Whole Wheat Soft Pretzels

Whole Wheat Soft Pretzels

Pretzels are a fun treat for your kids to make into different shapes and a good source of fibre. Also a great snack as pretzel bites for adult game night and entertaining. Try them with the Honey Mustard dipping sauce for a zingy burst of flavour. Great for school lunches where your kids can show off their kitchen success.
Prep Time40 mins
Cook Time10 mins
Servings: 8
Author: Kelly Hutchinson


  • c white whole wheat flour
  • ½ tsp. salt
  • 2 tbsp. honey
  • tsp. active dry yeast
  • 2 tbsp. melted butter or 2 tbsp. water
  • 1 cup minus 2 tbsp. water warm to the touch but not hot
  • 2 tsp. baking soda
  • Pretzel salt or coarse sea salt

Honey Mustard Dipping Sauce

  • ¼ cup mayonnaise
  • 1 Tbsp. yellow mustard
  • ½ Tbsp. Dijon mustard
  • 1 Tbsp. honey


  • Add all of the ingredients to the bowl of a stand mixer equipped with a dough hook. Mix on medium speed until combined, scraping the sides if necessary and adding up to an addition tbsp. water. The dough should be a little sticky.
  • Increase to medium speed and knead for 10 minutes. Cover and let rise for 30 minutes.
  • In the last few minutes of rise time, fill a wide pot with a couple of inches of water and bring to boil. Add 2 tsp of baking soda to the water and whisk to dissolve.
  • Preheat oven to 450 degrees F and spritz a baking sheet with non-stick spray.
  • Divide the dough into 8 portions. Roll the dough into long snakes using your hands and twist into your favorite pretzel shape. The dough will puff up more, so make them just a little thinner than you want your pretzels.
  • Drop your pretzels one or two at a time into the water, boiling for about 20 seconds or until they float. Scoop out with a slotted spatula, shake off the excess water, and place on the baking sheet. Sprinkle with a little coarse salt. Repeat with remaining pretzels.
  • Let boiled pretzels rest for 5 to 10 minutes. Bake for 9 minutes then switch to broil for 1 or 2 minutes until brown and toasty on top.

Directions for Dipping Sauce

  • Combine mayonnaise, yellow mustard, dijon mustard, and honey in a small bowl with whisk.
  • Serve or refrigerate until ready to serve.


Be firm when shaping the pretzels to ensure they don’t come apart in the water bath (i.e. press the seams together securely).