Soft Pretzels


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This a great recipe to make with kids because they can choose what shapes to make their pretzels: cirlces, pretzel-shaped, letter or animals - use your imagination.

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  • 3 1/2 C. all-purpose flour
  • 2 Tbs. sugar
  • 1 tsp. salt
  • 1 package active dry yeast
  • 1 C. water
  • 1 Tbs. margarine
  • 1 Tbs. water
  • 1 egg yolk, beaten
  • Coarse salt for topping

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Mix 1 C. flour, sugar, salt and undissolved yeast. Heat 1 C. water and margarine to 120 to 130 degrees. Gradually add to dry ingredients; beat 2 minutes at medium speed of mixer. Add 1/2 C. flour. Beat at high speed 2 minutes. Stir in enough additional flour to make a soft dough. On floured board, knead 5 minutes. Set in greased bowl; turn to grease top. Cover and let rise in warm, draft-free place 40 minutes. Divide dough into 12 equal pieces. Roll each into a 20-inch rope. Shape into pretzels or other shapes. Place on greased baking sheets. Cover; let rest 5 minutes. Mix egg yolk and 1 Tbs. water; brush on pretzels. Sprinkle with coarse salt. Bake at 375 degrees 15 minutes or until done. Cool on racks.

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