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Big Soft Pretzels

  • Author: Melissa Griffiths - Bless this Mess
  • Total Time: 1 hour 45 minutes
  • Yield: 8-12 pretzels 1x


These Big Soft Pretzels are made from a simple dough, boiled, and then baked to golden perfection! This easy pretzel recipe will easily become one of your all-time favorite salty and chewy treats.


  • 1 1/4 cups warm water
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons yeast
  • 3 tablespoons corn syrup
  • 3 to 3 1/2 cups flour
  • 2 quarts water
  • 1/2 cup baking soda
  • coarse salt


  1. Let the yeast, water, and corn syrup sit in a medium bowl for 5 minutes.  Add the flour to create a smooth and elastic dough, kneading on the counter to get desired results.
  2. Let the dough rise until doubled, 30 to 60 minutes.
  3. After it has risen, combine the water and soda in a large pot and bring to a boil.  Roll out the dough and shape into pretzels.
  4. Drop the shaped pretzels into the boiling soda water, 1 or 2 at a time, and boil for 10-15 seconds.  Remove from water and place on a greased baking sheet.  Sprinkle with coarse salt while still wet.
  5. Bake at 425 for 8-10 minutes until golden brown.


  • Use a deep pot - the baking soda makes the water boil over really easily.
  • Prep Time: 90 min
  • Cook Time: 15 min
  • Category: Snacks
  • Method: Oven
  • Cuisine: American

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