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A cool spring night is perfect for a movie night at home!

Movie Night Pretzels

Makes: 32 pretzel rods

Time: 80 minutes total.


  • ¼ ounce (one packet) active dry yeast
  • 1½ cups warm water (110° to 115° F)
  • 2 tablespoons sugar
  • 2 tablespoons butter, melted
  • 1½ teaspoons salt
  • 4 to 4½ cups all-purpose flour
  • 8 cups water
  • 1/3 cup baking soda
  • 1 large egg yolk
  • 1 tablespoon cold water
  • Optional: Coarse salt and warm cheese sauce


  1. In a large bowl, dissolve yeast in warm water.
  2. Add the sugar, butter, salt and twi cups flour. Beat until smooth.
  3. Stir in enough remaining flour to form a soft dough (dough will be sticky).
  4. Turn dough onto a floured surface; knead until smooth and elastic, 6–8 minutes.
  5. Place in a greased bowl, turning once to grease top.
  6. Cover and let rise in a warm place until doubled, about one hour.
  7. In a large saucepan, bring eight cups of water and baking soda to a boil.
  8. Punch dough down; divide into 32 portions.
  9. Roll each into a 5-in. log. Add to boiling water, a few at a time, for 30 seconds.
  10. Remove with a slotted spoon; drain on paper towels.
  11. Place on greased baking sheets.
  12. Lightly beat egg yolk and cold water; brush over pretzels.
  13. If desired, sprinkle with coarse salt. Bake at 425° until golden brown, 9–11 minutes.
  14. Remove from pans to wire racks.
  15. Serve warm with cheese sauce, if desired.
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