Tested till perfect Pretzel Cookies

Pretzel Cookies

You can shape this dough into pretzels, Stars of David, Hebrew letters and wreaths.

By Daphna Rabinovitch

Source: Holiday Best: 2005

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  • Portion size 24 cookies


  • 1/2 cup 1/2cupbutter, softened
  • 1/3 cup 1/3cupgranulated sugar
  • 2 tbsp 2tbspgrated orange rind
  • 1/4 tsp 1/4tspsalt
  • 1 1eggeggs
  • 2 2egg yolkegg yolks
  • 1/2 tsp 1/2tspvanilla
  • 2 cups 2cupsall-purpose flour


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  • 2/3 cup 2/3cupcoarse sugar
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A pretzel is an attractive, decorative shape that doesn¹t require a cookie cutter. Watch the Test Kitchen show you how it's done >>

Line rimless baking sheets with parchment paper or grease; set aside.

In large bowl, beat butter with sugar until blended; beat in orange rind and salt. Beat in egg, then egg yolks, 1 at a time, beating well after each addition. Beat in vanilla. Add flour; stir until combined.

Scrape dough onto work surface; knead a few times until dough comes together smoothly. Shape into 10-inch (25 cm) log. Wrap in plastic wrap; refrigerate for 1 hour (Make ahead: Refrigerate for up to 3 days; bring to room temperature before proceeding.)

Divide log into 12 pieces; divide each in half. On lightly floured surface, roll each half into ball then into 9-inch (23 cm) rope with tapered ends. (If dough falls apart, press back together.) Shape each into circle, crossing ends over to meet at opposite side to form pretzel. Turn over so ends tuck under. Transfer to prepared pans.

Topping: In small bowl, whisk egg until foamy; brush over pretzels. Sprinkle pretzels with sugar.

Bake in centre of 350ºF (180ºC) oven until light golden, 18 to 20 minutes. Let cool on pan on rack for 5 minutes. Transfer to racks; let cool completely. Makes 24 cookies.

Additional information : Variation: Star of David Cookies
Prepare and refrigerate dough as directed. Divide log into 12 pieces; divide each into thirds. Roll each into 9-inch (23 cm) rope; shape into triangle and pinch points. Transfer half to prepared pans; gently invert remaining triangles over top of each to form 6-pointed Star of David. Bake as directed. Makes 18 cookies.

Nutritional Information Per cookie: about

cal 108 pro 1 total fat 5 sat fat 3
carb 14 fibre 1 chol 19 sodium 77


calcium 1 iron 4 vit A 4 folate 4
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