Soft Pretzels

I made these pretzels last Saturday but they were such a popular hit at home and with family that I’ve already made 2 other batches.


I used Alton Brown’s Recipe that Jennifer Garner shared on Instagram. It was easy, fun, and the pretzels really are soft and delicious.


I was super intimated by her process because she weighed everything and she also measures to make sure that everything is at a precise temperature but after trying it I found that it’s really not that bad. I’m now so much more confident with cooking and baking which may sound silly but it actually feels really good.


Here are the instructions I followed…thanks Jen.


  • 1 1/2 cups warm water
  • 1 Tbsp sugar
  • 2 tsp kosher salt
  • 1 pkg active dry yeast
  • 22 oz AP flour (appx. 4 1/2 cups)
  • 2 oz unsalted butter, melted
  • Vegetable oil, for pan
  • 10 cups water
  • 2/3 cup baking soda
  • 1 lg egg yolk beaten with 1 Tbsp water


1. Combine water, sugar and salt in bowl of a stand mixer and sprinkle yeast on top. Allow to sit for 5 mins, until mixture begins to foam.
2. Add flour and butter and, using dough hook attachment (I START PADDLE//GO HOOK), mix on low speed until well combined. Change to medium speed and knead until dough is smooth and pulls away from side of the bowl, appx. 4-5 mins. Remove dough from bowl, clean bowl and oil it well with vegetable oil. Return dough to the bowl, cover with plastic wrap and sit in a warm place for appx. 50-55 mins, until dough has doubled in size.
3. Preheat oven to 450 degrees F. Line 2 half-sheet pans with parchment paper and lightly brush with vegetable oil. Set aside.
4. Bring 10 cups of water and baking soda to a rolling boil in an 8qt saucepan.
5. In the meantime, turn dough out onto a slightly oiled work surface and divide into 8 equal pieces (I did 16, but think you could even do 24! 🤷🏻‍♀️). Roll out each piece of dough into a rope. Make a U-shape with the rope, holding ends of the rope, cross them over each other and press onto the bottom of the U in order to form the shape of a pretzel. Place onto parchment-lined pan.
6. Place pretzels into the boiling water, 1 by 1 (I did 2 by 2 and nothing bad happened 😬), for 30 seconds. Remove them from water using a large flat spatula. Return to the pan, brush the top of each pretzel with the beaten egg yolk mixture and sprinkle with salt. Bake until dark golden brown in color, appx. 12-14 mins. Transfer to a cooling rack for at least 5 mins before serving.
7. Yum! Yum yum.