Soft Pretzels Recipe From Scratch

Yield: 8 large or 4 dozen bites

Rise: 1 hr


1 cup milk

2 1/4 tsp active dry yeast

3 tbsp brown sugar

2 tbsp unsalted butter, softened

2 1/4 cups bread flour

1/3 cup baking soda

2 cups warm water

4 tbsp butter, melted


  1. In microwave, warm milk to about 110 degress F. Stir in yeast and let sit for 2 minutes.
  2. In a large bowl, combine brown sugar, butter and 1 cup flour. Stir to start forming a dough, slowly add in milk-yeast mixture and rest of flour. Continue mixing until a soft dough forms. Turn onto floured counter and knead until smooth and just slightly tacky, about 5-8 minutes. Place in a large oiled bowl, cover and let rise 1hr.
  3. Preheat oven to 400 degrees F. Lined 2 baking sheets with parchment paper.
  4. In a small bowl add warm water and baking soda.
  5. Divide dough in half. Working with half the dough, divide into 4 sections. Roll each section into a long rope, twist to form a pretzel, dip into baking soda water and place on sheet. Repeat with remaining dough.
  6. Bake 10-12 minutes. Brush with melted butter.

If making pretzel bites, roll dough into ropes and cut with a pizza cutter, dip in baking soda water and place on sheet. Bake for 8-10 minutes. Brush with butter. Can also place warm baked bites in a bag and toss with cinnamon sugar.

This pretzel dough is versatile and can be used to make different appetizers. Use to make mini pigs in a blanket or use whole hot dogs, just wrap dough around dogs. You can also make stuffed Nutella pretzel bites.

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