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Chewy Pretzel Buns
This easy recipe for chewy, flavorful pretzel buns will wow the entire family. Serve them with dinner or use as a sandwich roll!
Yield: 8 buns
For the dough:
  • 1 cup warm water (110-115°F)
  • 1 package (2¼ tsp, ¼oz, 7g) RED STAR Active Dry Yeast
  • 1 Tbsp granulated sugar
  • 2¾ cups bread flour
  • 1½ tsp sea salt
For the pretzel bath:
  • 4 quarts water
  • ¼ cup baking soda
For the topping:
  • 1 large egg
  • 1 Tbsp water
  • Coarse sea salt, enough to sprinkle over 8 rolls
  1. Whisk together the 1 cup of water, yeast and sugar in the bowl of a stand mixer. Allow the mixture to proof for 6 minutes.

  2. While the yeast is proofing, whisk/sift together the flour and 1½ tsp sea salt.

  3. Attach the dough hook to the stand mixer. Add the flour mixture to the yeast mixture. Mix on low speed until the dough comes together and then turn the speed up to medium-low and mix for 3 minutes. Turn the speed up to medium and mix for another 2 minutes.

  4. Form the dough into a tight ball and place into a lightly greased bowl. Cover with a clean kitchen towel and allow the dough to double in size, approximately 40 minutes. Remove the towel and punch down the dough.

  5. Lightly grease a baking sheet. Using a kitchen scale, divide the dough into eight 3-ounce balls (one will be slightly under 3 ounces). If you don't have a scale, divide dough in 8 equal parts. Roll each ball tightly and pinch the bottoms. Place the balls pinched side down on the baking sheet, cover with a towel and allow the dough to rise for 20 minutes.

  6. Preheat the oven to 425°F. Bring the 4 quarts of water to a boil with the baking soda. In batches, cook the rolls for 30 seconds per side. Remove with a slotted spoon and place onto a clean, greased baking sheet (do not use parchment paper or the rolls will stick).

  7. Whisk together the egg with a tablespoon of water. Brush the egg wash on top of each roll and sprinkle generously with coarse sea salt.

  8. Using a sharp knife, slice an X in the top of each roll (optional).

  9. Bake for 15-17 minutes or until golden brown on top.

  10. Recipe created by Savory Simple.

Chewy Prezel Buns | This easy recipe for chewy, flavorful pretzel buns will wow the entire family. Serve them with dinner or use as a sandwich roll! Find recipe at redstaryeast.com.

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  1. These are absolutely marvelous pretzels. I’ve tried them a couple of times and it works great every time. ABSOLUTELY recommend.

  2. Good morning, made the pretzel rolls yesterday. They turned out great. Only complaint is the baking soda bath, turned my stove top white. Would love to send you a picture of my creation. Now I don’t have to buy them at whole foods any more.

  3. Came out pretty but soft. Should they be that way or more crusty?

    • Hi Martha,
      The rolls should have a chewy exterior from the water bath. It’s not a ‘crusty’ bread, but you can add steam to your baking to get a crispier crust if you desire.
      Happy baking!

  4. Perfect, chewy pretzel rolls! Turned out just like the picture. Definitely going into my bread baking rotation.

  5. Hi Bill,
    Cook the buns for 30 seconds on each side in the boiling water/baking soda bath.

    Happy baking!

  6. What do you do with the 4 quarts of boiling water?

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