Cooking With Kids: Soft Pretzels
Soft pretzels are something I’ve made with my kids a couple of times and have been meaning to share the recipe. They are so much fun to make. The soft pretzel dough resembles play dough, so it’s perfect for cooking with toddlers.
I made the dough during nap time, so I could have it ready to go when my kids woke up. You can totally include your kids in the dough making process. Kids love to measure and pour ingredients – just mentally prepare yourself for a little (or a lot) of flour on the floor. It comes with the territory!
The dough was done rising about 30 minutes after my kids woke up from their nap. I had them wash their hands, put on their aprons, and get the step stools. Meanwhile, I set up our station with floured cutting boards and the dough.
I broke the dough into 12 equal pieces and we counted them together. It was a nice toddler math lesson.
After we broke up the dough, I had the kids roll each piece into a “snake” and form them into shapes. The shape of the pretzel really doesn’t matter, so don’t get too hung up on them looking pretty. They will still taste good, regardless of the shape.
You could even spell your child’s name out if you want. I did that the last time we made soft pretzels. This time, my kids were more into making their own shapes.
After the pretzels were shaped, we dipped them in a mixture of water and baking soda, sprinkled them with salt and baked them in the oven for 8 minutes.
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I let each kid eat one plain pretzel fresh from the oven. Later that night, we experimented with dipping them in melted butter and cinnamon sugar. Oh my goodness, cinnamon sugar soft pretzels are delicious! I highly recommend you try making at least one – even if it’s just for the grown ups.
Cooking With Kids: Soft Pretzels
- 5 cups all-purpose flour
- 1/2 cup white sugar
- 4 teaspoons instant yeast sometimes called bread machine yeast
- 1 1/2 teaspoons salt
- 1 1/4 cups warm water
- 1 tablespoon vegetable oil
- 4 cups hot water
- 1/2 cup baking soda
- 1 teaspoon salt
- Optional toppings: Melted butter and cinnamon sugar 1/4 cup sugar + 1 tsp cinnamon or melted butter and coarse kosher salt
In the bowl of a stand mixer, combine the flour, sugar, yeast, and 1 1/2 teaspoons salt.
Add in the warm water and vegetable oil. Mix until a dough forms.
Attach the dough hook and knead for 5-6 minutes, until a smooth dough forms. (If kneading by hand, knead 7-8 minutes). The dough should be tough but smooth. If it is too dry, add 1-2 tablespoons water.
Place dough in a greased bowl and cover. Place in a warm spot and allow to rise until the dough has doubled in size, about 1 hour. (The dough will take longer to rise if your kitchen is cold)
Preheat your oven to 450 degrees. Grease two cookie sheets and set them aside.
Once your dough has doubled in size, place it on a lightly floured surface and divide into 12 pieces.
Roll each piece into a long "snake" and form into a pretzel (or any other fun shape).
Whisk together the hot water and baking soda, until the baking soda is dissolved.
Dip each formed pretzel into the baking soda mixture and place on a cookie sheet.
Once all of your pretzels are ready and on the baking sheet, sprinkle with the additional salt and bake for 8 minutes.
Enjoy plain or dip in melted butter and top with either coarse kosher salt or cinnamon sugar.