Countdown to 2011: Sweet 2011 Pretzels


by Dec 23rd, 2010 // Giveaway, Holiday, Kid-tastic

Countdown to 2011: Sweet 2011 Pretzels

Lately my kid has been begging to remake the Soft Pretzel Recipe we posted a while back. We’ve been talking about all the shapes we could try. After writing down lots of possibilities, we decided it would make for a really fun New Years recipe.

Doing this together sparked a discussion about the calendar and how it changes on January 1st. It’s amazing how the tactile nature of the project solidified the concept in my kid’s mind. He’s been talking about the change from 2010 to 2011 ever since.

We made these out of traditional pretzel dough but decided to skip the salt and instead dip them in butter and cover them with cinnamon and sugar. They tasted sort of like a pretzel version of a beignet. What a great way to bring in the new year! Now for the recipe…

New Years Eve Pretzel Recipe

Prep Time: 1 1/2 hours (mostly unattended)  Cooking time: 20 mins

1 1/2 cups warm water
1 tablespoon sugar
2 teaspoons kosher salt
1 package active dry yeast
4 1/2 cups all purpose flour
2 ounces unsalted butter, melted
Vegetable oil
10 cups water
2/3 cup baking soda
3 tablespoons melted butter
1/3 cup of granulated sugar mixed with 2 teaspoons cinnamon

Combine the water, sugar and kosher salt in the bowl of a stand mixer and sprinkle the yeast on top. Allow to sit for 5 minutes or until the mixture begins to foam. Add the flour and butter and, using the dough hook attachment, mix on low speed until well combined. Change to medium speed and knead until the dough is smooth and pulls away from the side of the bowl, approximately 4 to 5 minutes. Remove the dough from the bowl, clean the bowl and then oil it well with vegetable oil. Return the dough to the bowl, cover with plastic wrap and sit in a warm place for approximately 50 to 55 minutes or until the dough has doubled in size.

Preheat the oven to 450 degrees F. Line 2 half-sheet pans with parchment paper and lightly brush with the vegetable oil. Set aside.

Bring the 10 cups of water and the baking soda to a rolling boil in an 8-quart saucepan or roasting pan. In the meantime, turn the dough out onto a slightly oiled work surface and divide into 8 equal pieces. Roll out each piece of dough into ropes and form the numbers 2 0 1 1. Place onto the parchment-lined half sheet pan.

Place the pretzels into the boiling water, 1 by 1, for 30 seconds. Remove them from the water using a large flat spatula. Bake until dark golden brown in color, approximately 12 to 14 minutes. Transfer to a cooling rack. Dip each pretzel in melted butter and then in cinnamon sugar. Eat and enjoy. Serves a crowd!

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60 Comments on “Countdown to 2011: Sweet 2011 Pretzels”

  1. 1.) Heather
    December 23rd, 2010

    We made these prezels for halloween (bones and brooms). I like the new year #s….maybe we'll try it next week while the kids are home from school.

  2. 2.) ashley
    December 23rd, 2010

    anything that tastes like a beignet has got to be good for the new year!!! I can't wait to try this recipe~

  3. 3.) Dana
    December 23rd, 2010

    So inventive and adorable! Oh, and delicious 🙂

  4. 4.) Miriam
    December 23rd, 2010

    This might be fun to try in my classroom after the break!

  5. 5.) Tiffany
    December 23rd, 2010

    Fun! I love sweet pretzels.

  6. 6.) Amie Powell
    December 23rd, 2010

    These would be cute to make for a birthday party…as favors maybe. I love pretzels and it's hard to find baked pretzels like these in Knoxville!

  7. 7.) Lori
    December 23rd, 2010

    I can't wait to make these with my son…I think we will make words…he is learning how to spell. Great idea!!

  8. 8.) BeckyS
    December 23rd, 2010

    Yum pretzels! Cinnamon sugar have always been my favorite too

  9. 9.) Sara
    December 23rd, 2010

    These look so delicious!

  10. 10.) Shannon
    December 23rd, 2010

    I just made regular soft pretzels last night – sweet sound like a great option to try next!

  11. 11.) Karen
    December 23rd, 2010

    Great idea for a winter break project for the kids – and as you said, will get them excited for the new year! Merry Christmas, really enjoy your blog!

  12. 12.) Megan
    December 23rd, 2010

    These look great. I never considered making my own soft pretzles until I saw them on your blog a little while ago 🙂

  13. 13.) Chelsea
    December 23rd, 2010

    What a fun idea to make New Year's pretzels! I think we may have to try it too.

  14. 14.) Mariela
    December 23rd, 2010

    That's a great idea to do with the kiddos and have them understand where were headed 🙂

  15. 15.) stacie
    December 23rd, 2010

    I have totally wanting to do pretzel with my boys…I think that I am afraid of yeast which is why I have not done it yet. I may need to make this a new years goal to make soft pretzels! Thanks for the inspiration! Happy 2011!

  16. 16.) Melissa
    December 23rd, 2010

    Yum! Sounds delicious!

  17. 17.) Ashley
    December 23rd, 2010

    Fun. I love soft pretzels and holidays, what a great combination.

  18. 18.) Andrea
    December 23rd, 2010

    never tried pretzels before. i like the letters idea from a previous commenter…

  19. 19.) Miranda
    December 23rd, 2010

    So cute! I have to get over my fear if using yeast.

  20. 20.) Wendy
    December 23rd, 2010

    Yum! I'm a sucker for a cinnamon sugar soft pretzel!

  21. 21.) Crystal Piper
    December 23rd, 2010

    I hang out w/ my sister and her kids every new years eve. thanks for a great idea! i think we may add this or a variation of this to our festivities!!!!

  22. 22.) Macki
    December 23rd, 2010

    I want to push a love button.

  23. 23.) Sarah B
    December 23rd, 2010

    My family is doing a pretzel making night for Christmas Eve. Think I'll bring this recipe!!!! Happy Holiday's!

  24. 24.) Liz Evans
    December 23rd, 2010

    I just found your blog yesterday, and so far I love it. There are so many recipes I want to try. the funny thing is my world is "Cooking with my husband" and not with my kid. The husband needs to learn to cook. 🙂

    These pretzles sound so yummy this could be a nice recipe to try with his new kitchenAid we are getting for Christmas. 🙂

  25. 25.) Becky Lynn
    December 23rd, 2010

    Yum! Soft pretzels are my favorite. I'm going to have to try this out!

  26. 26.) Jessica
    December 23rd, 2010

    Yummy! This would be a great non-traditional breakfast!

  27. 27.) Megan A.
    December 23rd, 2010

    YUM! I've got to try these!

  28. 28.) Tatiana
    December 23rd, 2010

    this looks fun!

  29. 29.) Meg
    December 23rd, 2010

    I just recently found your site and I love it! I cook with my toddler all the time and I can't wait to try your recipes. These pretzels look delish and so much fun!!

  30. 30.) Cali mom of 2
    December 23rd, 2010

    Sounds wonderful and reminds me of NYC pretzels which I am missing right now!

  31. 31.) Tina
    December 23rd, 2010

    What a great idea. I would spread nutella on them.

  32. 32.) Jennica
    December 23rd, 2010

    This may just become a new New Years tradition for us =) Clever!

  33. 33.) Penelope
    December 23rd, 2010

    I am new to commenting on a blog, but these sound great. I have done bagels in the same manner, but never thought to do it to pretzels. It is a must try for this week end. Both versions.

  34. 34.) Jen
    December 24th, 2010

    Yummy! What a good idea. It's a perfect New Years Day treat!

  35. 35.) Christine
    December 24th, 2010

    My guys are going to love this. My oldest is so about 2011!

  36. 36.) Kitter
    December 24th, 2010

    Oooh, I've been wanting to try pretzels with my kids. Love the idea of dipping them in sugar instead of salt. Thanks!

  37. 37.) @paulajakobs
    December 24th, 2010

    What a great idea! I think I'll make double the dough and make both salty and sweet ones for new year's eve.

  38. 38.) Karen L.
    December 26th, 2010

    Aaaaah, soft pretzels! I am originally from the Philly area so you know that I love those pretzels. Have always been going to try to make these myself. Thanks for the recipe.

  39. 39.) deebo
    December 26th, 2010

    i made these yesterday! super yummy!

  40. 40.) Tabitha
    December 26th, 2010

    My daughter will love making these. Warm with cinnamon sugar sounds soooooo yummy!

  41. 41.) mountain girl
    December 26th, 2010

    Wow- I can't wait to try this with my 3-yr old…looks so good!

  42. 42.) Raquel
    December 27th, 2010

    What a wonderful way to ring in the New Year. Thank you for sharing!

  43. 43.) KellyBelly
    December 27th, 2010

    I love baking bread, great pretzel idea. My 7 and 5 yr olds will love it. thanks

  44. 44.) Deanna
    December 27th, 2010

    Thanks for the recipe!
    sounds good!

  45. 45.) Amy
    December 27th, 2010

    Love it! My kids are going to love it too!

  46. 46.) mia
    December 27th, 2010

    these look great. i'm always looking for egg-free baking recipes, and ones without an 'egg wash' (our youngest is allergic)… rebecca, do you have an 'eggless' egg wash suggestion? thanks!

  47. 47.) CookingWithMyKid
    December 27th, 2010

    You could get yourself a can of Bake-Sheen and keep it in the house for all your egg wash needs.

  48. 48.) Caroline
    December 27th, 2010

    Yumm… very cute pretzels.

  49. 49.) Amanda
    December 27th, 2010

    Made the salted version today as a Thank You to a neighbor for helping to snow blow us out. They were awesome! The sweet version would be yummy too!

  50. 50.) Holly
    December 27th, 2010

    Holy cow, these look like real pretzels (I say this after a few unfortunate run-ins with bad, frozen pretzels)!

    I can't wait to try the recipe! Not to mention with cinnamon sugar instead of salt. Good choice there.

  51. 51.) Lauren
    December 28th, 2010

    Oh my goodness well there goes my resolution to lose weight in the new year! these look so yummy!

  52. 52.) Erin Lea
    December 28th, 2010

    These look awesome!

  53. 53.) krissy
    December 28th, 2010

    I have no idea what a beignet is, but anything dipped in butter and sprinkled in cinnamon & sugar can't be bad.

  54. 54.) Lacy
    December 28th, 2010

    Luv Pretzels! Do you have a cheese dip recipe as well???

  55. 55.) RosalindEve
    December 29th, 2010

    When I first saw these pretzels I had to try them….so I prompltly made a batch of the worst soft pretzels ever. Turns out you can't mix up yeast and baking powder! Who knew!? Anyway, I tried it again and was so happy I did!

  56. 56.) Danielle
    December 29th, 2010

    Great idea! It would be cool with colored sugars for the holidays, too.

  57. 57.) teresa
    December 29th, 2010

    These look so tasty!

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