Pretzels and Bagels from Pizza Dough

If you have any pizza dough left over from my famous recipe, it is time to let your imagination go wild and do a little experimenting … which is exactly what I did, and this is the result. [heh]

On a floured surface knead the dough that’s left from your pizza (if any :)) for a couple times.

Cut the dough into 4 equal pieces, depending of how much dough you have left and how big you want your pretzels to be. Not an exact science here, just use your gut feeling. ;)

Next roll out each piece of dough into long strips. I wanted to make pretzels. So take the piece, fold it in half and twist it twice. Next bring the two ends up to form a pretzel and pinch the dough so that it would stick.

At this point you don’t need to let your dough to rise, it did already when you were making the pizza. Shape some bagels if you want and move to the next step.

Brush them with the egg wash and sprinkle them with salt, poppy seeds or sesame seeds. Bake at 450° F / 232° C for about 15 or 20 mins or until they are nice and golden brown.

No matter which ones look better, they were both just as delicious. You have to try these, it can’t get any easier to make your own bagels or pretzels.

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Pretzels and Bagels from Pizza Dough

Prep Time: 10 minutes

Cook Time: 15 minutes

Yield: 4 pretzels/bagels

Pretzels and Bagels from Pizza Dough


Preparation Instructions

  1. Let the dough rise for about 45 min to 1 hour before you start shaping the pretzels
  2. Preheat oven to 450° F / 232° C degrees
  3. Cut the pizza dough into 4 equal pieces.
  4. Roll each piece either into a pretzel or bagel wshape.
  5. Place the pretzels on a baking sheet and brush them with the egg wash and sprinkle with salt, poppy seeds or sesame seeds if you want.
  6. Bake for about 15 to 20 min or until they are nice and golden brown.


  1. Kyli says

    I just bought a bunch of pizza dough balls from harris teeter but I just don’t like how they taste when used for pizza crust! Will definitely be making pretzels instead! Thanks!

    • baker says

      Not really, I suspect they will end up like crackers, hard and skinny. They need to rise a bit but if you don’t use any yeast in your dough I don’t think it is going to work.

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