Two Ingredient Dough Soft Pretzels are SUPER EASY to make. No yeast and no waiting for the dough to rise. Just mix the dough, form the pretzels, dip in baking soda water and bake!
Everyone loves getting those soft pretzels from malls and food vendors! Did you realize that you can make your own at home using two ingredient dough? My family enjoys these soft pretzels for snacks and when getting together with friends.
Where is the Two Ingredient Dough Soft Pretzels Recipe? In this post, I will share step-by-step photos for how to make the pretzel bites, as well as answering FAQs about the recipe. But you can go directly to the recipe by scrolling down to the bottom of the post.
What Is Two Ingredient Dough?
Two ingredient dough is a simple combination of self-rising flour and Greek yogurt. I first heard about it from a friend who was going to weight watchers and learned about two ingredient bagels.
Recipes made with two ingredient dough have become wildly popular because not only are they easy to make, they are low in Weight Watchers Smart Points since plain, fat-free Greek yogurt is one of the zero points foods on the freestyle program.
How To Make Two Ingredient Dough Soft Pretzels
Put the self-rising flour and plain, fat-free Greek yogurt in the bowl of a stand mixer with the attachment meant for mixing dough.
Do you have a recipe for self-rising flour?
For one cup of self-rising flour, whisk together one cup of all-purpose flour, 1 1/2 teaspoons of baking powder and 1/4 teaspoon of salt. Please note that this blog post was made using store-bought self-rising flour. If you choose to make your own, your results may vary and you’ll have to make adjustments.
What brand of plain, fat-free Greek yogurt do you recommend?
Use whatever kind is available at your local grocery store. I’ve made two ingredient dough with Fage, Oikos, and the store brand and haven’t noticed a difference.
Do I have to use plain, fat-free, Greek yogurt for this recipe?
I’ve only ever made two-ingredient dough soft pretzels with plain, fat-free Greek yogurt. That being said, readers have told me that they’ve successfully used full fat, 2% or 5% Greek yogurt. One woman even told me that she used sour cream. But their results varied and they have to make adjustments in flour measurements and baking times.
Mix at a low speed until combined. Then, knead at medium speed for about 3 minutes. After three minutes, a ball of dough should’ve formed.
What should I do if my dough is too sticky or wet?
If your dough is too sticky or wet, knead in a little more flour at a time until it is workable.
Turn the dough out onto a floured surface and sprinkle with additional flour. Knead the dough a couple of times and form it into a flat ball.
Can I make these two ingredient dough soft pretzels without a stand mixer?
Yes, you can make the soft pretzels without a stand mixer. Stir the self-rising flour and Greek yogurt together until combined. Turn it out onto a well-floured surface and knead until smooth adding more flour as needed.
Cut the dough into six equal wedges.
Roll each piece of dough into a long rope about 20 inches long.
Can I make two ingredient dough pretzel nuggets instead of full-size pretzels?
Yes, you can cut the dough rope into small segments instead of forming a pretzel shape.
Form the dough rope into a pretzel shape. Press firmly on the places where the dough rope intersects to hold the shape in place.
Dissolve baking soda in boiling water. Dip the soft pretzel into the baking soda mixture.
What is the purpose of the baking soda bath?
The reason for dipping the soft pretzel dough into the baking soda bath is to give it the golden, crunchy exterior and that distinctive soft pretzel flavor.
My two ingredient dough soft pretzels are too delicate to dip in the baking soda bath. Any suggestions?
Rather than dipping them in the baking soda bath, you can brush the baking soda mixture onto the soft pretzels with a pastry brush. Another option is to put the baking soda mixture into a clean spray bottle and spray it onto the pretzels.
Place coated soft pretzels on a parchment-covered baking sheet.
Why use parchment paper?
I like lining my pans with parchment paper because the clean-up is so much easier! Plus it helps keep whatever I am baking from sticking to the pan. That being said, you can skip the parchment paper if you prefer.
Bake at 425˚F for 7-10 minutes, until golden brown.
Brush pretzel bites with melted butter.
Sprinkle with pretzel salt. You can order pretzel salt here on Amazonpretzel salt here on Amazon if your local grocery store doesn’t sell it.
What can I use INSTEAD of pretzel salt?
You can use another coarse salt like kosher or sea salt. If you don’t want to use salt, try one of the toppings listed below.
What other seasonings/toppings would you suggest?
Try everything seasoning, garlic, parmesan, ranch or cinnamon sugar.
How many Weight Watchers Smart Points are these two ingredient dough soft pretzels (without the butter)?
I don’t have a Weight Watchers calculator but from what I’ve read online if you make six soft pretzels from the two-ingredient dough (like this recipe does) the plain pretzels are 2 smart points each.
How can I make a lighter version of these pretzels?
You could use a butter alternative or skip the butter altogether. If you are wanting less salt in your diet, sprinkle the pretzels with another kind of seasoning.
Wait…why are there more than two ingredients?
This title of this blog post is Two Ingredient DOUGH Soft Pretzels which is to say that you are making soft pretzels using two ingredient dough. This is NOT a two-ingredient soft pretzel recipe which is basically impossible since just the pretzels, butter, and salt alone make three ingredients.
When I first heard about two ingredient dough, I did a little eye roll at the name because although they technically only have two ingredients, one of the ingredients is self-rising flour which is a combination of flour, baking powder, and salt making it three ingredients.
Then, when making pretzels you need to dip them in the baking soda bath for a crustier, golden top which is another ingredient. And of course, they don’t taste like much without the butter and salt so that brings the ingredient list up even more.
But in the end, I decided I didn’t really care about the exact number of ingredients. These delicious soft pretzels are so easy to make with no waiting for the dough to rise. I’m going to keep making them no matter what they are called!
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Two Ingredient Dough Soft Pretzels
- 1 cup self-rising flour
- 2 tablespoon self-rising flour
- 1 cup plain fat-free Greek yogurt
- 1 cup boiling water
- 2 tablespoon baking soda
- 1/4 cup butter melted
- 1/2 tablespoon pretzel salt
- Put the self-rising flour (1 cup plus 2 tablespoons) and plain, fat-free Greek yogurt in the bowl of a stand mixer with the dough hook attachment.
- NOTE: Using other kinds of flour and Greek yogurt will alter your results. The recipe will still work but you'll have to make adjustments in measurements, kneading time, and baking time.
- Mix at a low speed until combined. Then, knead at medium speed for about 3 minutes. At this point, a ball of dough should be formed in the mixing bowl. Add more flour if the dough is too sticky.
- Turn the dough out onto a floured surface. Sprinkle the top with flour, knead a couple of times, and form the dough into a ball. Cut the dough ball into six wedges.
- Roll each piece of dough into a long rope and form into a pretzel shape. Press firmly on the places where the pretzel dough intersects.
- Dissolve baking soda in boiling water. Dip the pretzels into the baking soda mixture. Place on a parchment covered baking sheet.
- Bake at 425˚F for 7-10 minutes, until golden brown.
- Brush with melted butter and sprinkle with pretzel salt.
Amazing!! Made the for the first time today with my granddaughter, we loved them. Will be using this recipe again. Next time we’ll try cinnamon sugar.