Soft Pretzel Sandwich Rolls

Soft Pretzel Sandwich Rolls by Foodie with Family

There are few things I like more than a soft pretzel. A soft pretzel ROLL, though? That’s taking soft pretzels to a whole new level of glory. Crusty, chewy, glossy, deep brown covered with coarse pretzel salt, a soft pretzel roll is the ultimate vehicle for any sandwich you fancy. Have you ever had a hamburger on a pretzel roll? Ungh. So good.

For me, though, the apotheosis of sandwich-i-tude is a soft pretzel roll split in half, piled high with shaved smoked ham, blanketed with a thin slice of Swiss cheese, the top half of the roll, then shoved into the oven just until the cheese has melted enough to hug the sides of the roll and run down onto the pan a bit. A hearty squirt of spicy brown mustard and a side of coleslaw makes a lunch worthy of the most beloved diner. But you get bonus points because you can eat it in yoga pants and bunny slippers and a really tatty ponytail.

The truth is, you can skip the sandwich filling and just throw a bunch of mustard on top… I won’t tell. These are big, round, soft pretzels. If you weren’t tempted, I’d wonder a little.

Soft Pretzel Rolls from Foodie with Family

Were you to divide a pretzel roll and smear the inside with Nutella? Well, all I’m saying is that you wouldn’t regret it. Here’s what I’m driving at, friends. Soft Pretzel Rolls are happy food. They make everything just that much better. Boy, do they. You need these in your life, pronto.

Don’t panic when you see the length of the recipe. It is only that long because I’ve included three options for mixing up your dough: by hand, by stand mixer, and by bread machine. Everyone needs soft pretzel rolls regardless of what kitchen gear you own. EVERYONE.

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Soft Pretzel Sandwich Rolls
Crusty, chewy, deep brown, salty Soft Pretzel Rolls are the ultimate in sandwich bread.
Serves: 12 Sandwich sized rolls.
Ingredients for dough:
  • 4 cups (1 pound 1 ounce, by weight) bread flour
  • 1 tablespoon non-diastatic malt powder (preferably) or sugar
  • 1¼ teaspoons kosher salt
  • 1 cup whole milk
  • ½ cup hot tap water
  • 2 teaspoons SAF or instant yeast
Ingredients for pretzel boil:
  • 2 quarts water
  • 2 tablespoons baking soda
Ingredients for toppings:
  • 1 egg white, whisked until frothy
  • Coarse sea salt, kosher salt or pretzel salt
To Make the Dough by Hand:
  1. In a large mixing bowl, whisk together the flour, salt, malt powder or sugar and yeast. Set the whisk aside and switch to a sturdy wooden spoon. Stir in the milk and tap water until a soft dough forms. Turn onto a generously floured surface and knead, adding small amounts of flour as needed to keep the dough from adhering to the counter. You do not want a firm dough… it should be fairly slack, a little tacky and soft, yet smooth. Place dough in a clean bowl, cover with a damp tea towel and set aside to rise in a warm, draft-free place until nearly doubled in bulk and puffy, about an hour or so.
To Make the Dough by Stand Mixer:
  1. In the work-bowl of a stand mixer fitted with a dough hook, combine the flour, salt, malt powder or sugar and yeast. Mix on low just to combine dry ingredients. With mixer still on low, carefully pour in the milk and water. Continue mixing on low until you have a smooth, soft, slightly tacky dough. Remove bowl from the mixer, cover with a damp tea towel and set aside to rise in a warm, draft-free place until nearly doubled in bulk and puffy, about an hour or so.
  2. To Make the Dough by Bread Machine:
  3. Add the milk, water, flour, malt powder or sugar, and yeast to the pan of your bread machine in the order recommended by the manufacturer. Select the “Dough” or “Dough Only” cycle and hit start. Allow the cycle to complete.
To Form Soft Pretzel Rolls:
  1. Line a 11×13-inch baking sheet with a silicone or teflon pan liner. Alternatively, use an unglazed stoneware pan. Set next to your work area.
  2. Turn the dough out onto a very lightly floured surface. Use a bench knife to cut the dough into four pieces. Cut each of those quarters into 3 pieces. Working with one piece at a time, form the dough into a ball, then cup your hand around the outside of the ball and roll clockwise until the top of the roll is perfectly smooth and the dough is tensely stretched over the top.
  3. Transfer the dough balls onto the lined baking sheet, three to a row. They will expand both as they rise and again as they boil and bake. When you have dealt with all the dough, cover the pan with a tea towel and let rise in a warm, draft-free place until puffy looking, about 20 minutes.
To Cook the Pretzels:
  1. Preheat oven to 400°F. Bring 2 quarts of water to a boil in a stainless steel or other non-reactive pan (enameled cast-iron, tempered glass, etc…) When water boils, add the baking soda. Gently lift the pretzel rolls one at a time into the boiling water. (You can boil more than one at a time, but be sure not to crowd the the pan as they will expand as they boil. Let simmer for about 45 seconds, flip the pieces and simmer for another 45 seconds-1 minute.
  2. Use a slotted spoon to drain and return each piece to its place on the pan. Continue until all rolls have been boiled and returned to the pan. They will look a little puckery and shriveled. Do not fear! This will all work out!
  3. Brush all of the rolls with the frothy egg white and sprinkle with coarse salt. Use a sharp knife or lame to cut an x ⅛- to ¼-inch deep.
  4. Place pans in oven and bake at least until golden brown, about 25 minutes, but you can bake until they are deep brown as I prefer them, closer to 35 mintues. It’s up to you!
  5. Remove the pans from the oven and transfer the rolls to a cooling rack. Cool completely before slicing and serving.
You can cut the dough into 24 equal sized pieces for slider sized rolls, if you prefer.




  1. Ann Holstrom says

    Thank you for the step-by-step photos. The “boiling” always seemed a bit daunting. Definitely on my weekend list of fun. Chandler will be so excited!

  2. says

    MMmm momma I’m with you girl. There aint nothin’ like a warm soft pretzel slathered in mustard..or nutella or honey and peanut butter! Thanks so much for the bread machine version I don’t know what I would do with out my bread machine!

  3. says

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  4. says

    These look so yummy! I have a quick version of this recipe using frozen Rhodes Dinner Rolls. You boil and bake bite size pretzel bites and then brush them with butter and sprinkle with kosher salt and parmesan. They never last more than 2 minutes!

  5. Giselle says

    Will have to try these very soon. Just out of curiosity -how many batches of these do you make at once and do they freeze well?

  6. says

    Wowzers! You weren’t joking when you said you were obsessed with pretzels. I am really impressed with this recipe. And I will have to use it for my research. Delicious research! I think my husband may write to thank you if I make the sandwiches you described. I am thinking that I like the way you boiled these, and of course your use of the malt seems like a really key element. I will keep you informed as my testing goes, and I’m sure I’ll have more questions.

  7. Daina says

    I was looking for a sourdough pretzel roll recipe, but couldn’t find one that didn’t have weird ingredients or weird instructions, so I decided to make these instead. I ate the first one hot out of the oven sliced open then stuffed with cheddar cheese. Am currently working on the second one filled with jalapeno cilantro chicken salad with a slice of melted American cheese on top. I’m hoarding the rest. :)

  8. jen says

    These just came out of the oven, they were amazing!!!! Turned half into rolls and half into pretzel sticks with cheese and green chilis. No cheese explosions in the water when boiling. Filled 2 with cheese and chilis, but it was a bit messy to roll, so for the rest i sprinkled the chilis on after the egg & salt. Will be making these again- it is great you get a snack while you wait for your dinner to finish cooking. Thanks so much for the recipe.


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