Auntie's Delicious Soft Pretzels, Amish Recipe

Recipe by WJKing
READY IN: 50mins


  • 1 14
    cups water (approx 105 degrees)
  • 1
    tablespoon yeast
  • 14
  • 2
    cups occident flour (bread flour)
  • 2
    cups flour
  • Dipping solution
  • 12
    cup baking soda, into
  • 3
    cups hot water
  • sweet creamy butter, for 'dipping' face of pretzels after baking (melt butter, then let set a few minutes, and use paper towel to remove cream which will float to the)


  • Dissolve yeast into warm water.
  • Add sugar, then flour& mix well- do not 'knead' as this toughens the dough.
  • (Mix just until combined well) Let rise until doubled, at least 20 minutes.
  • Cut into long 'ropes'.
  • Shape into pretzel shapes, then dip into prepared dipping solution.
  • Place on well-greased cookie sheet and sprinkle with pretzel salt.
  • Bake at 500-550°F for 4-6 minutes until golden brown.
  • Dip face of pretzel into melted butter.
  • Variation: add 1 t vanilla to the dough.
  • Flavor variations.
  • Cinnamon/sugar- omit salt& dip into cinnamon sugar after face has been coated with butter.
  • Sour cream& onion- after dipping face of pretzel in butter, sprinkle with sour cream& onion powder Garlic- same as sour cream& onion, but use garlic powder.
  • Sesame or poppy seed--BEFORE baking, AFTER dipping into dipping solution, dip pretzel face-down into the seeds, then bake.
  • Salt is optional with this one.