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Sugar Pretzels Recipe

Sugar Pretzels

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"A fun variation on the traditional cookie, these taste terrific, are fun to make, and make great gifts or Christmas tree ornaments."

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Original recipe makes 1 dozen Change Servings


  1. Beat together butter and sugar. Finely grate the rind of the lemons and stir into mixture. Beat in one egg yolk and the egg. Sift together flour, pepper, and salt; stir into the butter mixture. Dough will be stiff. Knead on a smooth surface, and form into a log shape about 8 inches long with flat ends. Wrap in airtight plastic wrap and let stand at room temperature for one hour.
  2. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C). Line cookie sheets with aluminum foil or baking parchment. Cut the dough into 12 even pieces. Cover with plastic wrap.
  3. On a floured surface, gently roll one piece of dough at a time into a 10 to 11 inch long roll, slightly tapered at the ends.
  4. Shape dough into a pretzel shape by crossing the two ends about 2 inches from the ends and bring them to the other side. Dab a bit of water under the ends where they cross the other side of the pretzel. Place pretzels 2 inches apart on cookie sheets.
  5. Mix the remaining egg yolk with 1/2 teaspoon of water. Brush the pretzels with the mixture, and sprinkle with crystal sugar (optional).
  6. Bake for 30 minutes, reversing cookie sheets top to bottom and front to back once during baking. Pretzels will turn golden brown. Let cool on wire racks.
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Apr 17, 2005

I think there might be an error in the ingredient list for this recipe. Twice it calls for *1 CUP* egg yolk when I believe it SHOULD just be *1* egg yolk.

Jun 24, 2010

Very tasty. Thanks.


4 Ratings

Aug 22, 2012

very good. There's nothing wrong with this recipe, the ingredients are listed as they are used. You do use two egg yolks just for separate parts of the recipe. Very tasty though will make again!

Aug 31, 2012

I wish I could give these 4 1/2 stars! My first couple bites weren't anything special, but the subdued flavor builds and I found myself grabbing a second cookie. The lemon is great and although I wouldn't have picked out the black pepper flavor if I didn't know it was in there, it has a great aftertaste. While I was making these I was sure I needed to add something. I considered adding baking powder or vanilla or lemon flavoring- don't do it. They're great as is. The only changes I made were to accidentally add the egg yolk along with the whole egg in the dough (oops, used another egg yolk for the wash) and I didn't have any crystal sugar so I sprinkled with granulated sugar. Great cookie!


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  • Calories
  • 193 kcal
  • 10%
  • Carbohydrates
  • 28.5 g
  • 9%
  • Cholesterol
  • 67 mg
  • 22%
  • Fat
  • 8.1 g
  • 12%
  • Fiber
  • 1.4 g
  • 6%
  • Protein
  • 3.3 g
  • 7%
  • Sodium
  • 9 mg
  • < 1%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet.

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