I’ve always heard that food is the way to a man’s heart, and with 10 and 13 year old boys in the house, I now know it must just be the way to any male’s heart. :-) As they’ve gotten older, my cutesy little holiday crafts and games have gone by the wayside and foods, drinks and snacks have taken over. I have (and have had) a St. Patrick’s Day inspired dinner, snack or treat on the menu all week long! First up are the shamrock soft pretzels I made for after school today!
Shamrock Soft Pretzels
I used this boxed mix. It’s good, and I’ve used it previously always with great results. I honestly prefer the Auntie Anne’s mix if you can find it. My Publix used to carry it.
You will want to follow all of the directions on the box, up to the point when you go to twist the pretzel dough.
Forming the Shamrock Pretzel
This is easier than making a pretzel shape!
- My box said to divide the dough into 9 pieces. I divided it into four. Use your hands to roll out each piece into a 24″ strip. I keep this ruler in my kitchen tool drawer.
- Start with the stem of the shamrock. Pull the strip up and loop it around to the left, down and back across.
- Add a second loop going up, around to the left and down.
- Make the third loop going up and around to the left. Tuck the end between the pretzel dough layers.
The Green Salt
Figuring my shamrock pretzels needed a little something green, I placed the salt that came in the kit in a small zip top bag. I added two drops of liquid green food coloring and shook it around to evenly coat everything. (Note: One drop would have been plenty) I then sprinkled the green salt on the pretzels, to the demise of my hands. This was AFTER washing. Haha!
Baking the Pretzels
With the pretzels formed, pick back up with the box instructions. Mine have you boil water and baking soda, dip each one in for 15 seconds and place on a pan. I baked per the box directions, going with the upper end of the baking time since mine were larger. They turned out perfectly!
The boys were thrilled with their after school snack and I was quite happy to be able to enjoy it with them on the porch with this beautiful spring weather! I’ve had the green mason jars from a collaboration with Ball years ago. The orange straws came out of a set from my stash. The runner is a roll of wrapping paper from Party City. The plate and attachment are Happy Everything by Coton Colors.
Happy St. Patrick’s Day!
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