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Buttery Soft Pretzels Without Baking Soda Bath

Super fluffy, buttery, salty and insanely addicting.  Homemade baked soft pretzels are on the agenda today and I've got a recipe for you that won't disappoint. Say goodbye to the baking soda bath and all that extra work, we won’t be using that method for these!
Prep Time40 mins
Cook Time13 mins
Total Time53 mins
Course: Appetizer
Cuisine: American
Keyword: butter, flour, pretzel, soft pretzels, yeast
Author: Tara Moore


  • 1 1/2 c water
  • 1 tbsp active dry yeast
  • 1 tbsp sugar + 1/2 tsp sepparated
  • 4 c flour
  • 2 1/2 tsp salt
  • 3 tbsp butter melted
  • 1 egg
  • 1 tbsp water
  • kosher salt
  • melted butter for spreading over cooked pretzels (however much you want)


  • Heat 1 1/2 cups of water in the microwave for 45 seconds so the water is warm
  • Add the yeast and sprinkle 1/2 tsp sugar on the top, stir and let sit 5 minutes
  • Mix together 4 cups of flour, salt and 1 tbsp sugar
  • Pour in the yeast mixture and melted butter
  • Mix until combined
  • Use your hands to knead it a bit until the dough looks smooth
  • Roll in to a ball, return to the bowl, cover and rise for 30 minutes
  • Preheat oven to 400
  • Line two baking sheets with parchment paper
  • Cut 8-10 pieces and roll them out into ropes, and a pretzel shape or any shape! (see video on rolling pretzels)
  • Brush the pretzels with egg wash and sprinkle with salt
  • Bake for 12 min
  • Turn oven to broil and broil for 1 minute
  • Remove from the oven
  • Brush the pretzels with melted butter
  • Serve!



Make sure your water is the correct temperature for the yeast, if it's too hot it kills the yeast and too cold it won't activate
Don't broil longer than 1 minute - it can easily go from a golden color to black if you forget