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Make this Easy Pretzel Recipe with a Bread Machine

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Preview: Yes, you can make this Pretzel Recipe in a bread machine. Pretzel rolls make a fun sandwich or eat them alone with a little mustard. Nobody will believe you made these from scratch!

Have you been looking to add trendy pretzel rolls to your bread recipe collection? When I saw the original recipe for these buns on the King Arthur website, I downsized it and adapted it for a bread maker.

You can also make this recipe by hand or with a stand mixer. See the notes in the recipe.

My bread machine has been getting a workout lately. Have I mentioned my son, daughter-in-law and their two sons (4 years and 10 mos) are living with us just until they can find a house? Susie and I both like to bake bread and it’s much more fun with plenty of appreciative people around to eat it.

PRETZEL Rolls used as sandwich buns

How to make a flatter bun:

I also did not care for the high, round buns they showed in the picture (too much bread in the middle bites), so I devised a way to make mine flatter–more like a traditional sandwich bun. 

Before placing the buns in boiling water, I flattened each bun with my hand. You can see a difference in the shape in the pictures below.

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When to use Pretzel Rolls:

Because these are chewy like a pretzel, I would suggest a sturdy filling, like a hamburger or a chicken breast. Chicken salad or other gooey concoctions tend to squish out all over the place when you take a bite. At least that’s my experience.

On the other hand, my husband likes to eat the buns best with no filling. He only needs a little mustard.

How to form Bread Machine Pretzel Rolls:

tutorial for how to shape the buns

Just in case you need a tutorial for how to make nice round balls, check out the video.

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Yield: 8 buns

Pretzel Roll Recipe Bread Machine

Pretzel Roll Recipe Bread Machine

Make your own pretzel buns for a fun sandwich or eat them alone with a little mustard.

Prep Time 3 hours 30 minutes
Cook Time 25 minutes
Total Time 3 hours 55 minutes



  • 1-1/8 cup warm water (241 gr)
  • 1 tablespoon unsalted butter, cut into small pieces (14 gr)
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt (3 gr)
  • 3 cups (360 grams) unbleached all-purpose flour
  • 3 tablespoons nonfat dry milk (21 gr)
  • 1-1/4 teaspoon instant or bread machine yeast (4 gr)

Water Bath

  • 2 quarts water
  • 1/4 cup baking soda (58 gr)
  • 1 tablespoon salt (18 gr)
  • coarse salt for sprinkling on top


  1. Add all ingredients except coarse salt to bread machine in order given. Select dough cycle. Open lid and check dough after a few minutes. It should be a slightly sticky ball.
  2. When dough cycle completes (bread dough will rise inside machine during this cycle), remove dough from pan to a floured surface.
  3. Preheat conventional oven to 400 degrees F.
  4. Divide dough into 8 portions and make into balls. Allow to rest for 15 minutes.
  5. Meanwhile, prepare water bath. Add soda and salt to water and bring to a boil.
  6. Gently smash each ball into a flat bun-like shape. Drop each bun into your boiling water bath. Cook 30 seconds, then flip and cook another 30 seconds. They will be wrinkly as a raisin.
  7. Remove each bun to a well-greased cookie sheet or a tray covered with a silicone mat. These buns are prone to major "stickage."
  8. Use a serrated knife or new single-edge razor blade to slice an X into each bun about 1/2 inch deep. Sprinkle with coarse salt.
  9. Bake 20-24 minutes.
  10. Remove buns ASAP to a cooling rack. Otherwise, they will stick. When cool, slice horizontally if using for sandwiches.


Alternate Mixing Instructions:

Directions for making bread with a stand mixer or by hand: 

  • To make this recipe in a heavy-duty stand mixer, add ingredients to the bowl in the same order. Turn on low to mix until all ingredients are moistened. Using a dough hook, turn speed to 2 or 3 and continue beating/kneading until dough becomes smooth and elastic (about 5-10 minutes). Cover and allow to rise in a warm place. Deflate dough gently and shape as indicated in the recipe.
  • If making by hand, combine all ingredients into a shaggy ball in a large bowl. Turn dough out onto a floured surface and knead with your hands until dough becomes smooth and elastic, a process that will likely take 10-20 minutes depending on your experience. Place the dough ball into a greased bowl. Cover and allow to rise until double. Deflate dough gently and shape as indicated in the recipe.
  • Please note: You can substitute active dry yeast for instant or bread machine yeast. There is no longer any need to dissolve it. Be aware that it may be a little slower acting than instant yeast, but it'll get there.

Nutrition Information:


8 buns

Serving Size:

1 bun

Amount Per Serving: Calories: 191Total Fat: 2gSaturated Fat: 1gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 1gCholesterol: 4mgSodium: 2907mgCarbohydrates: 37gFiber: 1gSugar: 1gProtein: 6g

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