Baked Soft Pretzel Sticks

Soft, tender, buttery and brushed with a garlic and herb butter… these soft pretzel sticks from scratch taste amazingly good!

I have a confession to make… and one that you may be shocked to hear.  I can not stand going to the mall.  I actually can’t stand shopping in general.  I detest it.  Yes, I am a woman… who hates shopping.  I feel like I should turn in my woman card lol.  But on the rare occasion that I do find myself at the mall… the only part I enjoy is stopping by a certain pretzel shop and getting a soft pretzel to scarf down and enjoy every delicious bite!

Baked Soft Pretzel Sticks - Soft, tender, buttery and brushed with a garlic and herb butter... these soft pretzel sticks from scratch taste amazingly good!

So of course I’ve been wanting to make my own pretzels for a while now… I mean, why torture myself with the mall just so I can have a yummy soft pretzel?  For some reason, I’ve always been a little scared to try making pretzels.  Which is kind of ridiculous… I mean if they turn out badly, it’s certainly not the end of the world right?  But like most things, I end up talking myself out of trying it lol.

Well, no more… I finally put on my big girl pants and tried it.  And you know what?  They. Were. Amazing!  It’s a little bit of work, but totally worth it, I promise you!  Seriously, insanely good.

MY LATEST RECIPES

I didn’t feel like messing with making the classic pretzel “shape”, so I decided to go with pretzel sticks instead!  They’re great for dipping 🙂

Of course I made it a little more decadent by brushing the pretzels with a garlic and parsley butter when they came out of the oven… because, well, I can 🙂

Some of you may have been to various restaurants nowadays that serve soft pretzel sticks (T.G.I.Friday’s being one of them) as an appetizer, and they’re always a hit.  I have to say, these will be a huge hit with your family as well, I promise!

Start by adding the water, sugar and salt in the bottom of your stand mixer (fitted with the dough hook), and sprinkle the yeast right on top.  Let it sit for about 5 minutes or so.  It will foam slightly and smell “yeasty”.  Add your flour and melted butter and mix at low speed until mixed together well.  Switch speed to medium and mix about 4-5 minutes (mine only took 3), until dough pulls away from the sides of the bowl and looks smooth.

Place dough into an oiled bowl, cover with plastic wrap and let sit about an hour in a warm place.

Baked Soft Pretzel Sticks - Soft, tender, buttery and brushed with a garlic and herb butter... these soft pretzel sticks from scratch taste amazingly good!

Here’s what the dough will look like after it’s risen

Bring a large stockpot of water mixed with baking soda to a boil.  Preheat oven to 450 degrees, and line 2 baking sheets with parchment paper and spray lightly with cooking spray.

Spray a plastic cutting board or your counter with cooking spray and turn dough out onto your work surface.  Work it into a ball and cut in half.  Cut each half into 8 pieces.  Roll the pieces out into 10-12″ ropes.

Boil the pretzel sticks, one at a time, for 30 seconds each.  Remove with a strainer and place onto the prepared baking sheet.  Beat an egg yolk with a bit of water to make an egg wash, and brush each pretzel stick with the egg wash, then sprinkle with salt.  I didn’t have pretzel salt as the recipe called for, so I used sea salt instead.

Baked Soft Pretzel Sticks - Soft, tender, buttery and brushed with a garlic and herb butter... these soft pretzel sticks from scratch taste amazingly good!

Bake for 14-15 minutes, turning over after about 8-9 minutes, until they are dark golden brown.  Once they are finished, remove from oven and brush with some melted butter that has been mixed with some garlic powder and fresh parsley.

As you can see, they’re a little free-form and rustic looking… which I like 🙂

Baked Soft Pretzel Sticks - Soft, tender, buttery and brushed with a garlic and herb butter... these soft pretzel sticks from scratch taste amazingly good!

Baked Soft Pretzel Sticks - Soft, tender, buttery and brushed with a garlic and herb butter... these soft pretzel sticks from scratch taste amazingly good!

These taste… dare I say it… BETTER than that certain pretzel place in the malls!!  And they’re from scratch, so you can feel better about what’s in them 🙂

Baked Soft Pretzel Sticks - Soft, tender, buttery and brushed with a garlic and herb butter... these soft pretzel sticks from scratch taste amazingly good!

Baked Soft Pretzel Sticks - Soft, tender, buttery and brushed with a garlic and herb butter... these soft pretzel sticks from scratch taste amazingly good!

Obviously I paired these with my Beer Cheese and Onion Soup and it was a match made in heaven!

Baked Soft Pretzel Sticks - Soft, tender, buttery and brushed with a garlic and herb butter... these soft pretzel sticks from scratch taste amazingly good!

Sooooo soft and fluffy on the inside!

Baked Soft Pretzel Sticks - Soft, tender, buttery and brushed with a garlic and herb butter... these soft pretzel sticks from scratch taste amazingly good!

Perfect for dipping!

These would be a great appetizer, side dish, or snack for the kids after school (or anytime).

Recipe modified from Food Network

I hope you all try this one!

Baked Soft Pretzel Sticks - Soft, tender, buttery and brushed with a garlic and herb butter... these soft pretzel sticks from scratch taste amazingly good!
Print
5 from 10 votes
Baked Soft Pretzel Sticks
16 sticks
Prep Time
1 hr 10 mins
Cook Time
15 mins
Total Time
1 hr 25 mins
 
Soft, tender, buttery and brushed with a garlic and herb butter... these soft pretzel sticks from scratch taste amazingly good!
Calories: 178 kcal
Author: The Chunky Chef
Ingredients
  • 1 1/2 cups warm water
  • 1 Tbsp sugar
  • 2 tsp kosher salt
  • 1 package active dry yeast
  • 4 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 4 Tbsp unsalted butter melted
  • 2/3 cup baking soda
  • 1 Tbsp egg yolk beaten with 1 water
  • Sea salt
OPTIONAL GARLIC BUTTER:
  • 3 Tbsp salted butter, melted
  • 1/2 tsp garlic powder
  • pinch of minced fresh parsley
Instructions
  1. Combine the water, sugar and salt in the bowl of a stand mixer and sprinkle the yeast on top. Let to sit for 5 minutes or until it foams slightly and smells "yeasty".
  2. Add the flour and melted butter and, using the dough hook attachment, mix on low until well combined. Switch to medium speed and knead about 4 minutes, until the dough is smooth, elastic and pulls away from the side of the bowl.
  3. Place dough in an oiled bowl, cover with plastic wrap and let rise for 1 hour.
  4. Bring a large stockpot of water mixed with baking soda to a boil.
  5. Preheat the oven to 450 degrees. Line 2 baking sheets with parchment paper and lightly spray with cooking spray.
  6. Spray a cutting board or your counter with cooking spray and shape dough into a ball. Cut dough in half, and cut each half into 8 pieces (for a total of 16 pieces). Roll each piece into a 10-12" rope.
  7. Beat egg yolk with tablespoon of water and set aside.
  8. Boil each stick one by one, for 30 seconds each. Remove them from the water with a strainer or large spatula. Place on prepared baking sheets, brush with egg wash and sprinkle with sea salt. Bake until dark golden brown in color, about 14 minutes (flipping over after about 8-9 minutes). Let cool for 5 minutes before serving.
  9. If desired, combine garlic butter ingredients and brush onto cooked pretzels.

Recipe Video

Never Miss a Chunky Chef Recipe:

Facebook / Instagram / Pinterest / Twitter

Baked Soft Pretzel Sticks - Soft, tender, buttery and brushed with a garlic and herb butter... these soft pretzel sticks from scratch taste amazingly good!

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

73 comments on “Baked Soft Pretzel Sticks”

  1. These sound delicious and I cannot wait to try them.  Can these be made ahead of time, either the day before the party, or made and frozen ahead of time?

  2. I,m going to make them next week when the grandchildren are with us for a week.
    They can help and will enjoy them.
    Going to make a tomato dip if I can find a recipe.
    Wish me luck 

  3. Look’s beautiful like the chef who made it

  4. How many gram is a package of yeast?

  5. I just made these and to be perfectly honest I have always been scared to do pretzels but these were so easy and they came out Awsome. I will even admit that I forgot to put butter in it with the flour. (Forgot that it was in the microwave) they were still chewy. Perfect!! Thank you so much!! I would recommend everyone to try these

  6. Thanks for the amazing recipe, have just made these amazing snacks. Excellent instructions. Few things that I learnt during this recipe:
    – the thinner the better, although not too gangly as then they are hard to get out of the boiling water
    – I went for 57g per stick (I often make bread rolls, so am used to weighing dough, as strange as that may seem)
    – try and leave the sticks in for as long as possible. I generally left them in for about 14 mins, past the point where I thought they were burnt, but although they were quite dark, they have the perfect pretzel taste.
    Really really excellent

  7. Not as pretty as yours but the ladies at book club enjoyed them. I’ll try again. Maybe if they were shorter, they would be easier to take out of the boiling water.

  8. Can we make these in stages – like make till the baking step and refrigerate and then bake just before guests arrive .
    Thanks

    • Hi Pearse 🙂 I’ve never done that, but I think it should work. Make them up through the rising time, then go ahead and form them into sticks, cover with plastic wrap and refrigerate. Before your guests arrive, set the pretzels out on the counter and bring the pot of water and baking soda up to a boil. Boil, then bake as directed. I can’t personally guarantee the same results, but in theory it should work out just fine.

  9. Thanks for sharing, I made these last night and they are amazing. Recipe is easy to follow, especially with your notes and comments along the way.

  10. Hi:)
    I’d really like to make these but what exactly is 1 cup? I’m not really familiar with this kind of measurement.

  11. Just made these, and they turned out AMAZING. Followed recipe exactly, except for I let rise for longer (mostly because I forgot). Excellent, thank you for sharing. MUST TRY!!

  12. Sounds delicious! Do you have a calorie count for each pretzel?

  13. Could I freeze any left overs?

    • I’ve never tried to freeze any, but it should work 🙂 I would lay the pretzels on a wax paper lined baking sheet and freeze them for about an hour, then you can put them in a big ziplock bag and freeze for a couple of weeks.

  14. I’m going to. Try to make the dough in my bread maker on the dough setting

  15. 2/3 cup baking soda? That seems an awful lot! Is that definitely the right measurement?

    • Hi Kimberly 🙂 Yes, that’s the correct measurement. As per the recipe instructions, you’ll be using the baking soda in a full large stockpot of boiling water, not in the actual pretzels themselves 🙂

  16. Hi! I was wondering how much water, sugar, salt, and yeast do i use? I must have missed it.

  17. I think I must have missed something. It says to “bring water mixed with baking soda to a boil”. I see the 2/3 cup baking soda, but how much water do I mix it with? Thanks!

    • Hi Tracy 🙂 I mentioned it within the post, but I’ll add again to the actual recipe… but just a stockpot of water, like you would use to boil pasta. No exact measurements here, but I’d say at least 8-10 cups of water 🙂

      • So could you please explain what it does to the bread sticks to put them in the soda water bath? I haven’t tried the recipe yet but I am tempted! Thanks.

        • Hi Debi 🙂 Boiling in the baking soda water does two things. First, it adds to the chewiness of the pretzels, and second, it’s what causes that great deep golden brown crust on the outside. It’s an extra step, but one I think is well worth it if you’re already taking the time to make homemade pretzels 🙂

  18. I don’t have a standing mixer. Can I use a hand held one instead?

    • Hi Christina 🙂 I would say to just use a wooden spoon to combine the dough ingredients and then knead the dough by hand. I think the handheld mixer wouldn’t be able to handle the dough… at least mine wouldn’t, but if you try it, I’d love to know how it goes 🙂

  19. While theses were good, the texture is more like bread on the inside. It lacks the doughy texture of a pretzel.

    • I’m sorry you didn’t find the pretzels to be to your liking Meredith. Many many people have loved these, but I know how it can be disappointing to try something and have it not be everything you’d hoped

  20. I always make a point of reading reviews and comments on posted recipes. You know its been tried and tested and one can always learn a handy tip or a nice variation on the original recipe. Seems like all the people who have comented on this recipe are planning to do it but no one has actually commited. So I threw caution to the wind and broke my rule about only using tried and tested recipes and baked these this afternoon….I can promise that they are simply amazing. I live in sunny South Africa and we dont really have soft pretzels here. In fact this was my very first taste of a freshly baked pretzel and I am in love. Thank you for sharing this detailed recipe! I cant wait to serve it to my sisters, goodbye Paleo! Tip: I brushed the pretzels with melted butter but honestly, they are already so good without it. Next time I will try them with sesame seeds.

    • Hi Esti!! Ohhh you just made my whole day 🙂 I’m SO glad you liked the pretzels!! I know what you mean about reading through reviews and comments, I do the same thing 🙂 I’m very glad you took a chance and baked these today 🙂

      • I made these two weeks ago to serve with a cream of broccoli soup. They were amazing. So, when I decided to make a pot of pasta y fagioli, of course this came to mind. The ingredients have been gathered, so let the fun begin.

  21. Amanda, these look so good. Just as delicious as the mall pretzels. I could go for one right now…or several 🙂

  22. These pretzels look amazing. I do love to go to the mall but yours look a million times better. I can’t wait to try these!

  23. These pretzels look so yummy!!!
    Sotiria

  24. Ooh yummy! I didn’t realize you could make those at home! I definitely need to make these for the family! We usually drop a small fortune on them at the mall.

    Thanks so much for linking up with Oh My Heartsie Girls Wordless Wednesday. I hope we see you again this week!

  25. These look amazing! I can’t wait to try the recipe. Pinned for later. Found you from a blog party. Stop by anytime!

  26. These look wonderful!! I am hungry now! 🙂 This and a good salad, perfect!

  27. If I could eat gluten, I would be all over these (: Thanks for sharing this week!

  28. These look seriously AMAZING!!!! I’ve tried other pretzel recipes before and failed! I hope this one works out for me. Thank you sharing and for linking up with the OMHG WW!
    xxAshleigh @SimplyWright

  29. These look fantastic and I am thinking they would be really good with a cheesy soup! Thanks for sharing them with us at #FoodieFriDIY…pinning and sending some foodie love your way!

  30. Yum! I bet these little babies went perfectly with the beer cheese soup!

  31. You are the first woman I know who hates going to the mall. 😀
    These look really good!!

  32. Amanda!! We must be kindred spirits!! I absolutely HATE shopping too! I only love grocery shopping or kitchen related item shopping… Otherwise I am in and out of Malls! My husband loves that though, but my sister hates it! she thinks I might have been adopted 😀

    Oh wow! those Pretzel sticks look AMAZING! I want to make some this weekend! I usually don’t like pretzels because I find them too dry, but these sticks look so crispy but soft on the inside! Pinning this for sure!

    • Ahhhh, you’re right, we must be kindred spirits!! Yay for only shopping for food or kitchen items 😀 I tell you, if I’m shopping for kitchen stuff… whew, I could spend all day 🙂 Thank you! I hope you try these and LOVE them… I was so impressed 🙂

  33. Wow! Your pretzel sticks certainly did turn out well! Thanks for sharing them with us at Fiesta Friday!

  34. oh man I am DROOLING over here. Soft pretzels are a total weakness of mine and these look absolutely amazing!!

  35. The pretzel sticks look so so inviting! Happy FF.

  36. These are making my mouth water!!! Thanks so much for sharing! 🙂

  37. Oh my! These pretzels sticks look amazing! And I like that you didn’t twist them into the standard pretzel shape…I too like the rustic stick look.

  38. Amazing!!! Must try!