I've got to admit that making those big, soft, chewy pretzels you can buy in the mall has always intimidated me. It was the boiling step AND the baking step, I think. Seemed complicated and long. But this was an activity that got pulled from our Summer Activity Jar, so thanks to a great tutorial from Our Best Bites, we gave it a shot.
It wasn't nearly as difficult as I'd feared. And VERY yummy--that's an understatement. We rolled some in Parmesan cheese and some in cinnamon sugar, and the sweet pretzels disappeared so quickly I didn't get a picture.
The recipe and tutorial are here. We made actual twisted pretzels instead of the pretzel bites Sara suggested, and although we loved twisting them around and around, I think I'd follow her idea next time. The big pretzels were quite filling. We doubled the recipe, and I noticed that by the time we were finished boiling everything, the water had reduced so much that there was a much higher baking soda concentration. I could taste a strong baking soda flavor on the last few pretzels. So for next time I'll either use two pots, or only make one recipe. I think there will definitely be a next time!
I hope you enjoy these as much as we did!