Bread-in-a-Bag Soft Pretzels

Turn our quick and easy Bread-in-a-Bag recipe into soft pretzels. Try them with the CNP Cheese Sauce recipe!


Bread-in-a-Bag Dough:

  • 1 1/2 cups whole-wheat flour
  • 1 package rapid rise yeast (or 2 1/2 teaspoons)
  • 3 Tablespoons sugar
  • 3 Tablespoons nonfat dry milk powder
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 cup hot water (125-130°F)
  • 3 Tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour (approximate)
  • Nonstick spray
Try one of these seasonings or a combination:
  • Basil
  • Chili powder
  • Cinnamon
  • Coarse salt
  • Dill
  • Italian seasoning
  • Oregano
  • Parmesan cheese
  • Rosemary




  1. Wash hands with warm, soapy water.
  2. Combine whole-wheat flour, yeast, sugar, dry milk powder, and salt in a 1 gallon heavy-duty freezer bag with a zipper lock. Squeeze upper part of bag to force out air. Shake and work bag with fingers to blend ingredients.
  3. Add hot water and oil to the bag and reseal it. Mix by working bag with fingers. 
  4. Gradually add enough all-purpose flour to the bag to make a stiff dough that pulls away from the bag. 
  5. Place dough on a floured surface. Knead 2-4 minutes until smooth and elastic.
  6. Cover dough and let it rest for a full 10 minutes. [end here for pretzels]
  7. Roll out dough into a rectangle 12×7-inch. Roll up from the short end, pinch to seal and place in a 9x5x3-inch loaf pan coated with nonstick spray. Let rise 20-25 minutes or until double in size.
  8. Preheat oven to 375°F. 
  9. Bake at 375°F for 30-35 minutes or until brown.

Soft Pretzels:

  1. Wash hands with warm, soapy water.
  2. Divide dough into 24 evenly sized balls. Roll each ball between your hands to make a 16-inch rope. Form into a pretzel shape or cut into bite- sized pieces.
  3. Spray baking sheet (any size) with nonstick spray.
  4. Place pretzels or bites onto baking sheets coated with nonstick spray. Cover with plastic wrap coated in nonstick spray and let rise for 30-45 minutes.
  5. Preheat oven to 375°F.
  6. In a large pot, bring 6 inches of water and 1 Tablespoon of baking soda to a gentle boil.
  7. Remove plastic wrap and slip a few pretzels at a time into the water. Boil for 30 seconds on each side. Remove with a slotted spoon and drain on a cooling rack.
  8. Sprinkle with desired toppings. Return to baking sheets. Bake at 375°F for 15-20 minutes or until golden brown. 
  9. Cool slightly, serve warm.
Makes 12 servings
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