5 Ways to Make Soft Pretzels at Home

Pretzel Pretzel My son's favorite snack is a big soft pretzel. Every time we go somewhere that has them, especially the mall, he just has to have one. He may or may not share a bite with me. He definitely loves them more than any other sweet treat or candy. There's something special about a freshly baked pretzel covered in salt and dipped in spicy mustard. It's so good. But there's more than one way to make a traditional homemade pretzel. Did you know you can even make chocolate ones like the one shown above? And there's many more ways to make them too.

Here are 5 amazing pretzel recipes to try at home:

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1. Homemade Soft Pretzels

These are just as good as mall pretzels, but not $3 a piece.

Ingredients:

1 ½ c. very warm water
1 Tbsp. yeast
¼ c. sugar
3-4 cups flour
4 T. baking soda
10 cups water
1 egg white
¼ c. coarse kosher salt

Directions:

Preheat oven to 475 degrees

In a large bowl, whisk together water and yeast. Stir in the sugar and set aside 1-2 minutes until the mixture is foamy. Stir in 3 cups of the flour.

Begin kneading the dough, adding additional flour until it is soft, but not at all sticky.

On a lightly floured surface, roll a palm-sized ball of dough into a long rope, approximately 12 inches long. Roll into a "U". Cross top of the "U". Twist the dough around itself. Pull the top, twisted part down and pinch it into place near the bottom half of the pretzel. Remove any extra pieces of dough from the bottom half of the pretzel.

Gently tug the pretzel out, keeping the dough from getting too fat at any point. Set aside on a lightly floured surface and allow to rise slightly while you finish twisting the other pretzels. Bring water and baking soda to a rolling boil in a large saucepan. Gently place pretzels in soda bath for 10 seconds on each side. Remove, brush with egg white and sprinkle with coarse kosher salt. Place on a greased baking sheet. Bake pretzels in preheated oven for 10 minutes, or until nicely browned. Eat warm & enjoy!

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2. Waffled Soft Pretzels

I've heard of waffle corn bread and waffle brownies, but waffle pretzels? This is new to me and they look so good I can't wait to try them.
Make waffled soft pretzels

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3. Turtle Soft Pretzels
I have a soft spot in my heart for anything turtle shaped, so I am completely in love with these adorable little soft pretzel turtles, delish!
Make turtle soft pretzels

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4. New York Style Soft Pretzels
What could be better than a traditional New York style big soft pretzel?
Make New York style soft pretzels

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5. Honey Whole Wheat Pretzels
If you want some sweet whole wheat bagels, these are the perfect healthy treat.
Make honey whole wheat pretzels

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