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Buttery Soft Mall Pretzels


I’m strange in that the mall holds no special power over me except for its temptation of junk food that lures me in.  Hey, I try to maintain a reasonable diet but a life without carbs is no life at all!  One of my favorites are the soft pretzels.  If there’s promise of one in sight, I’ll gladly accompany you to the mall.  Otherwise, forget about it.

These are special because they’re much easier than you’d think, requiring no special equipment or ingredients.  They may be simply enjoyed requiring nothing more than a liberal brush of butter and sprinkle of salt but can also be served sweetly or even split to stuff with deli meat, burgers, pizza filling, cheese {oh, and the list goes on}!

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Buttery Soft Mall Pretzels
Serves: 4-6

  • 6.25 oz unbleached flour
  • ¼ ts fine salt
  • ½ ts sugar
  • 1½ ts yeast
  • ½ c warm water
  • ¼ c warm water
  • ½ tb baking soda
  • Melted butter for brushing
  • Salt to sprinkle

  1. Stir the flour, salt, and sugar.
  2. Stir in the yeast and ½ c water that’s at 110 degrees. It’s important not to kill your yeast with water that is too hot.
  3. If mixing by hand, knead for at least 10 minutes or until very smooth. If using a stand mixer, mix for 4-6 minutes until very smooth. The dough is ready when it is no longer as sticky and holds its shape.
  4. Lightly grease a large bowl, place the dough in, cover, and allow to rise for 30 minutes.
  5. When it’s doubled in size, check the texture of the dough. If it’s still a bit sticky, use a light dusting of flour and knead until smooth. Don’t use too much flour. Otherwise, cut into portions and roll out long ropes. The length you desire is up to you. Shape into a pretzel.
  6. In a shallow bowl, microwave the ¼ c water and baking soda for 40 seconds. Dip each pretzel into this water, blot off any excess, salt {for salted ones}, then lay on lightly greased baking sheets. Allow them to rest for 10-15 minutes before baking.
  7. Bake at 450 for 7-9 minutes.
  8. Butter when hot.

For this recipe, you can either use your hands or a stand mixer with its hook attachment. The latter is much easier.


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15 thoughts on “Buttery Soft Mall Pretzels

  • Choc Chip Uru says:

    Haha I have double the temptation – to buy clothes, and junk food, and then see the clothes not fit

  • anna@shenANNAgans says:

    I really love your videos, it all looks so moorish & yummy & super easy. I wish I wasn’t reading your gorgeous blog this late at night….. I’d kill for a few of these.

  • francesca says:

    These look awesome, Angela. I just ate my weight in pretzels in Munich, so I’ll tuck this one away for later

  • Lester. says:

    Very cute, deliicious, and easy to make.Thanks Angie and have a great week end!



  • Lorraine @ Not Quite Nigella says:

    We have a small chain that makes pretzels-actually I don’t know if they are still in business but they used to smell amazing when you’d walk past their stand! Thanks for helping us recreate them!

  • brian says:

    Squishy thanks for the mall pretzel food porn! even when i visited NY City i had to get the soft pretzels from the street vendors!

  • Louise says:

    I’m not much of a Mall person either Angela. However, Mall Pretzels always entice me. I usually resist:) I’ve never made pretzels but have always want too but yeast and I don’t get along; at all!!! I’m saving this just in case I get the courage. Since your directions are so enticing, who knows!!!

    Thank you so much for sharing, Angela…

  • Liz says:

    My family would love these! My youngest is home for fall break…and he used to beg me to make soft pretzels when he was a child. I need to bake him up a batch

  • Tandy | Lavender and Lime says:

    I am going to to challenge myself to make these

  • Angie@Angie's Recipes says:

    These pretzels are definitely worth all the calories! I want one too!

  • Evelyne@cheapethniceatz says:

    Oh courageous, playing with yeast

  • Tash says:

    Haha that’s so true! A life without carbs is not even a life! Soul food in carb/pretzel form is 100% necessary. These look tasty!

  • The Squishy Monster says:

    I might be visiting NYC next month and pretzels are definitely on my list! I hope you’re enjoying your weekend and having some delicious food, Brain!

  • Sissi says:

    I love pretzels and these look amazing! I would never guess they are homemade. Congratulations!

  • Kelly - Life Made Sweeter says:

    Hehe I am the same way, love soft mall pretzels. I’ve never made them at home before and can’t wait to try them. These look incredible!

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