Pretzel Rolls


Golden brown, soft on the inside, crusty on the outside. These beautiful rolls can easily be made in your own kitchen. Homemade at it’s finest.

Pretzel Rolls -- Delicious crusty homemade pretzel rolls. Fresh from your oven. |


I’ve been a pretzel fan since I started walking. I grew up in the city of Brotherly Love. The city with roots of soft pretzels. Oh I love my roots.

The city where there are the most clean sanitary pretzel vendors you’d ever see. Oh my word. Hardly so…but Philly pretzels are the best. Have no fear! There are much safer, clean ways to get pretzels nowadays in Philly.

Pretzel Rolls -- Delicious crusty homemade pretzel rolls. Fresh from your oven. |

So, I’ve been a pretzel fan for as long as I can remember. And there’s something about that fresh warm out of the oven smell and taste. As you break a piece off and the steam escapes so does most of your present memory. All you can think about is sinking your teeth into this soft warm doughy thing.

Pretzel rolls do the same wonders for me. I love eating them alone or smothered with mustard. I love eating them for lunch with chicken salad, ham or tuna. Yum!

Pretzel Rolls -- Delicious crusty homemade pretzel rolls. Fresh from your oven. |


Can we please all take a moment? Gaze your eyes on what’s above. OK. Never mind. I can’t take it anymore! I’m going back to the kitchen to make more pretzel rolls!

The day I made these we were able to eat these right out of the oven. Perfection. These definitely taste best the first day they are made. If you try to cover them up or place them in a bag the salt will dissolve and leave a wet residue on the roll. So enjoy the first day they are baked or try freezing them for up to 2 weeks. Not as good but better than going to waste. And who would want to waste this?

Did I mention these are way cheaper than buying them at the grocery store? These things have gotten so expensive that I almost refuse to buy them. So making them at home is a super bonus.

Pretzel Rolls -- Delicious crusty homemade pretzel rolls. Fresh from your oven. |

Whenever I get to open that bakery I talked about these will definitely be for sale. That way I can have one every day for lunch and no one will question my choices.

Hope you’re having a wonderful day! Enjoy the little, yet awesome moments that come your way.

Til we meet and eat again,

Pretzel Rolls

Yield: 8-12 (depending on size)


    For Dough
  • 1 3/4 cups warm water
  • 2 tablespoons unsalted butter, softened
  • 3/4 teaspoon salt
  • 4 1/2 cups all purpose flour
  • 1/4 cup nonfat dry milk
  • 2 teaspoons instant yeast
  • Coarse sea salt for sprinkling
  • For Water Bath
  • 2 quarts of water
  • 1 Tablespoon salt
  • 1/4 cup baking soda


  1. Mix the dough ingredients with stand mixer attached with dough hook. Knead until it becomes a soft smooth dough, about 5 minutes.
  2. Grease a large bowl. Place dough in bowl. Cover with plastic wrap. Allow to rise until doubled, about 1 hour.
  3. Gently deflate dough. Place on a lightly greased surface. Divide into 8-12 pieces depending on how large you want them. The ones pictured were divided into 12 pieces.Shape each piece into a smooth ball.
  4. Place on a lightly greased or non stick lined baking sheet. Cover and let rest for 15 minutes.
  5. Preheat oven to 400 degrees.
  6. In a large pot bring water salt and baking soda to a boil.
  7. Drop several dough balls at a time into water bath. Cook for 30 seconds. Flip. Cook 30 seconds longer. Remove with slotted spoon to a dry towel for about 1 minute. Move to baking sheet.
  8. Use scissors or sharp knife to cut 1/2" inch slit cross in top of roll. Sprinkle with coarse salt.
  9. Bake 8 buns for 20-24 minutes. For 10-12 buns bake for 17-20 minutes. Bake until deep dark brown. Transfer to baking rack to cool.

Recipe from: King Arthur Flour

Linked to: Best of the Weekend Party,  TaterTots & Jello Link Party Palooza, Show Stopper Saturday @ Joyful Healthy Eats, Carrie This Home, Time to Sparkle, Play, Party, Pin, Best of the Weekend Party

Pretzel Rolls -- Delicious crusty homemade pretzel rolls. Fresh from your oven. |


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  1. These look really good Melanie! Amazing photos and great recipe!

  2. Melanie these rolls are absolutely delicious looking. I am not very good at baking breads or rolls unless it calls for a bread machine. I would love to master these. For someone somewhat challenged as myself how hard are these to make? :)

    • I’ve been baking breads and yeast recipes for about the last 2 years. I feel that they are fairly simple. You have to take the step to boil them before baking of course. But overall very doable. You definitely should give it a try! Let me know if you have any questions. :)

  3. I am also a huge pretzel fan, in any form (though pretzel rolls are my fave). These look so fluffy and delicious!

  4. Oh my goodness Melanie, I am obsessed with pretzel rolls! They just started selling them at Trader Joe’s, but I have a feeling these homemade ones will be a thousand times better!

  5. Holy COW!!! These look beyond amazing!!!!! I big fat fluffy heart pretzels! Pinned and can’t wait to try! Thanks so much for the recipe, Melanie!

  6. Crunchy outside, soft inside…SOLD. Love that they are rolls, I love small of anything. Saving this one! Thank you :)

  7. these look sooo good! thanks for sharing the recipe.

  8. These rolls look fabulous! I bet they’d be awesome with sloppy joes!
    I found you at the Showstopper Saturday link party and hope you’ll stop by my blog and say hello!

  9. These rolls look so good! I remember those pretzel vendors in Philly. I grew up there too and these rolls take me back there if only for a moment.

  10. These are so cute! I’m weird about soft pretzels and for some reason just don’t like the coarse salt on them, but the mustard…yes please!

  11. Oh wow , these must be out-of-this-world awesome while warm from the oven! My mouth is watering Melanie – these look unreal!

  12. Pretzels have such a wonderful chewy, salty texture and I love that you made rolls that way! They look beautiful!

  13. Yum! I love pretzel rolls… you have me drooling over here!

  14. I have ALWAYS wanted to know how to make pretzel rolls!! seriously always buying 12 of the mini loaves from Trader Joe’s I love them so so much! this looks so great Mel :)

  15. Melanie, these look delicious! I love pretzel rolls but I have never made them myself and I am SO excited to try your recipe! Pinned :)

  16. Oh how I love pretzel rolls! They look gorgeous Melanie. Thank you so much for sharing them with us at Best of the Weekend. Pinned to our party board. :)

  17. Love pretzel rolls! Thanks for sharing how you made them. Your pictures are beautiful.

  18. These pretzel look sooooooooo tempting!
    It’s morning here now, and I’d grab a few if I could, your photos make me really hungry :)

  19. I wish I would have been the one to think of turning warm pretzels into buns, rolls, baguettes, etc. They seem to have hit the bakery shelves with a fury.

    These look amazing!

    Visiting from Saturday Night Fever

  20. Oh wow – I could eat a 1000 of those. YUM I can’t wait to try this recipe.

  21. These rolls look fabulous! Thanks for linking up with What’s Cookin’ Wednesday!

  22. These look amazing, Melonie. Thanks for sharing at Best of the Weekend!!

  23. Okay, my daughter loves anything pretzel.I have to try these and they look so yummy. I found you on the Crafty blogstalker link party. Thanks for sharing.!

  24. These look absolutely amazing. I can think of dozens of things to use these for.

Moms need recess too!


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