How to Make Soft Pretzels in the Bread Machine

Soft Pretzels in the bread machine? Sure, why not? But the question is how…I mean how do you make pretzels in the bread machine?

Homemade Pretzels for the Win

Most bread makers do a superb job with fresh dough, so use the bread maker for that portion of the recipe and then turn the oven on for the final baking piece. Easy, peasy and so good.

Enjoying Recreating Travel Memories with Food

Since we are all grounded right now and we can’t even consider travel, we are striving to recreate some occasional travel memories with recipes we make at home. I think that’s a common theme, with many families right now. Might as well eat well, right?

how to make soft pretzels in a bread maker

Food Memories are Powerful

There’s something about the smell and taste of food, sometimes even the feel of it that draws you back to a specific time and place. Food conjures up memories. It’s an emotional catalyst.

Travel Back in Time

That’s how we landed on these soft pretzels made in our bread maker.

A few years ago, my daughter Payton took a trip to New York City with her theatre troupe and she fell hard for the soft pretzels that are sold on the street corners. She’s been considering those ever since and thinking about when and how to make them.

Finally, we had time and the occasion to do this together. It took us a couple of tries to get the size right. But you won’t have that issue, because I took notes. This post will show you the right way to make soft pretzels in a bread maker.


How to Make Soft Pretzels

Make the kind of soft pretzels that will remind you of your travels with this easy and fun bread machine recipe.
Prep Time 1 hour 45 minutes
Cook Time 14 minutes
Course Appetizer, Snack
Cuisine American
Servings 2 dozen
Calories 150 kcal


  • Hamilton Beach bread maker
  • Measuring cup
  • cookie sheets


  • 1 cup water room temperature
  • 1 tbsp butter softened
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 2 tbsp sugar
  • 2 ¾ cups all purpose flour
  • 2 teaspoons active yeast we use the bread maker yeast

After the dough is done in bread machine

  • 6 cups water
  • ¼ cup baking soda
  • 2 tbsp melted butter
  • 1-2 tbsp sea salt susbtitution – poppy seeds or sesame seeds


  • Put the cup of water, butter, sugar, salt, flour and yeast into your bread maker and set for the dough setting which on ours is 1.5 hours. Let it do it's job.
  • After the dough is done remove from bread maker and knead it a little bit. Place on a lightly floured cutting board.
  • Stir the baking soda into 6 cups of water and bring to low boil, stirring. Then reduce temperature
  • Take small sections of the dough, pull and roll into long tube like string. Make them as thin as you want or can do without breaking.
  • Once each section is about 6 inches long, turn ends up so the shape looks like a U
  • Bring ends to opposite corners and fold over. Slightly press down where it meets the bottom edge.
  • Place each pretzel individually in the baking soda water for a couple of minutes
  • Remove them and place on an oiled cookie sheet.
    Make an egg wash and brush it onto the pretzels beofre baking.
  • Back at 425 for 12-14 minutes
  • brush lightly with melted butter and also coat with sea salt. Serve warm. These can be kept in a container for a couple of days if you can't eat them all, but they are tastiest when served fresh.


Calories: 150kcal
Keyword bread maker pretzels, pretzels, soft pretzels,
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Ever since the pandemic began, my one daughter has been baking everything under the sun. She has been using our bread maker here for so many recipes requiring fresh dough.

Late last year, we got a Hamilton Beach bread machine and it is my favourite small appliance. The bread maker has earned it’s keep and then some.

Bread Machine Love Story

In the last four months, we have made handmade pizza dough, about 10 different types of bread here, pretzel buns (a happy little accident), jam in the Hamilton Beach bread maker and so much more.

This week, she figured out how to make soft pretzels in the bread maker. Now, I am not even a bread eating kind of gal or a carb craving kind of person. I need sweets and meat and all the protein, plus vegetables, of course. But bread and pretzels are rarely things that I seek out. However, that has all changed because my daughter Payton makes the most amazing and scrumptious breads, perfect pizza crust and soft pretzels.

Enjoy these Easy and Fun Soft Pretzels

Soft pretzels are a treat. This is a treat that can remind you of whatever place you last had soft pretzels. For my daughter, that’s New York.

Where did you last have these?

Mom of two beautiful active girls, traveller, fitness junkie, social media consultant, and keeper of the sanity.