Soft Pretzels - Like Auntie Anne's

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READY IN: 1hr 40mins
Recipe by Hungarian Gypsy

A soft, buttered pretzel justlike the kind you find at fairs and in the mall. You can customize by adding poppy seeds, sesame seeds, garlic salt, cinnamon sugar and even icing for a new dessert.

Ingredients Nutrition


  1. Combine 1 cup flour, sugar, salt and yeast in medium bowl. Blend well.
  2. Heat 1 cup water and Crisco in small saucepan to 100 - 110 degrees.
  3. Add liquid to flour mixture and blend at low speed until moistened.
  4. Beat 3 minutes at medium speed.
  5. Stir in by hand an additional 1-1/2 to 1-3/4 cups of flour or until dough pulls cleanly away from sides of bowl.
  6. Knead in 1/2 - 3/4 cup flour, on a floured surface, until dough is smooth and elastic.
  7. Put dough in greased bowl, cover loosely with plastic wrap and a cloth towel.
  8. Let rise in a warm (80-85 degrees) until light and doubled in size. About 45 minutes.
  9. Spray 2 cookie sheets with no-stick spray.
  10. Punch dough down and seperate into 12 pieces.
  11. Roll each piece into a 16-inch rope.
  12. Form into pretzel shape.
  13. Place on greased cookie sheets and cover.
  14. Let rise in a warm place for 15 minutes.
  15. Adjust oven rack to top position.
  16. Heat oven to 400 degrees.
  17. Combine 6 cups water and baking soda in a shallow saucepan and bring to a boil.
  18. Slowly drop pretzels into water, one at a time, cooking 15 seconds on each side.
  19. Remove from water with a slotted spoon and return to greased cookie sheet.
  20. Sprinkle with pretzel salt, sesame seeds, etc.
  21. Bake for 8 minutes.
  22. Brush with melted butter.
  23. Bake an additional 2 minutes or until golden brown.
  24. Remove from cookie sheet and brush generously with remaining butter.

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