A salty and chewy homemade soft pretzel recipe make the perfect appetizer or snack. Fresh pretzels bitches! Made from scratch. Hell yes!

Where Did The Pretzel Come From

My research into where pretzels came from made it clear that pretzels have been around since the early middle ages and originated in Europe. It is said that monks first made pretzels as a reward for children who learned their prayers. There is little proof of the exact country of origin, some say Italy, others, France, and there is no doubt that German Pretzels are famous. However, no one country can lay claim to its origin.

What Is Pretzel Made Of

Pretzels are made of bread dough of course. However, they are twisted into a fun shape and sprinkled with coarse salt to give them that salty flavor we sometimes crave. Pretzels can be hard or soft, but soft is most definitely my favorite so I decided I need to do a soft pretzel recipe. Pretzel dough, like bagel dough, is quickly boiled for a few seconds in baking soda before it is baked. The baking soda creates a reaction called a Maillard reaction. This causes the brown shiny crust, chewy outside, and fluffy inside that gives the pretzel a distinctive flavor.

Homemade Soft Pretzel Recipe With Pizza Dough

You can make a pizza dough recipe and make pretzels with it as well. The key is in shaping the dough and to remember to put the pretzels in the baking soda water bath. The biggest difference between this recipe and my pizza dough recipe is the amount of sugar used. I don’t add sugar to my pizza dough but the soft pretzel recipe contains quite a bit. Seriously, if you are going to make the dough, why not just a pretzel recipe? The only instance I can think if that you might want to use pizza dough is if you can buy pre-packaged pizza dough. The soft pretzel recipe is so simple though, by the time it takes you to go to the store and come back, the homemade dough will be ready.

How To Shape Homemade Pretzels

First, fold one of the pieces of dough over from the back. See photo below.

Continue to fold again and begin rolling into a long strip after the second fold.

Roll out into a long strip, roughly two to three feet long.

Once the dough has been rolled out, bring the edges up into a “U” shape.

Toward the top of the “U”, twist the dough once as shown below.

Now, bring the top of the “U” down to the bottom and gently press the edges into the bottom part of the dough.

Where To Buy Pretzel Salt

If you cannot find [easyazon_link identifier=”B00XCZM9EK” locale=”US” nw=”y” nf=”y” tag=”thecu0a-20″]pretzel salt[/easyazon_link] at the supermarket spice section then Amazon sells it. If you have some coarse kosher or sea salt laying around that may work as well. Salt is salt really for the most part. Some salts have different mineral content, but they all pretty much taste the same. However, table salt won’t suffice since it is not coarse enough for pretzels. I would stay away from table salt if you want the best tasting and textured pretzels.

Pretzel With Cheese Dip

The soft pretzel recipe does not need a dip, they are delicious on their own. However, who doesn’t love a delicious cheese dip? A super easy dip you could try is the bottled dips you find in the supermarket in the chips section. These are spicy and good, and really, really bad for you. If anyone has a cheese dip recipe to share, please leave a comment with a link or the recipe below. I would love to try it.

Pretzel With Mustard Sauce

Again, I don’t have a mustard sauce recipe. If you have one, please share it with us in the comment section. I love mustard with my pretzels. Delicious!

Pretzel With Pizza Sauce

Ah, I do have a recipe for pizza sauce! But unfortunately, I have not posted it yet. I am still working out the details of that recipe. Any sauce will work though. I find the bottled sauces often aren’t spiced the way I like so I heat them up and add some garlic to them.

How To Make Homemade Pretzels From Scratch

Ok, here it is. The homemade soft pretzel recipe. These are a lot of fund to make and your kids will love the fun shapes. You can even try making your own shapes with the dough.


Pretzel Recipe

Fresh homemade soft pretzels. 

Course Appetizer, Snack
Cuisine German
Keyword Homemade Pretzel
Prep Time 2 hours
Cook Time 20 minutes
Total Time 2 hours 20 minutes
Servings 6 people
Calories 493 kcal
Author Barbara Tidwell


  • 4 tsp active dry yeast
  • 1 1/4 c warm water (110° F)
  • 5 c all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 c sugar
  • 2 tsp salt
  • 2 tbsp olive oil
  • 4 c boiling water
  • 1/4 c coarse kosher or sea salt


  1. In a small bowl, dissolve the yeast in the warm water. Let stand for 10 minutes.

  2. In a stand mixer with a dough hook, mix the flour, sugar, and salt together. Slowly add the water/yeast mixture. If the mixture is too dry add more water, if it is too wet, add more flour. Mix until the dough forms a ball in the mixer.

  3. Knead the dough for about 4 minutes in the mixer, then place the dough in an oiled bowl. Spray the top with olive oil spray and cover with plastic wrap. Place in a warm area for about an hour or until double in size.

  4. Preheat oven to 450° F.

  5. Spray olive oil spray on two baking sheets.

  6. Toss dough out onto a floured surface. Cut into 12 equal pieces. Roll the pieces out and shape into pretzels.

    Cutting pretzel dough into twelve equal pieces.
  7. In large sauce-pan, add the water and dissolve baking soda as it comes to a boil.

  8. Toss each pretzel into the simmering water for about 10 seconds. Drain and place onto baking sheet.

    Boiling pretzels in baking soda and water before baking.
  9. Bake for about 10 minutes or until browned.

    Fresh homemade pretzels out of the oven.
  10. Once cooled, either spray with water, or dip on a damp cloth, sprinkle immediately with coarse salt and serve.

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