I hate waking up Thursday morning thinking it’s Friday.  That’s got to be one of the worst realizations.  Although, lucky for me, I have tomorrow off thanks to Chinese New Year!  祝大家马年快乐!

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Anyway, before I got that wonderful news yesterday afternoon, this week had just seemed to drag on and on and when that happens, I think we could all use the comforting warmth of something baked, warm and fresh from the oven.  Or the microwave, let’s not try to overdo it on a weeknight.

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Growing up, I remembering eating warm soft pretzels on cold nights, and even though they weren’t homemade (they were the frozen kind you get in the grocery store), I still remember the joy of pulling apart that pretzel shape, studded with oversized bits of salt, and shoving those chewy bits into my mouth.

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I remade a childhood classic a little while ago, and while I’m still enjoying those, sometimes you just need something soft, warm and gooey.  So here I am again, remaking my childhood memories in the kitchen.

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This time around, we’re kicking the frozen soft pretzel up about five notches.  I made the dough using apple cider and cinnamon to give it an extra punch of warm flavors, then made an apple-cheddar filling to turn these pretzel knots into a seriously satisfying snack.  Or meal…I mean, there’s protein and fiber and all that good stuff, right?

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Enjoy the weekend, dear reader, and make yourself some delicious pretzels, you deserve it!

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Two Years Ago: Apple Cheddar Scones

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Adapted from Baked by Rachel

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