Mix 1 1/2 c. warm water with 1 envelope yeast, 1 tsp. salt, 1 tbsp sugar. Add 4 cups flour. Knead 5 times (I just did this in the large bowl- you don't even have to get it on the counter). Cover and let rise until doubled. Divide the dough into individual balls. Roll each ball into a long rope. twist into a pretzel shape. Place onto a greased cookie sheet. Brush each with egg and sprinkle with coarse salt (of course I didn't have that laying around- we just used regular salt- but next time I am going to try butter and cinnamon/sugar for a topping). Let rise until doubled. Bake at 425 for 12 minutes.
This was so easy and really fun for the kids to make. They taste perfectly chewy on the outside and fluffy on the inside. The hardest part is waiting for them to rise - but I think both times took about 45 min. Dave said they tasted just as good as real ones....but I think they are better!!