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Easy Pretzel Buns


I have been seeing these everywhere. Pretzel Buns on menus as far as the eye can see.  I have yet to order one, but I had to know what all the fuss was about! So I decided to whip up a batch of my own.

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These are super easy pretzel buns because I used freezer bread dough. Hey, this is A Few “Short Cuts”, what did you expect? You could totally use your favorite bread dough recipe, but I didn’t want to spend all day in the kitchen. I like this Bridgford dough because it comes in 3 – 1 lb loaves. That makes it super easy to separate and make smaller batches if you want.

After it thaws you cut each loaf into 4 equal pieces.  Each package will make 12 buns, but you don’t have to make them all at once.

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I just took each 1/4 of a loaf and shaped it into a bun with my hands. You are going to want to use a bit of flour on your hands so the dough doesn’t stick.  Let the buns raise on a grease pan for about 30 minutes.

While the are raising bring water and baking soda to a SIMMER in a large pot with straight sides and preheat oven to 375.

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Place the rolls in the water and simmer for 1 minute on each side. Remove with a slotted spoon, drain and place on a parchment lined baking sheet. Brush with egg wash and sprinkle with kosher salt.
Bake at 375 for 12-15 or until pretzel brown.

Easy Pretzel Buns

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Prep Time:30 minutes
Cook Time:15 minutes
Total Time:45 minutes


  • 1 Package of Bridgeford Frozen Bread Dough loaves
  • Kosher Salt
  • 1 egg white
  • 1 tbsp waterBoiling solution
  • 3 quarts water
  • 3/4 cup baking soda


  • Separate the loaves inside the bridgeford frozen dough package and allow them to thaw. You can also use your favorite homemade bread dough recipe if you choose.
  • Slice each loaf into 4 equal pieces and form each into a roll.
  • Let rise on greased foil cover sheet for 20-30 minute until nice and puffy.
  • Meanwhile, bring water and baking soda to a SIMMER in large pot and pre-heat oven to 375 degrees F.
  • Place rolls in the water and simmer 1 minute then flip and simmer 1 minute more.
  • Drain and place on parchment lined baking sheet. Repeat with remaining rolls.
  • Brush rolls with egg white and sprinkle generously with kosher salt. Slash decoratively with a SHARP blade.
  • Bake until 'pretzel' brown, about 12-15 minutes.
Servings: 12
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Let the cool, slice and serve with a sandwich, hamburger, or more. Be creative!

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