Homemade Soft Pretzels

Homemade Soft Pretzels
I’ve always wanted to make homemade soft pretzels, especially because it isn’t something you can easily find to be gluten free. But, we didn’t just make any old pretzels. We made 3 varieties.. cracked sea salt, chocolate chip and funfetti sprinkle!

Homemade Soft Pretzels

I was surprised by how easy these were to make. I would definitely make them again for a crowd.

Homemade Soft Pretzels
  • 1 and 1/2 cups warm water, lukewarm
  • 1 packet active yeast, about 2 and 1/4 tsp
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1 tbsp granulated sugar
  • 4 to 4 1/2 cups all purpose flour + more for the counter surface to knead
  • 1 large egg
  • crack sea salt for sprinkling
  • *If adding chocolate chips or sprinkles, don't forget them :-)
  1. Preheat oven to 425 degrees Fahrenheit. Line baking sheet with parchment paper or silicone baking mat. Set aside.
  2. Dissolve yeast in warm water. Stir with a spoon until fairly mixed, about 1 minute. Some clusters of yeast will remain. Add salt and sugar; stir until fairly combined.
  3. Slowly add flour, 1 cup at a time. Mix with a wooden spoon until dough is thick. Continue to add more flour until dough is no longer sticky. Poke the dough with your finger - if it bounces back, it is ready to knead.
  4. Turn the dough out onto a floured surface. Knead the dough for about 5 minutes and shape into a ball. Add in the chocolate chips or sprinkles if using.
  5. Pull out as much dough as you'd like for one pretzel, the size is up to you.
  6. Roll the dough into a rope with an even diameter, length of rope will depend on the amount of dough you used.
  7. Once you have your long rope, take the ends and draw them together so the dough forms a circle. Twist the ends, then bring them towards yourself and press them down into a pretzel shape.
  8. In a small bowl, beat the egg and pour into a shallow bowl. Dunk or coat the shaped pretzel with the egg wash (both sides).
  9. Place on baking sheet and sprinkle with salt.
  10. Bake for 10 minutes. Turn the oven to broil for the last 5 minutes to brown the tops, but watch closely.

Recipe from the very talented Sally’s Baking Addiction

Homemade Soft Pretzels
Initially I had trouble twisting them, so some of them aren’t braided and some are, but my stomach can’t tell the difference.

Homemade Soft Pretzels
Make a funfetti pretzel, I am sure any kiddo would love that!

Homemade Soft Pretzels
These are definitely best (soft and warm) soon after coming out of the oven. Next time, I’d like to make some cheese sauce or perhaps try cinnamon sugar ones. The possibilities are endless.

Hmm.. Oreo Pretzels anyone?

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  1. says

    Beth these look sooo good! You are tempting me to do nothing but bake and eat today, I could not think of a better way to start the weekend :)

  2. says

    I have to try to make these. I’ve decided all types of breads is my next adventure. These sound like a good “easy” challenge to start with. Great shots as examples. I’ll refer back to this for help. Thanks.

    Wishes for tasty dishes,
    Linda@Tumbleweed Contessa

  3. says

    they look perfect Beth, the 3 varieties! they look so delicious! :-) & I would love those with sprinkles, I’m still like a kid when it comes to sprinkles! :-) your idea of Oreo one’s sounds really good right now! :-)

  4. says

    Love this recipe, love the variations! My daughter has been in Thailand for almost 2 months, she requested Aunt Annie’s pretzels when she got home. I think she will like these better!

    Thanks for sharing these at the In and Out of the Kitchen LInk Party!

  5. says

    I love soft pretzels and these look so good! I love that you can make them either sweet or savory. I’m stopping by from In and Out of the Kitchen (#87 Super Creamy Pancakes and #88 How To Host A Block Party) Have a great day!

  6. says

    I just found your blog! These look delicious, especially the funfetti ones! It’s great what a little bit of sprinkles can do : )

    Amana @ Running In Heels

    • Beth @ The First Year says

      Hi Annette! I made mine with gluten free all purpose flour. That should be an item you can find in most grocery stores. Gluten free all purpose flour can be used as a 1 for 1 substitute with regular flour, so these can easily be made gluten free!


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