Soft Ball Pretzels Courtesy of Paula Deen

READY IN: 1hr 30mins
Recipe by Chef Shelby

I can't wait to try this recipe with the kids. Another recipe from Paula's Ball Game episode. (Prep time is estimated/cook time includes rise time)

Top Review by DeeVaFoodie

What a treat! These pretzels are awesome. The recipe is very easy and the pretzels came out so soft and gorgeous inside with a bit of a crispy chew on the outside. I will absolutely make these again! Thanks for sharing the recipe Chef Shelby, I appreciate it. Made for Bargain Basement tag game.

Ingredients Nutrition


  1. In a large mixing bowl, combine warm water and yeast.
  2. When the yeast dissolves, add half of the flour, the butter, salt, and sugar and mix for about 3 minutes.
  3. Stir in the remaining flour.
  4. Turn dough out onto a floured surface and knead until the dough is no longer sticky.
  5. Let the dough rise in a greased, covered bowl until it doubles in size, about 45 to 50 minutes.
  6. Punch down the dough and divide into 12 pieces.
  7. Roll each piece of dough into 18-inch long ropes.
  8. On a greased cookie sheet, shape each rope into a pretzel shape.
  9. Let rise again until almost doubled, about 30 minutes.
  10. Preheat oven to 500 degrees F.
  11. In a large non-aluminum Dutch oven over high heat, bring 4 cups of water and baking soda to a boil.
  12. Using a large slotted spoon, gently lower pretzels into water a few at a time and boil for about 1 minute, or until they float.
  13. Return the pretzels to the cookie sheet and brush with melted butter then sprinkle with kosher salt.
  14. Bake in oven until browned, about 12 minutes.
  15. Serve hot with mustard or eat as is.

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