Knead with the mixer or by hand until the dough looks smooth.
Place the dough in a zip-lock bag.
Let it rise until doubled.
Divide the dough into 8 sections.
Roll each into a log and let sit for a few minutes.
Stretch out the dough and twist into a pretzel shape.
Give the pretzels a two minute bath in a baking soda/water mixture. This is what helps them brown.
Sprinkle generously with salt before baking.
Bake until golden brown and brush with lots of butter while warm.
Wait a few minutes and enjoy! I took a break from grading papers and read a magazine!
Recipe for Hot Buttered Soft Pretzels