Tuesday, November 18, 2008

Cranberry Breakfast Pretzels

I found this recipe in my Light & Tasty magazine several years ago. It is our family's favorite and has become one of our little Thanksgiving traditions the girls expect me to make each year now. I make them the day before. I guess they could be made several days before, just hide them if you plan on saving them for Thanksgiving morning 'cause they will disappear quick!

3/4 cup dried cranberries
1/3 cup unsweetened applesauce
2 tablespoons sugar, divided
1 package (1/4 ounce) active dry yeast
1 cup warm milk (110° to 115°)
3 tablespoons canola oil
1-1/2 teaspoons salt
3-1/2 to 4 cups all-purpose flour
2 quarts water
1 egg white, beaten
1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1 tablespoon sugar
Honey or cream cheese, optional

In a food processor or blender, place the dried cranberries, applesauce and 1 tablespoon sugar; cover and process until finely chopped. Set aside. In a mixing bowl, dissolve yeast in warm milk. Add the remaining sugar; let stand for 5 minutes. Add the cranberry mixture, oil, salt and enough flour to form a soft dough. Turn onto a lightly floured surface; knead until smooth and elastic, about 6-8 minutes. Place in a bowl coated with cooking spray, turning once to coat the top. Cover and let rise ion a warm place until doubled, about 1-1/2 hours. Punch dough down. Turn onto a floured surface. Divide dough into 15 balls. Roll each ball into a 14-in. rope and form into a pretzel shape. In a large saucepan, bring water to a boil. Drop pretzels, one at a time into water; boil for 10 seconds on each side. Remove with a slotted spoon; drain on paper towels. Place pretzels on baking sheets coated with cooking spray. Cover and let rise in a warm place until puffy, about 25 minutes. Brush with egg white. Combine cinnamon and sugar; sprinkle over tops. Bake at 375° for 12-14 minutes or until golden brown. Serve with honey or cream cheese if desired. Yield: 15 servings.
Head over to Kelli's to join in her 2nd annual 'Giving Thanks'. It's Nov. 17-20, Mon.-Thurs. "Everyone who participates and signs the daily Mr. Linky will be entered into a giveaway at the end of the week! Each day you participate, your name will be entered. The prizes will be collection of gifts for you and your home, to welcome in the Christmas season."


  1. Yummy! This is gonna be a new tradition at my house!

  2. This did not make my carb craving day easy. What a way to end. I love cranberries and pretzels. Lovely recipe. Festive and fun.

  3. My daughter would LOVE this. I may have to show it to my husband since he is the cook in our family!

  4. Yumm, sounds good. Maybe next year we'll get a special sampling of your pretzels. I am probably going to use your cranberry rice recipie at Christmas time. I wanted to use it for Thanksgiving but we already have lots of side dishes and stuffing planned. I may decide to take it to the Saturday get together with everyone though! Thanks Brenda for keeping us all drooling.
    your lil big sis

  5. They look delicious! Thanks for sharing the recipe:)
    Linda C

  6. Sounds really yummy!!!! Could you save me one?!!!!

  7. They sound absolutely wonderful! I may get a chance to try them this year. Thanks for sharing.

  8. Hi!
    Thanks for stopping by.
    My computer has been doing some silly things.
    I have not gotten to click around to visit everyone.
    The pretzels sound yummy! I will have to try them!

    I was sorry to hear about your nephew David. I prayed for him and will continue to lift him up. God is good even through our storms in life.

    Have a blessed day, Lisa

  9. This sounds really good, I want to try it. You shared it just in time, I'm making out my grocery list and will put the yeast and cranberries on the list!



  10. Oooh, those sound good! I'll definitely be giving them a try!

    Hope you're having a great week,

  11. Those cranberry breakfast pretzels look yummy! Thanks for sharing the recipe. I'm going to give them a try.
    Hope you're having a great week.
    :) Brenda

  12. These look delicioius!!!!

  13. Those sound sublime! I'll have to try them...I've saved the recipe into my file!

    Thanks for stopping by!


  14. Yummy...they look really tasty.

  15. Having been born and raised in the town where Ocean Spray Cranberry Company began...I can tell you, if it has cranberries, I am lovin it!!! These sound awesome!

    Thanks for the recipe,

  16. Thanks for visiting my blog. I think these will become a new fave at my house. Love your blog. Thanks for your kind words on my blog.

  17. Sounds good to me as well.


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