Mix up the dough and let it rise at least 30 minutes. I didn't even knead it, just used the heavy mixer with the dough hook.
The next step requires as much counter space as you can possibly manage. Good excuse to clean off the counters. The longer and skinnier you can make them, the more like Auntie Anne's they will be...
I have a couple of girlies who like to "help". So my preschooler tip is: pull out some Play-doh and let them roll out their own pretzels. It keep their sticky fingers out of the real dough.
Here are my imperfect pretzels, but who cares because they get devoured so quickly. They are not as large as Auntie Anne's, but less Weight Watcher points too. I calculated 5 POINTS if I get ten pretzels out of the batch.
Hot out of the oven. Then you dip in melted butter and top with coarse salt, or my favorite, cinnamon sugar!
*If you have enough will power to not eat them straight out of he oven they can be reheated in the microwave (about 20 seconds at the most).