Homemade Mickey Mouse Ear Soft Pretzel Recipe

How To Mickey Mouse Homemade Soft Pretzels

March 6, 2014 by Michelle

I love making special food when hosting parties, and I love getting kids involved in helping when possible. Combining a party with kids making the snacks for it? It’s a total win/win. When I hosted my #DisneySide @ Home party last weekend, we made Mickey Mouse Ear homemade soft pretzels, and they were absolutely the hit of the party.

Homemade Mickey Mouse Ear Soft Pretzel Recipe

The dough is easy to make ahead of time, and letting the kids shape their own pretzels is half the fun. It’s a great way to get them involved, and then there’s the joy of them getting to eat their creations, too.  You would think they’d take much more effort and talent to make than what they really do, but as we proved… all it takes is a bit of magic!

These were such a hit at our party. Everyone loved how they tasted, and getting to create their own Mickey Mouse ears was a hoot. I loved how the creativity shone through. We had several different types of ears appear from our eager students, although they soon agreed with me that the method I taught them was the easiest and most successful way to get our Mickey Mouse ear pretzels.

Mickey mouse ear pretzels ready to bake

Ready to make them yourself? Each batch makes 12 medium size soft pretzels.

Homemade Soft Pretzels

Ingredients:
1 1/2 c warm water
2 1/2 t yeast
1 T sugar
1 t salt
2 T butter (or coconut oil for a dairy free version), melted
4 1/2 c flour
2/3 c baking soda
1 egg yolk
pretzel salt

Directions:
Place your warm water, salt, and sugar in your mixing bowl. Add the yeast, and stir. Add 2 cup of flour and mix until thoroughly combined. Add the butter and mix until incorporated. Add the remaining 2 1/2 c flour and stir until the dough is a uniform consistency. Knead with a stand mixer 5-7 minutes or by hand 10-20 minutes until the dough is soft and uniform.

Place a damp cloth over the bowl and let rise in a warm place for 1 to 1 1/2 hours until doubled. Prepare two baking sheets while the dough is rising by greasing lightly.

Cut the dough into 12 equal size pieces (about 3.4 ounces each). Let rest for a few minutes while preparing the baking soda bath. Fill a large heavy pot about 2/3 full of water and add 2/3 cup baking soda. Bring to a boil while shaping your pretzels. If making traditional pretzels, roll into 24 inch ropes then flip into the pretzel shape. If making Mickey Mouse ears, poke a hole in the middle, stretching out the head from that initial circle, being sure to pull out two lumps of dough for the ears. Place each finished pretzel onto your baking sheet.

Preheat your oven to 450 degrees. Once all pretzels have been formed, beat your egg yolk with 1 T water to form an egg wash and set aside. Drop pretzels into your baking soda bath one at a time, letting cook for about 30 seconds and flipping halfway through before placing back on your baking sheet. This is what gives your pretzels some of its traditional taste and texture.

Once half your pretzels have been boiled off, brush them with the egg wash and add salt to the top. Place them in the oven and bake for 12 minutes at 450 degrees until golden brown. While they are baking, prepare the other 6 pretzels and bake once the first batch is complete.

Eat straight from the oven or store in a tightly sealed container on your counter for 1-2 days.

Homemade Soft Pretzels

Prep Time: 2 hours, 11 minutes

Cook Time: 12 minutes

Yield: 12 pretzels

Homemade Soft Pretzels

Ingredients

  • 1 1/2 c warm water
  • 2 1/2 t yeast
  • 1 T sugar
  • 1 t salt
  • 2 T butter (or coconut oil for a dairy free version), melted
  • 4 1/2 c flour
  • 2/3 c baking soda
  • 1 egg yolk
  • pretzel salt

Instructions

  1. Place your warm water, salt, and sugar in your mixing bowl. Add the yeast, and stir. Add 2 cup of flour and mix until thoroughly combined. Add the butter and mix until incorporated. Add the remaining 2 1/2 c flour and stir until the dough is a uniform consistency. Knead with a stand mixer 5-7 minutes or by hand 10-20 minutes until the dough is soft and uniform.
  2. Place a damp cloth over the bowl and let rise in a warm place for 1 to 1 1/2 hours until doubled. Prepare two baking sheets while the dough is rising by greasing lightly.
  3. Cut the dough into 12 equal size pieces (about 3.4 ounces each). Let rest for a few minutes while preparing the baking soda bath. Fill a large heavy pot about 2/3 full of water and add 2/3 cup baking soda. Bring to a boil while shaping your pretzels. If making traditional pretzels, roll into 24 inch ropes then flip into the pretzel shape. If making Mickey Mouse ears, poke a hole in the middle, stretching out the head from that initial circle, being sure to pull out two lumps of dough for the ears. Place each finished pretzel onto your baking sheet.
  4. Preheat your oven to 450 degrees. Once all pretzels have been formed, beat your egg yolk with 1 T water to form an egg wash and set aside. Drop pretzels into your baking soda bath one at a time, letting cook for about 30 seconds and flipping halfway through before placing back on your baking sheet. This is what gives your pretzels some of its traditional taste and texture.
  5. Once half your pretzels have been boiled off, brush them with the egg wash and add salt to the top. Place them in the oven and bake for 12 minutes at 450 degrees until golden brown. While they are baking, prepare the other 6 pretzels and bake once the first batch is complete.

Notes

Eat straight from the oven or store in a tightly sealed container on your counter for 1-2 days.

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  • tara pittman


    we love making pretzels but have never made this shape. I will have my kids try this shape

  • Brandie (@ Home Cooking Memories)


    Super cute, Michelle! Pinned!

  • Katherine G


    Wow!! What a cute idea! I never would have thought about making pretzels. That is very creative.

  • Lucinda


    I eat gluten-free and really miss soft warm pretzels. I think I can convert your recipe though…and maybe…I can have tasty soft pretzels once again! 🙂

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