Thursday, February 3, 2011

Valentine's Day Soft Pretzels



For the past few days, we have been snowed in here in Chicago. The kids have had their first 2 snow days! We knew it was pretzel making time! We have been making these soft pretzels for a few years now since a friend got us hooked on this simple recipe by Alton Brown. Once you try these, you will never want store bought pretzels again!

We decided to whip up a batch and give them a Valentine's Day flair. Instead of making all of the pretzels salty, we made some sweet with red sugar and some with cinnamon sugar.

We pretty much follow Alton Brown's recipe, except we add 3 tablespoons of brown sugar instead of 1 tablespoon of white sugar (even to the salty pretzels). He makes 8 pretzels, and we make 10 or 12.

After making the dough, and letting it rise, we divide it into 12 equal sized pieces.
We roll each piece out until it is about 18 inches long and 1/2 and inch thick (it will spring back a bit)

Next we bring the ends up to make the top of the heart. We pinched the ends together at the top and the bottom. The kids love to help shape the pretzels. We always have to make the boys initials. The recipe is very forgiving. The boys often make weird, abstract shapes, and they cook just fine. Next we boil the pretzels. We decided to boil the sweet pretzels in plain water instead of the baking soda water that the salty pretzels are cooked in. They were boiled for 30 seconds like the other pretzels. Put them in the pot carefully and remove them with a large slotted spoon.We brushed the sweet pretzels with melted butter and sprinkled them with a generous helping of colored sprinkles and cinnamon sugar.We cooked them at 450 degrees, but because we make smaller pretzels we only cook them for about 10 - 12 minutes until they are golden brown.They turned out great!

The boys gave them rave reviews!!!

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17 comments:

  1. Those look delicious! My son has the same pjs. They are too cute!

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  2. You ladies have such wonderful ideas, I love your blog!

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  3. How awesome are these?!?! They sound delicious and I love the heart ones!!!

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  5. What a fun recipe.
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  6. uh...you don't know how happy I am to find your blog!! :) these are cute, your blog is cute...off to follow you ASAP! :)

    Rebecca

    http://rebeccacooper.blogspot.com/

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  7. these look SO yummy!!! I think I will have to make them with the kids soon!

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  8. love these! i just made homemade heart raviolis :) (http://littlethingsbringsmiles.blogspot.com/2011/02/valentine-inspired-dinner-party.html)

    isnt cooking so much fun?! thanks for this--i may be trying this soon!

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  9. This looks yummy as well as fun!

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  10. Looks like yours came out a lot better than ours did. We tried the same recipe and it was a big FAIL. I'll have to try again because yours came out good!

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  11. holy yum! i have to try these!! thanks for sharing!!

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  12. Holy Yum is right! Thanks for linking to Momspiration Mondays. I really want to give these a try but last time I tried to make my own soft pretzels they ended up looking like spitballs.

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  13. I'm just dying over how cute (and yummy!) these look. I'd love for you to submit this to the M&T Spotlight: http://www.makeandtakes.com/spotlight

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  15. We made soft pretzels before and my kids LOVED it! The heart shapes are super cute. You should link up with *Fun for Kids Friday* http://www.localfunforkids.com/

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  16. Hi Ladies,
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