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Amish Inspired Soft Pretzels

Author Larisha Campbell


  • 1 1/2 cups hot water
  • 1 tablespoon yeast
  • 1/4 cup brown sugar packed
  • 2 cups bread flour
  • 2 cups All Purpose Flour
  • 1/2 cup baking soda
  • 1 egg
  • melted butter optional
  • salt optional
  • cinnamon optional
  • sugar optional
  • glaze optional (recipe below)


  1. Generously grease a baking sheet with unsalted butter. Set aside.
  2. In a large bowl, add hot water and sprinkle yeast over the top. Let dissolve for 2 minutes.
  3. Add brown sugar and flour and mix well. Try to combine as quickly as possible. Do not knead the dough.
  4. Cover bowl with a kitchen towel and let rise for 30 minutes (at least until doubled in size).
  5. Remove dough from bowl onto a lightly floured surface.
  6. Cut into thick pieces and roll into long ropes. Shape into pretzel shapes.
  7. Preheat over to 450 degrees.
  8. In a small bowl, beat egg.
  9. In a deep sauce pot, add water at least half way and bring to a boil. Add baking soda and stir to combine.
  10. Add pretzels to boiling water, 2 at a time, and boil for one minute. Carefully remove boiled pretzels to greased baking sheet.
  11. Brush the tops of the pretzels with egg wash. sprinkle with course salt if desired.
  12. Bake for 5-6 minutes or until golden brown.
  13. Brush with butter if desired.
  14. For cinnamon/sugar pretzels - mix 1 tbsp sugar and 1/2 tbsp cinnamon together and sprinkle on the top after the egg wash.
  15. For glaze - mix 3/4 cup powdered sugar and 2 tbsp milk together and drizzle or dip after pretzels are finished.