Wednesday, April 3, 2013

Salted Pretzel Rolls

salted pretzel rolls

It’s probably about time I shared these pretzel rolls with you.  Does time just fly on by or what?

When we visited Paul’s family for Thanksgiving (yes, all the way back to Thanksgiving), we missed the main meal but walked in just in time for leftovers and just in time for Paul’s Aunt Marion making her homemade pretzel rolls.

I’m a huge fan of soft pretzels and I love sandwiches and why had I never thought to serve a sandwich on soft salty pretzel rolls?  Genius, I am telling you.  Especially genius on leftover holiday turkey and ham.  Also perfect for your favorite grilled cheese.  Did you know it’s National Grilled Cheese month?

This recipe is simple – bread flour, yeast, a little sugar; let it rise; portion it out; boil ’em; salt ’em; bake ’em; enjoy ’em.  

pretzel buns

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Pretzel Rolls

Yield: 8 rolls

Soft and salty pretzel rolls - perfect for a dinner roll or a sandwich bun!


1 1/2 cups warm water
2 tablespoons light brown sugar
1 package active dry yeast (I like Red Star Platinum)
5 Tbs. unsalted butter, melted
2 1/2 teaspoons kosher salt
4 cups bread flour
1 tsp. canola oil
3 quarts water
3/4 cup baking soda
Coarse sea salt


Line 2 half sheet pans with parchment paper and spray liberally with non-stick cooking spray.

Combine the water, sugar, yeast, and butter in the bowl of a stand mixer and mix with the dough hook until combined. Let sit for 5 minutes.

Add the salt and flour and mix on low speed until combined. Increase the speed to medium and continue kneading until the dough is smooth and begins to pull away from the side of the bowl, about 3 to 4 minutes. If the dough appears too wet, add additional flour, 1 tablespoon at a time. Remove the dough from the bowl, place on a flat surface and knead into a ball with your hands.

Oil a bowl with canola, add the dough and turn to coat with the oil. Cover with a clean towel or plastic wrap and place in a warm spot until the dough doubles in size, about 1 hour.

Preheat the oven to 425 degrees F.

Bring the water to a boil in a large pot over high heat and add the baking soda.

Remove the dough from the bowl and place on a flat surface. Divide the dough into 8 equal pieces and roll each into an even ball, about 3-inches wide. Place each piece onto the parchment-lined sheet pans.

*if you wish to make these into pretzels, rolls each piece out into a rope about 20 inches long and the twist the end and fold them back down onto the middle of the rope. You can also make these into pretzel bites – roll each piece into a rope about 20 inches long and cut the ropes into 1-inch pieces.

Boil the rolls (or pretzels or pretzel bites) in the water/baking soda for 30 seconds each, moving around and splashing up onto the tops of the rolls. Remove from the solution and place back onto the baking sheets. Sprinkle the tops liberally with coarse sea salt and then cut an “x” into the tops of each roll. Bake in the preheated oven for 15-16 minutes, watching closely at the end so that they reach the desired brown color, but don’t burn.

Pretzel recipe adapted from Bobby Flay

salted pretzel rolls


71 Responses to “Salted Pretzel Rolls”

  1. #
    kita — April 3, 2013 @ 7:04 am

    I am going to practice with yeast again. We’ve been having a hate hate relationship lately. But these rolls look like I need to get over that and get back in the kitchen.

  2. #
    Liz @ The Lemon Bowl — April 3, 2013 @ 7:10 am

    I crave a soft pretzel with tons of mustard almost daily. 🙂 It’s probably a good thing yeast scares me but I will say -these look gorgeous enough I am almost tempted to try!!

    • Cassie replied: — April 3rd, 2013 @ 7:58 am

      Try Red Star Platinum…it really has never failed me, so easy to use! I’ll send you some if you can’t find it!

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    dessertfortwo — April 3, 2013 @ 7:25 am

    Gorgeous! I’ve been buying frozen pretzel rolls. I know, it’s bad behavior for a food blogger! But I’m going to make your homemade ones!

  4. #
    Joann@The Italian Next Door — April 3, 2013 @ 7:28 am

    Cassie, these look delicious! I love making and eating soft pretzels, so I’ll have to try these rolls! Thanks for sharing!

  5. #
    Audra | The Baker Chick — April 3, 2013 @ 7:39 am

    These sound so wonderful! Soft pretzels are one of my favorite things- i’d love a sandwich on one of these. Going to be trying this recipe soon!

  6. #
    Kari@Loaves n Dishes — April 3, 2013 @ 7:52 am

    I’m thinking of all kinds of sandwiches to make with these yummy rolls. BTW Did I ever mention that I made your Pretzel Bread Bowls…the bomb!

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    Whendi Martin (Mom) — April 3, 2013 @ 7:52 am

    These look amazing – my mouth is watering and my stomach is growling – I could use a taste or a couple of tastes of these beautiful treats! I bet these mail really well to loved ones who live far, far away

  8. #
    tanya — April 3, 2013 @ 7:53 am

    We have a local bakery that serves their sandwiches on these rolls! So delicious! Now I can make my own!

  9. #
    Averie @ Averie Cooks — April 3, 2013 @ 7:54 am

    These remind me of a recipe of yours from about 6 mos ago. Was it bread bowls maybe with the pretzel idea? Anyway they look amazing and are totally you! Pinning!

  10. #
    Aggie — April 3, 2013 @ 7:58 am

    Those are just beautiful Cassie!! Cravings…

  11. #
    Amanda — April 3, 2013 @ 8:02 am

    These look seriously amazing. Great job!!

  12. #
    Tieghan — April 3, 2013 @ 8:02 am

    I LOVE pretzel’s rolls! I make them all the time and then layer them with lots of avocado and cheese! it’s crazy good! Your photos are awesome!

  13. #
    Cookbook Queen — April 3, 2013 @ 8:20 am

    i LOOOOOVE soft pretzels!!! These are beyond perfect. Yeast scares me a little, but I think I’ll face my fear so I can try these 🙂

  14. #
    Bev @ Bev Cooks — April 3, 2013 @ 8:49 am

    Get OUT. Just give me a vat of cheese dip and bucket of these rolls and leave me be forever.

  15. #
    Laurie {SimplyScratch} — April 3, 2013 @ 9:06 am

    Ditto what Bev said… only with a case of beer to wash it down with! Day-um!

  16. #
    Kelly Senyei | Just a Taste — April 3, 2013 @ 9:40 am

    OMG. My absolute all-time favorite carb! Is there anything better than a hot pretzel roll? No way!

  17. #
    Jen @ Savory Simple — April 3, 2013 @ 9:41 am

    I loooooove pretzel rolls! Gorgeous.

  18. #
    Stephanie @ Girl Versus Dough — April 3, 2013 @ 9:45 am

    Ohmahgoodness, few things in this world are as tasty as homemade pretzel rolls. Yours look amazing, Cassie!

  19. #
    amanda @ fake ginger — April 3, 2013 @ 9:50 am

    Oooh, I love pretzel rolls so much! These look delicious!

  20. #
    Jessica@AKitchenAddiction — April 3, 2013 @ 10:00 am

    I am now wanting a pretzel roll grilled cheese for lunch! Love pretzel rolls!

  21. #
    Megan {Countrycleaver} — April 3, 2013 @ 10:22 am

    I am completely addicted to Costco’s salted pretzel dinner rolls – but I’ve been too afraid to make them on my own for some reason! I love that yours look so crusty and delicious. I want these NOW!

  22. #
    claire @ the realistic nutritionist — April 3, 2013 @ 10:28 am

    NEVER had a pretzel roll!!

  23. #
    Meagan @ A Zesty Bite — April 3, 2013 @ 10:45 am

    The past couple of days I have been eating a pretzel sandwich at the hospital. Now I can make them myself. These look great Cassie.

  24. #
    Lauren @ Climbing Grier Mountain — April 3, 2013 @ 11:07 am

    I am all over this! Just hand me a bucket of cheese, a large beer, and a few of these rolls, and I will be set for life!!

  25. #
    Reem | Simply Reem — April 3, 2013 @ 11:13 am

    You know I have eating pretzel the jalapeno one with tons of mustard daily lately…. And Now my jeans are even more tighter..LOL
    I have to make this totally!

  26. #
    Carla @ Carlas Confections — April 3, 2013 @ 12:35 pm

    Holy yum! In need of these right now!

  27. #
    Tracey — April 3, 2013 @ 1:27 pm

    Pretzel rolls are my absolute favorite! I refrain from making them too often because I usually end up going back for seconds and thirds… 🙂

  28. #
    Rachel @ Baked by Rachel — April 3, 2013 @ 2:42 pm

    I’ve only made pretzel rolls/bowls once but omg i want them again and now. Yours look utterly perfect!

  29. #
    Jennifer @ Mother Thyme — April 3, 2013 @ 2:45 pm

    Wow! I saw these earlier on FB and honestly I have been thinking about them since. They look so good! I have been craving a soft pretzel lately, but now I think I’d much rather have these. Yum!

  30. #
    natalie@thesweetslife — April 3, 2013 @ 2:49 pm

    i haven’t made these in way too long! yum!!

  31. #
    Laura (Tutti Dolci) — April 3, 2013 @ 2:58 pm

    These rolls look incredible, Cassie!

  32. #
    katie — April 3, 2013 @ 3:21 pm

    OMG… how did you know I’ve been wanting to make pretzel rolls lately. If I get time this weekend I might be all over these my friend! These look to die for!

  33. #
    Ali | Gimme Some Oven — April 3, 2013 @ 4:51 pm

    These look so yummy!!! I love that pretzel rolls are so popular right now!

  34. #
    Joanne — April 3, 2013 @ 5:00 pm

    Pretzel rolls are my ultimate favorite roll. They had them at a cruise I was on once and my friends and I would literally get to the buffet as early as possible to snatch them up! Can’t wait to make them at home!

  35. #
    Julie @ Table for Two — April 3, 2013 @ 8:15 pm

    wow these look so PERFECT!! i love pretzel rolls, i eat them with almost everything!!

  36. #
    Chung-Ah | Damn Delicious — April 4, 2013 @ 12:31 am

    You’ve found my ultimate weakness, Cassie! I could seriously make dinner out of these rolls alone!

  37. #
    Stephanie @ Eat. Drink. Love. — April 4, 2013 @ 1:08 am

    So how about the first time I made pretzel rolls, I totally added the baking soda to the dough instead of in the water. Needless to say, they were not good! 🙂

  38. #
    ashley - baker by nature — April 4, 2013 @ 6:23 am

    There are so many things I want to do with these pretzel rolls!!!

  39. #
    Erin @ The Spiffy Cookie — April 4, 2013 @ 9:29 am

    Pretzel rolls for burgers/sandwiches are my favorite.

  40. #
    sally @ sallys baking addiction — April 4, 2013 @ 11:21 am

    hands down, the best looking rolls I’ve ever seen! I love pretzel rolls, but have never made them myself. What am I waiting for?! Love these Cassie and I’m saving the recipe!

  41. #
    Katrina @ Warm Vanilla Sugar — April 4, 2013 @ 1:29 pm

    What a fabulous recipe! I can’t freaking wait to try!

  42. #
    Nutmeg Nanny — April 4, 2013 @ 10:47 pm

    Oh my, these look wonderful! I can’t wait to devour some of these babies 🙂

  43. #
    Suzanne — April 4, 2013 @ 11:02 pm

    Cassie these pretzel rolls are amazing looking, I could down a few of these!!

  44. #
    Erin @ Texanerin Baking — April 5, 2013 @ 8:30 am

    My love for pretzel rolls… knows no boundaries.

    They’re the only baked good I like in Germany. And they are awesome.

    Fresh ones were on sale this week at the bakery for 29 cents, but I told myself, “No… don’t. That would be the beginning of the end.”

    But that was wrong. Because *these* would be my downfall. Oh my goodness do they look amazing!

  45. #
    Mercedes — April 5, 2013 @ 1:51 pm

    I love anything with pretzel flavor! I bet a sandwich on one of these rolls would be fantastic!

  46. #
    Lynn — June 20, 2013 @ 7:23 pm

    Im a huge pretzel fan, especially german bretzeln. I am in love with this recipie! I make small rolls, and theyre just so good. Ive made them a few times now, and only add that I boil them for about 30-40 seconds. Also, brown sugar doesnt make much (if any) difference from white, since its just there to feed the yeast.

    I wish they kept better, ive tried wax paper, parchment paper, tupperware with little vents, but theyre either damp or too dry. Oh well, there is usually not many left over anyway 🙂

  47. #
    Melissa — August 8, 2013 @ 3:13 pm

    Can you make them without a mixer??? I don’t have a mixer with a dough hook. I’d love to try these!

    • Cassie replied: — August 8th, 2013 @ 5:29 pm

      I can’t say I’ve ever tried to make them without a mixer. I would think that it would work though, will just take longer. Try mixing at first with a sturdy wooden spoon. When all of the ingredients come together, then turn out onto a floured surface and knead very well until the mixture comes together into a very smooth ball and is no longer sticky. Let me know how it turns out!


  48. #
    joyfuljul — October 8, 2013 @ 12:06 am

    I tried these tonight for the first time….unbelievable and outstanding recipe…I will definately be making them again….I love pretzels and soft pretzels are my favorite. Thanks so much for this great recipe.

  49. #
    Bonnie — October 8, 2013 @ 11:41 am

    Am wondering if you could make the dough on the dough cycle of a bread machine
    Can’t wait to try them out
    Thanks for such a nice recipe

  50. #
    Jennifer Evans Thompson — November 11, 2013 @ 7:20 pm

    Just an FYI when adding the Baking Soda to the boiling water it will explode. Add it gradually or else you will have a big mess!!! If I could add a pic I would it is terrible. Either we did something wrong or else no one else has had this happen to them.

  51. #
    Michele — November 22, 2013 @ 7:05 am

    Out of this world!!! I made these yesterday and wow whata hit in my house … I did a double batch looked just like the pic , and so good I will be making them again and again. Thank you so much for a great recipe ox

    • Cassie replied: — November 23rd, 2013 @ 9:07 am

      I’m so glad to hear it, Michele. They are a favorite of ours!

  52. #
    Jill — January 5, 2014 @ 8:12 pm

    I just made these for the first time me all I can say is wow!!! They are absolutely delicious!! Everyone loves them and I will be keeping the recipe close. Thank you. One comment…be sure you don’t dump the baking soda into the boiling water too fast. Whoops.

  53. #
    Kerstin — December 22, 2014 @ 10:53 am

    They turned out perfect and are just as good as the ones at home in Germany 🙂
    My family loves them and I will make these a lot from now on 🙂
    Thank you!

  54. #
    C Kitchenette — May 1, 2015 @ 11:28 pm

    I just made these tonight and they are awesome!! I was a little wary of mixing the butter and sugar with the yeast but it worked. Thanks!


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