These homemade soft pretzels are the best of the best with a chewy exterior with an incredibly soft inside that just melts in your mouth. They’re a fun snack to make with kids. Plus, you can bake up huge pretzels, regular-size, pretzel bites, or even make pretzel dogs with this dough. They’re perfect for afternoon snacks, movie nights, game days, or just because!
Don’t Get It Twisted; You’ll Love These Homemade Pretzels!
Whether I’m at the mall, at a sporting event, or at a restaurant that’s offering Oktoberfest specials, there’s absolutely no question that I’m going to get a soft pretzel.
There’s something so satisfying about that distinctive chewy exterior paired with the warm, soft interior of a pretzel that makes them irresistible. It’s a snack food that transcends seasons. Whether you’re enjoying a baseball game on a warm summer evening, partaking in Oktoberfest festivities during the fall, catching a hockey game in the dead of winter, or enjoying everything that’s in bloom during springtime, soft pretzels are where it’s at!
This is my third iteration of a soft pretzel recipe. My first attempt was over 12 years ago, and then I moved on to another recipe a few months later. I finally settled on this fabulous version about 10 years ago, and it’s the only one I’ve been making since. I’ve found that this recipe produces the softest, chewiest, most traditional-tasting soft pretzels that I’ve made to date.
His homemade soft pretzel recipe is broken down into four parts — the pretzel dough, the baking soda water bath, the egg wash, and the salt garnish. That may seem like a lot, but they’re truly each so simple, and I’d bet you have most or all of these ingredients on hand at this very moment!
For the soft pretzel dough, you’ll need warm water, light brown sugar, kosher salt, active dry or instant yeast, all-purpose flour, and melted unsalted butter.
And for the baking soda water bath, all you’ll need is exactly what you’d think — baking soda and water.
For the egg wash, all you need is an egg yolk and water.
Lastly, for the topping, you’ll need coarse salt to sprinkle on top of your baked pretzels.
Tips and Variations
You don’t have to be an expert at baking with yeast to turn out some fantastic soft pretzels. Before long, you’ll be twisting and shaping dough like a pro. If you’ve been nervous about working with yeast in the past, this recipe is a fabulous place to start, as it’s basic, easy, and incredibly forgiving.
Storage, Freezing, and Reheating Instructions
Store these homemade soft pretzels in an airtight container or plastic bag at room temperature for up to 5 days.
Reheat by placing these soft pretzels in a 350-degree oven or toaster oven for about 15 minutes, or heated through. Alternately, you can also microwave from frozen until heated through.