Total Time
1hr 8mins
Prep 1 hr
Cook 8 mins

These aren't quite like the real thing, but they are very tasty. I have also had good luck with making a large batch and slightly undercooking some to freeze and reheat later for a quick treat. The rolling is the most time consuming part of this recipe, so I've typed this up as a recipe for 4 pretzels, but it is easily multiplied. Prep time includes rising and rolling. (approximate) I have also rolled them into a 3"x17" rectangle, spread with about 2T cream cheese, or cream cheese mixture (especially good with a Tastefully simple cheese ball mix inside!) the folding the sides & rolling up, then twisting as usual.

Ingredients Nutrition


  1. Grease a baking sheet.
  2. Sprinkle yeast onto lukewarm (about 115 degrees) water in a mixing bowl and stir to dissolve.
  3. Add sugar and salt and stir to dissolve.
  4. Add flour and knead dough (in bowl) until smooth and elastic.
  5. Cover and let rise at least 1/2 hour.
  6. Mix the bath of warm water and baking soda in a shallow bowl and stir often.
  7. Divide dough and roll into a long, thin rope, the thinner the better. 1/2" thick is great if you have the skill and patience. This gets easier with practice.
  8. Shape into a pretzel (make a u-shape, twist, then bring ends down to form shape), dip into water bath and place on greased baking sheet.
  9. Allow pretzels to rise again (I prefer to keep them covered during the rise).
  10. Bake in a preheated, 450 degree oven for about 8 minutes. Bake ONLY until JUST golden. If they are overcooked, they are tough.
  11. While they are baking, melt butter and whisk a little bit of honey into the butter (I use about a tablespoon for 4 pretzels but you can use whatever you prefer).
  12. When pretzels are almost done, brush each one with the butter/honey mixture and return to the oven for about a minute.
  13. You can sprinkle on cinnamon sugar just after brushing on the butter, or skip the honey and sprinkle with parmesan cheese, garlic salt, coarse salt, or whatever topping you like.
  14. These can also be made into tasty pretzel sticks.