Heat oven to 425 degrees F.
Combine all six ingredients and knead. Flour surface and then take a small ball of the dough and roll it out to create the pretzel or bread stick. Do not leave dough to rise.
Once you have created the pretzel or stick, place/drop it in a pan of boiling water that has 5 teaspoons of baking soda in it for one minute. Remove and put on greased cookie sheet.
Before baking, brush with egg whites and if desired add salt. Kosher salt is larger and gives a neat look and taste to your pretzel. Bake for 10 to 15 minutes, no longer. Cool on a rack and enjoy with mustard, cheese, salsa or plain.