Soft Pretzels (For Bread Machines)

"My family just calls them Aunt Kimmie's Pretzels! These are so good--no need to go to the mall just head for the kitchen!"
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Ready In:
2hrs 8mins
8 Large Pretzels




  • Place ingredients in bread machine pan in the order suggested by the manufacturer.
  • Select White Bread setting, Manual and then press Start.
  • After the machine has completed the second rising cycle, it will beep.
  • Remove the dough onto a very lightly floured surface.
  • Divide into 4 parts.
  • Divide each fourth into 3 pieces.
  • Roll each piece into an 18 inch rope.
  • Shape rope into a circle, overlapping about 4 inches; from each end, leaving ends free.
  • Take one end in each hand and twist at the point where dough overlaps.
  • Carefully lift ends across to the opposite edge of circle.
  • Tuck ends under edge to make a pretzel shape; moisten and press ends to seal.
  • Place on greased cookie sheet.
  • Let rise, uncovered, until puffy, about 20 minutes.
  • In a 3-quart saucepan, combine 2 quarts of water and 1/3 cup baking soda; bring to a boil.
  • Lower 1 or 2 pretzels into the saucepan; simmer for 10 seconds on each side.
  • Lift from water with a slotted spoon.
  • Return to greased cookie sheet.
  • Let dry briefly.
  • Brush with 1 egg white slightly beaten.
  • Sprinkle with course salt or sesame seeds or leave plain.
  • If you leave them plain, after they bake dip into melted butter then in cinnamon and sugar mixture.
  • Bake at 425°F for 4 minutes; then turn cookie sheet around and bake 4 more minutes.
  • These are so good.

Questions & Replies

  1. Can bread flour be used for pretzels?


  1. These pretzels are wonderful and fairly easy to make. The hardest part for me was trying to form the pretzel into shape. I absolutely loved them and will be using the recipe frequently.
  2. Made these the first time on Saturday. Made another batch today to freeze. Very good. I only used the dough setting on my bread machine and i dipped each pretzel 3 times in the baking soda water mixture. I found they freeze very well also. Just pull them out of the freezer and microwave for 30 seconds and you have a hot soft pretzel. My kids loved them and so did my husband.
  3. I love this recipe. My husband and I wrap the dough around hot dogs cut into thirds before the rising process,then follow the recipe as normal. We take them to picnics and family get-togethers.<br/>Everyone loves the pretzel dogs.
  4. YUM!!! I had never made pretzels before, and these were easy to do! I made nuggets, instead of the traditional shape. I made 60 nuggets (split them into the 12 as directed, and then cut each of those into five). I baked them for five minutes, turned the pan and baked for five more.
  5. These are delicious and soooo easy (though I did have a little problem making the pretzel shape). I used 1.5 cups of whole wheat flour with 1.5 of all purpose flour, and threw in a little bit of wheat germ. The texture is fantastic. I will make a double recipe next time!


  1. I used Robin Hood Bread Flour! Very soft and chewy! ??
  2. This recipe made great pretzels...after I had made some serious adjustments to the recipe. First, I had no idea what the "manual" setting was for my Breadman Plus machine... I ran it on dough cycle. But this didn't work because the dough was so stiff that my motor was burning up. After adding 1/4 cup more of water it worked a little better. Also, the twisting instructions were royally confusing..."cross ends, twist twice and connect to other side" is much simpler. I used olive oil instead of an egg wash, which was equally good. Like I said, great result, but necessitated major adjustments.



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