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Homemade Soft Pretzels (5 Ways)

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5 Ways To Make Homemade Soft Pretzels |

Growing up, my sister and I used to get super excited when we flung open the door after school and saw that it was our favorite — Pretzel Day!! Within about 2.2 seconds, we would throw off our backpacks, hop onto our kitchen stools, and take that first delicious bite of a warm, doughy, soft pretzel. De-lish. My sister always liked her with cinnamon and sugar or dipped in cheese, but I was a purist. Just sprinkle mine with some big chunks of sea salt and I’m a happy camper.

Eventually I learned how to make pretzel dough myself, mastering the steps of kneading, rising, boiling, and cooking them to golden perfection. My friends and I would twist them into knots, cut them into little pretzel bites for dipping, or (my favorite since childhood) shape them into letters to make everyone’s initials or make pretzel “words”. Some things don’t change since childhood. ;)

But recently my friend and baker-extraordinaire Sally did a post on 30-minute pretzels, and my jaw dropped. You mean — wait — what? — no waiting for dough to rise or messing with dipping each pretzel in a boiling baking soda solution? Nope! Sure enough, she introduced a method of just forming and baking the dough right away, and then cranking up the broiler at the very end to brown the edges a bit. Brilliant!

Suffice it to say, I have been making way too many soft pretzels the past few months as I’ve been playing around with adapting my old recipe with her new method. (Hers are vegan and whole wheat, but I like using my stand mixer to make mine with butter and bread flour for extra chewy-ness.)

So today I’m teaming up with Imperial Sugar to share 5 variations for making quick and easy soft pretzels — Classic (with sea salt), Cinnamon Sugar, Parmesan, Italian Garlic and Cajun Pretzels. Visit Imperial’s yummy site for the pretzel recipe and many more, and also feel free to read below for a few step by step photos. (Plus a few zillion more pretzel photos. I had a little too much fun photographing these!)

Hope these might inspire you to have your own Pretzel Day!

How To Make Quick & Easy Homemade Soft Pretzels |


Homemade Soft Pretzel recipe available at Imperial Sugar.

(Recipe adapted from Sally’s Baking Addiction.)

5 Ways To Make Homemade Soft Pretzels |

5 Ways To Make Homemade Soft Pretzels |
5 Ways To Make Homemade Soft Pretzels |

5 Ways To Make Homemade Soft Pretzels |

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5 Ways To Make Homemade Soft Pretzels |

5 Ways To Make Homemade Soft Pretzels |

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49 comments on “Homemade Soft Pretzels (5 Ways)”

  1. I love Sally! I’ve always loved making homemade pretzels and I definitely want to try this quick version.

  2. I think I need to make ALL of these! Choosing Just one is to hard!

  3. We are CRAZY over soft pretzels. Love the variation here…

  4. I am straight up obsessed with soft pretzels! Lots of mustard please!

  5. I want one of each! I love soft pretzels!!

  6. These are fabulous, Ali. My girls adore pretzels, but I have yet to try my hand at making them. I need to change that!

  7. I have never made pretzels. You make it looks so easy, and YUMMY!

  8. Now I want one for breakfast. Those are fabulous pretzels!!! Can’t wait to try these with my 2 girlies!

  9. Every time I go to the mall I HAVE to get a pretzel. I’m with you plain with salt and then I like to dip mine in that “FAKE” cheese. It is so good.

  10. You definitely made the most of the recipe. I have a 1 hour soft buttery pretzel recipe and have always wanted to make all kinds of varieties and take pics of them all at once but have never attempted it. You versions looks great and Sally’s recipe is definitely a keeper!

  11. I love the variety! Definitely need to try this version sometime. I’ve only done the more labor intensive kind so far.

  12. I’ll have one of each, please and thank you. YUM!

  13. How fun! I’ve got to try this method!

  14. I think I need to taste one of each! These look fab!

  15. Definitely a favorite of mine. These look amazing!!

  16. Homemade pretzels are the best snack ever and these look fantastic!

  17. So cute that y’all had pretzel day! I wanna start that tradition when I have kiddos!!

    These look SO good! I made garlic parmesan pretzels a couple months ago and they disappeared in our house embarrassingly quickly. LOVE the idea of the Cajun ones!!

  18. I’ve always wanted to try making homemade pretzels. These look fantastic!

  19. I saw this recipe for 30 min pretzels and I loved it. Since I live in Berlin I have a warm heart for pretzels.

  20. I LOVE that you made these with five different coatings! They look incredible. And Sally is the best – love her recipes!

  21. WOW. These look so good, I’m drooling. I must try a 30-minute pretzel. Although my jeans might not be happy with me…

  22. These look amazing and we’ve decided to make them today! Quick question though (and I am not a baker), for the recipe you say 4 Tbs (1/2 c) of melted butter. So does that mean I’m melting down half a cup of butter which only winds up to be 4 Tbs OR do I really only need to melt 4 Tbs of butter.

  23. Wow, Ali – your photos are absolutely gorgeous! I love pretzels but have never made them before. I’m definitely going to check out Sally’s recipe. I love that you made these in 5 versions. Delish!

  24. Oh my gosh, these look amazing! I want one now!

  25. I love them all! Give me all five!

  26. These look amazing! I love all the flavor ideas.

  27. I am a “pretzel purist” from Bavaria, and in my opinion butter, eggs, and sugar do not belong into pretzel dough. However, there is definitely room for variations, so long as people know what they’re getting beforehand.

    I also like to make my dough myself, using pure wheat flour (without barley), but if there isn’t enough time, pizza dough works really well for pretzels. As does home made lretzel dough for pizza. :-)

  28. These are super fun Ali! Love all the variations! Homemade pretzels are one thing I only make a few times a year because I have absolutely no restraint around them :)

  29. These look great. Definitely will attempt to make the pretzels on a night when family coming over..will have a family fun night.

  30. How did you know that pretzels are my ultimate weakness?!

  31. I can’t get over these Ali – I’ve been thinking of them all weekend. For real. I don’t know which one I’d choose!

  32. This is such a fun recipe, so many different options to choose from! Love this :)

  33. I love every one of these varieties, not to mention how quickly I could be eating them!!

  34. All I can say is Yum! I know, so unoriginal, but that’s all I have. Maybe my head is too full of desire for these pretzels to think!

  35. These are all gorgeous. I can’t wait to welcome my kids home with warm pretzels. Lovely.

  36. Can,t wait to try to make them. They sure look yummy!

  37. I want to try these. I have the ingredients on hand and they look so good.

  38. I want to try these they look so delicious . I am going to make them today hope they turn out alright . !!!!!!!!