Buttery Soft Pretzels


This soft pretzel recipe is great! After spending so much money on those mall pretzels, I thought I'd try making some myself. They are a bit sweeter than other types and are buttery. Once finished, dip the hot pretzel in melted butter and coat with your favorite flavors.

Prep Time:
40 mins
Cook Time:
10 mins
Additional Time:
1 hr 10 mins
Total Time:
2 hrs
12 pretzels


  • 1 ¼ cups warm water (110 degrees F/45 degrees C), or more as needed

  • 4 teaspoons active dry yeast

  • 1 teaspoon white sugar

  • 5 cups all-purpose flour

  • ½ cup white sugar

  • 1 ½ teaspoons salt

  • 1 tablespoon vegetable oil, or more as needed

  • ½ cup baking soda

  • 4 cups hot water

  • ¼ cup kosher salt, for topping


  1. Pour 1 1/4 cups warm water into a medium bowl. Dissolve yeast and 1 teaspoon sugar in warm water; let stand until creamy, about 10 minutes.

    Yeast and sugar dissolving in warm water until it becomes creamy.

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  2. Mix flour, 1/2 cup sugar, and salt together in a large bowl. Make a well in the center; add yeast mixture and oil. Mix well and form into a dough. If mixture is dry, add one or two more tablespoons of water.

    Flour, sugar and salt added to a bowl and mixed with the yeast mixture and oil until a dough forms.

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  3. Knead dough until smooth, about 7 minutes. Lightly oil a large bowl, place dough in the bowl, and turn to coat with oil. Cover with plastic wrap and let rise in a warm place until doubled in size, about 1 hour.

    Dough kneaded until smooth and placed in an oiled bowl to double in size.

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  4. Preheat the oven to 450 degrees F (230 degrees C). Grease 2 baking sheets.

  5. Pour 4 cups hot water into a large bowl. Stir in baking soda until dissolved; set aside.

  6. Turn dough out onto a lightly floured surface and divide into 12 equal pieces. Roll each piece into a rope and twist into a pretzel shape.

    Dough pieces rolled into ropes and twisted into a pretzel shape.

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  7. Once all of the dough is shaped, dip each pretzel into the baking soda-hot water solution and place on the prepared baking sheets. Sprinkle with kosher salt.

    Each shaped pretzel dipped into a baking soda and hot water solution.

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    Each pretzel placed on a baking sheet and sprinkled with kosher salt.

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  8. Bake in preheated oven until browned, about 8 minutes.

  9. Enjoy!

    looking down at a black platter full of buttery soft pretzels with salt



You may substitute 2 tablespoons garlic salt or cinnamon sugar for the kosher salt if you wish.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

237 Calories
2g Fat
49g Carbs
6g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 12
Calories 237
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 2g 2%
Saturated Fat 0g 2%
Sodium 4681mg 204%
Total Carbohydrate 49g 18%
Dietary Fiber 2g 6%
Total Sugars 9g
Protein 6g
Calcium 12mg 1%
Iron 3mg 14%
Potassium 84mg 2%

* 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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