adapted from: http://www.justataste.com/homemade-soft-pretzel-twists-recipe/
1 1/2 cups warm water
1 T sugar
2 t kosher salt
1 T yeast
4 1/2 cups flour
4 T butter, melted (plus 2 cubes)
Combine all ingredients together (except for 2 cubes of butter) in a stand mixer; mix together for about 5minutes until soft dough forms. Set aside in a greased bowl. Cover with plastic wrap and let rise for at least an hour (mine was closer to 2 or 3). Cut into 24 even chunks. Roll each chunk into a long snake. Twist and shape how you would like your pretzels to look. Do this 24 times. Place on parchment paper. Preheat oven to 450. Meanwhile bring 10cups of water mixed with 2./3 cup baking soda in a saucepan. Boil. Using a slotted spoon or spider place 1 pretzel into the water. Submerse for 30 seconds. Remove and place back on the baking sheet. Repeat. Bake for 10-12minutes (these pretzels brown quickly). Watch them carefully. As the pretzels bake, melt 2 cubes of butter (I used 1 salted and 1 unsalted). Brush pretzels immediately when they come out of the oven. Let rest and soak up all the butter. Remove from sheets and store in an airtight container once they are cooled.