Soft Pretzel Bites

soft pretzel bites on a white plate with cheese sauce in a white bowl

Your self control doesn’t stand a chance. If it’s not the buttery soft pretzel bites shattering every ounce of self control you have, it’s most certainly my spicy nacho cheese sauce.

You might realize how easy it is to make soft pretzels at home. Have your own Auntie Anne’s right inside your kitchen with my easy homemade soft pretzels recipe. This simple soft pretzel recipe comes from Kevin’s family– a Quinn family specialty. He and his family made them almost every weekend when he was growing up. They’re fantastic and better yet– they’re easier than you’d ever imagine.

soft pretzel bite dunked into white bowl of cheese sauce

I love turning the recipe into pretzel bites.

2 images of soft pretzel bites before and after baking

Baking with Yeast Guide

Reference this Baking with Yeast Guide whenever you work with baker’s yeast. I include practical answers to all of your common yeast questions.

It’s an easy 4 step process.

Make the soft pretzel dough, roll and cut, dump in a baking soda bath, and bake. Don’t skip the baking soda bath. And here’s why: a quick dip into boiling water and baking soda will give your pretzels that wonderfully authentic golden brown pretzel color. Not only that, the baking soda bath is what gives them their chewy exteriors. Paired with soft fluffy centers? These pretzel bites are out of control delicious.

The baking soda bath is an essential step to soft pretzel bite making. 🙂

Basically, all you do is boil a bunch of water and baking soda together. Working with about 8-10 pretzel bites at a time, drop them in the boiling water, let them soak for about 10 seconds, and remove. Look at their beautiful golden brown color:

soft pretzel bites

I’ll take a dozen right now, please!

Let’s discuss spicy nacho cheese sauce. Nothing processed, nothing scarily-orange… just pure creamy, melty cheese waiting to be devoured. It’s wonderful with vegetables like cooked or raw broccoli, sliced bell peppers, or cauliflower. Because if you’re going to unhealth-ify vegetables, do it with cheese.

For the cheese sauce, you need butter, flour, whole milk, cheddar cheese. Add some spice, salt, and pepper and call it a (delicious) day. For an even more kicked-up version, try subbing half of the cheddar cheese for pepper jack.

cheese sauce in a saucepan with a spatula

soft pretzel bites surrounding a bowl of cheese sauce

You’d also love these with my beer cheese dip, too!

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Soft Pretzel Bites

  • Author: Sally
  • Prep Time: 40 minutes
  • Cook Time: 15 minutes
  • Total Time: 1 hour
  • Yield: 5 dozen
  • Category: Appetizer
  • Method: Baking
  • Cuisine: American

Description

Chewy & soft pretzel bites served with a kickin’ cheese dip is the ultimate comfort food and party snack. You won’t be able to stop reaching for bite after bite!


Ingredients

  • 1 and 1/2 cups (300ml) warm water, plus 9 more cups for step 5
  • 1 packet Red Star Platinum instant yeast (2 and 1/4 teaspoons)
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 Tablespoon (8g) packed light brown sugar
  • 1 Tablespoon (15g) unsalted butter, previously melted and not scorching hot
  • 3.754.25 cups (469-531g) all-purpose flour (spoon & leveled), plus more for the counter surface
  • 1/2 cup baking soda
  • 1 large egg, beaten (optional)
  • coarse sea salt for sprinkling
  • Spicy Nacho Cheese Sauce for serving

Instructions

  1. Whisk the yeast into 1 and 1/2 cups warm water. Allow to sit for 1 minute. Some clusters of yeast may remain. Add salt, brown sugar, and melted butter. Whisk until fairly combined. Slowly add 3 cups of flour, 1 cup at a time. Mix with a wooden spoon (or dough hook attached to stand mixer) until dough is thick. Add 3/4 cup more flour until the dough is no longer sticky. If it is still sticky, add up to 1/4 cup more. Poke the dough with your finger – if it bounces back, it is ready to knead.
  2. Turn the dough out onto a lightly floured surface. Knead the dough for about 3 minutes, then shape into a ball. Place in a large greased mixing bowl. I usually use nonstick spray to grease it, but olive oil works too. Cover and let the dough rest in a warm area for about 10 minutes.
  3. Preheat oven to 425°F (218°C). Line two large baking sheets with parchment paper or silicone baking mats. Set aside.
  4. With a sharp knife, cut ball of dough into 6 sections. Roll the dough into six 20-inch long ropes. Cut the rope into 1.5 inch pieces to make bites.
  5. Combine 9 cups of water and the baking soda in a large pot and bring to a rapid boil. Drop 8-10 pretzel bites into water and let boil for a quick 10 seconds. Remove with a slotted spoon or spatula and place onto the prepared baking sheet. Make sure the bites aren’t touching.
  6. Brush beaten egg over each pretzel bite. Sprinkle with sea salt.
  7. Bake batches for 15 minutes each, or until golden brown.
  8. Remove from oven and serve with spicy nacho cheese sauce or honey mustard. Pretzel bites remain fresh for up to 3 days in an airtight container, though they will lose some softness.

Notes

  1. Make Ahead & Freezing Instructions: The prepared pretzel dough can be refrigerated for up to one day or frozen in an airtight container for three months. Thaw frozen dough in the refrigerator overnight. Refrigerated dough can be shaped into pretzel bites while still cold, but allow some extra time for the bites to puff up before the baking soda bath and baking. Baked pretzel bites freeze well for up to 3 months. Thaw and reheat in the oven at 300°F (149°C) until warm.
  2. Egg: I like to brush the pretzel bites with beaten egg right before baking. This helps the salt stick, adds a lovely shine to the finished pretzels, and helps create a slightly chewier and crispier exterior. Feel free to skip it.
  3. Reference my Baking with Yeast Guide for answers to common yeast FAQs.

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127 Comments

  1. Thank for sharing this recipe. I made some for my friend on her birthday and she loved it a lot.

  2. I have made another pretzel recipe from Sally, I think it is the same dough but it tastes so much better in bite form!! My recipe made 74 bites because I rolled the ropes a tad too long, so I baked them for 12 minutes. The tray that I did 13 came out crispy but still yummy! Definitely recommend using the egg wash. Will be making again!

  3. Great recipe! My fellow Vegans… works great with vegan butter and brushing with Just Egg! So yummy! (Wish I could post my pic).

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