Mozzarella Stuffed Soft Pretzels



– 1 1/2 cups warm water (110°F to 115°F)
– 1 tablespoon granulated sugar
– 2 1/4 teaspoons (1 packet) active dry yeast
– 4 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
– 1/4 cup unsalted butter, melted
– 2 teaspoons salt
– 1/2 cup baking soda
– 10 cups water
– 8 ounces mozzarella cheese, cut into 16 equal pieces
– Coarse sea salt, for sprinkling
– 1/4 cup unsalted butter, melted (for brushing)
– Marinara sauce, for serving (optional)


1. Activate the Yeast: In a large mixing bowl, combine warm water, sugar, and yeast. Let it sit for 5-10 minutes, or until foamy.
2. Make the Dough: Add flour, melted butter, and salt to the yeast mixture. Stir until a dough forms. Knead the dough on a floured surface until smooth and elastic.
3. Let it Rise: Place the dough in a greased bowl, cover, and let it rise in a warm place for 1 hour, or until doubled in size.
4. Preheat and Prepare: Preheat the oven to 450°F (230°C). Line a baking sheet with parchment paper.
5. Boil the Pretzels: In a large pot, bring 10 cups of water and baking soda to a boil. Divide the dough into 16 equal pieces. Flatten each piece into a rectangle and place a piece of mozzarella cheese in the center. Fold the dough over the cheese and seal the edges.
6. Cook the Pretzels: Drop each stuffed dough ball into the boiling water mixture and cook for 30 seconds. Transfer to the prepared baking sheet.
7. Bake to Perfection: Sprinkle pretzels with coarse sea salt and bake for 12-15 minutes, or until golden brown.
8. Add Finishing Touches: Remove from the oven, brush with melted butter, and serve warm. Pair with marinara sauce for dipping, if desired. Enjoy these delightful mozzarella stuffed soft pretzels!

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