Watch our dough preparation video below, or use the instructions that came with your baking kit for best results.
Preheat oven to 350°F.
After dough has risen for 30 minutes, 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 the dough.
Cut strips of dough that measure 1½” wide by 8” 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” wide by 36” long (about the thickness of your finger). Do not over-roll the dough strip.
Cut the 36” strip of dough into 6 equal portions (approximately 6” each).
Pick up one of the cut sections of dough. Place both ends in one hand and the loop in the other hand and twist the loop of dough. Lay twists on the counter and repeat until all sections are twisted (yield 40-50).
In a medium bowl, dissolve 1 baking soda packet in 4 cups of very hot water (150°F). Stir until nearly dissolved.
Lightly coat baking tray with nonstick spray.
Pick up each twist and quickly dip into the baking soda solution. Place twist on towel to drain off excess solution, then place on coated tray. Repeat this until the tray is full.
Sprinkle with pretzel salt if desired.
Place the remaining ½ cup of shredded cheddar cheese on a large plate. Pick up each twist and press the top into the shredded cheddar cheese. Apply slight pressure to adhere the cheese. do not put cheese on the bottom of the twist as this will result in burned bottoms. Place Cheesy Twists on the tray with the cheese side up.
Bake one tray at a time on the center rack for 12-15 minutes or until golden brown. Rotate the tray halfway through the baking time if needed.
Optional: melt 4 tablespoons of butter. After baking the Cheesy Twists and before they cool, brush butter over the top.
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