Soft Pretzels with Spicy Cheese Dip {Recipe}

With football season now upon us, now it’s time to start thinking of those football game snacks!  These soft pretzels are so amazing they make the store-bought taste awful.  Or, in my case, these pretzels make watching football bearable.  (I don’t like any sport that has a ball.  For real.  I am more of an artsy, cooking, gymnastics, horseback riding, dance…pretty much anything that requires having artistic talent.)  But, if I have to watch football, it’ll be the Philadelphia Eagles—cuz they’re so good!

Hahaha!  I crack myself up.

As I said, these soft pretzels can make any sport bearable.

Anyway, these are not too hard to make.  These may not be something to try if you are just starting to learn out to cook, but they are a good goal to work towards.  Not impossible, that’s for sure!  These take a bit of time, keep that in mind.

Now I want some carby goodness.  Look what you did to me.  soft pretzels

If you do not have a stand mixer, I suggest you save for one.  Now.  We were very blessed to get one for our wedding (Thank you, old swing dance friends!  Yes, I was a lindy hopper before I got married.) and it is one of my top 5 kitchen tools.  Like I said, I would highly suggest you get one.  It makes making food so much easier!  You can make these without a stand mixer (using your hands and a spoon), but life is so much easier with a stand mixer.

You can use any dip you want for this (or none at all!), but the spicy cheese dip is the BOMB!  It is so good with the soft hot pretzels that you will  not want to eat anything else with your pretzels.  (If you don’t like spicy things, you can omit the hot sauce.)

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Soft Pretzels with Spicy Cheese Dip
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Instructions
  1. Combine water, sugar, yeast, and butter into the bowl of a stand mixer and mix with the dough hook until combined. Let it sit for 5 minutes.
  2. Add the salt and flour to the mixture and mix on low until combined. Increase the speed to medium and continue kneading until the dough is smooth and begins to pull away from the side of the bowl, about 3-4 minutes. If the dough appears too wet, add additional flour, 1 Tbsp. at a time. Remove the dough from the bowl, place on a flat surface and knead into a ball with your hands.
  3. Coat a large bowl with oil, add the dough and turn to coat with the oil. Cover with a clean towel or plastic wrap and place in a warm spot for 1 hour.
  4. Preheat the oven to 425°F. Bring the water to a boil in a large bowl and place on a flat surface. Divide the dough into 8 equal pieces. Roll each piece into a long rope. Shape pretzels as you see fit.
  5. Slowly add the baking soda to the boiling water. Boil the pretzels in the water solution, 2 at a time for 30 seconds, splashing the tops with the warmed water using a spoon. Remove with a large flat slotted spatula. Place 4 pretzels on each baking sheet, brush the tops with the egg wash and season liberally with sea salt. Bake for 15-18 minutes or until pretzels are golden brown.
  6. Remove pretzels form oven and let cool on a wire baking rack.
  7. Spicy Cheese Dip
  8. While pretzels are baking, heat a medium saucepan over medium heat. Add the butter, and once it’s melted and bubbly, add the flour. Whisk together to create a roux and cook for 1-2 minutes until mixture gets a bit golden in color. Add milk, stir and turn down the heat to low. Continue stirring until milk thickens. Add in cheese and continue to stir until mixture is smooth. Stir in buffalo wing sauce. Taste and season with salt and pepper. Pour into a medium bowl for dipping.
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