Soft Pretzel Bites

Soft Pretzel Bites with Spicy Cheese Dip by sallysbakingaddiction.com

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 Bites

I love turning the recipe into pretzel bites.

How To Make Soft Pretzel Bites - get the full recipe at sallysbakingaddiction.com

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 with Spicy Cheese Sauce - this recipe is so simple. And the cheese sauce is to die for! sallysbakingaddiction.com

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.

Kickin' Cheddar Cheese Dipping Sauce - it's like liquid gold! Get the recipe at sallysbakingaddiction.com

Soft Pretzel Bites with Spicy Cheese Sauce - this recipe is so simple. And the cheese sauce is to die for! sallysbakingaddiction.com

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 (470- 530g) all-purpose flour (spoon & leveled), plus more for the counter surface
  • 1/2 cup baking soda
  • 1 large egg, beaten
  • 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. Bake batches for 15 minutes each, or until golden brown.
  7. 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. Reference my Baking with Yeast Guide for answers to common yeast FAQs.

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Soft Pretzel Bites with Spicy Cheese Sauce - this recipe is so simple. And the cheese sauce is to die for! Easy recipe found on sallysbakingaddiction.com
Soft Pretzel Bites with Spicy Cheese Sauce - this recipe is so simple. And the cheese sauce is to die for! Easy recipe found on sallysbakingaddiction.com

106 Comments

  1. Judy Chaffee says:

    Sally, the pretzel bites are amazing, thank you! Can I add some of the ingredients from your cinnamon bagels to make them into bites? Many thanks and continued success!

  2. Managed to make and enjoy them thanks

  3. Can bread flour be used in place of AP flour?

    1. Definitely!

  4. How many calories per bite?

  5. Hi Sally
    What could I use that is vegan on top of the pretzel bites instead of a beaten egg (for a family member who is not eating eggs )
    Thank you !

    1. You could use melted vegan butter brushed on top.

  6. I’m in love!! These are amazing Sally! As a young baker I was a little intimidated by trying a yeast recipe but they turned out perfect! Excuse me while I eat the whole batch…

  7. So good and so easy!! My husband ate almost the whole batch at once! 🙂

  8. Is there a secret to adding other types of toppings? I’d like to mKe cheddar pretzel bites , or use a combination of seeds like an everything bagel

    1. Hi Cindy! Instead of salt, feel free to use your favorite toppings like shredded cheese or everything bagel seasoning.

  9. Clare Pierce says:

    I made these today. I think it is important to note that pretzel salt is important. I used kosher salt and they weren’t very salty. They were cute though. ❤

  10. Suzanne Turrentine says:

    These are the best! Making for the second time during quarantine because baking is relaxing! My daughter, sister and nieces and I are baking our way through your website.

  11. Hi! These look amazing but I only have dry active yeast at home! Is it doable with that? (Newish at yeast recipes so I’m not sure!)

    1. Hi Gen, The rise time will take longer with active yeast but you can use it!

  12. Cheryl Ludden says:

    This is a great recipe!! Made it to take to my dad in AZ. He’s at high altitude. Any advice on baking these at high altitudes? He hasn’t been able to find yeast so I’m bringing him some s as bf I know he’s going to want to make these.

    1. Hi Cheryl, I’m so happy you enjoy these pretzel bites! I wish I could help, but I have no experience baking at high altitude. I know some readers have found this chart helpful: https://www.kingarthurflour.com/learn/high-altitude-baking.html

  13. Cheryl Ludden says:

    Sally – I made these with my dad at high altitude with the suggestions from kingarthur.com. He wanted to use his Air Fryer and they came out great. We had to make temp and time adjustments due to the smaller space of the air fryer and the elevation of around 5,000 ft. We ended up baking them at 330 for 9 minutes no parchment paper. He shared a picture of them on an air fryer Facebook group he is in (shared the recipe link – the credit goes to you ) and got tons of responses and comments- the most he has gotten from any other post he has shared. Thanks again for another great recipe!!

  14. Hi Sally! Will this recipe be the same as the soft pretzel roll?

    I’m thinking of using this recipe to do cinnamon sugar pretzel bites with half of the dough, freeze the other half and then use it for pretzel rolls the following week!

    Thanks in advance!

    1. Hi Fiona! I recommend my soft pretzel rolls. A very similar recipe!

  15. Elizabeth B says:

    I used bread flour to make them extra fluffy! I prefer sweet pretzels over salty ones so I put less salt in the dough and did not sprinkle sea salt before putting them in the oven. Made a cream cheese glaze to accompany them… AMAZING! Definitely will do this again! Thank you!

  16. This recipe worked for me!! (I even accidentally doubled the butter.) I was worried since I have little yeast experience.
    Fresh baked pretzel recipe for the win. Thanks for sharing Sally.

  17. These were so tasty and super easy to make! My dough was a little sticky even after adding the max amount of flour because of the super high humidity where I live. Just made shaping and cutting them up a little difficult but once I did the baking soda/boiling water dip and the baking, they turned out great! Also, this is so much cheaper to make them yourself rather than go out and spend $10 for a little box of them—definitely a bonus! Thanks, Sally!!

  18. Have you ever stuffed them? Was thinking about trying pepperoni stick and cheddar cheese stick bites inside.

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