Homemade Soft Pretzels Recipe


If you are a fan of delicious soft pretzels like those ones at the mall, you will be happy to know that these can be made easily with simple ingredients. These homemade soft pretzels are so fluffy and buttery. This is snack food perfection.

Homemade Soft Pretzel Recipe Inspiration

Our house is a lot like many others in that there are multiple little mouths to feed. If your kids are like ours, they go through snacks in no time. These tasty homemade pretzels can be made in large batches and in a relatively short period of time.

Our kids can’t get enough of them. Our smallest child is three. I recently made a batch and placed them on the table to cool. I was only gone for a split second. When I came back, he was already feasting on one of them.

One of my fondest memories as a child was going to the local mall with my parents. The mall in our town had an Aunt Annies pretzel shop. I still remember eating those amazing pretzels with my parents.

Soft Pretzels Recipes are Easy to Make

Another nice benefit to making soft pretzels is how easy and quickly you can start snacking on them. Basic ingredients include flour, yeast, sugar, milk, sour cream, salt, and butter.


How to Make Homemade Soft Pretzels

Step 1:   Mix warm milk, yeast, and sugar into a mixing bowl. Let rest for 10 minutes. Add salt, butter, and begin mixing. Incorporate the flour slowly (1 cup at a time) until the dough form into a ball.
Step 2: Dust a clean flat surface with a handful of flour. You can use a long parchment paper. Remove the dough from the mixer and continue to kneed it by hand for 5 minutes. Place the dough back into the bowl and cover with a moist towel for 10 minutes.
Step 3: Remove the dough again and place it on a clean surface. No flour this time. Flatten the ball with your hand, keeping the round shape. Cut the dough into 8 equal pieces. Begin rolling the dough your hand to create long stands. The dough should be around 18 to 20 inches.
Step 4: After rolling the dough out. Form a circle with extra space on the ends.
Step 5: Fold the extra dough ends down to form the classic soft pretzel shape.


Final Thoughts on Homemade Soft Pretzels Recipe

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Homemade Soft Pretzels Recipe

These delicious soft pretzels are so good and make an amazing snack for the kids. 

Course Snack
Cuisine American
Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Total Time 40 minutes
Servings 8 people
Author Tim


Pretzel Dough

  • 1 packet dry active yeast
  • 1 tbsp sugar
  • 1 1/2 cups milk
  • 3 1/2 cups flour all purpose
  • 1/2 cup sour cream
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1 tbsp butter unsalted and melted

Pretzel Bath

Pretzel Topping

  • 2 tbsp butter unsalted and melted
  • sea salt


Pretzel Dough

  1. Combine milk, sugar, and yeast into a large mixing bowl. Let rest for 10 minutes to allow the yeast to activate. 

  2. Combine sour cream, salt, and butter and begin mixing. If you have a stand mixer use it or mix by hand.

  3. Begin incorporating flour 1 cup at a time until the dough forms a ball. The mixture should be slightly sticky. If it is too sticky, add extra flour until the consistency is right. 

  4. Tear a large sheet of parchment paper and set on a flat surface. Dust the surface with a handful of flour and place the dough on the parchment. Knead the dough for about 5 minutes and return to the bowl. Cover the bowl with a moist towel for 10 minutes. 

Cutting the Dough

  1. On a fresh clean parchment paper sheet, place the dough ball and flatten with your hand. Make sure to keep a round circle shape. Cut into 8 equal pieces.

  2. Using both your hands. Roll the dough out into a long cylindrical shape. The dough should be about 18 to 20 inches. 

  3. Take both ends of the dough and form a circle with a slight overlap on both ends. Grab both ends and connect to the other side of the circle to form the classic soft pretzel shape. 

Pretzel Bath

  1. Combine all ingredients into a large boiling pan. The oil will help prevent boil overs. 

  2. Place a long sheet of parchment paper on a large flat baking pan and spray with olive oil or Pam cooking spray. 

  3. Set the pan to high heat and allow time for a light boil. 

  4. Place each formed pretzel into the boiling water for approximately 20 to 25 seconds. Remove and set on a baking pan until all pretzels have been boiled.

  5. Brush melted butter on all of the pretzels and sprinkle with sea salt. 

Baking Soft Pretzels

  1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees.

  2. Bake for approximately 12 -14 minutes or until lightly brown.