2. Shape the dough: For the first method, roll out the dough into a long rope on a lightly-floured surface. Grab both ends, and twist into the air. Let it land, and then stretch out into pretzel shape. For the second method, make a U-shape with the pretzel dough rope. Cross over both ends, then cross them again. Pull the ends down over the bottom of the U, into the perfect pretzel shape.