Prep 15 mins
Cook 12 mins
The pretzel is the trade sign of the Danish baker. Danes use this shape for all kinds of baked goods, including cakes, pastries, breads, and cookies. From The Great Scandinavian Baking Book.
- 3 cups all-purpose flour
- 1 cup butter, firm, but not hard
- 1 teaspoon baking powder
- 1 egg
- 1⁄2 cup heavy cream
- pearl sugar or crushed sugar cube, for topping
- Cover baking sheets with parchment or grease them.
- Preheat oven to 350°F.
- In a bowl, or in the work bowl of a food processor, combine flour, butter, baking, powder, egg, and heavy cream.
- Mix with hand mixer or process until dough forms.
- Chill 30 minutes.
- Using pieces of dough the size of a small walnut, roll into thin strips about 6 inches long.
- Turn into pretzel shapes and dip tops in pearl sugar or crushed sugar cubes.
- Place on prepared baking sheets with sugar side up.
- Bake for 10 to 12 minutes until golden.
My son had to choose a European country fro this semester and he chose Denmark. Part of his grade was to prepare some food from the country of his choice. He made the cookies himself and presented them at school. They were very popular and two people asked for the recipe. They were so easy for him to make that he made them again with friends over the weekend and he is NOT a cook/baker at all! I suggest dipping the whole pretzel in sugar for those who want it a little sweeter but i liked that it wasn't too sweet.