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This homemade pretzel snacks recipe is a great one to use for kids cooking class. Lots of fine motor building and fun sensory experience with this one. It just takes a little planning to learn how to teach kids cooking classes.
Soft pretzel recipe
Working with dough is one of the best activities to improve penmanship skills for children. Making up pretzel dough for the kids to manipulate is a wonderful way to build their self-esteem while they are having fun.
Rolling out “snakes” of any kind of dough is a hoot, don’t you remember doing it with playdough when you were a kid? I do, and that was oh, so long ago. But this “playdough” gives you a great pretzel snack when you’re done! Win, win!
And you can even make these Halloween bones for this spooky ghost pepperoni dip.
Cooking with kids helps them be more involved with their food and in turn, helps them want to try a wider variety of things. Kids are 80% more likely to try something they helped make. It’s a great way to open up new flavors for kids. Click here to see some of the other benefits of cooking with kids.
Pretzel dough is simple to make and the kids can work it for a few minutes or an hour, whatever feels right for them. It doesn’t matter that much to the pretzel snacks. Once the kids roll out all the snakes, you can let them form them into whatever shaped pretzels they want. It’s art and food, a two-for-one special. This dish is on our picky eater food list too.
Be sure when you are cooking with kids, to get your ingredients ready ahead of time. You can let the kids pour the ingredients in the bowl for this dough, or you can make the dough yourself and let them use it already made.
Either way is a winner and you need to do what works for you. Making your life easier should be the goal of every activity you do with your children. Childcare of any kind can become overwhelming if you don’t take care of yourself as well.
I make my pretzels out of half whole wheat flour and half white and they qualify for the food program whole-grain requirement. You can make yours with whatever combination you chose. Try not to make cooking with kids too complicated. All you need is a little flour, salt, and yeast to get some yummy pretzels going.
Homemade Pretzel Snacks
- 1 3/4 cup warm water
- 1 tablespoon yeast
- 2 tablespoon sugar
- 1 teaspoon salt
- 1 cup wheat flour
- 3 cup white flour
- 1 beaten egg
- 1 tablespoon water
- Wash your hands and have the kids wash theirs.
- Place yeast in water, stir and set aside.
- Mix salt, sugar, and flours together.
- Blend in yeast.
- Cover and let rise 30 minutes.
- Here is the fun part, form into pretzels.
- Beat egg and Tablespoon of water together
- Brush with egg white and add salt to top.
- Bake at 450 for 10 minutes or until golden brown.