Soft Honey Whole-Wheat Pretzels

Buttery, salty, and extra soft, these pretzels are sure to hit the spot. Yeast and honey and a baking soda glaze are the secret ingredients for super delicious pretzels at home. Pretzels are best when freshly buttered and salted, warm from the oven.

Serves: 10Hands-on: 20 minutesTotal: 1 hour 10 minutesDifficulty: Medium

Serves: 10


  • 2 1⁄4 tsp. active dry yeast
  • 2 tsp. honey
  • 1 1⁄2 cups warm water, divided
  • 2 1⁄2 cups white whole-wheat flour
  • 1⁄4 tsp. sea salt
  • 1 Tbsp. baking soda
  • 1⁄4 cup melted butter
  • 1 Tbsp. coarse salt


  • In a small bowl, combine yeast, honey, and 1 cup warm water heated to 110°F. Mix gently and set aside for 5 minutes.
  • In the bowl of a stand mixer, combine flour and sea salt. Stir in yeast mixture and mix at medium speed for 5 minutes. Remove the bowl from the mixer and cover with a towel; place in a warm spot and let rise for 30 minutes.
  • Preheat oven to 500°F. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper.
  • When the dough has risen for 30 minutes, turn it out onto a lightly floured surface, and shape into a loaf. Using a knife, cut the dough into 10 equal parts. Roll each part into a rope, about 3⁄4 inch thick. Loop and fold each piece of dough into a pretzel shape. Place on the baking sheet and let stand for 5 minutes.
  • In a small bowl, combine 1⁄2 cup warm water and baking soda. Dip each pretzel in the baking soda water and return to baking sheet.
  • Bake for 10 minutes until tops are golden brown. Remove from the oven and brush with melted butter and sprinkle with coarse salt.