30 Minute Homemade Soft Pretzels


30 Minute Homemade Soft Pretzels taste like you spend all day on them but this recipe comes together in only a half hour!  Perfect when you need your soft pretzel and cheese fix fast.

30 Minute Homemade Soft Pretzels recipe made with whole wheat flour and cheesy dipping sauce.

I might have a little obsession with the soft pretzels you can get at the mall.  Whenever I walk past an Auntie Ann’s I always have a hard time not giving in to the heavenly smell.  I just love the cinnamon sugar pretzel bites and the almond sugar pretzels.  They are irresistible!  I don’t have them that often, but on the special occasion where I decide to indulge, I bask in the soft bounce of the dough as I take a bite and the crunch of the course salt on top.

  I knew I had found a gem when I saw a soft pretzel recipe that only takes 30 minutes from start to finish!  I had made soft pretzels once before, and while they were worth every minute, they were a bit tedious to make.  I figured these 30 Minute Homemade Soft Pretzels would be a lot of fun to try out.  I was a little worried that the homemade version would never live up to the real thing….well, news flash!  As with many other foods, homemade wins again.

Pair these pretzels with your favorite cheesy dipping sauce, cinnamon butter or honey mustard…pick your poison!  I also made these with whole wheat flour to make them a bit healthier but you can also use regular all-purpose flour.  These beauties make a wonderful snack for any night of the week.

30 Minute Homemade Soft Pretzels
Recipe type: Snack
Cuisine: American
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Serves: 8-10
Thirty Minute Homemade Soft Pretzels taste like you spend all day on them but this recipe comes together in only a half hour!
  • 1 and ½ cups warm water (lukewarm)
  • 1 packet active yeast (2 and ¼ teaspoons)
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 Tablespoon granulated sugar
  • 4 - 4.25 cups whole wheat flour + more for the counter surface to knead (can also use all-purpose flour)
  • 1 large egg
  • course sea salt for sprinkling
  1. Preheat oven to 425F degrees. Line baking sheet with parchment paper or silicone baking mat and set aside.
  2. Dissolve yeast in the warm water. Stir with a spoon until mixed pretty well, about 1 minute. It's OK if clumps of yeast remain.
  3. Add salt and sugar; stir until combined. Slowly add in flour, 1 cup at a time.
  4. Mix with a wooden spoon until dough gets thick.
  5. Continue to add more flour until dough is no longer sticky. Poke the dough with your finger - if it bounces back, it is ready to knead.
  6. Turn the dough out onto a floured surface. Knead the dough for about 5 minutes and form into a ball. With a sharp knife, cut ball of dough into ⅓ cup sections. This measurement does not have to be exact - the size of the pretzel is completely up to you.
  7. Roll the dough into a rope with an even diameter (so it will bake evenly). My ropes were about 18-20 inches long, but it all depends on how big you want the pretzels.
  8. Once you have your long rope, take the ends and draw them together so the dough forms a circle. Twist the ends, then bring them towards yourself and press them down into a pretzel shape.
  9. In a small bowl, beat the egg and pour into a shallow bowl or dish (a pie dish works). Dunk the shaped pretzel into the egg wash (both sides). Place on prepared baking sheet and sprinkle with sea salt.
  10. Bake for 10 minutes at 425F degrees. Turn the oven to broil for the last 5 minutes to brown the tops. Be sure to watch closely to avoid burning!
  11. Allow to cool slightly and enjoy. Best served warm. Pretzels may be stored in an airtight container or zipped top bag for up to 4 days (will lose softness). You can also freeze them.

Recipe source:  Sallysbakingaddiction.com

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These are a few of my favorite things: cooking, baking, Broadway musicals, cruises, Disney World, Christmas, thunderstorms, 80's and country music, and my favorite pastime has ALWAYS been baseball. Go Yankees!

35 Responses to “30 Minute Homemade Soft Pretzels”

  1. May 10, 2013 at 2:57 AM #

    I love Auntie Anne’s pretzels too. My fav is also the cinnamon sugar and the raisin with sweet glaze –yum! So glad I can try to make these soft pretzels at home now. Yay! 🙂 Thanks Ashley for the recipe.

    • May 10, 2013 at 11:39 AM #

      Thanks, Anne! They arene’t soaked in butter either so everyone can feel better about eating these 🙂

  2. joejoe
    May 10, 2013 at 3:38 AM #

    Pretzel day stanley hudson

  3. May 10, 2013 at 7:27 AM #

    mmmm yum! I have a serious soft pretzel problem… I can’t ever resist them! I made some garlic parmesan ones that took an hour, but 30 minutes is awesome!! Will have to try!

    • May 10, 2013 at 11:40 AM #

      Yeah they are so easy to make!

  4. May 10, 2013 at 7:28 AM #

    My son has been asking me to make pretzels forever, but I have hesitate because I thought it would take to long or be too complicated. This recipe will do the trick!

    • May 10, 2013 at 11:40 AM #

      It’s amazing how quick and easy they were 🙂

  5. May 10, 2013 at 10:08 AM #

    Oooh pretzels. You know the way to my heart! I had a soft pretzel at the Derby and I haven’t been able to get it out of my mind since. I’m going to have to give these a try soon to fulfill my craving 🙂

    • May 10, 2013 at 11:41 AM #

      I crave soft pretzels, too…you are not alone 🙂

  6. May 10, 2013 at 12:02 PM #

    Who doesn’t love homemade pretzels, one of my favorite snacks! Great job 🙂

    Happy Blogging!
    Happy Valley Chow

    • May 10, 2013 at 12:04 PM #

      Thank you! Have a great weekend!

  7. May 10, 2013 at 12:25 PM #

    Ashley, Aunt Annies pretzels are great but I am going to look forward to making my own soft pretzels.Thanks for sharing this and have an awesome weekend! Great recipe post, Im digging this one!

    • May 10, 2013 at 1:01 PM #

      Thanks, Jerry! I hope you have an awesome weekend, as well!

  8. May 10, 2013 at 2:36 PM #

    There is nothing more perfect or easy than homemade pretzels… My mom made these for us on special occasions as a kid. Now my friend beg me to make them for events!

    • May 10, 2013 at 3:33 PM #

      Homemade pretzels are the best! Thanks, Reba 🙂

  9. Sue
    May 10, 2013 at 2:41 PM #

    I noticed the flour is added by hand. Think using a stand mixer with dough hook would work?

    • May 10, 2013 at 3:32 PM #

      I’m sure you’d get good results that way, too! Just don’t over-knead, of course 🙂 Thanks for stopping by, Sue!

  10. May 10, 2013 at 7:28 PM #

    I walk by the auntie Annes in penn station every night and I have to hold myself back! I should totally make these so I don’t feel so guilty after I have one!

    • May 10, 2013 at 11:25 PM #

      They are pretty guilt-free!

  11. May 11, 2013 at 1:22 PM #

    I want to make some homemade pretzels! A little mustard for dipping sounds fantastic.

    • May 11, 2013 at 1:37 PM #

      I think you’ll love these!

  12. May 11, 2013 at 8:28 PM #

    Soft pretzels are amazing. I love them. I can’t believe you can make them so quickly!

    • May 12, 2013 at 1:29 AM #

      I never knew it was possible either!

  13. May 12, 2013 at 2:34 AM #

    Homemade Pretzels are the best my friend 😀
    Especially yours 🙂

    Choc Chip Uru

  14. May 12, 2013 at 1:13 PM #

    I love soft pretzels! And nothing compares to homemade. I haven’t made – or eaten! – homemade ones in years. Gotta do it again! Great looking recipe – thanks so much.

    • May 12, 2013 at 4:23 PM #

      Thanks, John! I love them, too 🙂

  15. May 13, 2013 at 12:30 PM #

    Love soft pretzels! Since I really shouldn’t eat them all myself (LOL) I think I’ll make them when the grandkids are over.

    Any possibility you could share this at my Wonderful Wednesday Blog Hop this week?

    • May 13, 2013 at 1:24 PM #

      Hey, Sinea! Sure I will – if I can figure out how to do it 🙂

  16. May 13, 2013 at 4:02 PM #

    Soft pretzels are the best! I can’t wait to make them at home. Yours have inspired me to qhip up a batch 🙂

    • May 13, 2013 at 9:32 PM #

      These were super easy! I think I’ll be making them more often now

  17. July 14, 2013 at 2:51 PM #

    was looking for a pretzel recipe thank you this will be great

    • July 14, 2013 at 3:40 PM #

      Thanks for stopping by, Marie!


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