How to make soft number/shape pretzels

3 07 2008

Looking for a fun way to cook with math at home? Check out the recipe for the soft number/shape pretzels we made in camp this week!


1 package yeast

1 1/2 cups warm water

1 teaspoon salt

1 Tablespoon sugar

4 cups flour

more flour for hands and table

a little salt for tops when done

beaten egg with brush and cinnamon/sugar mixture (if desired)



Greased cookie sheet

Large bowl



1 cup measure

½ cup measure



1.     Measure the water into the large bowl

2.     Sprinkle yeast into the water and stir until soft

3.     Add salt, sugar and flour to the large bowl

4.     Dust hands and table with flour. Mix and knead the dough with hands. Dough should be smooth and elastic, not sticky. Reflour hands as needed.

5.     Divide dough into five pieces and knead one piece each.

6.     Form pretzel into a shape or number of your choice and put on a greased cookie sheet.

7.     If desired, you may brush with beaten egg and sprinkle with cinnamon sugar or salt.

8.     Let rise for 45 minutes at least, bake 13 minutes at 350 degrees.  (They won’t be very brown when they’re done, they tend to stay the same color as when they went in).


If you’re looking for more fun recipes to make with the kids, check out for creative recipes like these shape pancakes!




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