prep Time 30 minutes
Cook Time 6 minutes
Total Time 36 minutes


  • 1 1/4 cups water lukewarm
  • 1 tablespoon yeast
  • 1/4 cup brown sugar
  • 3 to 3 1/2 cups flour

Dipping Solution

  • 1/4 cup baking soda
  • 1 1/2 cups hot water


  • melted butter and coarse salt
  • Cinnamon and sugar
  • Shredded cheddar cheese
  • Dissolve the yeast and sugar into the warm water.
  • Add in the flour and mix until combined. No need to knead. Let the dough rise in a warm place until almost doubled which should only take about 20 minutes.
  • Preheat oven to 500 degrees. Divide the dough into golf ball sized lumps. Roll each ball into a snake or rope. Twist them into pretzel shapes (or whatever shape you'd like!).
  • In a small bowl or a liquid measuring cup, dissolve the baking soda in the hot water. Dip the pretzels into the solution and place on a well-greased cookie sheet or baking pan.
  • Bake for about 6 minutes at 500 degrees until they are golden brown.
  • Remove from the oven and dip the face of the pretzel in melted butter. Add your chosen toppings.


Serving: 1pretzel | Calories: 151kcal | Carbohydrates: 32g | Protein: 4g | Fat: 1g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Sodium: 689mg | Potassium: 48mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 5g | Calcium: 10mg | Iron: 2mg
Course: Bread, Snack
Cuisine: American
Keyword: Soft Pretzels

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Greetings from Calgary, AB Canada! My husband made them! He’s never made bread! They would work as great pretzel hamburger buns. Your recipe ‘a and videos have really inspired and uplifted us during this pandemic. We have made more time to cook together as a family. Thank-you for all that you do and for making your recipes so easy and delicious.


I agree her recipes are very easy to understand and I get inspiration for cooking from her


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This was a real hit, my 11 year old enjoyed making this, next time I’ll double the batch, was done within the hour


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My sister who is a huge pretzel lover said that these are the best pretzels she has ever eaten! I love all your recipes and enjoy trying new things. I do have a quick question – should these be stored in the fridge or on the counter? Thanks again!


This were so easy to make and taste great. I shared the recipes with friends and family. Thank you so much. You make everything so easy to make.

Ashlee Marshall

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My house loved these! We’ve made the a couple times. Wondering if you have ever made the dough a day in advance and then baked??


Was wondering if they could be made in advance as well. Even if it was just an hour or two.

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EXCELLENT!!!!!!! Super easy to make, better than any other soft pretzel recipe I have tried. The flavor is out of this world!!!!


I can not get light brown sugar here, Is it possible to use dark brown sugar or regular sugar?

Dark brown sugar should be fine.

Kimberli H

You could also dilute your dark brown sugar by
adding in some sugar and mixing it well until you get the color you are looking for. Brown sugar is just sugar and molasses.


In a pinch any brown sugar should do. It just might affect the color.


OMG read this recipe this morning….just made in less then an hour. So yummy….I love mine with mustard.
Thanks for sharing this!


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So good and so easy. I highly recommend this recipe!

DIna Kennedy

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So easy and delicious 😋!

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Omg,,, these are so good!!! I still need to tweak their look,, however the flavor is delish!!
I love her recipes!!! She is the best!!!!


We just made this boy they were so good. This is a keeper.
Thank-you. Love your recipes


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These look amazing. Gotta show-my Granddaughters…Love watching your cooking shows!!!!!

Jennifer Allison

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So easy and delicious


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Super easy! Thank you!

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