Whole Wheat Pretzels

On a day when your children are mad at you, because you won’t let them play in the thunderstorm, make these.

We decided the next time we make these, we will not let them “dry out” in the oven. We like them a little soft. 🙂 They were all gone in about 2 days. A neighbor boy ate three while here and I gave him eight to take home. Two for each member of his family. He ate three on the way home and he only lives three doors down! LOL

Source:  Sunset Breads
Makes: 8 dozen

  • 2 ½ tsp yeast
  • ¼ cup warm water
  • 1 ¾ cups warm milk
  • 3 TB honey
  • 3 TB butter
  • ¼ cup wheat germ
  • 5 ¼ cup (or so) whole wheat flour  (watch this amount, I used only 4 cups)
  • ¾ tsp baking powder
  • 1 ¾ tsp salt
  • 2 eggs lightly beaten  (I used only one)
  • Coarse salt

In a large bowl, dissolve yeast in warm water. Stir in milk, honey, butter, and wheat germ.  Using a large mixer gradually mix in 3 1/2 cups of flour.  Beat until dough pulls way from sides of bowl in stretchy strands.  Cover and let stand in warm place until light and bubbly (about 40 minutes).

Meanwhile, combine 1 1/2 cups flour with baking  powder and the 1 3/4 tsp. salt; set aside.  Punch dough down and stir in flour mixture. Turn onto lightly floured board and knead until smooth (about 5 minutes), adding flour as needed to prevent sticking.  (I did this in my mixer)

Divide kneeded dough into 4 equal portions.  Cut each quarter into 12 equal pieces and roll each piece into a rope about 24 inches long.


Cut in half.


Twist each half into a pretzel.



Place pretzels, slightly apart and with loose ends turned under, on well-greased baking sheets (at least 12 by 15 inches). Brush each pretzel with beaten egg and sprinkle lightly with coarse salt.


Bake in a preheated 400 degree oven for 10 to 12 minutes, or until golden; transfer to a wire rack.


After all pretzels have been baked, turn oven off. Pile baked pretzels onto 2 ungreased baking sheets and set in turned-off oven for 2 to 3 hours or overnight, until thoroughly dried (break one to test).




9 responses to “Whole Wheat Pretzels

  1. They look delicious! I’ll have to make them with the kids.

    missplacedalaskans last blog post..Nothing~

  2. Look wonderful.

    Do they taste like Auntie Ann’s?

    They tasted a little bit like them, before drying. I have the Auntie Ann’s secret recipe (I think) want it? 😀

    chocolatechics last blog post..August 1

  3. Oh man, I want some!

    Sheris last blog post..Seen of angels

  4. neighbor boy was really hungry, but maybe because they were really good. They look yummy

    peggyanns last blog post..Looks good enough to eat?

  5. They look really yummy!

    Kaths last blog post..The View….And Some Questions…..

  6. Hmmmm Goood!

    So, have mine been put into the mail yet?

    😕 What you let the slave/kiddos eat them ALL! 😕 How could you do that to me, your BBFF of all time? 😦

    Maybe my kids and I’ll try these this fall.

    I’m sorry, Elaine, but since you are never out of bed by the time we have lunch, I just didn’t know. I’ll save you some next time and you can come over for tea and pretzels. 😀

    Elaines last blog post..A Journey….To A Healthy Life

  7. Those look yummy!
    I tried to make pretzels out of some bread dough once and it wasn’t pretty. I’ll have to give these a try.

  8. Your pretzels looks good! =)

  9. I frequently used to make pretzels when my big kids were little. I should probably start doing that again, as round #2 would LOVE to do this! 😀

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