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Baked Soft Pretzels on baking sheet.

Basic Soft Pretzels

  • Author: Lindsay
  • Total Time: 1 hour 15 minutes
  • Yield: 6-8 large soft pretzels 1x


Basic Soft Pretzels! Necessary dippers for your beer cheese soup ♡



Soft Pretzels:

  • 1 cup warm milk
  • 1 package instant yeast
  • 3 tablespoons brown sugar
  • 2 tablespoons melted butter
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 2 1/4 cups all-purpose flour
  • more flour for dusting


  • 1/4 cup baking soda whisked into 34 cups warm water
  • 1 egg
  • coarse salt


  1. Make the Dough: In a mixing bowl, gently whisk the warm milk, yeast, brown sugar, butter, and salt. Stir in the flour until a dough forms. Transfer the dough to a floured surface and knead 10-15 times.
  2. Let the Dough Hang Out: Return to the bowl and drizzle with a little oil to prevent sticking. Cover with a cloth or plastic wrap and set aside for an hour to rise.
  3. Pretzel-ify: When the dough has risen, punch it back down and divide it into 6-8 sections. Roll each section into a loooong skinny rope. Fold it into a pretzel. Dip into the baking soda solution and place on a parchment-lined baking sheet.
  4. Bake: Brush with the beaten egg and sprinkle with salt. Bake at 450 degrees for 10-12 minutes, until golden brown. YUUUUUM! Dip in cheese sauce, mustard, or my personal favorite – beer cheese soup.
  • Prep Time: 1 hour
  • Cook Time: 15 minutes
  • Category: Appetizer
  • Cuisine: American

Keywords: homemade pretzels, soft pretzels, pretzel recipe