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The Easiest Recipe for Homemade Soft Pretzels

Prep Time 1 hr
Cook Time 18 mins
Course Snack
Cuisine American
Servings 6


  • Mixer


  • 2 1/4 teaspoons of Active Yeast ( 1 Standard packet)
  • 1 tablespoon of melted unsalted butter
  • 4 1/2 cups of flour
  • 1 teaspoon of sugar
  • 1 teaspoon of salt
  • coarse sea salt for sprinkling on pretzels


  • First, I'm going to combine 1 cup of warm water, 1 packet of Active Yeast, and 1 teaspoon of sugar. 
  • Once you've combined those three ingredients, you will want to stir  them all together with a spoon.
  • Next, pour the mixture into your mixing bowl and wait for it to look frothy.  You will want it to appear frothy, because you want the sugar to activate your yeast, so you know it's good.
  • After you've determined that your yeast is activated, add your 1 teaspoon of salt, and 1 tablespoon melted unsalted butter. 
  • You will begin to  mix your salt and melted unsalted butter into the mixer. Then, you will add 1 cup of All-Purpose flour at a time, while you mixer is on low.
  • You will mix the dough on low speed for about 5-10 minutes.  You will know when your dough is finished because it will no longer be sticky.
  • Lightly, flour your countertop and roll your dough into a bowl.
  • Now, I'm going to add about a tablespoon of Olive Oil into a bowl.
  • I'm adding  Olive Oil, in order to grease the bottom of the bowl for the dough to rise.
  • After you remove your dough, place it into the greased bowl on a warm surface for about 30-60 minutes or until it doubles in size.
  • Once your dough has doubled in size, you will be ready to form your pretzels.
  • After, your dough has doubled,  you will lightly flour your countertop. You can cut your dough into sections or you can simply cut the dough as you need it  to build your pretzels. Personally, I think you should choose whichever method you find easiest for you.
  • Once you begin to form your pretzels, you will place them on a lightly greased pan, that's covered with parchment paper. Preheat your oven to 325 degrees.
  • Then you will butter and sprinkle coarse sea salt over your pretzels. Place them in the oven to cook for about 18-20 minutes or until golden brown.
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