Amish Soft Pretzels

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Amish soft pretzels are a perfect snack for any occasion! Warm, soft, and buttery, these homemade pretzels will be a family favorite from now on.

Have you enjoyed one of those amazing Amish bakery inspired soft pretzels? The ones that you can smell as you near the stand at the mall, airport, or highway rest stop? They’re just one of the most delicious snacks around!

Good news: you can absolutely make perfect Amish soft pretzels right in your own kitchen! Gather the kids or your friends together to help and make the whole process a fun experience from start to the tasty, butter dipped finish.

hand picking up a soft pretzel

What You’ll Need

To make these wonderful homemade pretzels, here is what you will need:

  • Milk
  • Fast-acting dry yeast
  • Sugar (both white and brown)
  • All-purpose flour
  • Salt
  • Butter
  • Warm water
  • Baking soda
  • Coarse salt for sprinkling on the pretzels

All of these ingredients are easy to keep on hand in your refrigerator or pantry for any time a craving for a warm pretzels hits.

Making Amish Soft Pretzels

Begin by warming milk to 110℉. Combine the warm milk, 1 tablespoon of sugar, and the yeast together in a bowl. Set this aside for about 5 minutes until the mixture is frothy.

active yeast in a bowl

Next, combine 1 cup of the flour, the brown sugar, and the salt in a big bowl. Stir in the yeast mixture, then add the butter and stir well. You’ll still see little bits of butter throughout the dough and this is okay; it will blend into the dough during the kneading process.

Now you can mix in the remaining flour into the dough until it forms a soft ball. Turn the dough out onto a floured surface and knead it for 5 minutes. You’ll likely need to add up to ½ cup more flour while you knead. The dough is still going to be a little sticky when you’re finished kneading.

soft pretzel dough ball

Place your dough in a large bowl that you’ve oiled generously to make sure the dough doesn’t stick as it rises. Cover the bowl with a kitchen towel and set it aside to rise in a warm place until doubled. This usually takes 60-90 minutes, depending on the temperature of your kitchen.

Now, it’s time to form pretzels! Divide the dough into six equal pieces. Use your hands to roll each piece out into a long, thin rope. You want the dough rope to be at least 30 inches long, then shape it into a pretzel.

pretzel dough and shaped unbaked pretzel

The final step before baking is to dip your pretzels into a mixture of boiling water and baking soda. Use a large slotted spoon to pull the pretzel out. This part of the process ensures a brown, shiny outside and the unique pretzel flavor we all know and love.

Place your pretzels on baking sheets prepared with non-stick cooking spray to keep them from sticking. Give the pretzels a generous sprinkle of coarse salt before baking.

unbaked pretzels on a baking pan

Do watch the pretzels closely while they bake as ovens can vary and impact how quickly the pretzels will be finished. They will get darker on the bottom faster than on the top, so it’s a good idea to check the bottom of one of the pretzels after about 8 minutes of baking to be sure they don’t burn.

After they are done baking, brush the pretzels with melted butter. Don’t hold back on the butter! This part makes them extra delicious. You can also add an extra sprinkle of salt at this time if you prefer.

pastry brush brushing baked pretzels

Can I Make Sweet Pretzels?

One favorite among soft pretzel enthusiasts is the oh-so-delicious cinnamon sugar pretzel. If that’s your jam, make these pretzels sweet! Here’s how to do it:

  • Skip the coarse salt before baking.
  • After baking the pretzels, brush them in butter according to the recipe.
  • Then dip the pretzels in a mixture of granulated sugar and cinnamon.

I suggest mixing 1 cup of sugar with 2 tablespoons of ground cinnamon on a plate, then dipping the freshly butter-basted pretzels into the sweet mixture until well coated.

stack of 6 shaped soft pretzels

Dipping Sauce Ideas for Amish Soft Pretzels

Some like their soft pretzels plain. Others love them with a delicious dipping sauce. However you like to eat them is the right way!

Here are some wonderful dipping sauce ideas:

  • Sweetened cream cheese. Mix together some softened cream cheese with powdered sugar until it reaches your desired sweetness.
  • Frosting. Open a tub of your favorite frosting and use it as a dip for your pretzels.
  • Mustard. Dip the pretzels in your favorite mustard.
  • Homemade honey mustard. Mix together mustard and honey until it’s your perfect blend of zippy mustard and sweet honey.
  • Mustard BBQ Sauce. This stuff is irresistible.
  • Cheese sauce. You can buy pre-made cheese sauce at the grocery store, or make it at home yourself. Either way, cheese sauce is a yummy dip for pretzels!
  • Salsa. Your favorite salsa can make an awesome pretzel dip!
stack of homemade pretzels
stack of Amish Homemade Soft Pretzels
stack of Amish Homemade Soft Pretzels

Amish Soft Pretzels

4.75 from 35 votes
Amish soft pretzels are a perfect snack for any occasion! Warm, soft, and buttery, these homemade pretzels will be a family favorite from now on.
Servings 6
Prep Time 30 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Rise Time 1 hour 30 minutes

Ingredients
 

For the pretzels:

  • 1 cup milk (warmed to 110 degrees Fahrenheit)
  • 1 package fast acting dry yeast (¼ ounce or 2 ¼ teaspoons)
  • 1 tablespoon sugar
  • 2 ½ cups flour (plus additional for kneading)
  • 2 tablespoons brown sugar (packed)
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 2 tablespoons butter (room temperature)

For dunking:

  • 3 cups boiling water
  • 1/3 cup baking soda

For topping:

  • Coarse salt for topping
  • ½ cup 1 stick butter, melted
  • Optional for dipping: mustard, sweetened cream cheese, warm cheese sauce

Instructions
 

  • In a small bowl, combine the warm milk, yeast, and 1 tablespoon sugar. Set aside and allow the yeast to proof for 5 minutes until the mixture is frothy.
  • In a large mixing bowl, combine 1 cup of the flour, the brown sugar, and salt. Add the yeast mixture and stir well.
  • Cut the two tablespoons of softened butter into small chunks and stir in to the pretzel batter (some small bits of butter may not fully mix in, but they will be incorporated during kneading).
  • Add the remaining 1 ¼ cups flour and mix well.
  • Turn the dough out onto a floured surface and knead for 5 minutes, adding up to ½ cup more flour if needed, until the dough is soft and less sticky (the dough should still be slightly sticky).
  • Shape the dough into a ball and place in a greased bowl, turning once to grease the top of the dough ball. Cover the bowl with a clean kitchen towel and place in a warm location to rise until doubled, 60-90 minutes.
  • Preheat the oven to 450 degrees Fahrenheit.
  • Prepare a large baking sheet by greasing with non-stick cooking spray or covering with a silicone baking mat.
  • Punch the dough down and divide it into 6 equal pieces. Use the palm of your hand to roll the dough starting in the center and working your way outward to form a long, thin rope of dough. The rope should be about 30 inches long.
  • In a medium saucepan, combine the 3 cups water and ⅓ cup baking soda and bring to a boil. Stir well.
  • Twist one of the dough ropes into the shape of a pretzel. Dip the pretzel into the baking soda mixture (use a large slotted spoon to pull the pretzel out). Then place on the prepared baking sheet and reshape if needed. Repeat with the remaining ropes of dough.
  • Sprinkle the pretzels with coarse salt, then bake at 450 degrees for 10 minutes until golden brown. Note: The bottoms of the pretzels will get darker faster than the tops. To prevent burning, you may want to check the pretzels after 8 minutes of baking.
  • Remove the pretzels from the oven. Use tongs to dip the hot pretzels into the ½ cup of melted butter, or use a pastry brush to baste the tops and bottoms of each pretzel with the butter. Sprinkle with additional coarse salt if desired.
  • Serve the pretzels warm with dipping sauces if desired.

Notes

The calories shown are based on the recipe making 6 large pretzels, with 1 serving being 1 pretzel. Since different brands of ingredients have different nutritional information, the calories shown are just an estimate. **We are not dietitians and recommend you seek a nutritionist for exact nutritional information.**

Nutrition

Calories: 271kcal | Carbohydrates: 48g | Protein: 7g | Fat: 6g | Saturated Fat: 3g | Cholesterol: 14mg | Sodium: 2071mg | Potassium: 109mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 8g | Vitamin A: 183IU | Calcium: 57mg | Iron: 2mg
Course Snack
Cuisine American
Calories 271
Keyword amish, homemade

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Annette
2 years ago

5 stars
I just made these, and they turned out great! They were pretty easy to make too. Thanks!

Emily L
2 years ago

Hi! Do you use all-purpose flour? I’ve seen several pretzel recipes with a mix of all-purpose, whole wheat, self-rising, or bread flour. Curious what you use. Thanks!

Dominique
2 years ago

5 stars
I absolutely love this recipe! I swapped out the milk and butter with oat milk and vegan butter and they turned out fantastic. My partner loved them so much I made another batch for him the next night. Thank you for sharing this recipe!

Geri
2 years ago

5 stars
Can this be made in a bread machine ?

Amy Goldstein
1 year ago

5 stars
These were amazing! They turned out so beautifully textured- with these tender pull-apart layers that literally melted in my mouth. Even my 7 yr old said these are the best pretzels he’s ever had!

Last edited 1 year ago by Amy Goldstein
MaryL
11 months ago

How do you store them?

Bonnie Dietrich
6 months ago

Can you use water not milk

Anonymous
5 months ago

5 stars
can you use active dry yeast instead?