Crunchy Handmade Pretzel Sticks: Your Next Favorite Snack!

Are you ready to elevate your snack game? Say hello to your new favorite treat: crunchy handmade pretzel sticks! These delightful snacks are crafted from my fresh milled Philly soft pretzel dough, making them the perfect blend of traditional flavor and modern crunch. Whether you’re looking for an easy snack to enjoy at home or something fun to share with friends and family, these pretzel sticks are sure to be a hit.

From Soft to Crunchy: A Delicious Transformation

Philly soft pretzels are known for their dense, slightly sweet, salty, and almost chewy texture. But what if we took that same amazing dough and turned it into something crunchy? Enter: pretzel sticks. These crunchy delights are made from the same fresh milled dough as my Philly soft pretzels, but with a twist that makes them perfect for snacking anytime, anywhere.

Why You’ll Love These Pretzel Sticks

  1. Easy to Make: With just a few simple steps, you can turn your soft pretzel dough into crunchy sticks. It’s a straightforward process that doesn’t require any fancy equipment—just a bit of time and love.
  2. Perfect Snack Size: These pretzel sticks are ideal for munching. Their convenient size makes them great for on-the-go snacking, lunchboxes, or a quick bite between meals.
  3. Versatile Flavors: While the classic salty flavor is always a winner, you can easily customize these pretzel sticks with your favorite seasonings. Think garlic powder, cinnamon sugar, or even a sprinkle of cheese!

The Recipe: Crunchy Handmade Pretzel Sticks

Ready to get started? Here’s a sneak peek at the simple steps to create these crunchy delights:

  1. Prepare the Dough: Start with my fresh milled Philly soft pretzel dough recipe. It’s already a winner, and now we’re giving it a crunchy makeover.
  2. Shape the Sticks: Roll the dough into long, thin sticks. The thinner you roll, the crunchier the sticks will be.
  3. Wash and Bake: Similar to soft pretzels, these are washed with baking soda water. It helps set the exterior before baking. Then, it’s a sprinkle of salt and into the oven until they’re golden brown and irresistibly crunchy.
  4. Season and Enjoy: Once out of the oven, you can brush them with melted butter and sprinkle with salt, or get creative with your favorite toppings.
  5. These are best dehydrated a few hours for that crunch that sticks around.

A Snack for Every Occasion

These crunchy pretzel sticks aren’t just a snack—they’re a crowd-pleaser. Serve them at parties, pack them for road trips, or keep a stash on hand for whenever the craving hits. They’re also perfect for dipping in mustard, cheese sauce, or even chocolate if you’re feeling adventurous.

Final Thoughts

Crunchy handmade pretzel sticks are a game-changer in the snack world. They bring together the best of Philly soft pretzels and the satisfying crunch we all love. Easy to make and even easier to enjoy, they’re bound to become a staple in your snack rotation.

If you have a Philips Pasta Extruder, and don’t want to try these by hand – try:

Hand made crunchy pretzel sticks

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Get your hands on these 'knead'-to-try pretzel sticks – fresh from the mill to your mouth.
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Prep Time 30 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Rest Time: 45 minutes
Total Time 1 hour 30 minutes
Course Snack
Cuisine American
Servings 160 pretzel sticks
Calories 10 kcal

Ingredients
  

Dough

  • 260 g hard white wheat
  • 260 g durum wheat
  • 300 g water
  • 15 g salt
  • 6 g yeast
  • 6 g sugar
  • 20 g butter
  • 50 g water, boiling

Baking Soda Wash

  • 1 cup boiling water
  • 1 tbsp baking soda

Topping

  • 2 tbsp pretzel or coarse salt

Instructions
 

  • Mill the flour.
  • Make the Yudane by mixing 25 grams of milled flour with 50 grams of boiling water. Mix it quickly into a paste.
  • Add water to your mixing bowl with Yudane and sugar. Give it a swirl, then add salt and yeast.
  • Add remaining flour to the bowl and begin mixing with a danish dough whisk (or by hand if you like). Add in butter, and continue mixing for several minutes by hand.
  • Rest the dough for 30 minutes and knead for a few more minutes until the dough is more pliable and workable.
  • Let the dough rise until doubled.
  • Punch down the dough (we did it the fun way this time).
  • Scale (divide) the dough into 4 parts, and take one section out at a time for shaping. Keep the remaining dough covered with a damp towel.
  • Divide the section into 4, and shape one section at a time.
  • Preheat oven to 420 F.

Simple Shaping

  • Roll the dough flat, and cut into strips. Roll each strip into a 1/2 cm log.
  • Place on parchment lined tray space apart, and cut to size with a rolling cutter or bench scraper.
  • Mix baking soda with boiling water and stir to fully dissolve it.
  • Spray or brush baking soda wash on the pretzels, and top with coarse sea salt or kosher pretzel salt.
  • Bake 8-10 minutes until nicely browned.
  • Turn off oven and let pretzels continue to harden while the oven cools down, or transfer to a dehydrator tray set to 125 F until fully crispy.

Video

Notes

We lowered the hydration and used a very hard wheat (like durum) to get the dense, chewy texture known to Philly Pretzels. For fluffy pretzels, replace the durum with spelt.  If you don’t have Durum, you can use Kamut, Emmer or hard wheat if you must.
If you know how to properly and safely use food grade lye, you can alternatively use that instead of a boiling water baking soda bath.  The mixture is 1 cup of cold water in a glass bowl with 1 tsp. 100% food grade sodium hydroxide.  If you don’t know how to safely do this, use baking soda bath instead!  If you make a very strong soda bath, you can just soak the pretzels in it, rather than using a boiling water bath but it’ll be best done on the stove.
As always, if using active dry yeast instead of instant yeast, reserve a small amount of water to prove the yeast, along with a tsp of your sugar.  When adding yeast to the recipe, this proved yeast mixture should be bubbly and added then.

Nutrition

Serving: 50gCalories: 10kcalCarbohydrates: 2gProtein: 0.4gFat: 0.2gSaturated Fat: 0.1gPolyunsaturated Fat: 0.02gMonounsaturated Fat: 0.03gTrans Fat: 0.003gCholesterol: 1mgSodium: 52mgPotassium: 6mgFiber: 0.2gSugar: 0.03gVitamin A: 4IUVitamin B1: 0.01mgVitamin B2: 0.004mgVitamin B3: 0.1mgVitamin B5: 0.02mgVitamin B6: 0.01mgVitamin B12: 0.002µgVitamin D: 0.004µgVitamin E: 0.005mgVitamin K: 0.01µgCalcium: 1mgIron: 0.1mg
Keyword Soft Pretzels
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Get ready to wow your taste buds and impress your friends with these delicious, crunchy pretzel sticks. Happy snacking!

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