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Homemade Prayer Pretzels

The process of making pretzels was once used to teach kids about prayer during Lent. The shape of a traditional pretzel mimics the folding of hands in prayer. Make homemade pretzels as a family, and while they are baking, think of someone nearby who is in need of prayer.

The following verses are great discussion starters about talking to God in prayer:

“Therefore, confess your sins to one another and pray for one another, so that you may be healed. The urgent request of a righteous person is very powerful in its effect.”
James 5:16 (HCSB)
I call on You, God, because You will answer me; listen closely to me; hear what I say.”
Psalm 17:6 (HCSB)
Call to me and I will answer you, and will tell you great and hidden things that you have not known.”
Jeremiah 33:3 (ESV)

When the pretzels are done, enjoy some as a family and wrap up the rest to take to that person and let them know you are praying for them. If you make a big enough batch, you can take them to multiple people!

Homemade Prayer Pretzels

Print Recipe
Prep Time:45 minutes
Cook Time:20 minutes
Rise Time:1 hour 30 minutes
Total Time:2 hours 35 minutes


  • Candy Thermometer


  • 1 cup very warm water
  • 2 tablespoons dry yeast (or two packets if using pre-packaged)
  • ½ cup + 3 teaspoons honey, divided
  • ½ cup butter
  • 1 tablespoon salt
  • cups whole milk
  • 8 cups whole-wheat white flour, or unbleached flour
  • melted butter, for brushing
  • coarse salt, optional


  • In a large bowl, mix warm water, yeast, and 3 teaspoons honey. Let rest.
  • In a large saucepan, melt 1/2 cup butter. Add the remaining honey, 1 tablespoon of salt, and the milk. Stir over medium heat until it reaches 120°F (use a candy thermometer). Remove from heat and let cool for 10 minutes.
  • Pour the milk mixture into the yeast mixture and stir well. Add the flour, 2 cups at a time until a slightly stiff dough forms. You may need to add a little more or less than 8 cups depending on the humidity of the day. Knead the dough for 5–10 minutes.
  • Place the dough in a large, oiled bowl, cover, and let it rise for 1–1½ hours, until doubled in size.
  • Punch the dough down to release air and knead on a lightly floured surface for 5 minutes. Separate the dough into 10-14 even pieces, about the size of a tennis ball.
  • Roll each piece into a rope about half an inch thick. Form a pretzel shape by crossing the rope about two inches above the ends. Twist the dough one time at the intersection. Fold the ends down to touch the sides, creating a traditional pretzel shape. Repeat with remaining dough. Place pretzels on a cookie sheet that has been lightly sprayed with cooking spray.
  • Bake for 20 minutes at 350°F until golden brown. Do not over bake.
  • Remove pretzels from the oven and brush with melted butter and sprinkle coarse salt on top. Serve plain or with mustard or sharp cheddar cheese spread. Enjoy!
Course: Snack
Cuisine: American
Keyword: Celebrations, Easter, Pretzel, Recipe
Servings: 10 -14 pretzels

Leave a comment with your thoughts on prayer or the pretzel activity!

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  1. This is perfect! A healthy recipe I can use to teach preschoolers about talking to God! I plan to have my students make these in school. Thanks so much!

  2. I love this idea to use with my two boys. It’s fun to get them in the kitchen. For Easter we have a recipe we follow that tells the real story of Easter.
    I enjoy celebrating in special ways. Your book fits that mold completely. I hope to share the ideas with my family and friends but also with the 3rd and 4th grade girls I teach in Awana.

  3. I really enjoyed your devotional on prayer. As a new Mom (my baby is about to turn one), I find making prayer a priority harder but even more important. I also really enjoyed your tie-in with pretzel making and prayer. I grew up baking with my Mom, and I look forward to doing the same with my daughter. If I can bring in a spiritual lesson with the baking fun, all the better!

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