And the crowd goes wild!

Crunchy on the outside, chewy on the inside, salty, cheesy, FOR THE WIN! Learn how to make homemade soft pretzels and a sassy queso dip just in time for football season.

Soft Pretzels with Queso Dip
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Created by MasterChef alum, Elise Mayfield — aka Smart Cookie — these knotty pretzels are always fan-favorites. And now you can make them at home. It's easier than you might think!

We'll share Smart Cookie's top tips to make the yeast dough, roll it out, twist it up, and finish it off with a quick boil and bake.

"Between the twisting and baking, these homemade pretzels are briefly boiled with baking soda for soft, perfectly chewy results. Served with a quick and easy queso dip, they're the ultimate football party finger food." — Smart Cookie

Soft Pretzels with Queso Dip
Photo by Smart Cookie

Smart Cookie's Top Tips:

1. Warm water activates the dry yeast to make your dough rise. Just be sure the water's not too hot, otherwise you'll kill your yeast. And you do not want that on your conscience.

2. Same goes for the melted butter you add to the mix. Make sure it's not super hot or the yeast will suffer and your dough won't rise.

3. When you add baking soda to your pot of boiling water, the water will immediately foam up, so make sure you use a deep enough pot so it doesn't boil over.

Watch the video to see it all come together:

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