Homemade Soft Pretzel Bites

 pretzel bites
Pretzel bites are so fun!! Great for family gatherings or great for a Super bowl party. This recipe makes so many bites and I thought we would have pretzels for days but that was not the case! As family gathered together for Sunday dinner and by the time they left, the pretzels were all gone.
You can serve savory bites or sweet pretzels, you decide. The hardest thing about this recipe is the rolling out the dough to make the bites, it’s that easy.

1 1/2 cups warm water
2 Tablespoons brown sugar
1 package active yeast
6 Tablespoons butter, melted
2 1/2 teaspoons salt
4 1/2 to 5 cups bread flour
Cooking oil
3 quarts water
3/4 cup baking soda
2 eggs beaten with 2 Tablespoons cold water
For the cheese sauce:
1/2 Tablespoon butter
1 teaspoon flour
1/2 cup milk
1 1/2 cup cheddar cheese, grated

  • Combine the water, sugar, yeast, and butter in the bowl and mix until combined. Let stand for 5 minutes.
  • Add the salt and flour and mix until combined. Increase the speed and continue kneading until the dough is smooth and begins to pull away from the side of the bowl, about 3 to 4 minutes. If the dough appears too wet, add additional flour. Remove the dough from the bowl, and place on the countertop and knead into a ball with your hands.
  • Oil a bowl with cooking oil, and add the dough and turn to coat with the oil. Cover with a towel and place in a warm spot until the dough doubles in size, it will take about 1 hour.
  • Preheat oven to 425 degrees.
  • Bring the water to a boil in a small roasting pan over a high heat and add the baking soda.
  • Remove the dough from the bowl and place on the counter. Divide the dough into 8 equal pieces, about 4 1/2 ounces each. Roll each piece into a long rope, about 22 inches long. Cut the dough into 1 inch pieces to make the pretzel bites.
  • Boil the bites in the baking soda solution in batches. 15 bites seem to be the perfect amount. boil for 30 seconds. Remove with a slotted spoon. Place the pretzel bites on a baking sheet that has been sprayed with non stick spray. Make sure the pretzels don’t touch.
  • Brush the tops with the egg wash and season with the salt. Place into the oven and bake for 15 to 18 minutes or until golden brown.
  • Let rest for a few minutes before serving.

To Make the Cheese Sauce:

  • Melt the butter in a saucepan. Add the flour and cook for 1 minute. Whisk in the milk and cook until slightly thickened. Remove from the heat and stir in the cheese until smooth and the cheese is melted. Season with salt and pepper, to taste.
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46 thoughts on “Homemade Soft Pretzel Bites”

  1. Thanks for sharing at the party! My daughter and I made pretzels last year they were fun, but this seems quicker since you don't have to twist them. And adding the cheese yum! I'm giving your recipe a shout out. Can't wait to try this with her. Hope to see you again this week! Theresa @DearCreatives

  2. OOOHH! Lots of fun! I want to make dozens and eat them all. Thank you for sharing this on Snickerdoodle Sunday because it never, ever, would have occured to me that I could make my own! Fun!

  3. I have thought about making pretzels before, but just never got around to it. This looks like a great recipe try.. It is also today's Dare to Share Feature of the Day. πŸ™‚ Thanks so much for linking up, and I hope to see you link up some more of your recipes.

  4. I love soft pretzels and these look scrumptious! Stopping by from See Ya In The Gumbo party. Would love to have you bring them to the Four Seasons party on Wednesday night!
    Easy Life Meal & Party Planning

  5. Making this post my pick of the Week for Inspired Monday @ I should be mopping the floor. After having and loving these at a party from the Pretzel Store ( who knew there was at Pretzel Store? ) I am looking forward to trying to make some (There is no Pretzel Store near me). Have a great week!

  6. Kimberly, these look really good! I have never actually made soft pretzels before, but have always been going to try. I think my kids would love your version of pretzel bites (with your cheese dip). pinned to try soon! found at imparting grace linky (congratulations on your feature). Have a wonderful week:)

  7. My daughter and I were just at the mall the other day, eating pretzel bites and discussing how we need to make our own so we don't constantly have to get them at the mall everytime. Then I can just hit the cookie place up.

    No really, will be pinning it so we can make em! Thanks for sharing!

  8. Mmmmm… pretzel bites! One of my favorite little snacks and one that is perfect for football games and the like! Thanks for sharing and participating in last week's #thatsfreshfriday link-up! I hope to see y'all back tomorrow as we kick off another party. πŸ™‚

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