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Homemade Pretzel Rolls

Pretzel Rolls with a salty brown crust and a chewy texture are irresistible. One taste of these rolls hot out of the oven and you’ll be asking yourself why you haven’t been making them all your life.

Homemade Pretzel Rolls - salty and chewy on the outside

Pretzel everything seems to be all the rage these days. I have been absolutely drooling over pretzel crusted pizzas on Pinterest. Even Wendy’s has a Pretzel-Bacon Cheeseburger.

Homemade Pretzel Rolls - salty and chewy on the outside.

Pretzel Rolls may sound difficult to make but they truly aren’t. This recipe is from Epicurious and it is a real winner. I knew it would be from the glowing reviews.

Homemade Pretzel Rolls - salty and chewy on the outside.

Be sure to put plenty of salt on the outside. It really makes them. You can use either caraway seeds or celery seeds to season them, but I definitely would not completely leave them out. Make the rolls a little larger to use for sandwiches.

Pretzel Rolls are perfect to serve with Sweet and Sour Cabbage and Bratwurst.

Homemade Pretzel Rolls - salty and chewy on the outside.


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Homemade Pretzel Rolls - salty and chewy on the outside

Homemade Pretzel Rolls

These Pretzel Rolls have a salty brown crust and a chewy interior. A great compliment to a German dinner. Also make delicious sandwich rolls.
PREP: 1 hr 10 mins
COOK: 25 mins
TOTAL: 1 hr 35 mins


  • 2 3/4 cups bread flour
  • 1 envelope quick-rising yeast
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon celery seeds or caraway seeds
  • 1 cup plus 2 tablespoons hot water about, 125 to 130 degrees
  • Cornmeal
  • 8 cups water
  • 1/4 cup baking soda
  • 2 tablespoons sugar
  • 1 egg white, lightly beaten
  • Coarse salt


  • Place bread flour, yeast, 1 teaspoon salt, 1 teaspoon sugar, and caraway or celery seeds in food processor. Pulse to blend.
  • With machine running, gradually add hot water through feed tube, adding just enough to form a smooth dough. Process 1 minute to knead.
  • Place dough in a greased (with oil) bowl, turning to coat dough in oil. Cover loosely in plastic wrap and let rise in a warm, draft-free area until doubled in size, about 30 to 40 minutes.
  • Punch dough down and knead on a lightly floured surface until smooth. Divide dough into 12 pieces.
  • Form each piece of dough into a ball. Place dough balls on a baking sheet that has been lightly floured.
  • Flatten each ball slightly and use a serrated knife to cut an "X" on top of each one. Cover with a towel and let rise until doubled, about 20 minutes.
  • Preheat oven to 375 degrees. Grease a baking sheet and sprinkle with cornmeal.
  • Bring 8 cups of water to boil in a large saucepan. Add baking soda and 2 tablespoons sugar.
  • Add 4 rolls at a time, cooking 30 seconds per side. Transfer to prepared pan using a slotted spoon (X side up).
  • Brush rolls with egg white and sprinkle generously with salt.
  • Bake rolls until brown, about 25 minutes.


Calories: 128kcal
Author: Christin Mahrlig
Course: Bread
Cuisine: German

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Recipe Source: slightly adapted from Epicurious

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24 thoughts on “Homemade Pretzel Rolls”

  1. Pretzel rolls really are all the rage. I can’t believe there are even hot dog buns. Looks like you picked a fabulous recipe. That brown crust and the soft chewy center sounds so good!

  2. These look fabulous! I’m wishing I had several right about now. With the cold still hanging on, carbs are what I want. Send warm weather and these rolls. Thanks. 😉

  3. Melanie @ Carmel Moments

    I love making homemade pretzel rolls! They’re so tasty and irresistible! My choice of roll for almost every sandwich.

    Have a great day!

  4. Nice rolls! They look bit difficult to make for me.. I would probably need a lot of practice 😀

  5. Ashley | The Recipe Rebel

    Soft pretzels are my FAVE — these pretzel rolls look so chewy and amazing! Pinned!

  6. Renee@Two in the Kitchen

    I never would have thought to make my own pretzel rolls. These look scrumptious!! 🙂

  7. Judit + Corina @Glamorous Bite

    These look so crisp and golden! Perfect with sausage or even as a little sandwich.

  8. Shelby @ Go Eat and Repeat

    I am in love with fresh pretzels, they are so hard to beat. I wish I could order these right now!

  9. I love pretzel rolls! I order them whenever I see them on the menu but have never thought to make them before! These look so good!

  10. Ashley | Spoonful of Flavor

    My husband is a huge fan of pretzel rolls so I need to try making them at home! I will definitely make sure to put plenty of salt on the outside too!

  11. Jess @ On Sugar Mountain

    I remember trying Wendy’s Pretzel Bacon Cheeseburger and absolutely falling head over heels for pretzel buns. The idea of homemade pretzel rolls sounds AWESOME and yours look to die for, Christin! I can imagine making all kinds of awesome burgers and chicken sandwiches on these rolls. 😀

  12. It doesn’t get much better than homemade pretzels in any form for me, so I would love these rolls! And you bet I would eat all of my sandwiches or burgers on these!

  13. Gayle @ Pumpkin 'N Spice

    I had no idea that it was this easy to make pretzel rolls! These look so amazing, Christin! I also order these kinds of rolls whenever I see it on restaurant menus, so I love that I can make my own version. Pinned!

  14. Shashi at RunninSrilankan

    Pretzel everything is indeed the rage – and Christin – these rolls are spectacular! I cannot stop gawking at that crust! Wow!

  15. Hi Christin, I love pretzels, make them myself, but your pretzel rolls look so great, an amazing new idea. Thanks for sharing.

  16. Jess @ whatjessicabakednext

    These pretzel rolls look amazing and so delicious! Crunchy, crisp and tasty!

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