Neujahrspretzel (New Year's Pretzels)

Total Time
Prep 1 hr
Cook 1 hr

Ingredients Nutrition


  1. Heat milk and butter until very warm (120-130°F).
  2. Mix yeast, salt, sugar, and 1 cup flour.
  3. Slowly beat into warm milk.
  4. Beat for 2 minutes.
  5. Add eggs and 1 cup of flour.
  6. Beat for an additional 2 minutes.
  7. Add enough flour to form a soft dough.
  8. Knead until smooth and elastic, about 5 minutes.
  9. Place dough in a greased bowl.
  10. Let rise in a warm place until doubled in bulk, about 1 hour.
  11. Punch dough down and let rise again until doubled (1 hour more).
  12. Divide dough in half.
  13. Shape pretzel as follows: roll dough into a rope about 30 inches long and 1 1/2 inches in diameter.
  14. Cross the ends leaving a large loop in the center.
  15. Flip loop back onto crossed ends to form a pretzel.
  16. Repeat with remaining dough.
  17. Place pretzels on greased baking sheets.
  18. Let rise 15 minutes more.
  19. Bake at 375°F for 25 to 30 minutes or until golden brown.
  20. Cool on wire racks.
  21. Mix confectioners' sugar, water and vanilla to form a thin icing.
  22. Spread icing on pretzels and sprinkle with chopped almonds.
  23. Makes 2 large pretzels.


Most Helpful

Best recipe Ive used in years, big hit with the crowd! This one goes in the recipe box!

Jeff S. January 03, 2016

I relocated from Pittsburgh, PA to Virginia Beach in 1998 and they do not sell the New Years Pretzels anywhere. After many years of trying to buy one, I found this recipe and decided to give it a try. I was pretty sure I would mess it up and end up with one of those funny "nailed it" kind of result, since I am not much of a baker.... but This recipe was easy to follow and very yummy! I made one with the vanilla drizzle and sprinkles and another with the vanilla drizzle and cinnamon sugar. My entire family enjoyed this recipe! I am going to make this again for sure! Thank you so much!!!!!

Jennifer M. January 03, 2017

It's New Year's Eve and I am making my second attempt at this pretzel. It says 7 cups of flour but only tells you to add two cups. If this second attempt does not work, I am tossing this recipe. I have baked for a long time and know I am doing everything right with the yeast. I can't give this recipe any stars.

Carol B. December 31, 2016

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