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Perfect bite-sized soft pretzels! Add your favorite toppings: salt, poppy seeds, sesame seeds, dried shallots, dried onions, etc... before baking. Serve with cheese sauce or any dipping sauce of your choice.

Recipe Summary

30 mins
1 hr 5 mins
1 hr 50 mins
15 mins
16 servings


Original recipe yields 16 servings
The ingredient list now reflects the servings specified
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Instructions Checklist
  • Place 1 1/2 cups water, butter, brown sugar, yeast, and salt in the bowl of a stand mixer fitted with the hook attachment. Mix until well combined. Let sit for about 5 minutes.

  • Turn mixer on low speed and add 4 cups flour, 1 cup at a time. Add additional 1/2 cup flour if dough appears sticky. Increase speed to medium and knead until dough is smooth and pulls away from the sides of the bowl, 4 to 5 minutes. Sprinkle in more flour if dough still seems a little tacky.

  • Oil a large mixing bowl. Add the ball of dough. Cover with plastic wrap and let rise in a warm place for about 1 hour.

  • Preheat the oven to 425 degrees F (220 degrees C). Grease a sheet pan with cooking spray.

  • Bring 3 quarts water to a boil in a large saucepan. Slowly add baking soda and return to a boil.

  • Meanwhile, remove dough from the bowl, flatten into a disc shape, and cut into 8 wedges. Roll each wedge into a 24-inch rope. Cut each rope into 1-inch pieces.

  • Drop batches of dough pieces into the boiling water for about 35 seconds. Remove to the prepared sheet pan. Beat egg with 1 tablespoon water; brush over the tops of each boiled dough piece. Repeat with remaining dough.

  • Bake in the preheated oven until golden brown, 14 to 16 minutes. Cool slightly before serving.

Editor's Note:

Nutrition data for this recipe includes the full amount of baking soda. The actual amount of baking soda consumed will vary.

Nutrition Facts

166 calories; protein 3.8g; carbohydrates 25.7g; fat 5.2g; cholesterol 21.7mg; sodium 2207.8mg. Full Nutrition