Easy Pretzel Rolls

Homemade soft pretzel rolls come together quickly and easily with a few basic kitchen ingredients. Follow my step photos and success tips for best results. You’ll love this dinner version of soft pretzels!

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Meet soft pretzel rolls, the mealtime-appropriate version of soft pretzels. Instead of shaping the dough into traditional pretzels, we simply craft the dough into balls. Like soft pretzel bites, but bigger! I know we all like the sounds of that.

There’s a lot to cover today so let’s dive right in.

How to make EASY soft pretzel rolls! Recipe on sallysbakingaddiction.com

These Soft Pretzel Rolls Are:

  • Just as irresistible as my homemade soft pretzels
  • Made with 7 basic ingredients
  • Extra chewy
  • Soft and fluffy in the centers
  • Easier than you think to make
  • Loaded with real pretzel flavor
  • Topped with delicious coarse salt
  • Baked to golden brown perfection

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Behind the Recipe

Are you familiar with my soft pretzels recipe? It’s a completely un-intimidating approach to making pretzels from scratch. If you have zero skill in the kitchen, you can make homemade soft pretzels. For soft pretzel rolls, we skip the shaping and form dough balls. Soft pretzels… dinner style!

To make soft pretzel rolls, we use the exact same dough that we use to make soft pretzels. This simple dough comes together with incredibly basic ingredients like water, yeast, butter, brown sugar, salt, and flour. Separate, they’re awesome. Together? Soft pretzels!

The primary difference between the two is that today’s rolls require a little extra rise time. We want the rolls to be fluffier than regular soft pretzels, so we give the dough a few extra minutes to rest– it’ll nearly double in size. See the photo above compared to this one below? About an hour between the two photos. (Use that time to begin prepping dinner!)

Baking with Yeast Guide

Reference this Baking with Yeast Guide whenever you work with baker’s yeast. I include practical answers to all of your common yeast questions.

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How to Make Soft Pretzel Rolls

I have step-by-step photos to help guide you along.

  1. Make the dough.
  2. Let the dough rise for an hour. Or until doubled in size.
  3. Punch down the dough. This helps get rid of any air bubbles.
  4. Divide the dough to form the rolls. Aim for roughly 1/3 cup of dough each, which will yield about 12 rolls. Shape into balls.
  5. Give the rolls a baking soda bath. See below for more details.
  6. Place rolls into prepared baking pan. I like to bake the rolls squished together in a baking pan because they hold their shape much better. You can, however, separate them on a large baking sheet.
  7. Score the tops of each roll.
  8. Top with butter and sea salt.
  9. Bake. These rolls take about 22-26 minutes or until a deep golden brown on all sides.
  10. Enjoy!

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How to make easy pretzel rolls on sallysbakingaddiction.com

Baking Soda Bath

Each step is important but the baking soda bath is imperative. Why? It’s what gives pretzels that iconic flavor, golden brown texture, and super soft interior. Save time and get the water boiling as you’re shaping the dough into balls. Then drop each dough ball into the boiling water + baking soda for a quick soak. Worth it!

The rolls look wrinkly and weird right now but if foods like sloppy joes + baked beans + casseroles teach us anything about life, it’s this: appearances can be pretty deceiving. Soon enough, those pale wrinkly buns (ahh! look away!) will transform into buttery + salty + golden brown carbs.

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3 Success Tips for Homemade Pretzel Rolls

  1. Score the tops of the rolls. Use a sharp knife to do this once the rolls come out of the baking soda bath. Scoring the tops allows the rolls to expand and the centers to cook all the way through since they’re thicker rolls.
  2. Brush with melted butter and sprinkle with sea salt. This gives the rolls that delicious bakery-style flavor!
  3. Bake until golden brown. The deeper the color, the better the flavor. For a nice deep amber color, bake these soft pretzel rolls for about 22-26 minutes.

How to make EASY soft pretzel rolls! Recipe on sallysbakingaddiction.com

The most delicious ways to eat these pretzel rolls? With beer cheese dip or bacon spinach dip, as buns for ham & swiss sandwiches, with soup (like minestrone soup or light creamy chicken noodle soup), as a side with walnut crusted chicken, or straight from the pan. They’re big, soft, fluffy, and pretzel-y!

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Easy Pretzel Rolls

  • Author: Sally
  • Prep Time: 1 hour, 30 minutes
  • Cook Time: 25 minutes
  • Total Time: 2 hours
  • Yield: 12 rolls
  • Category: Bread
  • Method: Baking
  • Cuisine: American

Description

Making easy pretzel rolls from scratch is simpler than you think. Follow this easy and approachable way to baking them at home!


Ingredients

  • 1 and 1/2 cups (360ml) warm water (lukewarm– no need to take temperature)
  • 1 packet active dry or instant yeast (2 and 1/4 teaspoons)
  • 1/4 cup (4 Tablespoons; 60g) unsalted butter, divided
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 Tablespoon brown sugar
  • 3 and 3/4  – 4 cups (460-500g) all-purpose flour (spoon & leveled), plus more for work surface
  • coarse sea salt for sprinkling

Baking Soda Bath

  • 1/2 cup (120g) baking soda
  • 9 cups (2,160ml) water

Instructions

  1. Whisk yeast and warm water together. Allow to sit for 1 minute. Meanwhile, melt 1 Tablespoon of butter (reserve the rest for step 6). Whisk in salt, brown sugar, and melted butter. Slowly add 3 cups of flour, 1 cup at a time. Mix with a wooden spoon or dough hook attached to stand mixer until dough is thick. Add 3/4 cup more flour until the dough is no longer sticky. If it is still sticky, add 1/4 – 1/2 cup more, as needed. Poke the dough with your finger – if it bounces back, it is ready to knead.
  2. Turn the dough out onto a floured surface. Knead the dough for 3 minutes and shape into a ball. (At this point, it dough can be frozen. See freezing instructions below.) Place in a large greased bowl, cover tightly with plastic wrap, and allow to rise in a warm environment for 1 hour or until nearly doubled in size. (Tip: I preheat my oven to 200°F (93°C), turn it off, place the dough inside and shut the oven. This is the warm environment.)
  3. Once risen, punch dough down to release any air bubbles. Turn out onto a lightly floured surface and, with a sharp knife or pizza cutter, cut dough into 1/3 cup sections. You should have about 12. Shape into balls.
  4. Preheat oven to 400°F (204°C). Line 2 baking sheets with parchment paper or silicone baking mats OR line a 9×13 baking pan (I use a baking pan.) Set aside.
  5. Bring baking soda and 9 cups of water to a boil in a large pot. Drop 1-2 pretzel rolls into the boiling water for 20-30 seconds. Any more than that and your pretzels will have a metallic taste. Using a slotted spatula, lift the pretzel roll out of the water and allow as much of the excess water to drip off. Place pretzel rolls onto prepared baking sheet or close together in the baking pan. Using a sharp knife, score a couple slits into the top of each.
  6. Melt the remaining butter. Lightly brush each roll with melted butter and sprinkle with coarse sea salt.
  7. Bake for 22-26 minutes or until a deep golden brown on all sides.
  8. Remove from the oven and serve warm. Pretzel rolls may be stored in an airtight container or zipped top bag for up to 3 days (they lose a little softness).

Notes

  1. Make Ahead Instructions: Pretzel rolls freeze well, up to 2 months. To reheat, bake frozen pretzel rolls at 350°F (177°C) for 20 minutes or until warmed through or microwave until warm. The prepared pretzel dough can be refrigerated for up to one day or frozen in an airtight container for 2-3 months. Thaw frozen dough in the refrigerator overnight. Bring to room temperature, then allow to rise and continue with step 3.
  2. Reference my Baking with Yeast Guide for answers to common yeast FAQs.

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How to make EASY soft pretzel rolls! Recipe on sallysbakingaddiction.com
How to make EASY soft pretzel rolls! Recipe on sallysbakingaddiction.com

132 Comments

  1. I made these yesterday for homemade Sloppy Joe’s I was making for dinner. I followed the recipe as given but did add some sesame seeds on top. I got 10 rolls out of the dough. The dough was very easy to make and they turned out great. My wife and daughter, who is picky as they come, had seconds, which is a musical in and of itself. They both raved about the rolls. I’m considering making actual pretzels with this recipe next, and serving with a spicy brown mustard and cheddar cheese sauce. One question though, I am on a low sodium diet, do you know how much sodium is in this recipe? If not I’ll try to calculate it as best I can. Thanks again for the recipe.

    1. I’m so glad these rolls were such a hit with your family! I’m unsure of the nutritional info of this recipe, but there are many great online calculators like this one: https://recipes.sparkpeople.com/recipe-calculator.asp

      1. I made these but the rolls are hard, what did I do wrong? They taste great (sort of like the pretzels you get in the chip asile) but rock hard on the outside.

  2. SO EASY! I was convinced I would toughen up this dough because mine was really sticky until I added almost 1/2 cup in phases to get it to be a pliable, soft dough but I didn’t. This was a beautiful dough to work with. Super easy recipe to follow and mine came out gorgeous and fluffy. We even liked that they were soft and fluffy and not really dense like pretzel buns we have had in the past. These are the perfect vessel for my Gouda stuffed burgers!!

  3. The only thing I noticed on the instructions is that between step 3 and 5 is missing the second rise for the rolls, it jumped from punch down the dough to boiling them into the baking soda hot water, I nearly made the mistake when my husband warned me about letting the rolls rise first. It was my first time baking pretzel rolls. They turned out delicious!

    1. Hi Moral! There is no 2nd rise for these rolls. They’re supposed to be on the denser side, closer to pretzels. So glad you enjoyed them!

  4. This is a fantastic recipe! I saw it on an Instagram post and decided to make it for lunch today. Huge hit! I will making these into pretzel bites next time. Thanks!

  5. Once again day after day I made one of your recipes. Today was the pretzel rolls. They turned out great. Will make them again on Friday when my kids come home. Thanks Sally

  6. What an easy to follow and delicious recipe! I made these for dinner last night after work to have with burgers and they aere absolutely delicious. I made the dough as soon as I got home and then put it to prove while I prepared the rest of dinner and did some home admin. Pop them in the oven before grilling my burgers and done! I never thought I would be able to make a yeast recipe after work but wow! I did it! And will happily make these again.

  7. I just made these for the first time and my family and I are inhaling them. These are absolutely delicious! I can’t bellow easy they are to make.

  8. These look amazing! Could I use wheat flour or even almond flour instead? If I did would that change amounts of other ingredients?

    1. I haven’t tested these with whole wheat flour. While I imagine you can use it the rolls will end up more dense and hearty. I don’t recommend almond flour here. If you are interested, I do have a different recipe for whole wheat dinner rolls: https://sallysbakingaddiction.com/whole-wheat-rolls/

  9. Hi, I posted a reply about your pretzel recipe yesterday and now, I am posting about your pretzel rolls! I make mine gluten free as I have celiac disease and as much as I absolutely adore pretzels, they make me extremely ill if I eat them… until now… I made a half batch of these rolls exactly like your recipe called for so my husband and daughter could enjoy them… I then made a second half batch with my personal gluten free flour blend… I have to say that the gluten free version takes a bit more water as my gluten free flour blend is a liquid soaker! But, the rolls were a success! I will be adding your pretzel roll recipe to my own recipe book which is a conglomeration of recipes from many generations of my blended family from years past! It is an honor to add your recipes to my family’s favorite recipes and I will definitely properly cite where the recipe came from! Do you perchance, happen to have an easy recipe for sinfully delicious cinnamon rolls?????

    1. Wonderful news that your flour worked for these rolls also! I’m thrilled that some of my recipes have made your family collection 🙂
      There is a search bar on the top of this page that you can type in “cinnamon rolls” and see all of them – I have many! My easiest cinnamon roll recipe is probably this one: https://sallysbakingaddiction.com/easy-cinnamon-rolls-from-scratch/

    2. I would love to know what your personal gluten free flour blend is! Could you share it here? So just swapped in your gluten free flour blend and more water? Any other changes? Thanks.

      1. Hi, my flour blend is
        1 cup tapioca flour
        2 cups arrowroot flour
        2 cups coconut flour
        3 cups Fine Blanched Almond flour

        Mix them All together in a large bowl… I sift my almond flour several times before mixing it in with the other flours… the finer it is, the better… this flour will store for a couple of weeks in an air tight container, longer if refrigerated… use it measure for measure for regular wheat flour in most recipes… I sometimes have to add a little more liquids to things I am making… other than that, it’s a great flour blend for celiacs or for someone wanting to eat a paleo diet… enjoy!

  10. I am wanting to make these tonight but I don’t have brown sugar and I’d prefer to not run to the store. Will it still work if I substitute it with something else? I was thinking sugar and maple syrup or coconut sugar.

    1. Hi Jil, I personally have not tried it but there are many recipes to make your own brown sugar out of granulated sugar and molasses!

  11. Awesome recipe. I have been a newly inspired Baker for about 2 years and love making all types of homemade bread, rolls, focaccias, bagels and recently (today) pretzels! I tried this recipe today and my family said it was the best thing I have ever made (and I have delivered some tasty treats!)…. so thank you Sally, out of all the sites I have tried recipes from, yours is by far the best!!

  12. These are simply amazing!! I’ve always been afraid of trying pretzels because I kill all things yeasted but not these. They were an instant hit and immediately devoured so it looks as if I’ll be making another batch very soon! Thank you Sally for this incredible and easy recipe, it is a keeper as is everything else I’ve ever tried from your blog over the years!

    1. Thank you so much. I just made them. I made one batch half whole wheat flour and half white unbleached flour. I will freeze them for a family party we are having next week. The theme is Octoberfest. I made them in the shape of hot dog rolls to use with Brats and Kilbassi. It is so delicious. Thank you so much for the recipe.

  13. 4 stars Made these today: Easy to make–5 Stars; Taste–Great! I baked them on parchment paper–BIG MISTAKE–couldn’t get the parchment off (I thought nothing sticks to parchment). I had to cut the bottoms off the buns. I baked at 400 for the minimum suggested time of 22 minutes (they were over 190 degrees). I will definitely make these again, but next time I’ll use silpat baking mats and check the doneness at 20 mins.

  14. i made these both at school and at home, they are delicious! my only question is do you have a preferred method of preheating?

  15. Is there a way to make these without yeast and still get that beautiful pretzel taste? My fiance cannot eat yeast due to gout.

    1. Hi Becca, I have never attempted these without yeast. I did find this article that might interest you: https://www.thespruceeats.com/yeast-substitute-for-baking-4140439

      1. OMG!!! Thank you!! I have looked so many times and have never found that page. I will definitely give that a try!

  16. I’ll admit it. I’m shocked. These were so easy to make and they’re wonderful! I’m so inspired I’ll try the pretzels next. Thanks for making me look like a rock star.

  17. OMG DELISH!!!! I made them and they turned out great:)!! My dad has diabetes, so I substituted the all-purpose flour with whole wheat, and took out the sugar. Still tasted AMAZING!Also tried out the normal recipe, for the rest of my family, and the all loved it. I got 15 rolls of the dough, and it was so easy to work with. I ended up placing the buns one inch apart on a baking sheet so the sides of the buns would have a crunchy shell as well. Will definitely be making these again in the near future!!

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