Easy Prayer Pretzels


Easy Prayer Pretzels

I have been celebrating Lent since I was a child and have always associated the season with spring colors, purple, and food featuring ducks and bunnies. Through searching for new recipes to make with my kids this year, I found an interesting tidbit about traditional foods served throughout Lent, which included pretzels.

Pretzels were invented in 610 AD to use up leftover dough. They are shaped into praying arms to represent the Trinity. They were also given as a treat to children who had learned to recite their prayers. We have made many snacks in the past to tell the story of the empty tomb after Jesus rises, but this is such a fun reminder to pray every single day to strengthen your relationship with Jesus!

Easy Prayer Pretzels

Prep Time: 15 minutes

Cook Time: 14 minutes

Total Time: 29 minutes

Serving Size: 8-10 pretzels depending on size


  • 1 1/2 cups warm water
  • 1 packet active yeast
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1 tbsp. sugar
  • 4 cups flour (you may need up to 1/4 more)
  • 1 large egg, beaten


  1. Preheat oven to 425 and line a baking sheet with parchment paper or oil well.
  2. Dissolve yeast in warm water and stir with a spoon until mixed. This will take about 1 minute. Add sugar and salt, stir well.
  3. Add flour, 1 cup at a time, mixing fully before adding more. You want enough flour so that its no longer sticky. I always know when the dough is finished when it bounces back slightly when touched.
  4. Knead dough on lightly floured surface for about 3 minutes.
  5. Shape into a ball and cut into 1/3 cup sections. My kids were helping so I cut the dough into three pieces, one for each of us.
  6. Roll dough into an even rope. Cut your rope into 8-10 pieces and form a circle. Cross the ends of the circle over each other to create an X.
  7. In a small bowl beat the egg and pour into a shallow bowl. Dip the entire pretzel into the egg and place on a prepared pan.
  8. Sprinkle with desired toppings while still wet. We used cinnamon sugar and salt.
  9. Bake for 10 minutes and then turn off the oven to broil for no more than 4 minutes.
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Not only is this recipe super quick, but it’s so simple that your kids can participate and the dough will still come out perfectly.

Easy Prayer Pretzels


Easy Prayer Pretzels

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