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

Prep Time 1 hour 5 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Total Time 1 hour 25 minutes
Servings 8 pretzels
Author Holly Nilsson
Course Snack
Cuisine American
Deliciously soft, slightly chewy pretzels with a perfect exterior.


  • 1 1/2 cup warm water
  • 1 tablespoon sugar
  • 2 teaspoons salt
  • 2 1/2 teaspoons active dry yeast (1 pkg)
  • 4 cups all-purpose flour
  • 2 oz butter melted
Water Bath
  • 10 cups water
  • 2/3 cup baking soda
  • 1 large egg yolk beaten with 1 tablespoon water
  • kosher salt

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  • Combine water, sugar, salt, and yeast in a stand mixer. Let sit 5-10 minutes or until foamy.
  • Add 2 cups flour and the butter to the yeast mixture. With a dough hook, mix on low. Continue adding flour a bit at a time until combined.
  • Knead in the mixer with the hook until the dough is smooth, about 5 minutes (or knead on the counter by hand about 10 minutes).
  • Remove the dough, place in an oiled bowl and cover. Set in a warm place and allow to rise 60 minutes or until the dough has doubled.
  • Preheat the oven to 450°F and line baking pans with parchment paper. Bring water and baking soda to a boil.
  • Divide dough into 8 pieces and roll each piece into a 24" rope. Form the dough into a "U" shape. Cross the two ends over each other and fold down to the bottom of the U to form a pretzel shape. Repeat with remaining pretzels.
  • Gently place pretzels on a large spatula and lower into the boiling water. Let boil 10-15 seconds. Gently lift out of the water, let excess drip off and place on prepared pan allowing at least 2" between pretzels.
  • Brush each pretzel with egg was and sprinkle with salt.
  • Bake 12-14 minutes or until golden.

Nutrition Information

Calories: 304, Carbohydrates: 51g, Protein: 8g, Fat: 7g, Saturated Fat: 4g, Cholesterol: 40mg, Sodium: 654mg, Potassium: 103mg, Fiber: 3g, Sugar: 2g, Vitamin A: 210IU, Calcium: 25mg, Iron: 3mg
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