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Freshly baked pretzels on parchment paper

Bread Machine Pretzels

Course: Homemade Snack
Cuisine: American
Keyword: bread machine pretzels, homemade pretzels
Prep Time: 1 hour 55 minutes
Cook Time: 12 minutes
Total Time: 2 hours 7 minutes
Servings: 6
Calories: 291kcal
Soft and chewy homemade pretzels using your bread machine.
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  • 1 cup water room temperature
  • 1 tbsp butter room temperature
  • 2 tbsp sugar
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 2 ¾ cups all purpose flour
  • 2 tsp dry active yeast
  • 6 cups water for cooking water
  • cup baking soda for cooking water
  • 1 egg to brush on before baking
  • 2-3 tbsp melted butter
  • 2 tsp coarse salt for topping


  • Place 1 cup water, butter, sugar, salt, flour and dry yeast in bread machine pan in order listed. Do not mix.
  • Select Dough setting and press start.
  • When cycle is complete, remove dough and transfer to lightly floured surface.
  • Preheat oven to 400F. Line baking sheet with parchment paper and lightly spray with cooking spray.
  • Divide dough into 6 equal portions.
  • Roll each piece of dough into a 18-20 inch rope.
  • Shape rope into U, take 2 ends and cross over 1 or 2 times. Bring end towards you, fold down leaving ends over-hang a bit. Press down a bit where dough intersects at the bottom.
  • Prepare baking soda water. Using large pot bring 6 cups of water to rapid simmer. Add baking soda slowly to water, stir to dissolve. Reduce heat to maintain a simmer.
  • Place 1 to 2 pretzels into water. Do not overcrowd pot. 
  • Cook for 30 seconds, flip and cook for another 30 seconds.
  • Using large slotted ladle remove pretzels and transfer to baking sheet. 
  • Prepare egg wash by whisking together egg with 1 tsp of water.
  • Brush pretzels with egg wash. Sprinkle with coarse salt. My favorite is coarse sea salt.
  • Bake 400ºF for 10-12 minutes until golden brown.
  • Remove from oven and brush generously with melted butter. 


Calories: 291kcal | Carbohydrates: 48g | Protein: 7g | Fat: 7g | Saturated Fat: 3g | Cholesterol: 42mg | Sodium: 3064mg | Potassium: 90mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 4g | Vitamin A: 215IU | Calcium: 20mg | Iron: 2.8mg