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Soft Pretzels

Our kids enjoy every step of making soft homemade pretzels. Each one has a chance to add ingredients, mix and shape the dough, brush on the egg and sprinkle on salt.—Lori Hoogland, Catawba, Wisconsin
  • Total Time
    Prep: 20 min. Bake: 15 min.
  • Makes
    18-20 servings


  • 1 package (1/4 ounce) active dry yeast
  • 1-1/2 cups warm water (110° to 115°)
  • 1 tablespoon sugar
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 4 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 egg, beaten
  • Coarse salt


  • In a large bowl, dissolve yeast in water. Add the sugar, salt and enough flour to make a soft dough.
  • Turn onto a floured surface; knead until smooth and elastic, about 6-8 minutes. Pinch off about 2 tablespoons of dough for each pretzel. Shape into traditional pretzel twists or letters or animals as desired. Place on greased baking sheets.
  • Brush with egg; sprinkle with salt. Bake at 425° for 15 minutes or until golden brown. Cool on wire rack.
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