Garlic-Herb Pretzels Recipe - Authentic German Flavor

Garlic-Herb Pretzels

Garlic-Herb Pretzels Recipe - Authentic German Flavor
Region / culture: Germany | Preparation time: 30 minutes | Cooking time: 15 minutes | Servings: 12


Garlic-Herb Pretzels
Garlic-Herb Pretzels

Garlic-Herb Pretzels are a delicious and savory snack that are perfect for any occasion. These soft and chewy pretzels are infused with garlic, basil, parsley, and a touch of salt, making them a flavorful treat that is sure to please your taste buds.


Pretzels have been enjoyed for centuries, with their origins dating back to Europe in the Middle Ages. Originally created by monks, pretzels were given as rewards to children who learned their prayers. Over time, pretzels have evolved into a popular snack enjoyed by people all over the world.


How to prepare

  1. Dissolve yeast in water.
  2. Add salt and sugar.
  3. Blend or mix with 2 cups of flour.
  4. Crush garlic and add with herbs.
  5. Add 2 more cups of flour, and more if the dough is too sticky.
  6. Roll into snakes or lines and shape. Sprinkle with coarse salt, if desired.
  7. Bake at 425° F for 10 – 15 minutes or until browned.


  • Add grated cheese to the dough for a cheesy twist.
  • Sprinkle sesame seeds or poppy seeds on top of the pretzels before baking for added flavor.
  • Brush the pretzels with melted butter and garlic after baking for a buttery finish.

Cooking Tips & Tricks

Make sure to dissolve the yeast in warm water to activate it before adding it to the flour mixture.

- Adding garlic and herbs to the dough will infuse the pretzels with a delicious flavor.

- Rolling the dough into snakes or lines before shaping them into pretzels will help create a uniform shape.

- Baking the pretzels at a high temperature will help them achieve a golden brown color and a crispy exterior.

Serving Suggestions

Garlic-Herb Pretzels are best enjoyed warm and fresh out of the oven. They can be served on their own or paired with your favorite dipping sauce.

Cooking Techniques

Kneading the dough will help develop the gluten and create a soft and chewy texture.

- Boiling the pretzels in water and baking soda before baking will give them a shiny and crispy crust.

Ingredient Substitutions

You can use whole wheat flour instead of all-purpose flour for a healthier option.

- Fresh herbs can be substituted with dried herbs, but adjust the quantities accordingly.

Make Ahead Tips

You can prepare the dough ahead of time and refrigerate it overnight. Let it come to room temperature before shaping and baking the pretzels.

Presentation Ideas

Serve Garlic-Herb Pretzels on a platter with a variety of dipping sauces, such as mustard, cheese, or marinara sauce. Garnish with fresh herbs for a pop of color.

Pairing Recommendations

Garlic-Herb Pretzels pair well with a cold beer or a glass of white wine. They also go well with soups, salads, or sandwiches.

Storage and Reheating Instructions

Store leftover Garlic-Herb Pretzels in an airtight container at room temperature for up to 2 days. To reheat, place them in a 350°F oven for a few minutes until warm.

Nutrition Information

Calories per serving

Each serving of Garlic-Herb Pretzels contains approximately 150 calories.


Each serving of Garlic-Herb Pretzels contains approximately 30 grams of carbohydrates.


Each serving of Garlic-Herb Pretzels contains approximately 1 gram of fat.


Each serving of Garlic-Herb Pretzels contains approximately 5 grams of protein.

Vitamins and minerals

Garlic-Herb Pretzels are a good source of iron and calcium.


Garlic-Herb Pretzels contain gluten and may contain traces of dairy.


Garlic-Herb Pretzels are a delicious snack that is low in fat and calories, making them a healthier alternative to traditional pretzels.


Garlic-Herb Pretzels are a flavorful and satisfying snack that is easy to make at home. With a few simple ingredients and some basic cooking techniques, you can enjoy these delicious pretzels anytime.

How did I get this recipe?

I can still recall the sense of amazement I felt when I first saw this recipe for Garlic-Herb Pretzels. It was a warm summer day, and I was visiting my dear friend, Mrs. Jenkins, who was known for her delicious homemade treats. As soon as I walked into her kitchen, I was greeted by the most incredible aroma of garlic and herbs wafting through the air.

Mrs. Jenkins had a twinkle in her eye as she beckoned me over to the kitchen counter. "I have a new recipe to share with you, my dear," she said with a smile. "It's a family favorite that has been passed down for generations."

I eagerly leaned in closer as she began to gather the ingredients for the pretzels. She explained that the key to making them extra flavorful was to use fresh herbs from her garden and plenty of garlic. As she mixed the dough and shaped the pretzels, I watched in awe at her skill and precision.

Once the pretzels were ready for the oven, Mrs. Jenkins sprinkled them with a generous amount of garlic powder, dried oregano, and a pinch of sea salt. The kitchen was filled with the most tantalizing aroma as the pretzels baked to a golden perfection.

As soon as they were done, Mrs. Jenkins handed me a warm pretzel to try. The first bite was pure heaven - the dough was soft and chewy, with a burst of garlicky-herb flavor in every bite. I couldn't help but exclaim, "These are the best pretzels I've ever had!"

Mrs. Jenkins chuckled at my enthusiasm and shared with me the story of how she had learned to make the recipe. She explained that it had been passed down from her great-grandmother, who had immigrated to the United States from Germany. The recipe had been a family treasure for generations, and Mrs. Jenkins had perfected it over the years.

I was fascinated by the history behind the recipe and felt honored that Mrs. Jenkins had chosen to share it with me. I knew that I had to recreate these amazing pretzels in my own kitchen and carry on the tradition.

Over the years, I have made these Garlic-Herb Pretzels countless times, each batch reminding me of that special day in Mrs. Jenkins' kitchen. I have shared the recipe with friends and family, always receiving rave reviews and requests for more.

As I knead the dough and shape the pretzels, I can't help but smile at the memories that flood back to me. The scent of garlic and herbs fills my kitchen, transporting me back to that warm summer day with Mrs. Jenkins.

I am grateful for the joy that cooking has brought me and for the special recipes that have been passed down through the generations. Each time I make these Garlic-Herb Pretzels, I am reminded of the love and tradition that goes into every bite.

And so, as I take a bite of a freshly baked pretzel, I savor the garlicky-herb flavor and feel a sense of pride in carrying on the legacy of this cherished family recipe. Cooking truly is a labor of love, and I am grateful for the memories and connections it has brought into my life.


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