Italian Parmesan Pretzels


Prefer the sweet soft pretzels at the mall or airport? Swap the Parmesan, Italian seasoning and garlic for cinnamon and sugar.

Italian Parmesan Pretzels
Photo: Jacob Fox
Prep Time:
15 mins
Rise Time:
20 mins
Bake Time:
15 mins
Total Time:
50 mins


  • 1 pound frozen whole wheat bread dough, thawed

  • 2 tablespoon grated Parmesan cheese

  • 2 teaspoon dried Italian seasoning, crushed

  • ¼ teaspoon garlic powder

  • ¼ cup light butter with canola oil, melted


  1. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper; set aside. Divide dough into 10 equal portions. Roll each portion into a 15-inch-long rope. To shape each pretzel, hold one end of a rope in each hand and form a U-shape. Cross the ends over each other and then twist. Then lift the ends across to the bottom of the U-shape; press to seal. Arrange shaped pretzels on the prepared baking sheet. Cover with waxed paper; let stand in a warm spot for 20 minutes.

  2. Preheat oven to 400°F. In a small bowl stir together Parmesan, Italian seasoning, and garlic powder. Brush pretzels evenly with half of the melted butter then sprinkle with the Parmesan mixture.

  3. Bake for 15 to 18 minutes or until browned. Transfer baking sheet to a wire rack. Drizzle pretzels with the remaining melted butter. Serve warm or cool completely on baking sheet on a wire rack.

To Make Ahead:

Layer cooled pretzels between sheets of waxed paper in an airtight container; cover. Store at room temperature for up to 3 days.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

141 Calories
4g Fat
22g Carbs
6g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 10
Calories 141
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 4g 5%
Saturated Fat 1g 5%
Cholesterol 3mg 1%
Sodium 303mg 13%
Total Carbohydrate 22g 8%
Protein 6g
Calcium 14mg 1%
Iron 0.1mg 1%
Potassium 2mg 0%
Folate, total 0.1mcg

*The % Daily Value (DV) tells you how much a nutrient in a food serving contributes to a daily diet. 2,000 calories a day is used for general nutrition advice.

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