Watch our dough preparation video below, or use the instructions that came with your baking kit for best results.
Preheat oven to 425ºF.
Spray an area of the counter with nonstick spray and turn the risen dough out onto that portion of the counter. Do not spray or flour the area where you will roll pretzels.
Cut strips of dough that measure 1½ inches wide by 8 inches long.
Pull dough strip to stretch it out. Start in the middle and move your hands outward while pulling, stretching, and rolling the dough strip. Roll each piece into a rope ½ inches wide by 36 inches long (about the thickness of your finger). Do not over-roll the dough strip.
Shape dough strip into a “U” on the counter. Cross the ends (A & B), then cross them again. Pinch the ends to the bottom of the “U” about 2 inches apart. Use the pretzel printed on this page as a guide. Experiment with other shapes, letters, or numbers; use your creativity!
Roll all pretzels before proceeding to step 7 (dough should yield 8-10 large pretzels).
In a medium bowl, dissolve baking soda in 4 cups of very hot water (150ºF). Stir until nearly dissolved.
Lightly coat baking tray with nonstick spray.
Pick up each pretzel by the pinched ends and quickly dip into the baking soda solution. Place pretzel on towel to drain off excess solution, then place on coated tray.
Sprinkle with salt if desired; Cinnamon Sugar pretzels do not need salt. Refer to step 12.
Bake one tray at a time on the center rack in preheated oven for 5 minutes. After 5 minutes, rotate tray 180° and bake for an additional 2-5 minutes, or until golden brown. Baking times may vary by baking trays.
Melt 4 Tbsp. butter (optional). After baking pretzels and before they cool, brush butter over top of salted or plain pretzels. For Cinnamon Sugar pretzels, brush butter over top of unsalted pretzels and sprinkle with cinnamon sugar mixture.
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