Alphabet Soft Pretzels: Yummy Preschool Snack & Activity

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I love going to the mall, detest shopping, but love the indoor playcenter which is great to help my preschoolers spend some pent up energy on a rainy day… and I love our tradition of getting a soft pretzel after our outing! We regularly bake bread at the Quirky home, but we made pretzels for the first time as a family. They were so good I think I ate four at one time! This recipe was adapted from All Recipes, and they are really, really good! We decided to use our softpretzel time as a chance to play with letters and had fun forming different letters of the alphabet!

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Ingredients needed to make Alphabet Soft Pretzels:

1 Tablespoon of Yeast
1 Tablespoon of Brown Sugar
1 1/4 Cup of Warm Water
– Let it sit for a few min to activate the yeast.
5 Cups of Flour (we used half white, half whole wheat)
1/2 Cup of Sugar
1/2 Teaspoon of Salt
2 Tablespoons of Oil
– Knead together well. The dough will be very stiff for a bread dough. After it has been kneaded and is semi-elastic, let the dough sit for an hour to an hour and a half.
1/2 Cup of Baking Soda
4 Cups of Hot Water

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To make the alphabet soft pretzels:

Grab a portion of the dough. The dough is pretty stiff so roll the portions into thick thumb width logs. Once you have rolled a dozen or so logs, go back to the first and make re-roll the logs so they are thin finger width. Rolling twice allowed the dough to settle and be easier to work with. Once you have the finger width “snakes” as my son liked to call them, form them into the various letters of the alphabet. Dip the letters into the hot baking soda water, set them on a baking sheet. Bake for 8-10 min at 375 degrees.
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Enjoy making and eating your letters!

Rachel About Rachel

An original "Quirky Momma" blogger and "Mommy" to six kids under six, when Rachel is not wiping crayon off the walls or wading through laundry, she can be found exploring and creating with her kiddos. She hopes to be someone who acts justly, loves kindness and walks humbly before God (Micah 6:8).

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  1. Yum!!!! We are going to try these. So fun, great idea!
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  2. Pretzels are so fun to make. We used to make our names and all sorts of fun shapes and even spiders and cat faces. I can just smell them baking! :)
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  3. What a fun and fantastic idea!
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  4. Great idea! I haven’t made pretzels with my kids yet. I think I will. Thanks for the fun idea.
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  5. Quirky, nothing, you are a cool mom!!! Nifty blog. I will definitely be passing it on to my friends too! I found you on Mom Tip Tuesday @ pBd.

  6. Thanks for sharing, those look delicious, easy, and fun, all things I require of a preschool appropriate activity! Thanks for linking to Mom Tip Tuesday, hope to see you back next week!
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  7. Sounds like a great idea, I’ve never tried rolling them out and making them with pretzels. I’ve cut alphabet letter out of cookie dough but never this. I bet it’s fun because it’s so hand on. Thanks for linking to our Blog Hop at ABC.
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  8. I LOVE soft pretzels. I have never thought of making them at home. I will definitely have to give those a try! YUMMY!! Thanks for the recipe! Rene
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  9. Yumm..What a clever idea. I’ll have to remember this when K is a bit older. Thanks for linking up this week. I hope you’ll join me tomorrow for another great party!

  10. LOVE this idea! Can’t wait to try it with my kids.

  11. My 3 year old son is having a playdate today and this would be a perfect activity. Thanks for the inspiration :)
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  12. Hi! I found your pretzel recipe today and I loved the idea. (They reminds me of Germany, one of my favorites countries in the world). The only ingredient missing in our kitchen was baking soda so we went straight to get it. Now we are in the “let the dough sit” with 2 years old toddler insisting in “letting it seat in his stomach” (haha!) and now I doubt: shall I let it sit uncovered, covered or in the firdge. Since time is running, I will know I´m really lucky if you get to answer my question now. Thank you so much and we suscribed to your blog, it´s great!!
    Love,
    Fernanda

  13. Thank you so much for your quick answer! So I let the dough sit using a soft towel to cover it. Finally, WE DID IT!! Dough is really stiff so I had to invite husband to cooperate to be able to finish transforming it into finger width “snakes” before midnight!! So this was a rare occasion when the 5 of us were baking together and we loved it. Children created their own shapes (I didn´t suggest letters from the begining, by that point of the day ANY shape was great for me!)and here is what happened.
    - 8 years old did lots of hearts… mhmmm is love already around? Sure! He´s full of love.
    - 5 years old wrote the word SUN (no suggestion on my part)and did a smiling face too.
    - 2 years old dissapeard in a flash and succeded in “letting the dough sit” in his stomach after all!! Then he tried the potato masher on it and finally he created a little round bread.
    THANK YOU SO MUCH FOR THIS IDEA! I´ll keep this day in my memory for long time. Love,
    Fernanda

  14. Love this too! I’ll be link up to it as well. I’m loving your website!

  15. Ohhhh we LOVE preztels, have never tried making them, but am inspired! And what a great idea to make letters!

    Thank you for linking up to Kids Get Crafty! Great to see you there and hope to see you again!

    Maggy

  16. Stopping by from Red Ted!

    Love this idea! Will definitely try it!

    Thanks!

    Kerri

  17. While the vast majority of pre-school programs, the U.S. is still based on the tuition fees, and has grown to support some public funding for education in early childhood over the years. As of 2008, 38 states and the District of Columbia invested in at least some pre-kindergarten programs, and many school districts and to provide preschool services on their own, using local and federal funds.

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