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Homemade Pretzels

These pretzels are crisp on the outside and chewy inside. They rival many of the hot pretzels found in stores.—Suzanne McKinley, Lyons, Georgia
  • Total Time
    Prep: 25 min. + rising Bake: 15 min.
  • Makes
    20 pretzels


  • 2 packages (1/4 ounce each) active dry yeast
  • 1-1/2 cups warm water (110° to 115°)
  • 4-1/2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 4 teaspoons baking soda
  • 1/2 cup cold water
  • Coarse salt


  • In a large bowl, dissolve yeast in warm water. Add flour and salt; stir to form a soft dough. Turn onto a floured surface; knead 4-5 times. Cover and let rise in a warm place for 15 minutes.
  • Punch dough down and divide into 20 equal pieces. On a lightly floured surface, roll each piece into a 15-in. long strip; twist into a pretzel shape. Combine baking soda and cold water; brush over pretzels. Sprinkle with coarse salt.
  • Place on greased baking sheets. Bake at 450° for 15-20 minutes or until golden brown.
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  • jesslock27
    Jul 26, 2017

    I made it for the first time and it came out delish!! My kids loved it!!!

  • adamscook
    Nov 6, 2016

    These were delicious and super easy. I made half the recipe as a snack one night. I topped them with butter, cinnamon and sugar! I will be making these again and again

  • hockeymom24
    Jan 24, 2011

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  • kedunham
    Feb 18, 2010

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  • cmead
    Jan 17, 2009

    This a a great recipe for small children. I made them with my 3 year old class to "sell" at their "bakery". They couldn't roll them 15" long, so they were pretty fat, but they baked just fine.