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Whole Wheat Pretzels on a wooden cutting board with dipping sauces.
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Whole Wheat Pretzel Recipe

Are you looking for a perfect soft pretzel recipe? How about one that uses whole wheat flour? This is it!
Prep Time15 mins
Cook Time15 mins
Rising time1 hr
Total Time1 hr 30 mins
Course: Bread
Cuisine: American
Keyword: pretzel, wheat, whole wheat
Servings: 12
Author: Amy- A Red Spatula


  • Large pot to boil water in.
  • Stand mixer- this can also be done by hand, but I like to use the stand mixer if it is availble.
  • 2 baking sheets


Pretzel Dough

  • 1 ⅔ cup water
  • 1 teaspoon sugar
  • 2 teaspoons salt
  • 2 ½ teaspoons instant yeast 2
  • 2 cups whole wheat flour I used kamut, but you could also use rye, white wheat, spelt, etc.
  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 tablespoon softened butter

Baking Soda Water

  • 10 cups water
  • ½ cup baking soda

Finishing Pretzels

  • 1 egg
  • 2 tablespoons milk
  • pretzel salt or other coarse or flake salt


  • Make sure and read all instructions through beofre starting.
  • Add all ingredients for the pretzel dough to your stand mixer. If you are kneading by hand follow the same process just knead instead of mix in the stand mixer.
  • Mix on low speed for about 30 seconds, then increase the speed to medium. Mix for 6-7 minutes on medium.
  • Cover the bowl and let the dough rise in a warm place until doubled. This can take anywhere from 45 minutes- 2 hours depending on the temp and humidity of your house.
  • I actually the dough to take a little longer to rise, as this helps develop the flavors better.
  • Once it has doubled, turn the dough onto your work surface and divide into 12 equal portions.
  • I like to get my water started boiling while I am forming the pretzels.
  • Roll each piece into a 24-inch rope. Hold the ends and form a horseshoe, then twist them together to form the pretzel. I am sorry, check the video, this is really hard to explain!
  • Repeat the process until you have formed all the pretzels.
  • Preheat oven to 395 degrees. Add the baking soda to your boiling water. Line the 2 baking sheets with parchment paper, it makes for easier cleanup. Mix your egg and milk together to make the egg wash. Preheat your oven. I like to get everything ready and in place as the pretzels boil quickly.
  • Now, add several pretzels to your pot. I had a large pot, so I was able to fit 6 in at a time. Boil for 30 seconds, then with a slotted spoon, gently flip it over. Let it go another 30 seconds on the other.
  • Then, with the slotted spoon, remove the pretzels from the water and place them on the baking sheet. Make sure and give them several inches apart as they will rise in the oven and expand.
  • Repeat with the rest of the pretzels. Brush with egg wash and sprinkle with salt. Move to the preheated oven and bake for 10-15 minutes until the pretzels are a beautiful golden brown.
  • That is it! You are done and the pretzels are ready to be eaten. Now, sit back and enjoy. You deserve it!