Premade pretzel dough
10 cheddar cheese sticks, cut in half
3 quarts water
⅔ cup baking soda
1 whole egg, beaten
Coarse sea salt
Place pretzel dough on a flat surface and knead into a ball with your hands. Coat a large bowl with oil or cooking spray, add dough to the bowl and turn to coat it with oil. Cover with plastic wrap and place in a warm spot until dough doubles in size. This will take about an hour. Preheat oven to 425 F. Remove the dough from bowl and place on a flat surface. Divide dough into 18-20 equal pieces. Roll each piece into a 5-inch long rope. Coil dough around cheese stick half, sealing dough at both ends so the cheese is enclosed. Repeat with remaining dough.
Next, bring water to a boil in a large pot. Once boiling, carefully add in the baking soda. Boil pretzels in the water solution, a few at a time, for 30 seconds, splashing the tops with warmed water using a spoon. Remove with a large flat slotted spatula or a spider utensil. Place pretzels on a baking sheet, brush tops with egg wash and season liberally with sea salt. Bake for 15 to 18 minutes or until pretzels are golden brown. Enjoy warm!
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