Every Easter Should Have Bunny Pretzels

Bunny shaped pretzels make for a fun treat for Easter. I got all my ingredients at Walmart.

Have you ever had a bunny pretzel? Don’t you think it’s about time? This Easter I will be making my family little and big bunny pretzels. I guess it’s safe to say we are pretzel crazy, and why not make it a bunny shape if we can fit it into the holiday. This is the deal. I have been making pretzels pretty often lately and have come to be a dough master in my own right. My Mom and I believe one of the keys to making perfect pretzels is having fresh yeast, and the warm weather helps out too.

The last time I was at Walmart I picked up a small supply of yeast to make another few batches of pretzels. As my dough came to rise for the final time, my mom suggested I make a batch for Easter Sunday. I said “pretzels for Easter?” and she was matter a fact about it all….and said “yeah….shape them into bunnies.” She just wanted another reason to eat my homemade pretzels. I decided to give them a test run and dip them into a sugar cinnamon mixture. Me and Mommy were happy with the results. Thank you Walmart for keeping fresh yeast in stock always…. looks like I’m gonna have a great Easter.

Ingredients for bunny pretzels:

  • 1 – packet active dry yeast
  • 1 – cup warm water plus 1 ½ tablespoons
  • 3 – cups unbleached flour
  • 1 – tablespoon sugar
  • 1 – teaspoon salt
  • 9 – cups boiling hot water
  • 2 – tablespoons honey
  • 4 – tablespoons baking soda
  • 1 – egg
  • 1 – tablespoon water
  • melted butter
  • sugar
  • cinnamon

Directions:

  1. In a stand up mixer with a dough hook attachment add yeast and warm water to the bowl and allow to sit there for 10 to 15 minutes.
  2. In a separate bowl combine flour, sugar and salt.
  3. Pour mixed flour mixture into warm water and yeast mixture.
  4. Mix on a medium speed.
  5. Dough will come together in about 5 to 7 minutes. Forming a ball shape.
  6. Place dough on a clean surface and kneed with hands for 2 minutes.
  7. Coat a large bowl with vegetable oil and place the dough in the bowl. Cover  bowl with plastic wrap, and let rest in a warm place for 4 hours or until dough doubles in size.The dough for the pretzels doubles in size then it's ready to roll.
  8. Remove dough from the greased bowl, and cut into 8 even pieces. Pretzel dough is divided into 8 parts then rolled out like a long snake.
  9. Roll one piece of dough at a time, by rolling it with two hands to form a long skinny snake like shape. Then carefully shape dough into a bunny shape.
  10. Place pretzels on a baking mat lined cookie sheet and allow to rise for another 20 minutes.These pretzels are bunny shaped with big ears.
  11. Preheat oven to 450 degrees Fahrenheit.
  12. In a large pot over a high flame add in hot water and bring to a rolling boil. Once water is boiling add in honey and mix to dissolve. Then pour in baking soda. Mix to combine.
  13. Slowly dip each pretzel into the boiling water for 30 seconds on each side. Then with a slotted spoon remove pretzels. Boiling the pretzels prior to baking is part of the pretzel making fun.
  14. Place pretzels back on baking mat lined cookie sheet.
  15. In a small bowl whisk egg and water together creating an egg wash.
  16. Using a pastry brush, brush each pretzel with egg wash.
  17. Bake for 11 to 12 minutes.
  18. While pretzels are baking mix sugar and cinnamon together to make a mixture.
  19. Remove from oven and allow to cool for a few minutes, then dip into melted butter.
  20. Let the pretzel drip dry a bit them dip into the sugar cinnamon mixture. Dip pretzel in sugar cinnamon mixture for a yummy sweet treat
  21. Enjoy.

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