Soft Pretzels

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Easy Soft Pretzels . . . so simple to make, and absolutely soft and delicious. A perfect recipe for beginning bakers!

Easiest ever soft pretzel recipe

I got this recipe for soft pretzels way back in Jr. High in a Home Ec class. So if a bunch of hormonally charged, clumsy, less than attentive 14 year-olds can make them, so can you. Promise. If you have never made bread before, this is a great recipe to start with.

How to make homemade soft pretzels in under an hour! They are heavenly with soup and other main dishes, but they also make great after school snacks. They are soft and yummy and slightly chewy. We like them even better than the soft pretzels at the mall. Give them a try!

For traditional pretzels, I sprinkle them with coarse salt. But most often, I just leave them plain because my boys love eating them with butter and homemade jam.Easy soft pretzels

It takes a little bit of practice to get smooth, perfectly shaped pretzels. But usually I let my kids help and we get all kinds of shapes. They love to make their initials. You can even just make twists. No matter how they look, they will taste fantastic, so don’t give up!


Recipe for soft and chewy pretzels, no boiling required.

Soft Pretzels

Yield: 10-12 pretzels

Soft Pretzels

Quick and easy recipe for homemade soft pretzels.
Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 18 minutes
Total Time 38 minutes


  • 1/2 cup warm water
  • 2 Tbsp yeast (I use SAF)
  • 1 cup milk
  • 1 1/2 tsp salt
  • 2 Tbsp sugar
  • 4 cups flour


Combine yeast and water in a large mixing bowl. Add milk, salt, and sugar. Stir in flour to make a stiff dough. (Unlike most bread recipes, you want plenty of flour. That makes the pretzels chewier.) Knead on floured counter a few times. Let dough sit for about 5 minutes.

Roll into ropes and form into pretzels. Place on lightly greased or silpat lined baking sheets. Brush with milk and sprinkle with salt if desired.

Bake at 400° for about 15-18 minutes or until lightly browned.


-We have tried sprinkling the tops with poppy seeds, sesame seeds, garlic salt and Parmesan, and cinnamon/sugar. Most of the time I just leave them plain-and they are still heavenly!
-Sometimes I replace some of the white flour with freshly ground whole wheat flour and it works wonderfully and is more healthy.

No need to buy soft pretzels at the mall, now you can make your own!

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  1. Shawnie says:

    💗💖💕LOVE THESE SO MUCH!!!💗💖💕

  2. Patty Nardi says:

    We have dairy allergy problems. Can I use coconut milk instead?

  3. Well, these were absolutely fantastic! Thanks!!

  4. I was looking at your soft pretzel recipe and it didn’t specify whether the flour was all-purpose or self-rising. Can you clear that up for me please. I assumed it is self-rising, but you know what they say about assuming. LOL. Thanks.

    • I use all purpose flour in all of my recipes unless otherwise specified. You never need to use self rising flour in yeast breads, because the yeast is what causes the dough to rise. Hope that helps!

  5. I will have to try these too. They look really good. I still have some recipes in my handwriting from junior high home ec class! That was about 45 years ago for me! (I can’t believe it’s that long ago either.) 😀

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