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Chocolate Chunk Pretzels

adapted from Cook Like a Champion

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A tiny bit salty and a little bit sweet…these pretzels are perfect! There are not very many treats that are better than a warm pretzel fresh out of the oven, unless of course it’s a chocolate pretzel fresh from the oven. Yup, guaranteed that’d be better!

For the dough:

⅓ cup warm whole milk

1 tsp instant yeast

2 ¼ cups all purpose flour

2 tbsp white sugar

½ tsp salt

2 large eggs

½ cup softened butter

1 cup well chopped chocolate

For the glaze:

1 large egg

½ tsp salt

1 tsp water

coarse sugar

Whisk your yeast into the warmed milk until the yeast has dissolved. In a large bowl, mix together your flour, sugar and salt. Add the yeast mixture followed by the eggs and knead well. At this point, your dough will be very dry; pour in the melted butter and continue to work the dough until it is combined and smooth. Once your dough reaches this stage, you can throw in your chocolate chunks and knead only until the chocolate is evenly spread throughout the dough. Transfer your dough to a lightly oiled bowl, cover it with plastic wrap and let rise for approximately two hours or until it has doubled in size.

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Once the dough has risen, divide it into eight relatively equal segments; roll, or get your recruited help to roll, each segment into a long thin rope. Bring the ends of your rope together to form an open circle. Take your two ends, cross and twist the last two inches of your dough rope and attach to the bottom of the circle forming your pretzel shape. Transfer your pretzels to a parchment lined baking sheet.

Mix all the glaze ingredients together except for the coarse sugar. Brush glaze over the pretzels and allow to rest for 15 minutes. Preheat your oven to 350 degrees, glaze your pretzels a second time and sprinkle with coarse sugar. Pop them into your preheated oven and bake them for approximately 15 minutes until they are lightly browned. A word to the wise, as difficult as it may be, it’s best to let these cool for a bit before sneaking one off the cookie sheet!

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