Buttery Soft Pretzels

Buttery, soft, and fluffy homemade pretzels are perfect dipped in melted cheese or mustard.
Course Bread
Prep Time 2 hours
Cook Time 12 minutes
Total Time 2 hours 12 minutes
Servings 6
Author Melissa Stadler, Modern Honey


  • 1 pkg. Active Yeast 2 1/4 teaspoons
  • 1 cup Warm Water about 110 degrees
  • 1/4 cup Honey
  • 3 cups Bread Flour
  • 1 1/4 teaspoon Salt
  • Water
  • 3 Tablespoons Baking Soda
  • 1 Egg beaten
  • 6 Tablespoons Butter
  • Coarse Salt


  1. In a small bowl, mix together yeast and warm water. Let start to work and activate for 10 minutes. Stir in honey.
  2. In a large mixing bowl, add flour and salt. Stir in activated yeast mixture. Using a dough hook, knead for about 5-6 minutes.
  3. Place dough in a lightly oiled large bowl. Cover with plastic wrap and let rise until doubled in size, about 1 1/2 hours. After it has doubled in size, punch the dough and let rise again for 45 minutes.
  4. Heat oven to 450 degrees.
  5. Pour 6 cups of water into the 12-inch skillet and add baking soda. Bring to a boil over high heat.
  6. Divide the dough into 6 or 8 pieces, depending on how large you want your pretzels to be. Roll each piece into a 20-inch long rope. Shape each rope into a pretzel shape.
  7. Using a slotted spoon, gently place the pretzels into the boiling water for 45 seconds.
  8. Remove the pretzels with a slotted spoon and drain well. Place onto the Silpat or parchment paper lined baking sheet.
  9. In a small bowl, beat egg to make an egg wash.
  10. Brush egg wash over pretzels. Sprinkle with coarse salt.
  11. Bake for 11-15 minutes, or until the pretzels are golden brown.
  12. Generously brush with melted butter on all sides.