New Year's Pretzels

In our area, it is a tradition to eat New Year's pretzels. A co-worked of mine used to make and sell these every year. He hasn't done it for awhile, but I thought it would be fun to make something similar this year with our family.

We used a slightly modified version of this bread machine soft pretzel recipe. We used white sugar instead of honey and skipped the boiling water step. They weren't exactly like the traditional New Year's pretzels, but they were delicious and fun to make! We will definitely make them again.

What New Year's traditions do you have in your area or in your family?


Anonymous said…
I love pretzels. Actually, I bought salt to make some a long while ago...good thing it isn't going to spoil any time soon. =)
M. E. Stephens said…
From what I understand, some Texans have a sort of...superstition?...about eating black eyed peas on New Years Day. I guess it's supposed to bring good luck in the coming year. We don't do that, but it's a local thing from what I hear. I'm not sure how far it spreads outside the state.

My family has my mom's birthday AND my brother and sister-in-law's anniversary to celebrate on the first. :-) This year we had our family celebration on Dec. 30th so that my brother and his wife could have a special date on the first. My husband and I had my parents here for a second birthday dinner for Mom on the actual 1st. :-)
Yes, the Pennsylvania Dutch tradition is to eat pork and sauerkraut on New Year's Day for good luck. EW! I think sauerkraut smells disgusting! My grandmother's Italian side also adds lasagna to this tradition. It is always nice to start off the new year with good food!