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Garlic Parmesan Soft Pretzels

Buttery, savory, garlic parmesan soft pretzels that are crisp on the outside and soft on the inside. These pretzels offer sophisticated flavor in a fun game-day form!

Course Appetizer
Cuisine American
Prep Time: 1 hour 15 minutes
Cook Time: 15 minutes
Total Time: 1 hour 30 minutes
Yields: 12
Recipe by Rachael Yerkes


Pretzel Dough

  • 1 1/2 cups warm water
  • 1 tablespoon white sugar
  • 2 teaspoons salt
  • 1 tablespoon active dry yeast
  • 4-4 1/2 cups flour
  • 1 tablespoon corn starch
  • 4 tablespoons (2 ounces) melted butter
  • 1/2 cup Parmesan cheese
  • 1/4 cup Johnny's Garlic Spread and Seasoning (*or use 1 1/2 Tbs garlic salt)
  • 1/2 tablespoon vegetable oil

Baking Soda Bath

  • 9 cups water
  • 2/3 cup baking soda

Egg Wash

  • 1 large egg
  • 1 tablespoon water
  • Salt for garnish (Large crystals)


  1. Combine water, sugar, salt, and active dry yeast in a stand mixer
  2. Let yeast proof by letting it stand for about 5 minutes. When it starts to foam, move to next step.
  3. Using a kneading hook attachment, turn your mixer on, and slowly add flour, corn starch, and melted butter a little at a time.
  4. Mix on low to combine ingredients.
  5. Add in parmesan cheese and garlic spread and let combine
  6. Increase to medium speed, and knead for 5-7 minutes, until dough pulls away from the sides of the bowl. Kneading allows the gluten to develop, so do not skip this step.
  7. Remove from bowl, put a little oil in bowl, and put dough back in, cover, and let rise until double in size.
  8. Preheat oven to 450 degrees F
  9. Line sheet with parchment paper
  10. Bring 9 cups of water and baking soda to a boil in a large pot.
  11. Divide dough into 12 even balls, and form into pretzel twists
  12. Once water is boiling, place each twist, one at a time, into boiling water for 30 seconds.
  13. Remove, and put on cookie sheet, about an inch or so apart, and continue until all pretzels have had a water bath.
  14. Beat egg yolk and water together and brush over top of pretzels with a pastry brush
  15. Sprinkle with large crystal salt and bake 13-17 minutes until golden brown.
  16. Allow to cool for 5-10 minutes, then serve.

Recipe Notes

Rachael Yerkes at Eazy Peazy Mealz