Pretzel Ferris Wheel

Pretzel Ferris Wheel


  • Snyder’s of Hanover® Pretzel Rods, Mini’s and Braided Twists
  • Sugar Cookie Mix, or Baking Clay (recipe follows)
  • Hot glue
  • Baking Clay:
  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 cup salt
  • 2 Tablespoons cooking oil
  • ¾ - 1 cup water


  1. Prepare sugar cookie mix or make baking clay:

    Preheat oven to 250◦F. Line a cookie sheet with parchment or waxed paper.

    Mix all ingredients together until a smooth, but not sticky clay forms and leaves the sides of the bowl clean.

    Roll out and decorate as you would a sugar cookie.

    Place on prepared cookie sheet and bake for 1 hour.

    Let cool completely before using.

  2. To make the “hubs” roll to ¾” thickness and cut out 4 2” diameter circles.  

  3. Remove a 7/8” circle from the center of each. 

  4. Bake according to directions: set aside. 

  5. The Ferris wheel consists of 2 individual “wheels” attached to one another. To make each wheel: Set a prepared cookie/clay circle on a flat surface. Glue 8 Rods to the outside of each hub in an evenly spaced spoke pattern. Connect each exterior tip of the spokes with another 8 Rods.

  6.  Glue Mini’s at the connecting point of the spokes and exterior connecting Rods; glue Mini’s in a circular pattern around the area where the spokes meet the hub. Repeat to make the second wheel; let glue dry thoroughly.

  7. To connect the wheels: Turn a wheel upside down, so that the decorative Mini’s mentioned in Step 2b are facing down. Cut 16 braided Twists into 2” pieces; glue 8 cut Twists to the connecting points of the spokes and exterior Rods. Glue the remaining 8 cut Twists on each spoke about 2” out from the clay hub. When glue is dry, glue the other wheel to the connector Twists, lining up the spokes

  8. To make the base: Create the base sides: Glue 5 Rods together, one on top of the other; repeat; set aside. Cut 6 Rods to 5.25” lengths; glue these to the bottom of the 2 base sides; stand up. Glue 2 Rods to the corner of each base side; while glue is still slightly warm and pliable, bend in each rod toward the center and glue on one of the remaining hubs. Hold in place until glue sets. Repeat with other side, making sure the Rods are at the same angle as the other side.

  9. Assemble the Ferris Wheel: Gently slide the wheel in between the two base sides, lining up the hubs; insert a Rods through all 4 hubs.