Homemade Pretzels

Homemade Pretzels with Salt or Cinnamon

Here’s something fun to try in the kitchen with the little ones during these short winter days as you are up for getting down a dirty with dough. The kids can practice shaping letters or numbers, or have fun making shapes of their choice.

Ingredients (makes 18-20 pretzels)
1 package dry yeast
6 tablespoons butter
1 egg
¼ cup sugar
1 tsp. salt
1 cup milk
5 cups all-purpose flour, plus extra for kneading and shaping
Cooking spray
Coarse salt
¼ cup sugar mixed with 1 tsp. cinnamon

  1. Stir yeast into ½ cup warm water, and let stand for 10 minutes.
  2. Melt butter,  and set aside ¼ cup to cool.
  3. Separate the egg, and set aside the white.
  4. Add the egg yolk, sugar, salt, ¼ cup melted butter, milk and yeast mixture to a bowl and stir until well blended. Add flour one cup at a time, stirring well after you add each cup.
  5. Turn the dough out onto a floured surface, and knead for about 5 minutes, until the ball of dough is no longer sticky. Grease the inside of another large bowl with cooking spray. Put the dough into the greased bowl and turn it so that all of the dough has been greased. Put a clean towel over the top of the bowl and let it rise for 1 hour in a warm place.
  6. Grease a cookie sheet and preheat the oven to 425 degrees.
  7. Dived the dough into 20 equal pieces and roll each one into a rope. Here comes the fun.  Shape the ropes into pretzels or any shape you like! Place them on the cookie sheet.
  8. Add about a tablespoon of water to the egg white and mix well. Brush the tops of all the pretzels with the egg white mixture. Sprinkle each one evenly with a little bit of coarse salt or lots of cinnamon sugar.
  9. Bake the pretzels for 15 minutes, until they are light brown.
  10. Brush the pretzels with the remaining melted butter as soon as you take the pretzels out of the oven.
  11. Yum! Enjoy! (The salted pretzels are really good with mustard!)

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