We love soft pretzels!


Elsie and I always loved going to the mall with our mom growing up, even before we loved fashion. Our mom would always get us a soft pretzel at Auntie Ann's to share and it was always a fun treat. I still sometimes get a soft pretzel when I'm at the mall, as it reminds me of all those trips with our mom. Plus, soft pretzels are AWESOME! So we thought it would be fun to try and make our own at home. We made original and cinnamon sugar soft pretzels plus two kinds of sweet buttery dipping sauces. Delicious!


Soft Pretzels
makes 8-12. Recipe adapted from here

Needed: 1 1/2 cups warm water, 1 1/8 teaspoon active dry yeast, 2 tablespoon sugar, 1 1/8 teaspoon salt, 1 cup bread flour, 3 cups (all-purpose) flour, 3-4 tablespoon melted butter, course sea salt, cinnamon and sugar, 1 cup warm water, 1 tablespoon baking soda.

Dissolve the yeast in the 1 1/2 cups warm water. Stir in the sugar and salt. In a kitchen aid mixer (or a large bowl, working by hand) combine the bread flour, all-purpose flour, and yeast solution. Mix/knead until dough is elastic-like (4-6 minutes). Set dough in a greased bowl, cover and allow to rise for 1 hour. Once dough has risen cut it into 8-12 pieces and roll out into a  long rope. Twist into a pretzel shape. Dip in a shallow bowl containing the 1 cup warm water and 1 tablespoon baking soda. Place an a baking sheet (that's been covered with parchment paper), cover and allow to rise for another 45 minutes to an hour. Brush on the melted butter. Top with either course salt or cinnamon sugar. And bake at 375 F for 10-12 minutes.


For the sweet butters: Combine 1 stick of softened (nearly melted) butter with either honey + nuts or raspberry jam. Stir to combine. You can store these in the refrigerator (covered) for up to a week to use on your pretzels or toast!


We hope you love these homemade pretzels as much as we do! xo. Emma + Elsie

  • These pretzels look absolutely scrumptious. I love all breads and I grew up eating lots of bread. Still can’t find the recipe for the bread I used to eat as a child. It’s a sweet egg bread, please take a look at my blog about it!


  • I just made these and they turned out wonderful! Thanks so much for the recipe! 🙂

  • just finished my second one and OMGOODNESS Amazing. The first one I dipped in apple sauce cause that is how my daughters wanted them and that was pretty good the second I dipped in nacho cheese and just as yummy. thanks for the recipe.

  • Oh my goodness. These look so good, they abeutolsly wouldnt be safe in my house. I realized a few weeks ago why I dont bake often. I live alone, and left unattended, I will eat every single cookie by myself. I hid oatmeal cookies in my freezer thinking that would stop me from eating so many. It didnt. Turns out frozen cookies are delicious.

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  • love your photos. i can enjoy the cieokos in a non-fattening way. but i look forward to trying this recipe because the maple syrup is such a nice touch.

  • I tried out this recipe and it was perfect! They froze well too. I intentionally under baked half of the batch so that I could reheat them at a later date and they would remain fresh – worked like a charm!

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  • Made these today after finding the this particular blog post on Pinterest. Turned out great…with the exception that the dough was VERY elasticky and hard to roll out. I simply dipped my fingers in the baking soda water and it helped it quite a bit.
    Other than that, for those of you attempting this recipe and having never made bread before, make sure you keep your dough covered with plastic wrap so that a nasty hard film doesn’t form on your dough and also keep your dough in a warm place when letting it rise. I usually turn my oven on at the lowest setting for 3-4 minutes and then turn it off and put the bowl right in the oven and keep the door closed for the whole hour.
    Excellent recipe. going in my “keeper” section.

  • I made these with homemade cheddar jalapeño and marinara dipping sauce, and they were absolutely fabulous! Thank you for the recipe. I will definitely be making these again.

  • We made these and LOVED them! I made them twice, once with just all purp flour and once with the bread flour (it really did make a big difference)
    LOVED THEM…. soo so so good, thanks so much for this recipe that I will now cherish and use all the time!

  • I made these last night and they turned out SO wonderful. Thanks for sharing.

  • Hwaaaa~!! I love Auntie Ann’s soft pretzels too.. they are just awesome.. 😀
    Anyway, thanks for sharing your recipe! would love to try it soon. xo. 😉

  • This look beyond amazing. My mom would take my sister and I to Mrs. Fields. 🙂 Can’t wait to try this!


  • heaven divine deliciousness! very creative, & great idea of butter dipping sauces to try.

  • Yummy! Can’t wait to try and make them!


  • i love nothing more than pretzels, yum! i will definitely try to make these, they look soo delicious!

  • AH this looks delicious Elsie! I love pretzels, they remind me of my German roots 😉 They have the best pretzels there!

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  • We do! We do!! 😀 Especially with some honey and coconut flakes.. 🙂 I would love to serve this at an upcoming event

  • Wow, these look great and so do the sauces!!

    You just gave pretzels a whole new meaning:)

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  • I love the pretzel stands in malls. I don’t particularly like to go to our mall much because it’s a little too crazy for me, but when I am there I usually have to get a pretzel to snack on.

  • My sister and I used to call these “mall pretzels” instead of soft pretzels because the only place we ever had them was at the mall.

  • you should come to germany and taste the real brezeln/brezen, one of the best things we have over here!

  • aww these seem amazing! I never tried soft pretzels just the snack ones, they seem super tasty!

  • i had a soft pretzel for the first time in new york this month and fell in love <3

  • YUMMY! i love getting soft pretzels form the mall 🙂

  • Raspberry butter sounds amazing! Great post = )


  • Will definitely try those. And your raspberry wedding cupcakes are a favorite in our home.

  • seriously! I have always LOVEd auntie Annes. I always thought they were better than wetzel pretzel!!

  • The dipping sauces look so amazing! I need to make these soon! I love soft pretzels!!

  • YUM. My mouth is watering. They look scrumptious and the butter dips look delightful. I know what sweet treat I’ll be making this weekend!

  • those look so yummy. I’ve made Rye Pretzels with coarse mustard from the Good to the Grain cookbook. so delicious and fun!

  • OOOh! Those look so good! I’m lucky enough to get to cook for my Lifegroup on Tuesdays… Next week’s food: DONE.


  • I sometimes get the pretzels from the mall too..th e smell is just tooo tempting! But wow, these look delicious..I feel like I can smell them already! thank you! will DEFINITELY be trying this!

  • Perfect timing! I’ve been thinking non-stop about soft pretzels for some reason this week (even though I haven’t had one in about two years) and I forgot about making them because we had a snowstorm that shut off our power for 2 days (electric stove = bane of my existence). Power is back on though and it’s time to get my bake on.

  • Oh boy, favorite recipe yet!! I love love love soft pretzels, in fact, I’m from the same area as the Auntie Anne…actually she worked for my grandpa for a bit before she started her business. I’ve never actually tried making soft pretzels myself other then a fun elementary school project/lesson. I’m headed to the kitchen now…haha! 🙂 Thanks for sharing, this just blessed my day!!

  • My mouth is watering – why have I never even thought of making soft pretzels at home?

  • Yummm! We dont have pretzels in Australia so I am going to have to make these this weekend..Thanks for the recipe!

  • Just found your blog and I am loving every aspect!!! I am ready to drink some coffee and DIY all night. Hahaha. You ladies are super talented. And these pretzels? They look delicious!

  • This is great! I’ve been craving these like crazy lately, and yummm those butters looks so good. I used to get a soft pretzel for lunch every week when I was in high school. They served these really yummy ones filled with jalapeno cheese…ohmygosh so good!

  • These looks so delicious! I tried making soft pretzels last year but they didn’t turn out too great. I’ll give this recipe a try 🙂 Thanks!

  • i used to ALWAYS go to pretzel maker in the mall every time I went too! i would always get the same one, and get SO excited. fun to remember being 8 years old.:)

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