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Southwest Pretzels

Total Time

Prep: 30 min. + standing Bake: 25 min.

Makes

16 pretzels

These fun, filling pretzels with a mild southwestern kick are the perfect snack for watching football games. And they'll score just as high with adults as they do with kids! —Cathy Tang, Redmond, Washington
Southwest Pretzels Recipe photo by Taste of Home
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Ingredients

  • 4 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 tablespoon sugar
  • 1 package (1/4 ounce) quick-rise yeast
  • 1-1/2 teaspoons salt
  • 1 teaspoon dried minced onion
  • 1/2 teaspoon chili powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground cumin
  • 1/4 teaspoon cayenne pepper
  • 1-1/2 cups warm water (120° to 130°)
  • 1 large egg, lightly beaten
  • Coarse salt
  • Salsa con queso dip

Directions

  1. In a large bowl, combine 2 cups flour, sugar, yeast, salt, minced onion and spices. Add water. Beat just until moistened. Stir in enough remaining flour to form a soft dough.
  2. Turn onto a floured surface; knead until smooth and elastic, 4-6 minutes. Cover and let rest for 10 minutes. Divide dough into 16 equal portions; roll each into a 15-in. rope. Cover and let rest 10 minutes longer.
  3. Twist into pretzel shapes. Place on greased baking sheets; brush with egg. Bake at 350° for 15 minutes. Brush again with egg; sprinkle with coarse salt. Bake until golden brown, 10-13 minutes longer. Remove to wire racks. Serve pretzels warm with dip.
How-To: 1. Roll each of the 16 pieces of dough into a 15-inch rope and taper the ends. 2. Shape each rope into a circle with about 2-in. of each end overlapping. 3. Twist the ends where they overlap. 4. Flip the twisted ends over the circle; place ends over the edge and pinch under. See pretzel twists» Soft Pretzel: Omit the minced onion, chili powder, cayenne pepper and salsa con queso dip.

Nutrition Facts

1 each: 120 calories, 0 fat (0 saturated fat), 4mg cholesterol, 224mg sodium, 25g carbohydrate (1g sugars, 1g fiber), 4g protein. Diabetic Exchanges: 1-1/2 starch.

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