These pretzels make such a fun Halloween food idea, tasty and adorable. These soft pretzels are shaped into spiders and dusted in poppy seeds.
So, I’m actually pretty proud of myself here. I came up with a fun Halloween idea. Yay!
You see, I really suck at coming up with fun, themed ideas for food. Traditional holiday food and all I can do with my eyes closed but when it comes to creative fun things to do with food, I get a brain freeze. I always look through Jill’s blog, Kitchen Fun with My Three Sons, and I get so jealous of her creativity. There are just so many creative people out there and I wish I could be half as good at coming up with fun food ideas.
So you can see why I would be really happy at coming up with a successful, fun food idea. I even got over the whole arachnophobia thing I have. Yeap, I’m horrified of spiders. I can deal with the fake ones but you should see me try and defend my house against a live spider, it’s quite a fight that Raid helps me with greatly. Although, if I ever see a spider big enough, I may just leave it the house and move.
I can’t get over how cute these little spiders turned out. They were delicious too! I hope you will share my happiness and make some of your own pretzel spiders.
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- ¼ oz packet dry active yeast
- 2 tsp sugar
- 1 cup warm water
- 1 tsp salt
- 3 cups all-purpose flour (plus more for surface)
- 2 Tbsp unsalted butter
- 3 Tbsp baking soda
- Deep wide cooking pan filled with water ⅔ or the way
- Abot 1/4 cup poppy seeds
- Coarse salt
- Sliced black olives you will need 8 slices
- Mix yeast and sugar in a bowl. Add warm water and whisk until sugar dissolves. Let yeast bloom for about 10 minutes.
- Mix flour and salt in a bowl of an electric mixer. Mix chopped, cold butter into flour on low speed until mixture starts to resemble coarse crumbs.
- Slowly pour yeast mixture into flour mixture, while still mixing on low, until just combined. Using your hands, gather dough together. Turn dough out onto a lightly floured surface, and knead until no longer sticky, for a couple of minutes. Place in a medium bowl and cover with plastic.
- Let dough rise in a warm, dry place for about an hour.
- Line a large baking sheet with parchment paper.
- Roll the dough into a log and divide it into 4 equal pieces.
- Divide each piece into two more pieces, one a little bigger than the other. The piece that is a little bigger, roll it into a log and divide into 8 equal pieces. That will be the spider's legs. The piece that is a little smaller, roll into an oval and then twist the top of it one time, to form the head and body of the spider.
- Repeat with remaining 3 dough pieces. Let all the pieces of the spiders rest while heating up the water and preheating the oven.
- Preheat the oven to 450 and line a large baking sheet with parchment paper.
- Bring a large, deep cooking pan of water to a boil and add baking soda, stir well. Turn the heat down to medium-high. Boil pretzel pieces in batches until puffed, about 30-45 seconds.
- Take them out with a slopped spatula onto the baking sheet.
- Gently press the legs of the spider into the body, so that they are touching each other at the base. Press very gently.
- Generously sprinkle with poppy seeds. Sprinkle a little coarse salt over the top.
- Gently press in olives for spider's eyes.
- Bake until golden brown, 10 minutes.
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