Oven Baked Soft Pretzels

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oven baked soft pretzels

While there are a few steps to this recipe, they are not that tricky to make… and truly, there is nothing that tastes quite as good as a fresh homemade soft pretzel fresh out of the oven!

These are delicious dipped in mustard or even cheese sauce.


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Oven Baked Soft Pretzels

Author Holly


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  • 1 1/2 cup Warm Water
  • 1 tbsp Sugar
  • 2 tsp Salt
  • 2 1/2 tsp or (1 pkg) Yeast
  • 4 cup Flour
  • 2 oz melted Butter
Water Bath:
  • 10 cups water
  • 2/3 cup baking soda
Egg Wash:
  • 1 large egg yolk beaten with 1 tablespoon water
  • Pretzel salt (can substitute Kosher or Sea Salt)

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  1. Combine water, sugar and salt and yeast in the bowl of a stand mixer. Let stand 5 minutes or until it mixture begins to foam.
  2. Using the dough hook, add the flour and butter and mix on low speed until combined.
  3. Increase speed to medium and knead until the dough is smooth and pulls away from the side of the bowl(about 5 minutes).
  4. Place the dough in an oiled bowl, cover with towel and sit in a warm place for about an hour or until the dough has doubled in size.
  5. Preheat the oven to 450 and line 2 baking pans with parchment paper. Lightly spray with cooking spray or brush with vegetable oil.
  6. Bring 10 cups of water and the baking soda to a boil in a large pot. Lightly oil your work surface and turn out the dough and divide into 8 pieces.
  7. Roll out each piece of dough into a 2 foot rope. Flip ends of the rope across each other and press onto the bottom of the U in order to form the shape of a pretzel. Boil the pretzels, 1 by 1, for 30 seconds.
  8. Place on the baking sheet, brush the top of each pretzel with the egg wash and sprinkle with the pretzel salt.
  9. Bake 12-14 minutes or until golden brown. Transfer to a cooling rack.
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  1. Can you use the “dough” cycle of a bread machine to make these? I am going to try it and see if it works tonight.. They look delicious and I love pretzels.. Thank you for the recipe!

  2. Omg these are so good!!! I was running low on flour so I used 1 cup bread flour and 1 cup whole wheat flour mixed in with the other 2 cups, I will be making these again, thanks for sharing such an awesome recipe!!

  3. Just Thank You!!
    I tried them today. Mine just doesnt get that brown like yours. But it isnt necessary^^
    They taste like a pretzel anyway =D and my family loved them..
    I realy have to bake them again.

    This recipe will definitely come on the top of my favorite list ;-D

  4. I tried these over the weekend that they were exact. I did not use a mixer, I used my hands and it worked out perfectly. The only thing I altered was the preparation of the yeast, I added all of the above that was noted as well as 2 tbsp of flour from the required 4 cups and the yeast came out nice and fluffy. Excellent recipe!