How To Make Soft Pretzels That Taste Just Like Auntie Anne’s

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I don’t know about you, but every time I go to the mall, I have to fight the urge to buy an Auntie Anne’s pretzel. Once I smell them, it’s all I can think about.

This recipe for homemade soft pretzels will change the soft pretzel game as you know it. Whip them up for game day or just for fun, and enjoy with some mustard, cheese sauce, or even some cinnamon sugar!

How To Make Soft Pretzels:


  • 1 cup milk
  • 1 package active dry yeast
  • 3 tbsp. packed light brown sugar
  • 2 1/4 cups all-purpose flour
  • 10 tbsp. butter, unsalted
  • 1 tsp. fine salt
  • 1/3 cup baking soda
  • 2 tbsp. coarse salt
In a small saucepan, heat the milk until it’s about 110 degrees, then pour the milk into a separate bowl and sprinkle in the yeast. Let it sit for about 2 minutes, then stir in the brown sugar and 1 cup of flour. Chop 2 tbsp. of butter and soften, then stir the butter into the milk mixture. Add the remaining flour as well as the salt until a sticky dough forms. Knead the dough on a floured surface, adding more flour as needed. Shape into a ball, then place in a greased bowl, covered with plastic wrap, and let it sit somewhere warm for about an hour or until the dough has doubled in size.
Preheat the oven to 450 degrees. Grease a baking sheet and punch the dough to deflate it, dividing it up into 6 even pieces. Roll and stretch each piece with your hands and form a pretzel shape. Dissolve baking soda in 3 cups of warm water in a baking dish, and gently dip each pretzel in the solution, then arrange them on the baking sheet. Sprinkle with coarse salt and bake until golden, about 10-12 minutes.