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buttery soft pretzels

(1 rating)
Recipe by
Christina Haley
Union City, TN

These are buttery and so delicious!!! Have them with your favorite dipping sauce as a snack or appetizer...they are sure to be a party favorite. With the different variations you have some options to flavor and shapes. Kids would have fun making their own special shapes too. It really is an easy recipe and besides the dough proofing time, they do not take that long to make. Give them a try, you will not be disappointed!!! Enjoy!!!

(1 rating)
yield 6 -10
prep time 1 Hr 15 Min
cook time 7 Min
method Bake

Ingredients For buttery soft pretzels

  • 1/4 c
    heavy cream
  • 3/4 c
    2% or whole milk
  • 1 pkg
    active dry yeast
  • 3 Tbsp
    brown sugar, light
  • 3 Tbsp
    butter, melted
  • 2 1/2 c
  • 1 tsp
    kosher salt
  • 2 Tbsp
    baking soda
  • 1 1/5 c
    water, warm
  • several pinch
    kosher salt or course salt
  • 3 Tbsp
    butter, melted

How To Make buttery soft pretzels

  • 1
    Warm milk in microwave or stove top to about 108 degrees. Make sure its not too hot, you should be able to keep your finger in it.
  • 2
    Stir in yeast and let sit 3 mins.
  • 3
    Add butter, salt and sugar mix in well. Then add the flour half of it first, then the rest.
  • 4
    Knead with stand mixer dough hook 5-8 minutes, adding sprinkles of flour if needed. Dough should not be sticky. When it is ready it should be smooth, silky and elastic.
  • 5
    Place in greased bowl and cover. Set in warm moist area to let rise 1 hour. I turn on the oven for just a few mins and then turn it back off just to get it warm. I cover the bowl with a damp towel.
  • 6
    After dough has about doubled in size, turn out on floured surface. Turn oven on now to 400 degrees.
  • 7
    Go ahead and mix up the warm water and baking soda until its dissolved. Set aside.
  • 8
    Punch down dough a bit and cut into 10-12 equal pieces.
  • 9
    Roll out each piece into 24 inch ropes, keeping the size consistent throughout end to end.
  • 10
    Twist into pretzel shapes.
  • 11
    Dip each pretzel into the water bath.
  • 12
    Place on parchment covered baking sheet. Sprinkle with the salt lightly. Bake for 5-7 minutes until golden brown. Brush with melted butter immediately. ENJOY!!!
  • 13
    *Alternate variations... add garlic powder to the melted butter and brush it on when done... Also, you can leave off the salt and add a cinnamon sugar dusting before baking. The dough can also be tied in knots or cut into "bites" for different shapes. I made a warm beer cheese fondue dipping sauce that was fabulous!!!!