Tuesday, January 10, 2012

Whole Wheat Soft Pretzels

One of our favorite wintertime activities is making soft pretzels. They are fun to shape and always yummy to eat.

This recipe can be used with white, whole wheat or a mixture of flours. I have it listed for whole wheat flour. If using white flour, you'll probably need slightly more flour.


I used to divide the dough into balls but it took so long to roll them into long strips that the children became discouraged. By rolling the dough flat and cutting it into strips, it is far easier. The children like to get creative with their shapes.

Whole Wheat Soft Pretzels

1 cup warm water
1 cup warm milk
1 T yeast
2 T honey
2 T soft butter
1 tsp salt
5 cups whole wheat flour (or white flour)
1 T gluten (optional)

Mix all ingredients together. Knead for five minutes. Allow to rise 1 hour.
Roll out dough. Cut into 12-15 strips with pizza cutter. Shape pretzels.

For dipping:
2 cup warm water
4 tsp baking soda

Mix  water and soda together. Dip pretzels into water and place on baking sheet covered with parchment paper. Sprinkle with coarse salt. Bake at 500 degrees for 8 minutes.

Option: If you like your pretzels with lots of buttery goodness, you can brush on some melted butter.


  1. Your pretzels look yummy! I made them once, years ago...must give it a try again soon!

  2. Thanks for the recipe, Gina! I love how you convert "white flour" family favorites into something more healthy, and I want to give these a try. I know my children will love them.

  3. I've never made pretzels before and have to admit I was a bit reluctant about it until I read your recipe. Everyone loves them, and they make a great, quick snack so maybe I'll give them a try. It's my bread day, so why not make some pretzels, too?!

  4. I do love pretzels ... or pretzums, as my little sister calls them! This recipe looks delicious, can't wait to make them myself! :-)

  5. Gina my son and mother-in-law absolutely love soft pretzels but I've never attempted to make them... I will now :) Thank you for the inspiration as always!

  6. I made a similiar recipe years ago.I think my children would love to make these.I wonder if I have all the ingredients?!Thanks for sharing the recipe.

  7. Hi there Gina!
    I tried making some sourdough pretzels last week and they were awful!
    Do you have a sourdough recipe I could try?

  8. I am so glad you posted this. We were going to have a Walter the Baker (by Eric Carle) Day with my boys and make some soft pretzels. These will be perfect!

  9. We made these today and they turned out wonderfully! So simple and delicious. Thanks again for sharing!


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