For Valentine’s Day, I’m going to skip the sweet snacks, and instead enjoy a soft, chewy, heart-shaped pretzel.
I actually made these a few weeks ago when my newest valentine, Fiona, was being born. It was torture not to be at the hospital as we originally planned, so I occupied my time by baking these cute, heart-shaped goodies for the new parents to be.
I’ve made pretzels before, and I have to admit, its kind of a messy project. At least that’s the case for me. I’m not known to be the neatest person around, especially when it comes to cooking, so it might just be a personal flaw, but I find that somehow the baking soda water you dip these in seems to get everywhere.
You’ve been warned.
Messiness aside, making soft pretzels at home is really fun (and REALLY delicious). I experimented this time around with different sizes. I mean, sometimes you don’t want a huge honkin’ pretzel. Sometimes you want just a bite sized treat. Keep in mind if you’re going to make your pretzels heart shaped (or any shaped) they will puff and rise in the oven so make sure you leave enough room to account for that. I did have a couple that started out looking like hearts, but ended up looking like blobs.
I ate them anyway.
My favorite way to enjoy pretzels is dipped in classic yellow mustard. Definitely not what you would normally think of when you think of Valentines treats, but I assure you, The Hubs and my friends still felt the love.
Once again I’m linking up this month with my 11 other blog cohorts to bring you 12 awesome heart shaped treats. There should be something to please everyone on you love list this valentines day. Be sure to click through to see what everyone is creating!
Easy Chocolate Caramel Pretzel Hearts from Choosing Love
Sweetheart Popcorn from A Night Owl
Queen of Hearts Chex Mix from Bless This Mess
Valentine’s Jello Popcorn Balls from Mom Endeavors
Valentine’s Chocolate Chip Cookies from Around My Family Table
Heart Shaped Pretzels from Betsy Life
Lemon Ricotta Pancakes with Strawberry Maple Syrup from Eat Your Heart Out
Heart Shaped Strawberry Shortcake from See Vanessa Craft
Mini Heart-Shaped Monkey Bread from Home Cooking Memories
Raspberry Cream Tart from A Little Claireification
Rice Crispy Hearts from The Rebel Chick
Nutella Filled Conversation Hearts from Million Moments
- 4 teaspoons active dry yeast
- 1 teaspoon white sugar
- 1¼ cups warm water
- 5 cups all-purpose flour
- ½ cup white sugar
- 1½ teaspoons salt
- 1 tablespoon vegetable oil
- ½ cup baking soda
- 4 cups hot water
- ¼ cup kosher salt, for topping
- In a small bowl, dissolve yeast and 1 teaspoon sugar in 1¼ cup warm water. Let stand until foamy, about 10 minutes.
- In a large bowl, mix together flour, ½ cup sugar, and salt. Make a well in the center; add the oil and yeast mixture. Mix and form into a dough. If the mixture is dry, add one or two more tablespoons of water.
- Knead the dough until smooth, about 7 to 8 minutes.
- Lightly coat a large bowl in oil. Place dough in the bowl. Cover with plastic wrap and let rise in a warm place until doubled in size, about 1 hour.
- Preheat oven to 450 degrees F. Grease 2 baking sheets.
- In a large bowl, dissolve baking soda in 4 cups hot water; set aside.
- Turn dough out onto a lightly floured surface and divide into 12 equal pieces.
- Roll each piece into a rope and twist into a heart shape. Once all of the dough is shaped, dip each pretzel into the baking soda-hot water solution and place pretzels on baking sheets. Sprinkle with kosher salt.
- Bake in preheated oven until browned, about 8 minutes.