Honestly, when I first saw the photo of these, I thought, "too complicated," but these chewy, fluffy, perfectly sweet pretzels are actually fun to make, and not scary at all! They will definitely be included in many more holidays and brunches to come. Think about all of the different versions that could be concocted: dried cranberry and white chocolate; garlic and sun-dried tomato; cinnamon and blueberry. Mmmmm.
The smells coming from the kitchen while these babies were baking were absolutely insane! I had to give one a taste test as soon as they were finished - you know, to make sure they weren't poisoned.
If you make them on the bigger side, they will end up a little more chewy and bready. If you roll them into thinner strands before shaping them, they will be a little more crunchy on the outside. Both ways are phenomenal. Yes, I tried both methods.
Also, I didn't have a stand-alone mixer at my disposal, so i used my hands for all of the mixing and kneading. I felt like one of the characters in Little Women the whole time, but the dough turned out wonderfully.
I sprinkled a salt and sugar mixture on top after glazing them, and it added a little bit more of that traditional pretzel flavor we all know and love.
Bake them. Eat them. Love them.