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How To Twist A Soft Pretzel

A pretzel's not a pretzel if it doesn't have that twist. Shaping a perfect pretzel is 5 easy steps away.
  • Homemade Soft Pretzels

    Homemade Soft Pretzels

    Skip the mall and make your own giant pretzels. Print out our recipe below, and click or tap ahead for instructions on how to twist a pretzel.

    Soft Pretzels

  • Step 1: Roll the dough

    Step 1: Roll the dough

    Divide your dough into even sections. Roll each piece into a 30-inch length.

  • Step 2: Cross the dough

    Step 2: Cross the dough

    With the dough length, form a U-shape. Then, cross the ends of the U.

  • Step 3: Cross again

    Step 3: Cross again

    Cross the ends over each other again, with an end in each hand. The dough will become dry and unusable if you do not work quickly.

  • Step 4: Shape pretzel

    Step 4: Shape pretzel

    With an end in each hand, flip the ends down to the curve of the U-shape. The ends should overlap the dough just a little bit. To set the pretzel shape, press down where the ends of the dough cross.

  • Step 5: Dip into baking soda solution

    Step 5: Dip into baking soda solution

    Use a slotted spoon to dip each unbaked pretzel into a solution of 3 cups hot water and 1/2 cup baking soda. The baking soda solution gives pretzels their signature brown color.

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