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The Best Soft Pretzels in the World

Prep Time 1 hour 30 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Total Time 1 hour 40 minutes
Servings 1 dozen pretzels
Calories 109kcal


  • 1-1/2 teaspoons active dry yeast
  • 1-1/4 cups warm water 110F
  • 1 tablespoon coconut sugar or brown sugar
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 3 to 3-1/2 cups white whole wheat flour
  • 6 cups water
  • 4 teaspoons baking soda
  • 1 egg yolk whisked with 1 tablespoon water
  • **2 tablespoons coconut sugar + 2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
  • **1 teaspoon Italian seasoning + 1 teaspoon garlic salt
  • **Kosher salt


  • In the bowl of a stand mixer fitted with a dough hook attachment, dissolve yeast in warm water. Let stand 5 minutes until foamy, then whisk in sugar and salt. With mixer running on medium speed, add flour 1 cup at a time until dough pulls away from sides of bowl, adding additional flour if needed.
  • Turn dough onto a floured surface and knead several times until smooth and elastic. Place in a greased bowl, turning once to grease top. Cover bowl with plastic wrap and let rise in a warm place, 1 hour or until doubled in size.
  • Punch risen dough down and divide into 12 equal pieces. Roll each portion into a 12-in rope. Form ropes into a pretzel shape, by shaping ropes into a a circle and twisting ends towards center. Pinch edges to end of pretzel to adhere. Place pretzels on two parchment paper-lined baking sheets. Cover with plastic wrap and let rise 15-30 minutes.
  • Meanwhile, in a large saucepan, bring 6 cups water to a low boil over medium-high heat. Dissolve baking soda into water. Working 1-2 at a time, carefully place pretzels in boiling water and boil 30 seconds on each side, flipping once. Transfer back to baking sheets and repeat boiling with remaining pretzels.
  • Brush pretzels with egg yolk mixture and top with your choice of either cinnamon sugar, garlic seasoning, or plain kosher salt. Bake pretzels in a preheated 450F oven 10-12 minutes until pretzels are a deep golden brown. Enjoy hot from the oven!


Serving: 1g | Calories: 109kcal | Carbohydrates: 22.2g | Protein: 4.4g | Fat: 0.9g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 0.9g | Cholesterol: 18mg | Sodium: 614mg | Fiber: 3.1g | Sugar: 2g