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Pretzel Bread Rolls

Our Pretzel Bread Rolls are wonderfully puffy and chewy with the perfect amount of added saltiness. So deliciously easy to make for the holidays, family get-togethers, or a weeknight dinner.

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I love a good roll. Especially yeast rolls. But I’ve had mixed success working with yeast. That’s why when I tried these rolls and had success every time, I knew I had a recipe that was a keeper!

A number of years ago my family and I were blessed to be able to take a trip to Disney World. The only thing I knew for sure was that the food there was one of the highlights. We ate like kings! 😂

Well, let me tell you. The first day there I discovered the most delicious pretzel rolls at the restaurant. I could NOT get enough!

Y’all, you have no idea how excited I was to find this recipe so that I can make my own at home and have them ANYTIME I want. 🙂

Love that these are so easy to make to have on hand or to freeze. Perfect for any occasion but these rolls are also perfect for the holidays too!

If you want more scrumptious bread recipes, try my Lemon Blueberry Zucchini Bread, Pumpkin Spice Bread, or Fresh Strawberry Bread.

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Ingredients Needed For Pretzel Bread Rolls Recipe

Here’s what you’ll need to make these pretzel rolls!

  • Flour – all-purpose
  • Active Yeast – the ingredient makes the bread rise
  • White Sugar
  • Brown Sugar – aids in obtain the right texture in the pretzels
  • Water
  • Butter – unsalted or salted
  • Salt
  • Baking Soda – helps the bread to rise
  • Oil – helps the bread to stay moist and not dry out in the bowl
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How To Make Pretzel Bread Rolls

Just follow these steps to make these delicious rolls!

Step 1

Begin by adding the sugars, yeast, and water to a large mixing bowl. Gently stir this mixture with a wooden or plastic spoon.

Step 2

Allow the yeast mixture to rest in a warm place for approximately 5 – 10 minutes. You will know it is ready when it becomes foamy.

Step 3

Now you will add the melted butter to the yeast mixture and stir gently with the wooden spoon.

Step 4

Next, begin adding the salt and flour one cup at a time stirring gently with the wooden spoon. Stir until all the flour is incorporated and the Dough is no longer sticky.

You may need to add a little extra flour but be sure to add 1/2 cup at a time so you do not add too much.

Step 5

Once you have reached the point where the dough is not sticky, pull out the dough and place it on a lightly floured surface. Knead by hand for about 5 minutes or until dough is not sticky but soft and flexible.

Step 6

Now place the dough in an oiled or buttered bowl. To keep the dough from drying out, you can drizzle a little oil or cooled melted butter. Cover the bowl and allow the dough to rise until it has doubled in size.

Step 7

While you are waiting for the dough to rise to the appropriate size, prepare the bath. Mix water and baking soda together. The soda will settle and need to be stirred frequently during the process of dipping the dough.

Step 8

Preheat oven to 400 degrees.

Step 9

Tear the dough into small pieces about the size of a small apple then roll the dough into a ball.

Step 10

Now you will dunk the dough into the baking soda bath flipping it over to make sure both sides have been completely dunked.

Step 11

Once the dough has been dunked, place it on a baking sheet approximately 1 inch apart.

Step 12

Score the bread dough with a serrated or bread knife, cutting 2 – 4 lines into the top. Don’t worry about it being perfect as it will even out during baking.

Step 13

Bake in the preheated oven for 12 – 15 minutes or until golden brown.

Step 14

Brush the Pretzel Bread Rolls with melted butter and sprinkle on coarse salt immediately after removing from the oven.

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Pretzel Bread Rolls Recipe Notes And Tips

  • No boiling water is required during the dipping process so just a simple dunk in the cold water will work great.
  • If possible, test the temperature of the water. It should be around 100 degrees but no hotter than 120 degrees. A good way to test is to aim for the same temperature you would make a baby bottle….warm but not hot on the back of your wrist.
  • Remember to stir the baking soda mixture frequently or it will settle.
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Variations Of Pretzel Bread Rolls To Try

  • Roll the dough into a small mini loaf instead of a ball.
  • Add some delicious toppings such as cheddar cheese, cinnamon sugar, sea salt, sesame seeds or garlic seasoning mix.

FAQs

If you have questions about making these delicious rolls, please check to see if I’ve answered them below. If you don’t see yours below, please leave them in the comments so I can provide answers!

Can I freeze these Pretzel Bread Rolls?

YES!!! They will freeze beautifully for up to 2 months in a freezer-safe container or freezer bag.

Can I freeze just the Pretzel Bread Rolls dough?

Great question and the answer is YES! The dough can be frozen for up to 2 – 3 days in an air-tight, freezer-safe container.

Once you remove the dough from the freezer, you will need to allow it to thaw in the refrigerator overnight. Then bring it to room temperature and allow it to rise.

If I prepare the Pretzel Bread Rolls dough ahead of time, how long can I keep in the fridge before baking?

Your prepared pretzel dough can be kept in the refrigerator for up to one day in an air-tight container.

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More Easy and Delicious Baked Goods Recipes To Try

If you love this Pretzel Bread recipe, check out these other recipes too!

  • Pumpkin Baked Oatmeal
  • Baked Brie En Croute
  • Apple Pie Bites
  • Homemade Banana Pudding Poke Cake
  • Strawberry French Toast Bake
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Pretzel Bread Rolls

Our Pretzel Bread Rolls are wonderfully puffy and chewy with the perfect amount of added saltiness. So deliciously easy to make for the holidays, family get-togethers, or a weeknight dinner.

Ingredients

  • 2 2/3 c flour + a little extra for dusting
  • 2 ¼ teaspoon or one pack of active yeast
  • 1 tablespoon of white sugar
  • 2 tablespoons of brown sugar
  • 1 cup of 105-120 degree water
  • ⅓ cup of butter, melted
  • A pinch of salt

For the 'bath'

  • 1 cup water
  • 2 tbsp baking soda

To prepare the bowl for the dough to rise

  • 2 tsp oil or melted butter

Instructions

Add sugars, yeast and water to a mixing bowl. 

Mix the yeast mixture gently with a wooden or plastic spoon. 

Allow the yeast to rest in a warm place for about 5-10 minutes. It will be foamy when it is ready.

Add the melted butter to the yeast mixture, give it a gentle stir with your wooden spoon.

Add the salt and flour, one cup at a time, gently mixing with a wooden spoon until all of the flour is incorporated and the dough no longer feels sticky. If you need to, add extra flour, one half cup at a time.

Pull the dough out onto a lightly floured surface and knead by hand for about 5 minutes, or until the dough is soft and flexible, and not sticky.

Place the dough in an oiled/ buttered bowl. You can drizzle a little (less than a teaspoon please) of oil or cooled melted butter, directly onto the dough to keep it from drying out. Cover the bowl and allow the dough to rise until it has doubled in size.

While the dough rises, prepare the bath by adding the water and baking soda and stirring them together, the soda will settle and need to be stirred frequently during the dipping process. No boiling is required, just a simple dunk into the cold water.

Preheat the oven to 400 degrees.

Tear off sections of dough that are about the size of a small apple, and roll the dough into a ball, you can also vary this step by forming the balls of dough to look like little loaves of bread if you like.

Dip the dough into the baking soda bath, flip it over to make sure both sides have been dunked well. Stir the mixture of baking soda and water as needed, it will settle.

Place the dough on a baking sheet, about an inch apart. 

With a serrated or bread knife, score the loaves by simply cutting 2 to 4 lines into the top. It doesn’t have to be perfect, and the dough will even out during baking. 

Bake at 400 degrees for about 12 to 15 minutes or until golden brown.

When you remove the pretzel breads from the oven, you can brush them with melted butter if you like, then sprinkle on coarse salt.

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