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Movie Theater Pretzel Rods

My kids and all of their friends clamor for the large, chewy pretzel rods. They are fantastic fresh from the oven. —Lisa Shaw, Burnettsville, Indiana
  • Total Time
    Prep: 70 min. + rising Bake: 10 min.
  • Makes
    32 pretzel rods


  • 1 package (1/4 ounce) active dry yeast
  • 1-1/2 cups warm water (110° to 115°)
  • 2 tablespoons sugar
  • 2 tablespoons butter, melted
  • 1-1/2 teaspoons salt
  • 4 to 4-1/2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 8 cups water
  • 1/3 cup baking soda
  • 1 large egg yolk
  • 1 tablespoon cold water
  • Optional: Coarse salt and warm cheese sauce


  • In a large bowl, dissolve yeast in warm water. Add the sugar, butter, salt and 2 cups flour. Beat until smooth. Stir in enough remaining flour to form a soft dough (dough will be sticky).
  • Turn dough onto a floured surface; knead until smooth and elastic, 6-8 minutes. Place in a greased bowl, turning once to grease top. Cover and let rise in a warm place until doubled, about 1 hour.
  • In a large saucepan, bring 8 cups water and baking soda to a boil. Punch dough down; divide into 32 portions. Roll each into a 5-in. log. Add to boiling water, a few at a time, for 30 seconds. Remove with a slotted spoon; drain on paper towels.
  • Place on greased baking sheets. Lightly beat egg yolk and cold water; brush over pretzels. If desired, sprinkle with coarse salt. Bake 425° until golden brown, 9-11 minutes. Remove from pans to wire racks. Serve warm with cheese sauce, if desired.
Nutrition Facts
1 pretzel: 69 calories, 1g fat (1g saturated fat), 8mg cholesterol, 156mg sodium, 13g carbohydrate (1g sugars, 0 fiber), 2g protein.
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  • JSeller
    Oct 20, 2020

    Made yesterday afternoon with my grand daughters, they loved learning to cook. I was grateful for a healthy snack. I introduced them to hot pretzels and mustard, it was a hit!

  • Danielle
    Aug 17, 2019

    We are in love w this super simple recipe. I usually double or triple the batch and freeze individually so the kids can grab one and microwave for a snack. We even ordered pretzel salt to make them extra perfect.

  • beckiey
    May 11, 2017

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