'My husband, friends and family love these soft, chewy pretzels,' reports Sherry Peterson of Fort Collins, Colorado. 'Let your machine mix the dough, then all you have to do is shape and bake these fun snacks.'

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30 mins
30 mins
8 servings


Original recipe yields 8 servings
The ingredient list now reflects the servings specified
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  • In bread machine pan, place the first four ingredients in order suggested by manufacturer. Select dough setting (check dough after 5 minutes of mixing; add 1 to 2 tablespoons water or flour if needed).

  • When cycle is completed, turn dough onto a lightly floured surface. Divide dough into eight balls. Roll each into a 20-in. rope; form into pretzel shape. In a saucepan, bring water and baking soda to a boil. Drop pretzels into boiling water, two at a time; boil for 10-15 seconds. Remove with a slotted spoon; drain on paper towels.

  • Place pretzels on greased baking sheets. Bake at 425 degrees F for 8-10 minutes or until golden brown. Spritz or lightly brush with water. Sprinkle with salt.

Nutrition Facts

192 calories; protein 5.1g; carbohydrates 41g; fat 0.5g; cholesterol 0mg; sodium 4462.7mg. Full Nutrition

Reviews (164)

Rating: 3 stars
I make a similiar recipe, and found earlier on that dropping your pretzel into the water/ soda bath makes it sticky. Submerging in the bath for 15 seconds?I tried that method and the pretzels just started to disenegrate. My suggestion is to put your water and baking soda in a large saucepan so that the water is shallow. If you drop your pretzels into a pot of water, it submerges them and you have a "swimming" pretzel. It is hard to retrieve. I just lay the pretzels down flat in the saucepan for a few seconds just to absorb a little of the water and coat it. I actually make my twists smaller so they are easier to handle getting them out of the solution. Use a large flat spatula to lift them from underneath. After you dip them into your water, they tend to not want to stick on the ends and your twist can come undone if you are pulling it out with your hands or tongs. I also use kitchen scissors and instead of twisting, I cut the "rolled rope of dough" in two inch intervals to make pretzel bites. You get the same GREAT taste and they are easier to get out of the water/ soda bath. Probably yummier because you can leave them in the bath longer than the twists. They won't break up as bad. The recipe that I use I found in a Copycat cookbook, and it is the actual recipe used in the mall pretzels we love so much. It uses light corn syrup instead of brown sugar, much richer taste. Read More
Rating: 5 stars
Very easy and good. I used to be a manager at a pretzel shop years ago and this is how we made them. A few tips... After dipping pretzel in the baking soda/water mixture, place on a dish towel or layer of paper towels to dry the bottom off, this will help prevent the bottoms burning. Also, use parchment paper. Oven should be at 400-415 (parchment paper cannot be used above 420). Turn baking sheet halfway through for even browning. I used tongs to dip the face of the pretzel in a pie plate of melted butter as soon as they came out of the oven. Next time I will try adding raisins to the dough for a breakfast pretzel. Read More
Rating: 5 stars
These are the best homemade pretzels. They are chewy and soft. I have made them many times and have always gotten rave reviews. They are gone within the hour. I brush them with melted butter and sprinkle the salt on before I bake them. It gives them a deep golden brown color and makes them extra tasty. *For those without a bread machine: combine the yeast, water and sugar in a bowl and let sit until it is foamy. Add your flour until it pulls away from the sides of the bowl. Knead it until smooth on a lightly floured surface. Place in a greased bowl and cover for 45-60 mins or until doubled. Then continue following the directions.* The water/soda bath is an important step because it helps the rising of the pretzels in the oven. Read More
Rating: 5 stars
Awsome!!! I used corn syrup like another reviewer suggested and it really worked to make the pretzels chewy and soft. We did half the dough as pretzel bites and half as twists. The bites went the fastest and are fun to eat. This was extremely simple and quick to make. Read More
Rating: 5 stars
To dunk the pretzels: Use a large pot, and place your pretzel into a metal strainer or sieve. The sieve allows you to properly bathe your pretzel, and makes it so easy to bring out, drain and flop onto paper towels. Fantastic recipe! Read More
Rating: 5 stars
Not exactly like the mall pretzels but if you do it right it's very close and well worth the t8ime spent for the money you save. To all the reviewers that didn't know what to do with the baking soda or ended up with batter I suggest you read the recipe because the soda and larger quantitiy of water are for the bath not the dough. I really liked this recipe but it could easily go wrong if you dont pay attention. I follow the recipe exactly except i use bread flour or sub 1 Tbsp per cup of gluten flour to make bread flour, this makes a much chewier pretzel. It is also important to knead well to get chewy pretzels. Also i used a small sauce pan and 1 Tbsp of baking soda per cup of water for the bath same solution just not as much of it. i use a flat slotted spatula to remove it from the water and brush with melted butter right after i take the mout of the oven and sprinkle with salt. Read More
Rating: 2 stars
Did I do something wrong? The dough, or should I say batter, was very thin for pretzel dough. And very sticky. I think this recipe needed a whole lot more flour, I know I measured correctly so what gives? Read More
Rating: 5 stars
Dissapeared! I made these on Thanksgiving for something new to try and they turned out marvelously. I didn't have a bread machine, but looked up how to deal with yeast on this site and soaked it in the warm water like it said. After boiling them in the making soda and water I gave them an egg wash and sprinkled coarse salt all over them. Also I added 1tsp of salt in the dough. Thank you for the yummie pretzels. Read More
Rating: 4 stars
Very easy & basic ingredients. The dough is very sticky but I added just a little bit of flour & they were fine. I brushed w/ melted butter when I removed them from the oven topped some w/ cinn/sugar & some w/ salt. Read More