Homemade Soft Pretzels

Baked Homemade Soft Pretzels on a cooling rack

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Bring your favorite mall snack home by baking these incredibly buttery homemade soft pretzels with my super simple recipe.


  • 240 g of whole milk 
  • 7g Active Dry Yeast 
  • 48g light brown sugar
  • 290354g of all-purpose flour 
  • 5 tbsp of unsalted melted butter, divided 
  • 1/2 tsp Morton’s Kosher salt
  • 43g baking soda
  • 260g warm water 
  • Pretzel salt to top


  1. In a saucepan, warm milk on medium heat to 110-115degrees. Stir frequently and watch closely! 
  2. Remove from heat and stir in the yeast until it dissolves. Let that sit for 2 – 3 minutes. 
  3. Pour milk and yeast mixture into a large mixing bowl
  4. Add in the brown sugar and about half of the flour 
  5. Combine with a wooden spoon 
  6. Add in 2.5 tbsp melted butter and combine
  7. Add in the rest of the flour and your salt and combine. You will be left with an extremely sticky dough, but do not be afraid… nothing a little knead won’t take care of
  8. Dump your dough onto a VERY well floured surface, keeping about 128G of flour off to the side
  9. Begin to knead your dough, starting with quick, decisive movements (a plastic dough scraper will help here) until your dough becomes a bit more workable
  10. Begin adding in flour as needed and move to a more traditional kneading pattern until your dough becomes smooth, but still remains a tad sticky. This usually takes about 5 minutes. 
  11. Place your dough into a WELL greased bowl to rise until doubled in size. Depending on how warm your kitchen is, it should take about 1 hour. 
  12. Meanwhile, preheat oven with a pizza stone to 450degrees
  13. Get some stress out and give your dough a good, slow punch to deflate and turn onto a well floured work surface. 
  14. Evenly divide your dough and shape into your favorite pretzel shape 
  15. Create a baking soda bath in a shallow dish by adding warm water and baking soda, stirring to combine
  16. Quickly dip the pretzel into the baking soda bath and add to a piece of parchment paper. Repeat for all pretzel pieces. 
  17. Using your remaining butter, brush the melted goodness onto your pretzels, top with salt and stick those cuties into the oven for 10-12 minutes or until golden brown
  18. Allow to cool slightly and enjoy by dipping into your favorite cheese or mustard sauce! 
  19. Enjoy!