Homemade Soft Pretzels with a Sweet Honey Mustard Dipping Sauce

Posted on October 5, 2012
Hi, Everyone! Happy Weekend! I hope you all had a great week and have some fun plans for the weekend! If you’re looking for something really good to bake over the weekend, I have the perfect idea for you! How about some deliciously comforting soft pretzels with a sweet and tangy honey mustard sauce? I’ve been wanting to make some of these for the longest time, and finally got around to doing it this week! Every time I walk into a shopping mall and smell the wonderful buttery smell of pretzels from one of the pretzel shops, it calls my name (and I try to resist every time!) and so I decided to try making some at home. I thought they might be good homemade, but I didn’t think they would be THIS good! These pretzels are amazing! They are soft and buttery and taste so good warm, dipped in the honey mustard sauce! And the good news is, they don’t need to rise for hours and hours, from beginning to the end they only take a little over an hour to make! They are the perfect treat for a chilly fall night! Happy Baking, Everyone!
(Adapted from Fifteen Spatulas)
*Makes 8 pretzels*
2 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
1 tsp granulated sugar
1/2 tsp salt
2 1/2 tsp dried yeast (1 package)
1 cup warm water
1/2 cup warm water
1 tbs baking soda
2 tbs unsalted butter, melted
salt for sprinkling
Honey Mustard Dipping Sauce:
3 tbs light mayonnaise
2 tbs grainy mustard
1 tbs Dijon mustard
3 1/2 tbs honey
1/2 tsp lemon juice
1. First, combine warm water, sugar and instant dried yeast in a small bowl. Cover and let sit for five minutes, until the mixture is frothy. Meanwhile, combine flour and salt in your electric mixer bowl. Once your yeast mixture is frothy, add it to the flour and mix until a soft dough forms. Then, using the dough hook attachment, knead for five minutes. Form the dough into a ball and place in a greased bowl, cover and let rise for 30 – 40 minutes.
2. Once the dough has risen, punch it down and divide it into eight equal pieces. Preheat your oven to 400 deg F and line your baking sheets with parchment paper (or just grease them). In a small bowl, combine warm water and baking soda. On a greased surface, make your pretzels. Dip each pretzel into the baking soda and water mixture, then place them onto your prepared baking sheets and cover them, let rise for another 10 minutes.
3. Bake the pretzels for about 10 minutes, until they are golden brown on top. Once they are done, brush them with melted butter and sprinkle them with salt.
4. To make the honey mustard dipping sauce, combine all the ingredients with a whisk and chill for a couple of minutes. You can adjust the amounts of honey and mustard to suit your taste. Eat the pretzels warm dipped in the delicious sauce!

Happy Baking, Everyone!

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  • Melissa Whitcher October 5, 2012 at 4:09 pm

    These look delicious!! Thank you for sharing. We will definitely be trying these sometime soon.


    • Maria October 6, 2012 at 8:05 am

      Thanks, Melissa! They were delicious and so easy to make! Thanks for stopping by, have a great weekend!

    • Mindy February 22, 2015 at 2:56 pm

      Wow, these are amazing.My husband said these are the best pretzels he has ever had. My kids love them as well. A winner snack!!! Thank you so much for sharing!!

      • ahomemadeliving February 22, 2015 at 3:39 pm

        So glad you guys enjoyed these, Mindy! I love these pretzels too! Thanks so much for stopping by and letting me know! Have a good rest of your weekend! 🙂

  • Melissa @ No. 2 Pencil October 6, 2012 at 5:53 am

    These look beautiful! Yum!

    • Maria October 6, 2012 at 8:05 am

      Thanks, Melissa!

  • Kelly (Our Everyday Harvest) October 6, 2012 at 8:53 am

    Yummy! I cannot wait to try this recipe! Thank you for sharing your recipe.

    • Maria October 6, 2012 at 9:28 am

      Thanks, Kelly!

  • Mariana October 6, 2012 at 3:12 pm

    I wish you’d have done all this during college- then I would’ve been lucky enough to eat them all haha.
    I might try these next week- these look delicious!!

    • Maria October 6, 2012 at 5:16 pm

      Lol! You would love these!!!

  • momphotographer October 7, 2012 at 11:45 am

    nomm, nomm. I love pretzels and the sauce sounds so good!

    • Maria October 8, 2012 at 10:41 am

      Thank you!

  • michele@Betterorganizedliving October 8, 2012 at 2:12 pm

    I tried making soft pretzels in junior high and they turned out rock hard – may have had something to do with the yeast and my inexperience in the kitchen. 🙂 You have inspired me to try again. I am pinning this.

    Thanks so much!

    • Maria October 8, 2012 at 5:46 pm

      Thanks so much! I’ve had a bad experience making pretzels a couple of years ago too, but this recipe was great and they turned out REALLY good!

  • Anne October 8, 2012 at 5:28 pm

    Hello, Dear! I’ve just discovered your lovely blog, and I’m now following you ~ so nice to meet you! These look AMAZING!!

    • Maria October 8, 2012 at 5:46 pm

      Thanks so much, Anne!

  • Linda Makiej October 8, 2012 at 9:50 pm

    This sounds really wonderful!!

    • Maria October 9, 2012 at 7:38 am

      Thanks, Linda!

  • Megan October 10, 2012 at 9:41 am

    These sound delicious, Maria! Perfect for a fall day!

    • Maria November 5, 2012 at 8:32 pm

      Thank you!

  • Little Mommy Kim October 15, 2012 at 8:44 pm

    These look amazing! I love a homemade pretzel!!

    • Maria November 5, 2012 at 8:32 pm

      Thank you!

  • Amy Allender October 25, 2012 at 10:51 pm

    This is awesome! I made soft pretzels last year, but I didn’t love the recipe. I’ll have to give these a try. Thanks for coming by my blog and the sweet compliment. I’m going to like you on Facebook now…so I can keep up with all your awesome recipes.

    • Maria November 5, 2012 at 8:32 pm

      Thanks so much!

  • Annie-Savor This Moment December 10, 2012 at 1:17 pm

    My kids are going to be making these for family night tonight! They sound heavenly, and with a cup of cocoa will be a real treat. Found you on pinterest!

    • Maria December 10, 2012 at 3:29 pm

      That’s great, Annie! Hope the pretzels turn out great and that you have a fun family night! Thanks for stopping by!

  • Anonymous December 10, 2012 at 7:12 pm

    I would love to try these in my breadmachine; however, I’m not certain about the yeast. If I use bread machine yeast instead, how much should I use? Oh yeah, love the photos, they look sooo yummy – Lea

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  • AKkimmie January 4, 2013 at 11:28 pm

    Wonderfully easy! I made these with my son today and they are a new favorite!!

  • 4 goodness bake! January 15, 2013 at 9:27 pm

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  • 4 goodness bake! January 15, 2013 at 9:28 pm

    Maria, These look great! I am definitely going to try them very soon and will link back to you on my blog. Thanks for sharing your recipe! I love your blog!

    Nadia at http://www.4goodnessbake.blogspot.com

    • Maria January 15, 2013 at 10:48 pm

      Hope you like them! They are super easy to make and always turn out great for me! Have fun baking!

  • Rosemarie Senger January 15, 2013 at 10:54 pm

    Made these tonight and they were delish! However, mine did not come out looking nice like a pretzel …not pretty at all…any suggestions on how to roll them properly to get the nice pretzel shape? Thanks for the awesome recipe 🙂

    • Maria January 17, 2013 at 7:06 pm

      So glad you liked them, Rosemarie! As for making the pretzel shape… I always roll pieces into LONG and thin ropes, that way they keep their shape as much as possible. Hope that helps!

  • jessDan29 April 29, 2013 at 5:37 pm

    What kind of mayonnaise did you use. I find when I use Miracle Whip for some recipes that really uses Hellman’s ends up ruining the recipe.

    • Maria April 29, 2013 at 8:38 pm

      I always use Hellmann’s mayonnaise, I just think it has the best flavor and consistency (I’ve used regular and light) Hope you like the sauce!

  • matthew July 2, 2013 at 8:06 pm

    I made your pretzels by making long, thin, ropes by rubbing my hands back and forth with the dough. The pretzel shapes turned out, but once i dipped them into the water/baking soda mixture, they became gooey and mushed together. Did i do something wrong?

  • Maria September 14, 2013 at 12:59 pm

    I love pretzels and they have been on my “learn how to make at home” list! I will keep this recipe and try it out! These look beyond delicious!!! Thank you for posting!


  • Kylie Helm September 14, 2013 at 8:51 pm

    Holy Camoly!!! These look to die for!!! I want one right now. Soft pretzels are one of my all time favorites. You make it look so easy! Thanks for the recipe, Maria! Happy to be a new follower of your delicious creations!!

    Xo Kylie @ Absolutely Arkansas

  • רונית תמיר September 23, 2013 at 11:14 am

    tried it. delicious. it’s a win win recipe . pinned. thank you

    • Maria September 24, 2013 at 8:41 am

      I’m so glad that you liked these soft pretzels! They are one of my absolute favorites, I need to make some again soon! Thanks for stopping by to tell me, hope you have a great day! 🙂

  • futuremrswest December 27, 2013 at 6:18 pm

    Our family is coming in town this evening and I made these for a snack when they arrive today! They turned out perfect, but I am having a hard time not eating them all up before they get here! 🙂 Great recipe and thank you for sharing! I found it on Pinterest originally!! 🙂

    • Maria December 27, 2013 at 10:52 pm

      I’m glad you liked these! They are soooo good fresh out of the oven! I hope your family enjoyed them too! 🙂

  • Michelle January 1, 2014 at 4:40 pm

    I just made these today and they came it really well! Although, I didn’t dip them in the water and baking soda, I brushed it on because they almost fell apart otherwise. Great recipe! Thanks!

  • Michelle January 1, 2014 at 4:40 pm

    I just made these today and they came it really well! Although, I didn’t dip them in the water and baking soda, I brushed it on because they almost fell apart otherwise. Great recipe! Thanks!

  • Michelle January 1, 2014 at 4:40 pm

    I just made these today and they came it really well! Although, I didn’t dip them in the water and baking soda, I brushed it on because they almost fell apart otherwise. Great recipe! Thanks!

    • Maria January 8, 2014 at 9:57 am

      I’m glad you liked them, Michelle! They are still one of my favorite things to bake!

  • DEtta Calhoun January 9, 2018 at 6:40 pm

    I made these many times and added ingredents to make different versions of the. Cheddar, parmesan, herbs, and cinnamon surgar. My kids and husband all have their favorites. Simple and easy to make. Thank you for this recipie.

    • ahomemadeliving February 6, 2018 at 10:07 am

      That’s great! It’s such a versatile recipe… so many different cheeses/other ingredients you can add to change up the flavors! Thanks so much for stopping by!

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