Place warm water, sugar, salt and active dry in the bowl of a stand mixer and let stand for 5 minuets, until it begins to foam.
Attach the hook attachment to the stand mixer. Add melted butter and flour and mix on low until combined, about 2 minutes. Switch the mixer to medium and mix until the dough begins to separate from the sides of the bowl, about 5 minutes. You may need to add more flour if it is too sticky.
Remove dough and oil the same bowl. Place dough back into the bowl, cover and let rise in a warm place for 1 hour, or until doubled in size.
Once dough has risen, cut dough into 16 equal parts. Take one piece of dough and roll into a rope about 18- 20 inches long on a clean surface. Take the two ends of the rope and pinch them together. Then twist the dough over and under each other until you reach the end. Then, take the two ends and pinch them together crossing once in the middle. *See recipe video for demo
Once all pretzels are twisted, bring 10 cups of water and baking soda to a boil in a large pot. One at a time, add the pretzels to the boiling water and leave in for about 30 seconds. Remove with slotted spoon and place on a parchment paper lined baking sheet. Repeat until all pretzels are finished.
Preheat oven to 450 degrees. Combine egg and water in a small bowl and whisk together. Brush the egg mixture over each pretzel and then top with course kosher salt.
Bake in oven for 12-15 minutes (rotating the baking sheets halfway through) or until the tops are golden brown. Serve warm with Cheese Sauce Trio! Enjoy!