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Easy Pretzel Rolls

These Easy Pretzel Rolls make the best dinner rolls or buns for sandwiches - they start with frozen or refrigerated dinner rolls so they're easy and fast to make!
Course Side Dish
Cuisine American
Keyword bread, pretzels
Prep Time 5 hours
Cook Time 15 minutes
Total Time 5 hours 15 minutes
Servings 12 rolls
Calories 134kcal
Author Dorothy Kern
Cost $5


Using frozen dinner rolls:

  • 12 frozen dinner rolls such as Rhodes (you can make more or less)
  • 1/2 cup baking soda
  • 1 tablespoon butter melted
  • Coarse pretzel sea, or kosher salt

Using refrigerated dinner rolls

  • 1 can Grands! Biscuits not flakey
  • 1/2 cup baking soda
  • 1 tablespoon butter melted
  • Coarse pretzel sea, or kosher salt


For frozen dinner rolls:

  • Plan ahead. Even though these are “easy” they still require rising time.
  • Note that different brands of frozen rolls might have different thaw/rise times. Check the back of your package; the Rhodes ones I use say to let sit for 3-5 hours before baking.
  • Place your frozen rolls evenly spaced in a 9x13” pan. (Make sure they have space to grow but won’t touch each other.) Cover with plastic wrap and let sit until thawed and just under doubled in size. This will take about 3-5 hours, depending on how warm it is. I find that turning on the oven and leaving the pan on top will reduce the rising time significantly. Try not to let them puff too much or they will collapse when boiling. Just under double is perfect. Continue below.

For refrigerated dinner rolls:

  • Separate rolls.

Instructions for boiling and baking:

  • Preheat the oven to 400°F. Line a baking sheet with parchment or a silpat liner.
  • Fill a large pot halfway with water and bring to a boil. Add baking soda to the water. It will boil up when you add it, so it’s important you leave room in your pot. Boil the rolls, 2-4 at a time depending on your pot size, for 1 minute on each side. Drain with a slotted spoon and place evenly spaced on your baking sheet.
  • Brush with melted butter and sprinkle with salt. Bake for 9-13 minutes or until they are golden brown. (Different rolls will bake in varied time - refrigerated vs. frozen vs. brands.)


Calories: 134kcal | Carbohydrates: 20g | Protein: 4g | Fat: 5g | Saturated Fat: 2g | Cholesterol: 5mg | Sodium: 2978mg | Potassium: 49mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 1g | Vitamin A: 60IU | Calcium: 76mg | Iron: 1.5mg