Soft Homemade Pretzels


Fun to make.

close up view of Soft Homemade Pretzels on a baking sheet
Prep Time:
20 mins
Cook Time:
15 mins
Additional Time:
1 hr 5 mins
Total Time:
1 hr 40 mins
1 dozen pretzels


  • 2 (.25 ounce) packages active dry yeast

  • 1 cup warm water (110 degrees F (43 degrees C))

  • 3 ½ cups all-purpose flour

  • 2 tablespoons white sugar

  • 1 tablespoon shortening, melted

  • 1 teaspoon salt

  • 1 egg yolk

  • 1 tablespoon water

  • coarse salt, or to taste


  1. Stir yeast into 1 cup warm water in a large bowl; beat in flour, sugar, shortening, and salt to make a dough. Turn dough onto a floured surface and knead for 5 minutes.

  2. Place dough into a greased bowl and let rise in a warm place until doubled, about 1 hour. Punch down dough and divide into 12 equal-size pieces. Roll each piece into a rope 18 to 20 inches long.

  3. Preheat oven to 375 degrees F (190 degrees C). Grease a baking sheet.

  4. Shape each rope of dough into a pretzel on the prepared baking sheet; let pretzels rest for 5 minutes. Beat egg yolk with 1 tablespoon water in a small bowl and brush yolk mixture over each pretzel; sprinkle each with coarse salt.

  5. Bake in the preheated oven until pretzels are golden brown, about 15 minutes.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

158 Calories
2g Fat
30g Carbs
4g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 12
Calories 158
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 2g 2%
Saturated Fat 1g 3%
Cholesterol 17mg 6%
Sodium 676mg 29%
Total Carbohydrate 30g 11%
Dietary Fiber 1g 4%
Total Sugars 2g
Protein 4g
Calcium 9mg 1%
Iron 2mg 11%
Potassium 64mg 1%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.

** Nutrient information is not available for all ingredients. Amount is based on available nutrient data.

(-) Information is not currently available for this nutrient. If you are following a medically restrictive diet, please consult your doctor or registered dietitian before preparing this recipe for personal consumption.

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