German Soft Pretzel Sticks

Its the worldcup finals! Germany vs Argentina and you are going to need to have some snacks on hand. Today let me share with you my favorite ‘quick and easy’ pretzel stick recipe. These are great snacks to go with all the beer. The best part is that you can set out jars of different types of mustard to let the guests try.


Here’s what you’ll need:

  • 1/2 cup light brown sugar
  • 2 envelopes of active dry yeast
  • 1/4 cup vegetable oil
  • 5 3/4 cups of all purpose flour
  • 3/4 cup of baking soda
  • 1 large egg beaten with one tablespoon of water
  • course sea salt
  • water

In a large bowl stir the brown sugar into 2 cups of warm water, then sprinkle the yeast over this and let it sit about five minutes (till it gets nice and foamy). stir in the vegetable oil and 3 cups of flour. Knead in the rest of the flour. The dough should be slightly sticky. transfer the dough to a floured work surface and continue to knead it for about three minutes. Then transfer the it to a slightly oiled bowl, cover it with plastic wrap and let sit at room temp till it doubles in sizes, about 45 minutes.

pre heat the oven to 450. line three large cookie sheets with parchment paper and spray the paper with oil.

punch down the dough and turn it out onto a floured surface. knead the dough lightly and flatten it out. divide it about twenty four pieces. roll each piece into a stick about 9 inch long and half and inch thick. transfer the sticks to the cookie sheet leaving about 2 inches of room between each stick. let them hang out there until the puff (about twenty five minutes).

In a large, deep skillet, stir the baking soda into two quarts of water and bring to a simmer over high heat. then reduce the heat to moderate and using a slotted spoon, transfer 6 sticks at a time into the water. let them bathe about thirty seconds or so. Transfer them onto paper towels to drain, then return them to the cookie sheet.

Once all the sticks have been bathed and are on the cookie sheet. brush them with the egg wash and sprinkle with salt. Then… bake them till they brown, about ten minutes or so. Serve them up hot with all the mustard you can muster… pour the beer, break out the German Flags and start watching the match!