soft pretzels

As I mentioned recently, I love cooking a few tasty treats on football days (especially when I can't make it to watch the game in person). Fall is in the air - and this Saturday, the smell of fresh baked pretzels was in my kitchen.

This recipe requires a few steps and a little patience, but every step is super easy. 

Here's what you'll need...
1 1/2 cups warm water
1 tablespoons sugar

1 teaspoon salt
1 package active dry yeast
4 tablespoons unsalted butter, melted
4 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
cooking spray
10 cups of water
1/2 cup baking soda
1 whole egg, beaten with 1 tablespoon water

poppy seeds, sesame seeds or coarse salt

Here's what to do...
1. Combine the water, sugar, yeast, and salt in the bowl of a stand mixer and mix with the dough hook until combined. Let sit for 5 minutes. 
2. Add the butter and flour and mix on low speed until combined. Increase the speed to medium and continue kneading until the dough is smooth and begins to pull away from the side of the bowl. About 4 - 5 minutes. 
3. Spray clean bowl with cooking spray, add the dough, cover with plastic wrap and place in a warm spot until the dough doubles in size. About 1 hour. Preheat oven to 425 degrees F. 
4. Remove the dough from the bowl and place on flat surface. Use a pizza cutter or knife to divide the dough into equal pieces (I had about 18). 

5. Roll the dough into a long thin rope and form classic pretzel shape (or pretzel bites by cutting the rope into 1 each pieces). 
6. Bring the ten cups of water to a boil in a large pot and add the baking soda. Boil the pretzels in the water solution in batches (2 at a time for large pretzels and 10 at a time for pretzel bites) for about 30 seconds. 
7. Remove with a large slotted spoon. Place pretzels on a baking sheet that has been sprayed with cooking spray. Make sure they are not touching. Brush the top of each pretzel with the egg wash. 
8. Sprinkle various toppings on each pretzel (sesame seeds, poppy seeds or coarse salt). 

Place into the oven and bake for about 10 minutes, or until golden brown. Remove to a baking rack and let cool for about 5 minutes before eating. Serve with cheese sauce or mustard (although they are also awesome plain). I bet they would also be killer with some cinnamon sugar - I'll have to remember to leave some plain for next time!


  1. Oh wow, Lara, these look absolutely amazing! Beautiful job. Sounds like you had a great weekend too!

  2. omg! YUM!! fresh soft pretzels are the best. i think we need to schedule a movie night and make up some of these. xoxo jillian:: celebrate cornflake dreams' first birthday with a month of giveaways!

  3. Ohh, they look great! I tried making pretzels last year, and they were so-so. Bravo on yours! I'll have to try the little bite-sized ones!

  4. those babies look DELICIOUS! thank you for sharing!

  5. Yum! Those look delicious and will be perfect for lazy football days! Thanks for the recipe! xoxo Laura (your newest follower!)

  6. Those pretzels look so good! And congrats on the new camera, your photos look awesome! So I did a book review on my blog today about this book that's set in Chicago, and if you haven't read it yet, you should because it's fantastic and talks a lot about the city's past...made me think of you! :)

  7. Oh goodness this looks amazing...and perfect for the football season!

  8. these look absolutely amazing... YUM!!! going to need to make these for football sundays!

  9. OMG this is amazing!! Thanks for the great recipe!!

  10. You need to open your own restaurant, your recipes are amazing and now i'm craving pretzels for lunch. I'll definitely have to give these a try. :)

  11. YUM. I will have to try this recipe, I've been dying for an actual tasty pretzel no the cardboard grease stuff i got tricked with at the basketball game.

    love your blog,

  12. Yummo. I've always wanted to try to make these at home, 'cause there is nothing like warm, freshly baked pretzels!!

  13. YUM! These look so good! I've been craving pretzels lately, I'm definitely going to give these a try. I'm curious what kind of camera you use? I'm in the market for one that takes good food photos...Xo, Katie

  14. I've gotta be honest--that looks completely intimidating! I wish I had the guts to try because I looove a good soft pretzel. I'm impressed@

  15. yummy!!


  16. You sound very domestic :) yum soft pretzels sound good right now.

  17. Wow, those look amazing. I might be trying it this weekend. We used to order them at our favorite bar in Winston-Salem, Nc and they served them with honey butter. YUM! Great blog, thanks for stopping by mine!