My obsession with hot buttered soft pretzels continues.

Everything Soft Pretzels

And with good reason, I assure you. I mean, fresh pretzels made at home in an hour and a half brushed with melted butter and sprinkled with everything bagel topping? I don’t need much else…besides a walk.

Everything Soft Pretzels

Everything Soft Pretzels

I’m currently in the throes of planning parties for my best friend’s wedding. We’ve got a stag and doe, a bridal shower and a bachelorette to put together before the end of April and right now I’m finding that the biggest challenge is coming up with ideas to keep people busy.

Any suggestions? Have you had/planed/been to a bridal shower that wasn’t totally boring? TELL ME EVERYTHING!

Buttery Soft Pretzels


And I don’t think pretzel baking is something I can sneak into any of these parties. The bride to be is pretty chill, but let’s save these beauties for those chilly weekend mornings spent at home. I like to make baking my “plan” on certain lazy weekends when it’s unbearably cold outside. This is just the project!!

Everything Soft Pretzels

Hugs! xx

Everything Soft Pretzels

Prep Time: 30 minutes

Cook Time: 10 minutes

Total Time: 1 hour, 30 minutes

Yield: 8 pretzels


    Everything Topping:
  • 2 tsp poppy seeds
  • 2 tsp sesame seeds
  • 2 tsp garlic flakes
  • 2 tsp dried onion flakes
  • 2 tsp coarse salt
  • Pretzels:
  • 1 cup warm water
  • 1 tsp Kosher salt
  • 1 tsp granulated sugar
  • 2 1/4 tsp (1 package) instant yeast
  • 2 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1-2 tsp melted unsalted butter, for greasing the bowl
  • 1 cup boiling water
  • 2 tbsp baking soda
  • 1 egg yolk beaten with 1 tbsp water, for brushing
  • Everything bagel topping, for sprinkling
  • 3 tbsp unsalted butter, melted


  1. Prepare the everything topping by combining all of the ingredients listed together in a small bowl. Set aside.
  2. Place the water, salt, sugar, and instant yeast into the bowl of a stand mixer fitted with the paddle attachment. Mix on low speed to dissolve the yeast. Add in the flour and mix just until the dough comes together. Switch to the dough hook and knead on medium speed, for about 5 minutes, until it's soft, smooth, and quite slack (you may need to add a tiny bit more warm water at this point). Transfer the dough to a bowl lightly greased with melted butter, turning once to coat. Cover with plastic wrap and let rise in a warm place (like in the oven with the light on) for about 40 minutes.
  3. While the dough is resting, prepare the topping: combine the boiling water and baking soda, stirring until the soda is dissolved. Pour mixture into a 9 x 9-inch baking pan and set aside to cool to lukewarm.
  4. Preheat oven to 475ยฐF. Prepare a baking sheet by lining it with parchment paper (or foil) and spraying it with cooking spray. Set aside.
  5. Transfer the dough to a lightly greased work surface, and divide it into eight equal pieces. Allow the pieces to rest, uncovered, for 5 minutes.
  6. Working with one piece at a time, roll each segment of dough into a long, thin rope (about 28" long), and twist each rope into a pretzel. Do this by first making a U-shape with the rope. Then, hold the ends of the rope and cross them over each other and onto the bottom of the U-shape (see photos).
  7. Working with 4 pretzels at a time, place them in the 9-inch baking pan with the baking soda/water, spooning the water over their tops; leave them in the water for 1-2 minutes and then flip them over and allow to soak for 1-2 minutes more.
  8. Transfer the pretzels to the prepared baking sheet. Brush them with the egg wash and then sprinkle them with the everything topping. Allow them to rest, uncovered, for 10 minutes.
  9. Bake the pretzels for 8 to 10 minutes, or until they're golden brown. Remove the pretzels from the oven, and brush them thoroughly with the melted butter.
  10. Enjoy warm!


Recipe adapted from King Arthur Flour

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20 Responses to Everything Soft Pretzels

  1. Sandra Lea says:

    I have made the pretzel bites on the King Arthur website and must say they are absolutely delicious, I couldn’t stop shoving them in my mouth. They are best eaten immediately. I found that once they sat for a while the texture changed and they were too chewy. I will definitely have to try your recipe with “everything”.

  2. I’ve always had a soft spot for pretzels and this making this recipe will fill me eight whole pretzels worth of joy! I’ve made a new years resolution to become better at bread baking this year, so I’m looking forward to trying (and suceeding!) at this recipe ๐Ÿ™‚
    To bad you can’t take these to the bridal shower – everyone will just be missing out imho!

  3. YUM! I haven’t tried the KAF pretzel recipe yet but might this weekend. I heard we’re getting some snow, so these hot, soft pretzels would be perfect for a chilly winter’s day!

  4. Pretzel perfection!
    It is oneof those things I have never made myself before, but these…ah I can only imagine how tasty they’ll be ๐Ÿ˜€ Thanks for sharing ๐Ÿ™‚ x

  5. Lisa Favre says:

    These look amazing… I’ve never attempted to make pretzels before but you’re certainly inspiring me to do so.

    In terms of bridal showers… I’ve always opted out of the ones I’ve ever been invited to. Woops.


  6. DYING. These pretzels look like THE BEST. Send me some plz.

  7. These look delicious and sound sooooo good warm with butter on. I really want to give these a go this weekend, do you think you could do the rise in the fridge overnight? I know I’ll wake up too impatient and then they’ll never happen ๐Ÿ™‚

  8. Love the idea of everything pretzels. I’m always popular when I make pretzels. My husband loves them. I’ll surprise him with these soon ๐Ÿ™‚

  9. Robyn says:

    My keys to an un-boring bridal shower:
    – lots of booze, lots of great (unfussy) food
    – limit of 1 or 2 games (something like trivia about the bride & groom, nothing that involves making dresses out of toilet paper)
    – make the gift opening process as quick and painless as possible (assign someone for wrapping paper/garbage patrol, someone to whisk away the gift, someone to hand the bride the next gift and someone to record who gave what to whom. I’ve been to showers where one person is trying to do all of those things and it ends up taking FOREVER)

  10. Your photos are making me drool. And I’m inspired to make these this weekend since there seems to be a storm headed our way! XO

  11. I love EVERYTHING everything ๐Ÿ™‚ I have an everything hummus coming up later this month, and I think these would be great for dipping into it!

  12. Can you come and make these for me?! Yeast makes me so nervous!

  13. These pretzels look incredible! Love the idea of making your own soft pretzels ๐Ÿ™‚ Pinning!

  14. Sabrina says:

    These look great! Soft pretzels are definitely on my “to make” list!

  15. Joanne says:

    I am terrible at party planning, so I’ll leave it to the experts…but I pretty much guarantee that if you make these people will spend a fair amount of time being distracted with eating them!

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