Bunny Shaped Pretzels

Consider yourself warned, this pretzel is a lot like Auntie Annies soft pretzels and you may  not be able to stop yourself from taking another bite.

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I learned how to make pretzels when my son was assigned the country, Germany for his preschool International Food Fair.  I am so glad I learned how to make them because I have had fun with shapes and flavors.  The recipe I use is very easy and it doesn’t take that long compared to a lot of other recipes I found online.

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German Soft Pretzel Recipe

adapted from Chef Grant Achatz

  • Water
  • 1/2 cup brown sugar
  • 2 envelopes active dry yeast 4 tspn
  • 1/4 cup vegetable oil
  • 5 3/4 cups all-purpose flour, plus more for kneading
  • 2tbl baking soda for the water bath dipping part
  • 1 large egg beaten with  1 tablespoon of water
  • salt
  1. In a large bowl, stir the brown sugar into 2 cups of warm water until dissolved. Sprinkle the yeast over the water and let stand until foamy, about 5 minutes. Stir in the vegetable oil and 3 cups of the flour. Knead in the remaining 2 3/4 cups of flour; the dough will be slightly sticky.
  2. Transfer the dough to a floured work surface and knead until silky, about 3 minutes; if the dough is very sticky, knead in up to 1/4 cup more flour. Transfer the dough to a large, oiled bowl, cover with plastic wrap and let stand at room temperature until doubled in bulk, about 30 minutes.
  3. Preheat the oven to 450°. Line 3 large cookie sheets with parchment paper and butter the paper or I used foil and it worked fine.
  4. Punch down the dough and turn it out onto a floured work surface. Knead the dough lightly, and pinch off dough the size of a golf ball.  Roll each piece into a 9-inch stick about  1/2 inch thick.
  5. Shape the dough like this: (don’t forget to add the cute little bunny tail w/ a small piece of dough)

6. Prepare a baking soda water bath with 2 cps of warm water and 2 tbls of baking soda. Stir it often. Dip the pretzels in the water. Transfer the pretzel sticks to paper towels to drain, then return them to the cookie sheets, spacing them evenly.

7. Brush the pretzel sticks with the egg wash and sprinkle with salt or leave it plain so you can dip it in a sugar and cinnamon mixture later. Bake until richly browned, about 10 minutes.

The baked pretzels can be stored overnight in a plastic bag. Reheat before serving. Perfect for snacking or lunch!
For Cinnamon Sugar Pretzels:
For Auntie Anne’s famous Cinnamon Sugar, try melting a stick of butter in a shallow bowl and in another shallow bowl make a mixture of cinnamon and sugar. Dip the pretzel into the butter, coating both sides generously. Then dip again into the cinnamon mixture. Enjoy!
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61 Responses to “Bunny Shaped Pretzels”

  1. March 26, 2012 at 12:33 pm #

    I love this!! I have to make these with the kids. Thanks so much for linking up with Creative Me today! :) Have a great week!

  2. March 26, 2012 at 1:35 pm #

    These are the cutest things ever! I think I can duplicate these to be gluten free – I hope! My kids would love them. :)

  3. March 26, 2012 at 1:54 pm #

    We recently did pretzel letters, but these rabbits are adorable. I bet my girls would love it.

  4. March 26, 2012 at 4:18 pm #

    How cute are those!! megan

  5. Mandy
    March 26, 2012 at 6:53 pm #

    These are so cute!! Pinning so I remember for this weekend!

  6. farmlife chick
    March 26, 2012 at 8:29 pm #

    These are very cute! We make homemade pretzels too but i never thought to twist them into a bunny shape! Good thinking! Thanks for sharing!

  7. organizinghomelife
    March 27, 2012 at 1:57 pm #

    These are so cute and look so yummy! I can’t wait to try them with my kiddos – I know they will love them!

    I’m hosting a brand new linky party on my blog, Organizing Homelife, that includes great recipes and I would love for you to link up this post!

    http://www.organizinghomelife.com/archives/2768

    • March 31, 2012 at 8:50 pm #

      Thanks for the heads up on your linky party. I am hoping I remember to stop by if it’s not too late when I am done here.

  8. Jen
    March 27, 2012 at 5:39 pm #

    Who cares about the shape? I just want the pretzel!! It looks delicious!

  9. lindyharnarain
    March 28, 2012 at 6:17 am #

    So cute! I hope you will link this up to my Hippity Hop Easter Project Hop!

    http://www.itsybitsypaperblog.com/2012/03/hippity-hop-easter-project-hop.html

  10. March 28, 2012 at 12:20 pm #

    Those are sooo cute. I wonder if I could make a gluten-free version. I love Anntie Annie’s pretzels, but can’t eat them anymore.

    • March 31, 2012 at 8:52 pm #

      Lisa, I hope you can find a gluten free version online. There are so many gluten free alternatives out there that I would think you could find one. Let us know if you do, someone else had asked.

  11. March 29, 2012 at 10:45 am #

    Oh yum! thank you – I know the kids and I will all have fun making these!

  12. March 29, 2012 at 2:25 pm #

    Love these! My kids will too! Thanks for sharing. I found you through Fireflies and Jellybeans.

  13. March 30, 2012 at 1:08 pm #

    Those are really adorable!

  14. March 30, 2012 at 9:40 pm #

    These are really to cute to eat. I am a lousy baker, if I could I would try these, but I just know they would not look like yours, so I will just drool over them.

    • March 31, 2012 at 8:53 pm #

      Thanks ladies for all the sweet comments. Michele, it wasn’t hard you should give it a try :)

  15. Corie
    March 31, 2012 at 6:46 am #

    Can I make the dough in the bread maker…for some reason I kill yeast! Thanks!

    • March 31, 2012 at 8:54 pm #

      Corie, I have never used a bread maker so I have no idea. I have seen tons of bread making recipes that I can’t imagine you not finding a BM recipe out there.

  16. March 31, 2012 at 9:28 am #

    These look so cute and yummy!!!

    I would love for you to share this at my Flaunt It Friday link party. There are also TWO amazing giveaways this week! It closes Sunday at midnight.

    http://www.dottedlinecrafts.com/2012/03/flaunt-it-friday.html

    Looking forward to more posts,
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  17. March 31, 2012 at 4:50 pm #

    These are so cute! I would love to have you come link up to Sunday Round Up! http://www.kaylascreationsblog.com/2012/03/sunday-round-up-3.html 3 blogs = 1 party
    -Kayla :)

  18. April 1, 2012 at 3:55 am #

    Those bunnies look great, they are a perfect Easter snack. Thank you so much for linking to Food Photography. :)

  19. April 1, 2012 at 6:03 pm #

    genius!

    kill me now. drooling and longing to make this for my fam!

    come visit anytime–great giveaway right here: http://hellolovelyinc.blogspot.com/2012/04/april-giveaway.html

    smiles.

    michele

  20. April 3, 2012 at 4:20 am #

    Just precious! Almost too cute to eat…nah!! They look so yummy! Thank you for sharing at Uncommon!

    Bonnie ;)

  21. Brenda H.
    April 3, 2012 at 1:39 pm #

    What do you do with the soda water bath? Do you put the pretzels in it or baste it on them or what? I want to make these, they are adorable, but I am missing something. I follow you up through the shaping of the dough and the making of the soda bath and stirring it, but then I drain the pretzels on paper towels. I am missing something in between. Please help me. These are so cute.

    • April 3, 2012 at 2:22 pm #

      Brenda, so glad you pointed that out. I just added that step. “dip the pretzels in the bath water” then do as follows drain them on the paper towls. Enjoy!!!

  22. Corie
    April 5, 2012 at 5:49 am #

    3/4 cup baking soda? Just want to make sure that is right before I start baking!

    • April 5, 2012 at 6:33 am #

      Hi Corie,
      Yes, the baking soda is for the baking soda solution (step 6) not to go into your pretzel dough mix. I used Chef Grantz Achatz recipe and adapted to our liking. So feel free to adapt as needed. I am going to remove his option since I didn’t use it and to avoid confusing readers.
      LOL, I can’t imagine what that would taste like with that much baking soda in the dough mix.I will also email you to make sure you get it.

  23. April 5, 2012 at 9:39 am #

    OMG this looks so delicious. Wow I want to try this recipe with my son. I will make the recommended adaptations. I would love it if you could share this wonderful post at our WIW linky party. Hope to see you there.

    Paula
    Ivyandelephants.blogspot.com

  24. April 6, 2012 at 6:08 pm #

    Yummy! You had me at Auntie Annie’s, love how you made the dough look like a bunny! I’ll have to give this recipe a try. Thanks for sharing this at Sunday Blog Love. Wishing you and your family a wonderful Easter weekend.

  25. May 29, 2012 at 7:29 am #

    These look delicious. Thanks for sharing!

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  29. Aubri
    March 18, 2013 at 10:16 am #

    How many does the recipe make? I want to make them for a squadron Easter party, but need to know if I should double recipe, etc. Thanks for posting this!

    • March 18, 2013 at 10:28 am #

      Hi Aubri, I made about 12 med sized bunnies (not thick). It also depends on how thick you make them.

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