Soft Pretzels

Prep Time: 20 min.
Bake Time: 15-20 min.
Servings: 8
Difficulty: Beginning

Make these popular soft pretzels at home for the whole family to enjoy!


16 Rhodes Yeast Dinner Rolls, or 8 Rhodes Yeast Texas Rolls, dough thawed but still cold
1 tablespoon baking soda
melted butter
coarse salt


  1. Roll 2 dinner rolls combined or one Texas roll into a 16-inch rope. Form into a pretzel shape. Repeat with remaining rolls and place on large sprayed baking sheets.
  2. Cover with sprayed plastic wrap and let rise 30-45 minutes.
  3. In a large saucepan, bring 6-inches of water with 2 tablespoons of baking soda to boil.
  4. Remove plastic wrap and slip pretzels, a few at a time, into gently boiling water. Boil each pretzel for 30 seconds on each side. Remove with slotted spoon; drain on cooling rack.
  5. Return to sprayed baking sheet. Bake immediately at 375 degrees F 15-20 minutes or until golden brown.
  6. Top with melted butter and coarse salt. Or whatever toppings you desire!

For Freezer Meals

Prepare the pretzels finishing at step 5. Let them cool to room temperature before freezing them individually with freezer bags or plastic wrap. Wrap them in tinfoil if you plan to reheat them in the air fryer or oven.


Wrap a damp paper towel over the pretzels and microwave for 1 minute and 15 seconds. Finish with step 6.


Preheat oven to 350ºF. Place the pretzel wrapped in tinfoil in the oven and bake for 10 minutes. Finish with step 6.

Air Fryer

Place pretzel wrapped in tinfoil in the air fryer basket at 350ºF for 7 minutes. Finish with step 6.

  • Darvel Silda
    March 23, 2020

    Consider using kosher sea salt.

  • Marilene LaSchiava
    May 31, 2020

    How would you do for pretzel sticks. The same but put straight. I would think?

    • Debbie from Rhodes
      June 1, 2020

      Yes. Just roll one of our Dinner Rolls into about an 6-inch rope after it is thawed. We also have a recipe on our website for pretzel rolls, that is very good. Hope you enjoy!

  • Cheri
    October 21, 2020

    Can i maje these a few days in advance snd reheat?

    • Debbie from Rhodes
      October 21, 2020

      I’m sure that will work. There are no preservatives in our products so you may want to keep them in the refrigerator until that time. Or store them in an air tight container until you reheat them.

  • Baker
    January 9, 2021

    Mine Came out crispy On the bottom and soggy/doughY on top. I think next tiMe, I’ll use a shorter boiling time and bake aT a lower temperature.

    • Debbie from Rhodes
      January 12, 2021

      Making pretzels can be frustrating at times. There are a few tips, that might help you. Watch the video that is connected to this recipe on our website That is a big help Also spray your parchment paper so they don’t stick to it which can make them soggy. Also season your pretzel after baking not before. I hope this helps you! You can always call our Customer Satisfaction department and speak with one of our baking experts if you need to. 1-800-876-7333 They are happy to help!

  • Roma Pate
    April 23, 2021

    Where are all the recipes for making rolls out of the sweet dough

    • Debbie from Rhodes
      April 26, 2021

      There is not much distribution of our Sweet Dough across the country. So we no longer make any of the recipes that we put on our website with the Sweet Dough. Mostly because it is frustrating to those who cannot find it in their store. But if you are one of the lucky ones that has access to the Sweet Dough, you can certainly substitute it in any of our “sweet” recipes.

  • Dawn maston
    May 8, 2024

    I have yet to try pretzels but i am confident as i only use Rhodes rollsfor my pepperoni and sausage rolls and they turn out perfect! Evrtone wanrs my recipe! Cant wait to make pretzels!

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