Rosemary Soft Pretzels

My husband’s birthday is this Wednesday. To treat him, I decided to make some of his favorite meals this week. Monday, I made Chicken Stroganoff. Wednesday is going to be pizza. Thursday, I will make him Steak Dianne, for the first time and per his request,  AND Pina Colada Cupcakes. Friday will be Chicken Parmesan and Sunday, Fettuccine Alfredo (without shrimp, of course).
Can you tell he loves pasta? One thing he loves more than pasta, is pretzels! Since it is his birthday week, I wanted to attempt making soft pretzels for the first time. I found a recipe from Martha Stewart and I aced it!!
Making soft pretzels is not an easy task. It is time consuming and for about 30 minutes straight you can’t really step away. I know, it doesn’t seem like much, unless you have a toddler. Well, after I was done prepping pretzels and the first batch went into the oven, I discovered that I have a lot of cleaning to do. I guess, my 2 1/2 year-old thought that the DRESSER needed some help with its rash problem, so he spread half a tube of rash cream on it. He was very proud of himself. But I can’t be mad at that adorable face, finger-painting the dresser with lotion. That’s when I put on his favorite cartoon and finished the second batch.
All 12 pretzels were gone by the end of the day!!  My boys went “ga-ga” over these pretzels!

2 1/4 tsp dry active yeast (1/4 ounce)
1/4 tsp coarse salt
2 tsp sugar
1 cup warm water (100 to 110 degrees)
3 cups all-purpose flour, plus more for surface
2 tbs unsalted butter
1/8 teaspoon cayenne pepper

3 tbs baking soda
Medium pot of water

2 tbs unsalted butter, softened
2 tbs chopped rosemary
1 tbs course Kosher salt
1. Mix yeast, coarse salt, sugar, and warm water in a small bowl, whisking until sugar dissolves. Let stand until foamy, about 5-10 minutes.

2.  Mix flour and cayenne in a large bowl. Using a pastry cutter or your fingers, cut butter into flour until mixture resembles coarse crumbs.
3. Slowly pour yeast mixture over flour mixture, stirring to combine. Using your hands, gather dough together. Turn dough out onto a lightly floured surface, and knead until it is no longer sticky, about 5 minutes. Cover with plastic, and let rise for 30 minutes.

4.  Cut dough into 12 pieces, and roll each into an 18-inch rope. Form a U shape with 1 rope, and twist ends together twice. Fold twisted portion backward along center of U shape to form a circle, then gently press ends of rope onto dough to seal.
5. Transfer to an oiled baking sheet, and repeat. Let rise for 20 minutes.

6.  Preheat oven to 450 degrees. (Martha recommends 475 and cook for 15 minutes, but I found that 450 and cooked for 7-9 minutes is much better)

7. Bring a large pot of water to a boil, and add baking soda. Boil pretzels in batches until puffed and slightly shiny, 1 to 2 minutes per side.

8. Lightly dry on paper towel and return to baking sheet.
9. Brush with butter and sprinkle with pretzel salt and rosemary.
10. Bake until golden brown and cooked through, about 7-9 minutes.

This one is by Martha’s recommendation (very crispy)
MUCH BETTER (450 degrees for 7-9minutes)


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  1. Very nice! We all love pretzels! That last picture of the little guy says it just right!

  2. Those pretzels look amazing! The addition of rosemary sounds wonderful. Yum!

  3. I’m going to pin these asap! I also shared this on my FB page because I think they look sooo good! THanks for sharing at Handmade Tuesdays!

  4. YUMMY! I cannot wait to have my hubby make these (I cannot cook). Love your blog name- too dern cute:)
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  5. Thank you so much for linking up this great recipe! However, it was linked up to the wrong party. We’d really like for you to come back on Thursday and link it up to our recipe party! Thanks for visiting our blog and sharing with us!

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  6. Been wanting to make pretzels before. Yours look perfect! I think I should try making this too…

    Followed your twitter, FB and Pinterest.

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  7. Those look great! Love the addition of the herbs.

  8. YUM! All you need now is some mustard or a little melted cheese dip. I like the twist of the rosemary — I think I can smell it over here. Thanks for sharing. Love your blog. AND since it is Friday, I shall follow you in twitter! Stop by a visit at my site. Blessings!

  9. oh yum! I’m going to try these soon!

  10. Oh I am not surprised at all that those pretzels were gone by the end of the day. They look amazing!!!!! Thanks so much for sharing at our party this week.

  11. Oh yum!! These look absolutely incredible!! :) Thanks for sharing at oopsey daisy!

  12. Your’e being featured on Handmade Tuesdays next week. Thanks for sharing!

  13. Thank you so much for sharing your great recipe with Full Plate Thursday. Hope you are having a great Spring week end and come back to see me real soon!
    Miz Helen

  14. Your pretzels look perfect…and your little one is so cute:)

  15. These look so good! will have to try these w/the kids.

    Homestyle Cooking Around The World

  16. Your pretzels look just wonderful
    I bake pretzels every now and then but never tried with rosemary.
    Seeing your I’m sure gonna try. Thanks!

  17. Oh, wow, those look so unbelievably good. Thanks for sharing!

  18. Mmm… The pretzels look yummy!

    Thanks so much for linking up to my Tuesday party at Jillify It! Hope to see you again on Tuesday!


  19. Rosemary pretzels? Brilliant. They’re beautiful. :)

  20. These look so good! I never knew that trick with boiling them first. :)

  21. I am going to bookmark these and make them this week!

  22. CONGRATULATIONS!!! Your recipe is featured on Today’s Recipe Round Up #3 from Cast Party Wednesday Link Party #33. THANK YOU for sharing your recipe with us! —Sheryl—

  23. These look amazing! I’m definitely pinning this. Thanks for linking to What I Learned Wednesday! I hope to see you again at the link party tomorrow!

  24. You have been featured @CountryMommaCooks Link and greet Party stop by and pick up a featured button:)

  25. OK –these look FABULOUS!!!

    I am pinning them.

    Come over and enter at Its So Very Cheri and join in on the Linky Followers also–if you haven’t yet–still making my way through all of the entries.

    Cheri from Its So Very Cheri

  26. I haven’t made pretzels forever. These looks so good. They are pinned and ready for a baking day!

  27. These look amazing. Can’t wait to try them!

  28. Kristy Johnson says:

    I just want to say what a nice job you do on your photos, presentation, and in sharing such wonderful things! I just found a recipe someone had posted on FB. Then I went to look at it, and saw another and another…had to just add you to my pins. Thanks! Love how your dishes look! Can’t wait to try a few. Those Rosemary Soft Pretzels look mouth watering! Thanks for sharing!


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