Hot Buttered Fluffy Pretzels

Holy SMOKES these are delicious.  Auntie Anne’s ain’t got nothing on me because now I’ve got a killer recipe for freshly made fluffy buttery pretzels, and it only costs me 50 cents and a little bit of time to make every time.  The wonderful lady that I have to thank for bringing these pretzels into my life is Glenda of Busy-At-Home.  I was assigned her blog for this month’s Secret Recipe Club, and I was really impressed with how many different areas her blog covers.  She not only posts recipes, but does home & garden posts, money saving posts, and so on.  Here’s how to make homemade pretzels:

Yield: 8 pretzels

Dough Ingredients:
12.5 oz all purpose flour (2.5 cups)
1/2 tsp salt
1 tsp sugar
2.25 tsp instant yeast
7/8 to 1 cup lukewarm water (the amount used depends on the humidity in your kitchen)

Topping Ingredients:
1/2 cup warm water
1 tbsp baking soda
vegetable oil for greasing the sheet pan
coarse sea salt, for sprinkling
3 tbsp unsalted butter, melted

Combine all the dough ingredients in the bowl of a stand mixer, and mix with the paddle attachment until somewhat combined (or just mix by hand with a wooden spoon).  Change to the dough hook and knead on medium low for 5 minutes.  The dough should feel soft and smooth, not sticky.

Lightly dust the dough with flour, then place in a ziploc bag and let the dough rise for 30 minutes.

Preheat the oven to 500 degrees F.  Lightly grease a baking sheet with vegetable oil.

Remove the dough from the bag and place onto a lightly oiled countertop.  Cut the dough into 8 pieces, and let rest for 5 minutes.  Look at all the lovely yeast bubbles!

In the meantime, whisk to combine the warm water and baking soda and cook in the microwave for 1 minute (fyi it probably won’t dissolve completely).

Roll each piece into a long rope, and shape into a pretzel.    Make the first loop:

Then take the other end and pull it through the first loop:

Dip each pretzel into the soda wash and place onto the greased baking sheet.  Sprinkle with coarse sea salt, then let rest for 10 minutes.

Bake for 9 to 10 minutes until the pretzels are golden brown.  Brush the pretzels with the melted butter while they are hot out of the oven.

Enjoy while they are hot, and keep in mind these don’t taste as amazing the next day.  Eat up!

Click here for the printable recipe.

Recipe adapted from Glenda’s Hot Buttered Pretzels.

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41 Responses to Hot Buttered Fluffy Pretzels

  1. Those there are some might fine looking pretzels.
    🙂 Mandy

  2. Miz Helen says:

    I just love Pretzels and these pretzels are making me drool. Your photo’s are awesome! It is fun cooking with you at the SRC, have a great day!
    Miz Helen

  3. Oh these are simply beautiful. Yum!!
    Great pick for SRC – and I’m pinning these to make!

  4. There is nothing quite like homemade soft pretzels! Yours look awesome – I always have trouble getting mine to hold their shape.

  5. You did a great job on these-lightly toasted and perfectly shaped. However, the best thing about these no doubt would be the taste. How I would love to have some of these pretzels-salty and chewy on the outside and fluffy on the inside. I have to leave this post with a pretzel craving now.
    Have a great day!

  6. Meg says:

    Why must you tempt me with these first thing in the morning? Oh my goodness, they look so good. I can taste them already! Hot, fresh pretzels are the greatest.

  7. Kristen says:

    What a wonderful treat! Homemade pretzels are so addictive. My family asks for them at least once a month.

  8. wok with ray says:

    Delicious looking pretzels. I like the step by step process.

  9. Beth says:

    These pretzels look gorgeous. I’d love to try them!

  10. The Bavarian in me can never turn down a delicious looking pretzel like these. 😉

  11. Suzi says:

    Wow, these pretzels are mouthwatering. I am totally serious when I say I am goingto make them. I am. I love that brushed butter, adda little garlic. Yum!

  12. Jennifer says:

    WOW! I can’t wait to try these!!! Off to Whole Foods I go for ingredients…. 🙂

  13. I just pinned this because they look AMAZING!

  14. Caroline says:

    So impressive, Joanne. These look fantastic! You definitely give Auntie Anne’s a run for its money. 😉

  15. Karen says:

    Oh gosh, these look beautiful. I might just have to get in the kitchen and whip up a batch of these!

  16. Hezzi-D says:

    I want these…immediately! My husband and I are both suckers for Auntie Anne’s and Sheetz’s pretzels but yours look amazing! As the ones in the store cost $3.00 a piece, I’m definitely trying yours out ASAP!

  17. Betsy says:

    omgomgomgomgomgomgomg!!!!!!!!!!!! I need some of these in my life stat!

  18. Oh man these look to die for! Props for making pretzels I don’t think I would have had the guts! Glad to be a part of SRC with you! Check out my Shrimp & Artichoke Tapenade Crostini recipe from this month’s reveal. Happy eating!

  19. mjskit says:

    These are some awesome looking pretzel! I’ve never made pretzels but you make it look very easy. Great pics!

  20. I am definitely not a huge bread person, but these Buttered Fluffy Pretzels have me reconsidering the bread stance I have. These look amazing. I definitely have yo try this out. Thanks for sharing

  21. Kiki says:

    Your first two words say it all: holy smokes! This first pic on top really makes me want to grab the pretzel and take a bite. I’ll definitely try making these during my Christmas vacation!

  22. I love fresh pretzels – and now with your recipe I can make my own! Your pictures are amazing!

  23. joy says:

    The pretzels look great.

  24. rsmacaalay says:

    One of my favourite pastries, I love the buttery swet variant

  25. Anonymous says:

    aww those pretzels look cute and delicious!

  26. colleen says:

    Wow that’s some gorgeous looking dough and amazing looking pretzels.

  27. bigbearswife says:

    I am so making these this weekend!!

  28. Deliciousness! I love homemade pretzels. You did a great job with the shape – mine never look that pretty!

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  30. sallybr says:

    Not surprised you got the most popular recipe of the month! I somehow missed it, so I’m glad you got the well deserved award! 😉

    beautiful shaping, I wish I could make some this weekend. I am definitely pinning it!

  31. jo-lyn says:

    ohmygosh!! these look amazing!!

  32. greglandgraf says:

    Made these today. So tasty. Thanks for sharing!

  33. I love pretzels and I want to try to make these with my granddaughter…wish me luck…

  34. OH my I’ve suddenly got a massive craving for pretzels!

  35. sfomom says:

    I’ve made pretzels before but they required so much work. This recipe looks a LOT easier–can’t wait to try them!

  36. They look fantastic and sound so easy to make. A great recipe.

  37. Faride Amín says:

    MMmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmm!!!! They´re FANTASTIC!!!! and dellicious!!! My kids love them. My daugther ask me to make pretzells for Vallentine´s day; she want to gime them to her friends.

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