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Easy Soft Pretzel Recipe (No Boiling Required)

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This easy soft pretzel recipe is a no boil pretzel recipe that will make the perfect snack that both kids and adults will love.

I love no-boil pretzels because it saves me time. All I have to do is mix the dough, dip it, and throw it in the oven.

It’s a simple no fuss easy soft pretzel recipe that you can add butter and salt to.

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Easy Soft Pretzel Recipe (No Boiling Required)

Dip these in your favorite melted cheese or favorite dipping sauce and you have the perfect salty snack!

How to Make Soft Pretzels

  • 2 ¾ c flour + a little extra for dusting
  • 2 ¼ teaspoon or one pack of active yeast
  • 1 tablespoon of white sugar
  • ¼ cup of brown sugar
  • 1 cup of 105-120 degree water
  • ⅓ cup of butter, melted
  • A pinch of salt

For the pretzel “bath”

  • 1 cup of water
  • 2 tablespoons of baking soda
  • To prepare the bowl for the dough to rise
  • 2 teaspoons of oil or melted butter

How to Make the Pretzel Dough

Add sugar, brown sugar, yeast, and water to a mixing bowl.

Tip: If you can, test the temperature of the water. It should be around 110 degrees, but no hotter than 120 degrees. A good way to test is to aim for the same temperature you would make a baby bottle. It should be warm but not hot.

Pretzel Yeast Mixture

Mix gently with a wooden or plastic spoon. I prefer a wooden spoon.

Allow the mixture to rest in a warm place for about 5 minutes. It will be foamy when it is ready.

Add the melted butter and give it a gentle stir with your wooden spoon.

Add the salt and flour, one cup at a time. Mix it with your wooden spoon until all of the flour is incorporated and the dough no longer feels sticky. If you need to, add extra flour, one-half cup at a time.

Pretzel Dough

Pull the dough out onto a lightly floured surface and knead by hand for about 4 minutes, or until the dough is soft and flexible, and not sticky.

Place the dough in an oiled or buttered bowl. You can drizzle a little (less than a teaspoon) of oil or cooled melted butter, directly onto the dough to keep it from drying out.

Cover the bowl and allow the dough to rise until it has doubled in size.

Easy Soft Pretzel Recipe Dough

While the dough rises, prepare the pretzel bath by stirring the water and baking soda together. The soda will settle and need to be stirred frequently during the dipping process. No boiling is required, just a simple dunk into the cold water.

Preheat the oven to 400 degrees.

How to Make the Pretzel Shape

Tear off sections of dough (about the size of a lime) and roll the dough ball out into a rope, about 12” long.

With the dough, fold it so the two ends are even, and make a loop, with the two ends extending.

Easy Soft Pretzel Recipe Folding

Bring the ends together and loop them twice, then fold them down and attach the ends to the bottom of the pretzel by pressing gently.

Pick up the pretzel and dip it into the baking soda water and press it on a baking sheet. Leave about an inch of space between the pretzels.

Bake at 400 degrees for about 12 minutes or until golden brown.

When you remove the pretzels from the oven, you can brush them with melted butter if you like, then sprinkle on salt.

Easy Soft Pretzel Recipe No Boiling Required

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