Each parent should have a recipe for soft pretzels in their baking repertoire. These make a fun, rainy-day baking project for children of all ages. My kids absolutely love these homemade soft pretzels — they are slightly sweet, buttery, and almost identical to Auntie Anne’s famous mall pretzels. You can roll and twist the dough to make pretzel shapes, or you could cut them into bite-size pieces if that is what you prefer. While I use a stand mixer to mix and knead the dough, you can easily do it by hand if you don’t have one.
Not only are homemade soft pretzels a fun and tasty treat to make with kids, they can also be customized to your liking — whether you prefer a classic salted pretzel or a sweet cinnamon sugar flavor. You can make cinnamon sugar topping by omitting the coarse salt from the recipe. After baking, brush with butter and sprinkle with cinnamon sugar. If you’re making the pretzels for grown-ups, serve them with mustard or beer cheese dip for an extra kick of flavor.
What You’ll Need To Make Soft Pretzels
In a microwave, heat the milk with 2 tablespoons of butter until the butter is just melted.