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Sweet Pretzels

Prep Time 2 hrs
Cook Time 18 mins
Total Time 2 hrs 18 mins
Servings 12


  • 2/3 cup milk
  • 5 tablespoons sugar
  • 1 3/4 teaspoons active dry yeast one 1/4-ounce envelope
  • 2 large eggs room temperature
  • 2 3/4 cups flour
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 cup butter cut into 1-inch pieces, plus 1/2 tablespoon melted
  • 1 large egg white
  • 2 tablespoons warm water
  • 6 tablespoons pearl sugar or turbinado sugar


  • Heat milk in a small sauce pan over medium heat (or in a microwave) to 110°-115° F.
  • Transfer to a 2-cup measuring cup, stir in 1 tablespoon of the sugar and whisk in the yeast.
  • Let it sit for about 5 minutes or until the yeast becomes foamy.
  • Then whisk in the two eggs.
  • Combine the remaining sugar, flour, and salt in the bowl of an upright mixer.
  • Add the yeast mixture and with the mixer running, add the butter one piece at a time.
  • Mix on medium speed until dough ball forms and the ingredients are well blended.
  • Then knead on medium-high speed for 5 minutes, or until the dough is soft and smooth.
  • Brush a medium bowl with melted butter, place the dough in the bowl, and brush the top of the dough with melted butter.
  • Cover with plastic wrap and allow dough to double in size (about 1 1/2 hours).
  • To make the pretzels, punch the dough down and turn onto a flour-dusted surface.
  • Cut the dough into 12 equally-sized pieces.
  • While shaping the pretzels, keep both the pieces of unshaped dough as well as the shaped pretzels under a dish towel to prevent drying.
  • Roll each piece into a rope about 1 1/2 feet long, and shape into a pretzel knot.
  • Place the shaped pretzels on two parchment paper-covered baking sheets.
  • Cover with a dish towel and allow the pretzels to become puffy. About 30 minutes. They do not have to double in size.
  • While the pretzels are rising, preheat the oven to 375° F and place one rack in the top third of the oven and the other in the bottom third.
  • When the pretzels are puffy, whisk the water and the egg white together.
  • Brush the tops of the pretzels with the egg wash, then sprinkle with pearl or turbinado sugar.
  • Place the baking sheets in the oven and bake for 10 minutes.
  • Rotate the baking sheets in the oven and bake until they are golden brown, about 6-8 minutes more.
  • Serve warm or at room temperature.