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Making homemade bread and rolls with Simply Homemade® couldn’t be easier.

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Quick Facts

Yield: 20 thumbprint pretzels
Prep Time: 20 minutes
Rise Time: 25 minutes
Boil Time: 10 minutes, total
Bake Time: 12 to 15 minutes

Make these with the kids - and let everyone pick their favorite filling!


  • 1 package Simply Homemade® Pretzel Creations™
  • 3/4 cup very warm water (120º to 130ºF)
  • 1 tablespoon Mazola® Corn Oil
Suggested Fillings:
  • Hazelnut chocolate spread
  • Caramel Sauce
  • Apricot jam
  • Peanut butter


Combine pretzel mix and yeast in a large mixing bowl.  Stir in very warm water and oil.  Stir until thoroughly combined.  (Dough may be stiff; use hands if desired).

Cover dough and let rise 25 minutes in a warm, draft-free place.  (Dough will not double in size.)

Divide dough into 20 equal portions; roll each into ball.  Press thumb into center of each ball creating an indentation.  Place on a greased baking sheet.  Cover balls with towel to prevent them from drying out. 

Preheat oven to 400°F.

Combine 6 cups water with baking soda in a large deep saucepan until water boils (mixture will be foamy).  Using a slotted spoon or spatula, dip balls (2 to 3 at a time) into the boiling water for about 15 to 20 seconds, until they rise to the surface. Remove from water and place back on baking sheet.   Continue with remaining balls.

Fill each thumbprint with about 1/2 teaspoon filling.  Sprinkle top with pretzel salt.

Bake for 12 to 15 minutes or until golden brown.  Remove from baking pan and let cool on wire rack. 

Make Ahead Tip:  After forming balls and placing on baking sheet, cover with plastic wrap that has been sprayed with cooking spray.  Refrigerate for up to 12 hours.  Remove from refrigerator and continue with boiling step.