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Soft Pretzel Recipe

Lil' Luna
Soft pretzels are street vendor style comfort food at it's best. You can easily achieve these golden brown snacks at home!
5 from 10 votes
Prep Time 20 mins
Cook Time 8 mins
Rise Time 1 hr
Course Bread
Servings 12


for the pretzels:

  • 4 teaspoons active dry yeast
  • 1 teaspoon sugar
  • 1 1/4 cups warm water
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons salt
  • 1 tablespoon vegetable oil
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 3 1/2 - 4 cups all-purpose flour

for the water bath and topping:

  • 1/2 cup baking soda
  • 4 cups hot water
  • 1/4 cup kosher salt
  • 2 tablespoons butter, melted


  • In a large bowl or the bowl of a stand mixer, dissolve the yeast and 1 teaspoon of sugar in the warm water. Let stand until bubbly and foamy, about 5-10 minutes. Add the salt, oil, remaining sugar, and two cups flour, and stir to combine. Add additional flour, 1/4 cup at a time, to form a soft dough that pulls away from the sides of the bowl. Knead the dough until smooth and elastic, then shape into a ball. Place the dough in a greased bowl, cover, and let rise until doubled in size, about one hour.
  • Preheat the oven to 450 and line two baking sheets with parchment or silicone liners. In a large bowl, whisk together the baking soda and water, until the baking soda is dissolved.
  • Gently punch down the dough and divide it into 12 equal pieces. Roll each piece of dough out into a long rope, then twist into a pretzel shape. Dip each pretzel into the water bath, then place on the prepared baking sheet. Sprinkle with kosher salt.
  • Bake 8-10 minutes, until golden brown, then brush with the melted butter. Serve hot.
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