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How Kids Make Everything Pretzels

Finished Everything Pretzel

After our success at masking the taste of chicken with our everything bagel tenders, we decided to see if we could learn how to make everything pretzels. As with most kids, we are bread lovers and feel that any homemade bread can stand alone without anything to mask the taste. But there was something so tempting about the idea of making large, soft pretzels for an afternoon snack.

Step 1: Making the Dough for Everything Pretzels

From limited experience, bread usually takes a long time to make. We were worried that this might take all afternoon. However, the recipe that we found was surprisingly quick and only had one hour of letting the dough double.

Everything Pretzel Dough

Step 2: Playing with the Dough

Just think, all of those years of Mom hating playdough time are finally paying off. We will admit, when we were young that stuff ended up everywhere and it took her days to clean it all up. However, I think we can accredit our skills to that wonderful, messy activity.

We cut the dough into 8 equal pieces. Although we are not afraid of sticky dough, we found this to be very easy to shape in comparison with our hamburger buns.

Everything Pretzel Dough

The next steps took us a bit to figure out but ended up being really easy. We rolled out a long piece and realized that this needed to be longer than you would think. Our were about 8 inches.

Shaping Everything Pretzels  dough

Next, you fold it over like you are making the letter “P.”

Everything Pretzel dough in the shape of a P

And then you take the tail and wrap it under the curve and pull it through.

If all else fails, just play with them until you have a shape you like!

Step 3: Dipping the Pretzels into Baking Soda Water and Baking

After making your pretzel shape, dip them into warmed baking soda water. Then place them on the baking sheet. This felt a bit odd like they were going to fall apart in the water, but it was easier than it sounded.

Next, we sprinkled them with our everything bagel seasoning and let them rest as we finished the others. I think it is funny to say, “Let them rest” as if they needed some time to recover from all the trauma of rolling and shaping.

Everything Pretzel Seasoning

As they, ‘rested’ we preheated our oven to 400 degrees and started the cleanup, which is never our favorite part, but there was not that much to do.

Everything Pretzel Resting

The Result of Our Experiment

After a quick ten minutes, the house smelled amazing! Both Dad and Mom came up from their work and wanted to eat them right away. But first, we brushed some melted butter on the top to make them even more appealing.

Everything Pretzel with Melted Butter

We had wondered what the baking soda wash was all about, but after biting in, we knew right away that it had created a thin crust on the bread, which made the inside taste even softer.

Everything Pretzel

Although great by themselves, we did try them in a bit of honey mustard, just to get that sweet and salty mix.

Everything Pretzel with Honey Mustard

Chances are, you will not have any of these everything pretzels leftover, but we found that they were drastically better right out of the oven than the next day.

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Everything Pretzel Finished

How Kids Make Everything Pretzels

Yield: 8
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 10 minutes
Additional Time: 1 hour 10 minutes
Total Time: 1 hour 35 minutes

The Perfect Afternoon Snack


  • 2-1/4 Teaspoon Active Yeast
  • 1 Cup Warm Water: Around 110 degrees F
  • 1 Teaspoon Sugar
  • 2-1/2 Cups All Purpose Flour
  • 1/2 Teaspoon Salt
  • 1/2 Cup Warm Water
  • 1 Tablespoon Baking Soda
  • Everything Bagel Seasoning for Top
  • 2 Tablespoons Melted Butter


    1. Combine the yeast, warm water, and sugar in the bowl of a stand mixer and let sit for 10 minutes until foamy.
    2. Add the flour and salt.
    3. Knead on medium to low for 5 minutes. The dough should pull away from the sides and feel soft, not sticky.
    4. Cover the dough and let rise until doubled in size, about 30 - 45 minutes.
    5. On a lightly floured surface, divide the dough into 8 pieces.
    6. Whisk to combine the warm water and baking soda and heat in the microwave for 1 minute. It is fine if it is not completely dissolved.
    7. Take one piece of dough and roll it out into a long rope. Fold one side down to make the letter "P" and then fold other side under. (See pictures above.)
    8. Dip the pretzel in warm baking soda water, and place on baking sheet.
    9. Preheat oven to 400° F.
    10. Sprinkle with everything bagel seasoning and let rest for 10 minutes.
    11. Bake for 9-10 minutes until crisp on top. Brush with melted butter.


Adapted from fifteenspatulas

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