While cruising through one of my many beloved cookbooks this last week I came across a recipe for Cheesy Pretzels that seemed quick, easy and kid friendly. Since I was looking for something to make with Maddy and Boo quick, easy and kid friendly were just what I was looking for. Betty Crocker Baking for Today provided our recipe for the week.
Betty Crocker’s Cheesy Pretzels recipe makes 16 pretzels that are about 3-4 inches across.
Coming out of the oven the pretzels had a nice soft golden color and had a very slightly crispy crust and was soft and chewy on the inside. The cheesy smell that filled my kitchen while our pretzels baked was intoxicatingly yummy. What can I say I have weakness for cheese…and bread… and well a lot of other things too.
In my book the kid friendliest recipes are FAST and this one fits into that category. The girls had a blast helping measure and mix ingredients and knead the dough.
It took us about 20 minutes to make the dough and shape it into pretzels. The shaping is where the fun really began and the girls enjoyed rolling the dough into long snakes and then twisting them into pretzels that honestly didn’t look much like pretzels at all. Once our pretzels were all formed we baked them for 20 minutes.
Once finished they cooled for a few minutes our afternoon snack was ready to eat with a little marinara sauce for dipping. An afternoon activity, snack and this weeks bread recipe in less than 45 minutes? Now that is what I call awesome.
Most of the recipes in Betty Crocker’s Baking for Today are well written and easy to follow and this one is no different. The recipe even includes quick instructions for changing up the ingredients a bit to make Peanutty Pretzels too.Every ingredient in the recipe is very basic and there is not yeast involved at all so this is a very simple and kid friendly recipe.
I recommend this recipe if you are looking to mix it up a bit for snack time. This recipe could also be a good base for mixing in different cheeses, herbs, or seasonings with completely different flavor results. I personally am thinking it would be fun to make some cinnamon sugar pretzels or some plain whole wheat pretzels to dip into peanut butter sometime. By replacing the cheddar with some Parmesan and herbs and shaping the dough into bread sticks instead of pretzel shapes you could have a quick and easy bread stick to accompany a meal.
I’m a dipper so I really enjoyed dipping my pretzel in marinara sauce, Maddy takes after her mommy. Luke on the other had is not a big fan of straight carbs for snacks so he could take or leave the pretzels, Maybe I should see if I can whip up a chicken pretzel for him. This recipe does not give you the soft pretzels from the mall, these pretzels are less doughy and a slightly buttery and biscuit like. I just need to say this one more time…Cheesy Pretzels are very very kid friendly.
Hands on time: 4
Total time: 5
make it again: 4
Total Score: 28 out of 33 possible points