Recipe: Homemade Soft Pretzels (BreadMachine)

by Jenn @ Frugal Upstate on October 1, 2009

Whenever we go to Walmart and my kids see that Auntie Annies Pretzel shop they start begging.

“Mama, can we have a pretzel?”

Occasionally I cave and buy that $3 pretzel, but mostly I promise to make this homemade version that is just as tasty yet much less expensive.  Since I let the kids form their own pretzels it is also much more fun.  It just tastes better when you’ve made it yourself!

Recipe: Homemade Soft Pretzels (BreadMachine)

Recipe: Homemade Soft Pretzels (BreadMachine)

Ingredients

  • 1 1/4 C Water
  • 3 1/2 C Flour
  • 1 tsp Salt
  • 1 Egg, separated
  • 1 TBS Oil
  • 1tsp Lemon Juice
  • 2 TBS Sugar
  • 1/8 tsp White Pepper
  • 1 TBS Active Dry Yeast
  • 1 TBS Water

Instructions

  • -Place water, flour, salt, egg YOLK, oil, lemon juice, sugar, pepper & yeast into your bread machine.
  • -Run on "Dough" cycle.
  • -Remove dough when complete and place on floured countertop.
  • -Cut dough into 16 equal pieces.
  • -Roll each into a rope (approx 14" long)
  • -Shape each rope into a pretzel
  • -Place on greased cookie sheet about 1" apart.
  • -Whisk together egg white & 1TBS water.
  • -Brush each pretzel w/egg mixture
  • -sprinkle with Salt, Kosher salt, or sesame seeds.
  • -Bake at 375 for 15-20 min.
  • -Pretzels will be golden brown.
  • Variations:
  • -Leave off the Salt, after baking brush with butter and sprinkle with powdered sugar or cinnamon sugar.
  • -Add 1/2 C Parmesan Cheese to dough, after baking brush with butter and sprinkle with more cheese
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Melissa October 1, 2009 at 7:37 am

Oh, you are going to make me go get a bread machine yet! I’d love to try the recipe, but for now I need non bread machine recipes. Any idea on how to adapt them? Thanks! (Oh, and at what point could I freeze them as I wouldn’t need a full recipe at a time. :-) ).

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Carmen October 1, 2009 at 8:32 am

I would love to know how to do it without a bread machine too? Anyone know? OHhh I bet they are delicious

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Mike October 1, 2009 at 8:45 am

Those look like very BIG pretzels. I kinda like them razor thin like those AuntieAnnes.

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Jenn @ Frugal Upstate October 1, 2009 at 9:29 am

Melissa & Carmen-Good point, I’ll post something next week on how to convert bread machine recipes for those who don’t have one. Basically the machine just does the mixing, kneading & rising part. . . so you could just use the basic directions for any other pretzel recipe. Personally I would guess that you could freeze them in the pretzel shape, then defrost them in the fridge/on a counter and pop them in the oven. I haven’t tried it though.

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Jenn @ Frugal Upstate October 1, 2009 at 9:30 am

Mike-I would have rolled them out much thinner myself-but when you have a 6 & 8yr old doing the work, they come out much thicker. Princess used about 4 pretzels worth to make her one giant pretzel.

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Amyrlin October 1, 2009 at 9:15 pm

I may have to try this noe. my kids love doing rolls, and cookies, I think this would be a lot of fun.

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Nicole October 1, 2009 at 11:17 pm

You have an Aunt Annie’s in your Walmart? We only have those in the mall!

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TeeTee October 3, 2009 at 12:35 pm

I think your Model Chef is beautiful. I’m just sayin’

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Linda M. January 14, 2011 at 6:13 pm

Oh am I thrilled to have found you! Not only am I digging out my bread machine, your German cucumber salad is just as I remembered my Mom Mom making! Thanks & I’ll be around for sure!

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Jenn @ Frugal Upstate January 18, 2011 at 3:45 pm

Linda-I’m so glad that you found me as well :)

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natalie November 21, 2011 at 2:45 pm

i have made about 3 batches of these and they have been absolutely amazing.Thank you so much and sorry about commenting late

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Jenn @ Frugal Upstate November 21, 2011 at 2:57 pm

I am so glad you enjoy the recipe Natalie! And I’m just happy you took the time to come back and tell me that it worked well for you :)

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Anna December 12, 2011 at 9:06 am

Im going to make some this afternoon because like you my 2 yo is always begging for pretzels. Do you think I could freeze them? And think I should do it before or after cooking? Tia!

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Jenn @ Frugal Upstate December 12, 2011 at 9:31 am

Anna-I’ve never tried freezing them-but most bread products and dough do freeze fine. I would actually experiment-freeze half the dough (tightly wrapped in plastic to prevent freezer burn) and then bake a few, wrap those tightly to keep the air out and freeze those as well. If you get back with me and let me know how it goes I’ll write a post about it!

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Anna December 12, 2011 at 10:50 am

Sounds good. Im about to pull them out of the bread machine. Ill lyk in a few days how it goes. :)

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stacey January 14, 2012 at 1:04 am

check out the goodwill when looking for a bread machine. they tend to carry them a lot. I bought mine for 8 bucks!!!! and it works perfectly…and if it didn’t, oh well, it was only 8 bucks! I think i got my moneys worth already. OAN: Im making these for my sons 3rd bday…its a carnival themed!!

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Jenn @ Frugal Upstate January 14, 2012 at 8:50 am

Stacey-you are right, the thriftstore is the best place to pick up one, especially if you are really just using it as a “kneading/rising” machine.

Hope the kiddos really enjoy the pretzels at the Carnival party!

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Haley January 19, 2012 at 5:28 pm

I work on a University Campus in the Seattle Area and we have been snowed in since Monday. A batch of these is currently in my bread machine as we speak, and I am having some residential students over to eat these later. Thank you for sharing the recipe!

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Jenn @ Frugal Upstate January 19, 2012 at 5:31 pm

Haley-I hope you guys enjoy them as much as we do! Have fun with the students tonight, and you all stay safe and warm.

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jen January 24, 2012 at 1:42 pm

Thanks! fun recipe, but I stink at rolling dough long enough or thin enough to make a decent pretzel shape. I think the kids (ages 5 and 4) had even more fun though rolling smaller lengths of dough to shape into the letters in their name, and other fun shapes. fun, and very tasty with homemade cheese sauce.

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Jenn @ Frugal Upstate January 24, 2012 at 2:16 pm

Making your own shapes IS the best part! Glad you enjoyed the recipe.

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Brittany May 20, 2012 at 5:05 pm

Getting out my bread machine now as well. Recently moved to a small town with NO Auntie Anne’s. I mean seriously, is that even legal?!?! I have been craving some pretzels so I can’t wait to try this out!

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Jenn @ Frugal Upstate May 20, 2012 at 5:24 pm

Brittany-well apparently it is legal ;) I hope that you enjoy this recipe as much as the kiddos and I do–and that it both satisfies your craving AND saves you some money!

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Mom Photographer August 28, 2012 at 4:14 pm

I just made them! My 2 year old has had 4 already and she keeps asking for more. I added mozzarella cheese and flax-seed meal. They are super delicious!

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Jenn @ Frugal Upstate August 28, 2012 at 5:52 pm

So glad you enjoyed them!

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Beverly Nulik August 30, 2012 at 8:27 pm

Thank you so much for the recipes, especially the pretzels. I am a bread nut. I can never turn down bread.

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Jenn @ Frugal Upstate August 30, 2012 at 9:13 pm

You are very welcome Beverly

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Nicole September 2, 2012 at 1:22 pm

Baking this up right now!!

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Jenn @ Frugal Upstate September 2, 2012 at 2:47 pm

Hope yours came out as yummy as mine do!

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Jen September 20, 2012 at 5:34 pm

Do I use bread flour or regular all purpose? Thanks!!

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Jenn @ Frugal Upstate September 20, 2012 at 5:50 pm

I always just use plain old all purpose flour.

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char boatman January 6, 2013 at 2:13 pm

I make these all the time. I have two hungry teenage boys. These are really good and inexpensive. I top them with cheese like the mall version.

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Jenn @ Frugal Upstate January 7, 2013 at 7:45 am

Glad everyone enjoys them.

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Ruth hall January 23, 2013 at 4:40 am

Just found these – we live in the UK and after vacationing in the US I became addicted to pretzels, but don’t find them often here. Will be making these later today. Thanks, already smelling the cinnamon & sugar, yum!

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Jenn @ Frugal Upstate January 23, 2013 at 7:51 am

Glad to enable your pretzel fix :)

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Diane March 26, 2014 at 3:07 pm

These are so delicious. We topped them with parmesan cheese and some with just salt. Absolutely wonderful! I have already made many batches!

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Jenn @ Frugal Upstate March 26, 2014 at 3:26 pm

So glad you enjoy them!

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