I make these quite often for my boys. They LOVE them and you don’t have to let them raise so they are quick and easy to make. If you have younger children, this can be done together as a family and everyone can shape their own pretzels into whatever shape they choose. Whenever I showed the girls in childcare class, I recommended doing this whenever they babysat because it’s not only a fun activity but a great snack to boot! The girls had a blast doing it (and they were teenagers). So it’s fun for everyone.
2 packages dry yeast (4 1/2 tsp.)
1 1/2 cup warm water
2 Tbsp. sugar
3 cups flour
1 tsp. salt
1 egg, beaten
Mix yeast, water and sugar. Whisk together and let sit for 10 minutes (this is called letting it “proof”). Add salt and then flour about a cup at a time until incorporated. Knead dough until soft and smooth. You may need a little additional flour while doing this so it doesn’t stick. Break off a small piece of dough and roll into a 12″ rope. Twist into a pretzel shape or whatever shape you like. Continue with the rest of the dough. This makes about 8 pretzels.
Place formed pretzels onto a lightly greased baking sheet.
Beat 1 egg and add 1 Tbsp. water. Brush this mixture onto each pretzels and sprinkle with coarse salt. Bake at 425 degrees for 15-20 minutes until lightly golden brown.
Serve with cream cheese or cheese sauce. (You can make a cheese sauce in the microwave by mixing some Velveeta cheese and a little milk.)