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Soft Pretzel Knots

Soft Pretzel Knots made with homemade dough and baked to a golden brown. Easy and delicious soft pretzel recipe.
Course Appetizer, Side Dish, Snack
Cuisine American
Prep Time 30 minutes
Cook Time 22 minutes
Resting Time 1 hour
Total Time 1 hour 52 minutes
Servings 8 pretzels
Author Jenn


  • 2 ¼ tsps Active Dry Yeast
  • 1 Tbsp Granulated Sugar
  • 1 ½ Cups (375 ml) Warm Water 110 F
  • 4 Tbsp Unsalted Butter melted, warm not hot
  • 4 ¾ Cups (595 grams) All Purpose Flour
  • 2 tsps Kosher Salt

Baking Soda Bath

  • 10 cups (2500 ml) Water
  • cup baking soda

Egg Wash

  • 1 large egg yolk beaten with 1 tablespoon water


  • Course salt
  • *Olive oil for surfaces*


  • Combine sugar, yeast, and warm water into bowl of stand mixer. Gently stir. Let sit about 5 minutes until frothy.
  • Meanwhile hand whisk together sifted flour and salt in a large bowl.
  • Using dough attachment on mixer, start at a low speed. Add warm butter and then slowly spoon in flour mixture.
  • Mix on medium speed until dough forms, letting go of the sides of bowl, wrapping around dough hook, but still attached to the bottom center of bowl.
  • Once combined turn up to medium high for 3-5min. to knead the dough.
  • Transfer dough to a lightly oiled large bowl. Cover bowl with kitchen towel and let sit for an hour in a warm location. Make sure dough has doubled in size.
  • Meanwhile cover two pans with parchment paper and lightly brush with olive oil.
  • In a large pot bring water and baking soda to a boil.
  • Lightly rub oil onto a working surface and cut dough into 8 pieces. Make sure to weigh each piece to be accurate.
  • Roll each piece into a 10-12 inch rope. Take rope and loop into a single knot. One end going through the center and the other end under and around to connect the pieces.
  • Gently place each knot into the boiling water for 30 seconds using a spatula. Transfer to baking sheets.
  • Brush knots gently with egg wash, using a soft pastry brush over top of pretzels. Sprinkle generously with coarse salt.
  • Bake at 450 F (230 C) for 20-22 min. or until golden brown.



Serve with favorite dipping sauce. I'm a honey mustard girl!