Sourdough Pretzels


Sourdough Pretzels

Make your own pretzels with this homemade sourdough recipe. Perfect for parties!

Making homemade pretzels for your next party is a sure fire way to win over your guests' hearts and bellies. This simple sourdough pretzel recipe results in big and fluffy soft pretzels that you can dip in a sauce of your choice. We dipped ours in a yummy mustard, but you could easily serve these for dessert by dusting them in cinnamon and sugar and offering some frosting.

From the Chef: I absolutely love soft pretzels, and these homemade pretzels are super fun to make. They will certainly create a buzz at your holiday festivities. I recommend practicing your twisting motion with a piece of string beforehand, so you'll have the technique down pat when you're ready to handle the dough.
- Addie Gundry

This recipe is from RecipeLion's 103 Cookbook series, Festive Holiday Recipes: 103 Must-Make Dishes for Thanksgiving, Christmas, and New Year’s Eve Everyone Will Love.

Makes12 pretzels

Preparation Time1 hr

Cooking Time15 min


  • 3 cups warm water (about 110°F)
  • 2 1/4 teaspoons active dry yeast
  • 1 teaspoon sugar
  • 1 tablespoon unsalted butter, melted
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 3 cups all-purpose flour, plus extra as needed
  • Olive oil for the bowl
  • 1/4 cup baking soda
  • 1 egg yolk, beaten
  • 1 tablespoon coarse salt, poppyseeds, sesame seeds, or caraway seeds


  1. Preheat the oven to 450°F. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper.

  2. Using a stand mixer fitted with the dough hook, combine 1 cup of the warm water, the yeast, and sugar. Let stand until mixture is foamy, 5 to 10 minutes. Stir in the melted butter and salt. Add the flour, 1 cup at a time, and knead on medium-low speed until a dough forms and is no longer sticky. Add a bit more flour if the dough is too sticky. Continue to knead for 5 minutes, until the dough is smooth and pliable.

  3. Transfer the dough to a work surface and form it into a ball. Clean the mixing bowl and coat with oil. Return the dough to the bowl and cover to rest in a warm, dry place for 15 minutes. Meanwhile, in a medium saucepan, boil the remaining 2 cups water with the baking soda.

  4. Turn the dough out onto a lightly floured work surface and cut into 12 even pieces. Roll each piece into a rope 15 to 18 inches long. Working with 1 rope at a time, pull the ends up to meet in the middle, twist them a couple of times, and attach them to the bottom edge of the pretzel dough. Place in the baking soda bath for 2 minutes. Carefully remove from the water and place on the baking sheet. Brush the pretzels with the egg yolk and sprinkle with coarst salt.

  5. Bake for 10 to 12 minutes, or until golden brown. Serve.


  1. Try different toppings, such as poppy seeds, caraway seeds, or a blend of all your favorite spices.

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Thank Heaven this recipe for Soft Sourdough Pretzels is very well written and easy to follow, other wise I don't think I would have had the success that I did making them. Just follow the recipe and do what it says, and have fun with it. The resulting pretzels are well worth the effort. I did a practice run , and now I am planning on making a batch for Football game watching with the gang.


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