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How to Make Soft Pretzels at Home

How to Make Soft Pretzels at Home

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My son’s favorite snack is a big soft pretzel. He may or may not share a bite with me. He definitely loves them more than any other sweet treat or candy. There’s something special about a freshly baked pretzel covered in salt and dipped in spicy mustard. It’s so good. But there’s more than one way to make a traditional homemade pretzel. Did you know you can even make chocolate ones like the one shown above? And there’s many more ways to make them, too.

— Angie Mcgowan, Babble

Waffled Soft Pretzels

I've heard of waffle cornbread and waffle brownies, but waffle pretzels? This is new to me and they look so good I can't wait to try them.

Find these at Waffleizer.

Turtle Soft Pretzels

I have a soft spot in my heart for anything turtle-shaped, so I am completely in love with these adorable little soft pretzel turtles, delish!

Find these at Kirbie's Cravings.

New York-Style Soft Pretzels

What could be better than a traditional New York-style big soft pretzel?

Find these at Sophisticated Gourmet.

Honey Whole-Wheat Pretzels

If you want some sweet whole-wheat bagels, these are the perfect healthy treat.

Find these at Honest Cooking.

Sourdough Pretzels

This is my personal favorite type of big soft pretzel — sourdough.

Find these at Cookie Talk.

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How to Make Soft Pretzels

If you've ever had a freshly baked pretzel at a ball game or a beer hall, you know nothing beats it. I grew up in Germany, which meant fresh German pretzels were my afternoon snack, aka I'm obsessed.

5 German Foods (That Aren't Kinder Eggs) That You Should Be Obsessed With

But take a glance at a homemade pretzel recipe and learning how to make soft pretzels may feel way too complicated. Yes, there are a lot of steps. There's the dough, which may or may not contain beer, sugar, or malt syrup. There's rolling and twisting the dough into the pretzel shape. And then there's the tricky dip into food-grade lye, an alkaline which gives pretzels that chewy crust and "pretzel" taste. The thought of mastering all those steps might seem like buying those soft pretzels is better.

But luckily, there are a few tricks to make the process easier, and making those chewy, soft freshly baked pretzels is totally worth it. This version, which comes from Pretzel Making at Home, includes a quick-rising dough (for when you want pretzels fast (well faster)) and a swap for a baking soda bath instead of the lye. Now all you need to do is master the pretzel twist and you'll be making soft pretzels in no time. Here's how to do it:


How to Make Soft Pretzels

If you've ever had a freshly baked pretzel at a ball game or a beer hall, you know nothing beats it. I grew up in Germany, which meant fresh German pretzels were my afternoon snack, aka I'm obsessed.

5 German Foods (That Aren't Kinder Eggs) That You Should Be Obsessed With

But take a glance at a homemade pretzel recipe and learning how to make soft pretzels may feel way too complicated. Yes, there are a lot of steps. There's the dough, which may or may not contain beer, sugar, or malt syrup. There's rolling and twisting the dough into the pretzel shape. And then there's the tricky dip into food-grade lye, an alkaline which gives pretzels that chewy crust and "pretzel" taste. The thought of mastering all those steps might seem like buying those soft pretzels is better.

But luckily, there are a few tricks to make the process easier, and making those chewy, soft freshly baked pretzels is totally worth it. This version, which comes from Pretzel Making at Home, includes a quick-rising dough (for when you want pretzels fast (well faster)) and a swap for a baking soda bath instead of the lye. Now all you need to do is master the pretzel twist and you'll be making soft pretzels in no time. Here's how to do it:


How to Make Soft Pretzels

If you've ever had a freshly baked pretzel at a ball game or a beer hall, you know nothing beats it. I grew up in Germany, which meant fresh German pretzels were my afternoon snack, aka I'm obsessed.

5 German Foods (That Aren't Kinder Eggs) That You Should Be Obsessed With

But take a glance at a homemade pretzel recipe and learning how to make soft pretzels may feel way too complicated. Yes, there are a lot of steps. There's the dough, which may or may not contain beer, sugar, or malt syrup. There's rolling and twisting the dough into the pretzel shape. And then there's the tricky dip into food-grade lye, an alkaline which gives pretzels that chewy crust and "pretzel" taste. The thought of mastering all those steps might seem like buying those soft pretzels is better.

But luckily, there are a few tricks to make the process easier, and making those chewy, soft freshly baked pretzels is totally worth it. This version, which comes from Pretzel Making at Home, includes a quick-rising dough (for when you want pretzels fast (well faster)) and a swap for a baking soda bath instead of the lye. Now all you need to do is master the pretzel twist and you'll be making soft pretzels in no time. Here's how to do it:


How to Make Soft Pretzels

If you've ever had a freshly baked pretzel at a ball game or a beer hall, you know nothing beats it. I grew up in Germany, which meant fresh German pretzels were my afternoon snack, aka I'm obsessed.

5 German Foods (That Aren't Kinder Eggs) That You Should Be Obsessed With

But take a glance at a homemade pretzel recipe and learning how to make soft pretzels may feel way too complicated. Yes, there are a lot of steps. There's the dough, which may or may not contain beer, sugar, or malt syrup. There's rolling and twisting the dough into the pretzel shape. And then there's the tricky dip into food-grade lye, an alkaline which gives pretzels that chewy crust and "pretzel" taste. The thought of mastering all those steps might seem like buying those soft pretzels is better.

But luckily, there are a few tricks to make the process easier, and making those chewy, soft freshly baked pretzels is totally worth it. This version, which comes from Pretzel Making at Home, includes a quick-rising dough (for when you want pretzels fast (well faster)) and a swap for a baking soda bath instead of the lye. Now all you need to do is master the pretzel twist and you'll be making soft pretzels in no time. Here's how to do it:


How to Make Soft Pretzels

If you've ever had a freshly baked pretzel at a ball game or a beer hall, you know nothing beats it. I grew up in Germany, which meant fresh German pretzels were my afternoon snack, aka I'm obsessed.

5 German Foods (That Aren't Kinder Eggs) That You Should Be Obsessed With

But take a glance at a homemade pretzel recipe and learning how to make soft pretzels may feel way too complicated. Yes, there are a lot of steps. There's the dough, which may or may not contain beer, sugar, or malt syrup. There's rolling and twisting the dough into the pretzel shape. And then there's the tricky dip into food-grade lye, an alkaline which gives pretzels that chewy crust and "pretzel" taste. The thought of mastering all those steps might seem like buying those soft pretzels is better.

But luckily, there are a few tricks to make the process easier, and making those chewy, soft freshly baked pretzels is totally worth it. This version, which comes from Pretzel Making at Home, includes a quick-rising dough (for when you want pretzels fast (well faster)) and a swap for a baking soda bath instead of the lye. Now all you need to do is master the pretzel twist and you'll be making soft pretzels in no time. Here's how to do it:


How to Make Soft Pretzels

If you've ever had a freshly baked pretzel at a ball game or a beer hall, you know nothing beats it. I grew up in Germany, which meant fresh German pretzels were my afternoon snack, aka I'm obsessed.

5 German Foods (That Aren't Kinder Eggs) That You Should Be Obsessed With

But take a glance at a homemade pretzel recipe and learning how to make soft pretzels may feel way too complicated. Yes, there are a lot of steps. There's the dough, which may or may not contain beer, sugar, or malt syrup. There's rolling and twisting the dough into the pretzel shape. And then there's the tricky dip into food-grade lye, an alkaline which gives pretzels that chewy crust and "pretzel" taste. The thought of mastering all those steps might seem like buying those soft pretzels is better.

But luckily, there are a few tricks to make the process easier, and making those chewy, soft freshly baked pretzels is totally worth it. This version, which comes from Pretzel Making at Home, includes a quick-rising dough (for when you want pretzels fast (well faster)) and a swap for a baking soda bath instead of the lye. Now all you need to do is master the pretzel twist and you'll be making soft pretzels in no time. Here's how to do it:


How to Make Soft Pretzels

If you've ever had a freshly baked pretzel at a ball game or a beer hall, you know nothing beats it. I grew up in Germany, which meant fresh German pretzels were my afternoon snack, aka I'm obsessed.

5 German Foods (That Aren't Kinder Eggs) That You Should Be Obsessed With

But take a glance at a homemade pretzel recipe and learning how to make soft pretzels may feel way too complicated. Yes, there are a lot of steps. There's the dough, which may or may not contain beer, sugar, or malt syrup. There's rolling and twisting the dough into the pretzel shape. And then there's the tricky dip into food-grade lye, an alkaline which gives pretzels that chewy crust and "pretzel" taste. The thought of mastering all those steps might seem like buying those soft pretzels is better.

But luckily, there are a few tricks to make the process easier, and making those chewy, soft freshly baked pretzels is totally worth it. This version, which comes from Pretzel Making at Home, includes a quick-rising dough (for when you want pretzels fast (well faster)) and a swap for a baking soda bath instead of the lye. Now all you need to do is master the pretzel twist and you'll be making soft pretzels in no time. Here's how to do it:


How to Make Soft Pretzels

If you've ever had a freshly baked pretzel at a ball game or a beer hall, you know nothing beats it. I grew up in Germany, which meant fresh German pretzels were my afternoon snack, aka I'm obsessed.

5 German Foods (That Aren't Kinder Eggs) That You Should Be Obsessed With

But take a glance at a homemade pretzel recipe and learning how to make soft pretzels may feel way too complicated. Yes, there are a lot of steps. There's the dough, which may or may not contain beer, sugar, or malt syrup. There's rolling and twisting the dough into the pretzel shape. And then there's the tricky dip into food-grade lye, an alkaline which gives pretzels that chewy crust and "pretzel" taste. The thought of mastering all those steps might seem like buying those soft pretzels is better.

But luckily, there are a few tricks to make the process easier, and making those chewy, soft freshly baked pretzels is totally worth it. This version, which comes from Pretzel Making at Home, includes a quick-rising dough (for when you want pretzels fast (well faster)) and a swap for a baking soda bath instead of the lye. Now all you need to do is master the pretzel twist and you'll be making soft pretzels in no time. Here's how to do it:


How to Make Soft Pretzels

If you've ever had a freshly baked pretzel at a ball game or a beer hall, you know nothing beats it. I grew up in Germany, which meant fresh German pretzels were my afternoon snack, aka I'm obsessed.

5 German Foods (That Aren't Kinder Eggs) That You Should Be Obsessed With

But take a glance at a homemade pretzel recipe and learning how to make soft pretzels may feel way too complicated. Yes, there are a lot of steps. There's the dough, which may or may not contain beer, sugar, or malt syrup. There's rolling and twisting the dough into the pretzel shape. And then there's the tricky dip into food-grade lye, an alkaline which gives pretzels that chewy crust and "pretzel" taste. The thought of mastering all those steps might seem like buying those soft pretzels is better.

But luckily, there are a few tricks to make the process easier, and making those chewy, soft freshly baked pretzels is totally worth it. This version, which comes from Pretzel Making at Home, includes a quick-rising dough (for when you want pretzels fast (well faster)) and a swap for a baking soda bath instead of the lye. Now all you need to do is master the pretzel twist and you'll be making soft pretzels in no time. Here's how to do it:


How to Make Soft Pretzels

If you've ever had a freshly baked pretzel at a ball game or a beer hall, you know nothing beats it. I grew up in Germany, which meant fresh German pretzels were my afternoon snack, aka I'm obsessed.

5 German Foods (That Aren't Kinder Eggs) That You Should Be Obsessed With

But take a glance at a homemade pretzel recipe and learning how to make soft pretzels may feel way too complicated. Yes, there are a lot of steps. There's the dough, which may or may not contain beer, sugar, or malt syrup. There's rolling and twisting the dough into the pretzel shape. And then there's the tricky dip into food-grade lye, an alkaline which gives pretzels that chewy crust and "pretzel" taste. The thought of mastering all those steps might seem like buying those soft pretzels is better.

But luckily, there are a few tricks to make the process easier, and making those chewy, soft freshly baked pretzels is totally worth it. This version, which comes from Pretzel Making at Home, includes a quick-rising dough (for when you want pretzels fast (well faster)) and a swap for a baking soda bath instead of the lye. Now all you need to do is master the pretzel twist and you'll be making soft pretzels in no time. Here's how to do it: