Homemade Mickey Pretzels

Enjoy Disneyland theme park food without the crowds. Make the
popular Mickey Pretzels at home.
Mickey Cream Cheese Pretzels
2 cups hot water
1 T sugar
1 envelope active dry yeast (2.5 teaspoons)
5 c. all-purpose flour
1 T salt
non-stick cooking spray
2 T baking soda (this is for the boiling water NOT the dough mixture)
1 egg, beaten
Parchment paper

Place hot water and sugar in a small bowl. Stir until sugar has dissolved. Mix in the
yeast and let sit 5 minutes. Combine the salt and flour in a large mixing bowl. Pour in
the yeast liquid. Mix on low for 30 seconds with an electric mixer fitted with a dough
hook. Continue to beat on medium speed until sides pull away from the bowl. If dough is
still sticky, add more flour (1 tablespoon at a time).

Transfer to a floured surface and knead until smooth. Place into an oiled bowl and cover
with plastic wrap. Put it in a warm area and let rise until doubled. Punch dough down
and divide into 16 even pieces. Roll one piece of dough at a time into 18-inch strips (like
you are rolling a snake with play dough). Now roll the strip flat with a rolling pin until it
is 1-inch wide (looks like a flat ruler). Squeeze a thin strip of cream cheese filling down
the center of the dough strip. Now fold the ends over each other to seal in icing. Twist
into pretzel shapes.

Fill a large pot with 2-inches of water. Stir in baking soda and heat on medium-high.
Place pretzels into water and poach 1 minute. Remove from water and place onto
parchment paper-lined baking sheet. Brush pretzels with beaten egg and sprinkle with
cinnamon sugar or crushed graham crackers. Bake at 450 degrees for 12-15 minutes
until golden brown. Remove from oven. Enjoy!

Cream Cheese Filling:
8 ounces cream cheese, softened to room temperature
1 c. powdered sugar
***Put filling in a frosting bag, or zip tight bag and cut the corner to create a frosting bag.

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