Quick Soft Pretzels Recipe

Yield 12



3/4 cups lukewarm water (110 to 115°F)
1 package active dry yeast
2 tablespoons granulated sugar
1 teaspoon salt
1/4 cup vegetable oil
2 1/2 – 2 2/3 cups all-purpose flour or bread flour
1 egg white
1/2 tablespoon cold water
Optional: Sesame, poppy seeds, or flakey sea salt


  1. Measure water into large bowl.
  2. Sprinkle in yeast; stir until dissolved.
  3. Add sugar, salt, oil and 2 cups flour; beat until smooth.
  4. Gradually add enough remaining flour to make a soft dough.
  5. Knead dough 8 to 10 minutes.
  6. Cover dough; let rest 30 minutes.
  7. Divide dough into 12 pieces; cover, let rest 5 minutes.
  8. Roll each into a uniform 18-inch rope. Shape into a pretzel by making a circle, bringing the ends together, twisting once and then pressing ends onto the bottom curve of the circle.
  9. Place on greased or parchment-lined baking sheets. Beat together egg white and cold water; brush pretzels with mixture. If desired, sprinkle on seeds or salt.
  10. Bake in preheated 425°F oven 12 to 15 minutes, or until golden.
  11. Remove pretzels from baking sheets; cool on wire rack.
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