Homemade Pretzels with Kids #SundaySupper

This is so fun! Not only do I get to celebrate Octoberfest with delicious beer, I also get to make these fun little homemade pretzels with my kiddos. Winning moments. Sigh. Sip.

Homemade pretzels with kids are so delicious and easy to make too!

Oktoberfest is the longest running beer festival and traveling fair held annually in Munich, Bavaria, Germany. Cities all over the world celebrate Oktoberfest with German-inspired food, fun, and, of course, beer. It is a 16-18 day folk festival running from mid-September to the first weekend in October. Having been held every year, for 206 years, since its start in 1810, Oktoberfest is an important part of Bavarian culture (from the SundaySupper blog).

What better snack to go with beer, than pretzels? And how much is making pretzels, like playing with Playdoh? So perfect! And it is really, really, easy. Just add water to the yeast, salt and sugar. Add the flour and mix. Then knead.Making pretzels with kids is so fun! And delicious!

Done. There is no rising. No waiting. No worrying. And to top it all off, then you get to have fun:

Homemade pretzels with kids is so fun and delicious too!

Fun, and get your hands a bit dirty in the meantime:

Making pretzels with kids is so fun! And delicious!

Brush with egg-wash, sprinkle with coarse salt, and bake. Done in 15 minutes.

Making pretzels with kids is so fun! And delicious!

If you can’t tell, these are Octopuses(?) or Octopie (?)…or just 8 legged pretzel things. And a snake, and a snake baby. And our initials too of course:

Making pretzels with kids is so fun! And delicious!

Which became mustaches:

Making pretzels with kids is so fun! And delicious!

Because mustaches are funny. And delicious. Actually, they were! Surprisingly so, since this is so easy. Salt is key. I will say that.

Here’s the easiest, most delicious fun we’ve had in 30 minutes or less:

Homemade Baked Pretzels

Prep Time: 5 minutes

Cook Time: 15 minutes

Total Time: 30 minutes

Yield: 5 large pretzels

This recipe was given to me from my friend Joan, who always made it for her kids. She found it in My Big Backyard Magazine, circa 1980. Thank you Joan!


  • 1 package (1/4 oz) active dry yeast
  • 1 Tbsp. granulated sugar
  • 1 Tbsp. kosher salt
  • 1 1/2 cups of warm water
  • 4 cups all purpose flour
  • 1 egg beaten (reserve)
  • Coarse salt for sprinkling


  1. Preheat oven to 415*
  2. In a very large bowl, mix the yeast, sugar, and salt. Add the water and stir gently.
  3. Stir in the flour.
  4. Knead on a floured table or board, until the dough is a smooth ball (3-5 minutes).
  5. Shape dough into desired shapes: mustaches, animals (snakes, octopus, fish, bear), or letters.
  6. Brush with the reserved beaten egg.
  7. Sprinkle generously with coarse salt (I use coarse sea salt).
  8. Bake for 15 minutes until light-brown.
  9. Remove and cool on a wire rack.


Original recipe from My Big Backyard Magazine, circa 1980.

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Homemade pretzels with kids is so fun and delicious too!

Enjoy! If you want more snacks to help you celebrate Octoberfest in the most authentic ways, follow along with the rest of the Sunday Supper bloggers, who are making some great food (that may or may not go awesome with beer- just saying, it IS Octoberfest).

Appetizers (Vorspeisen)

Breakfast (Frühstück)

Condiments (Würze)

Dessert (Nachtisch)

Main Dish (Hauptgericht)

Side Dish (Beigabe)

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18 thoughts on “Homemade Pretzels with Kids #SundaySupper

  1. Lucie

    That looks like something fun to do with my little guy. Just on the weekend I made pizza dough and he said it was just like play doh LOL. I think he’d like it!

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