How to Make Pretzels

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Pretzels are great snacks that come in all shapes and sizes. Not only are pretzels delicious to eat, they're also fun to make. Turn snack-time into craft-time when you and your kids make homemade pretzels together. Watch pretzel animals, alphabet letters, flowers and more come to life in your kitchen--and in your stomachs.

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Things you need

  • Small bowl
  • Large bowl
  • Cookie or baking sheet
  • Cooking spray or parchment paper
  • 1 package yeast
  • 1 1/2 cups warm water
  • 1 tbsp. sugar
  • 4 cups all purpose flour
  • 1 egg
  • 1 tbsp. salt
  • 1 tsp. honey (optional)
  • Pretzel salt

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  1. 1

    Preheat your oven to 425 degrees.

  2. 2

    Beat the egg in a small bowl and set aside.

  3. 3

    Mix the yeast, water, sugar, salt and honey together in a large bowl. Add the flour and stir until dough is formed.

  4. 4

    Sprinkle a small amount of flour on a cutting board, kitchen counter or table. Place the pretzel dough on the floured surface and knead until the dough is smooth. Once ready, form the dough into a variety of shapes and sizes.

  5. 5

    Line a cookie or baking sheet with parchment paper or spray it with cooking spray. Place the pretzel shapes on the cookie or baking sheet.

  6. 6

    Brush the pretzels with the beaten egg, then sprinkle them with pretzel salt.

  7. 7

    Bake the pretzels in the oven for 15 minutes or until golden brown. Remove from the oven and let the pretzels cool for a few minutes. Eat warm. You can freeze any leftover pretzels and reheat them in the microwave.

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