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Sweet Pretzel Sticks with Strawberry Cream Cheese Dip

Sweet Pretzel Sticks with Strawberry Cream Cheese Dip
These soft pretzels are a fun-to-make, fun-to-eat snack that’s perfect for after school or even dessert. The smell of these pretzels baking is sure to make anyone’s day brighter.
Yield 16 pretzels
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Ingredients

  • 3 cups bread flour
  • 1 (0.25oz) package (7g) or 2 1/4 teaspoons Platinum Yeast
  • 2 tablespoons granulated sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon table salt
  • 1 cup warm water (120-130°F)
  • 2 tablespoons vegetable oil
  • Egg wash: 1 egg plus 1 teaspoon water (whisk together)
  • 3 tablespoons coarse sugar (for topping)

Dip

  • 8 ounces cream cheese (room temperature)
  • 1 cup granulated sugar
  • 2 tablespoons strawberry or other berry jam

Water bath

  • 8 cups water
  • 1/3 cup baking soda

Instructions

  • In the bowl of a stand mixer, using the paddle attachment, combine 2 cups flour, yeast, sugar, and salt.
  • Add warm water and oil to flour mixture. Blend at low speed until moistened. Beat 4 minutes at medium speed.
  • Switch to the dough hook and mix in the remaining flour a little at a time, to make a soft dough, add more or less flour as needed. Knead the dough for 5 minutes until smooth and elastic. Place dough in lightly oiled bowl and turn to grease top. Cover; let rise in warm place until double about 30 minutes.
  • While dough is rising, make cream cheese dip: In a large mixing bowl, beat cream cheese and sugar until smooth. Stir in strawberry jam and refrigerate until ready to serve.
  • Preheat oven to 450°F. In a 3-quart saucepan, bring 8 cups water and 1/3 cup baking soda to a simmer.
  • Turn dough onto lightly floured surface; punch down to remove air bubbles. Divide dough into 8 pieces. Roll each piece into a 20-inch long rope. Cut each rope in half to make 16 pretzel sticks. Place on greased or silicone-lined cookie sheet.
  • Add pretzels, four at a time, to the simmering water and cook 10 seconds on each side. Remove with slotted spoon. Place on prepared cookie sheet.
  • Beat egg in a small bowl with 1 teaspoon water. Brush egg wash on one side of the pretzel sticks. Sprinkle a thin layer of coarse sugar on top.
  • Bake for 10 minutes until deep golden brown.
  • Best when served the same day.

Notes

Recipe by Barbara Bakes.

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