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Easy homemade pretzel bites brushed with melted butter and sea salt. These are the perfect appetizer or snack!

With the Superbowl coming up this weekend I thought it would be fun to make homemade pretzel bites. You won’t believe how easy these are to make. I remember watching a show on the cooking channel last year where they made homemade pretzels and it has been on my list ever since. I crave “mall pretzels” daily!

I specifically remember them saying the “Baking soda wash” and “egg wash” were the most important steps. This helps the dough turn into the chewy goodness that is found in a store bought pretzel. The best part about this recipe is they only take about 30 minutes to make! They do involve a bit of work… but they are definitely worth it! They are so so good. I can’t wait to make them again!

Easy homemade pretzel bites


  • 1 1/2 cup warm water
  • 1 packet active yeast (or 2 1/4 teaspoons)
  • 11/2 tsp salt
  • 1 TB sugar
  • 4 cups of flour
  • 3/4 cup baking soda
  • 1 egg (whisked)
  • Coarse salt (kosher or sea salt)


  1. Preheat oven to 425°. Line a baking sheet with a baking mat or parchment paper and set aside.
  2. In a small bowl add warm water and yeast. Allow to sit for 3-5 minutes. Add salt and sugar and stir.
  3. In a large bowl add flour and then pour yeast mixture over top. Knead with bread hook in your mixer or by hand for approximately 5 minutes.
  4. Separate dough into 6-8 sections. Roll dough into ropes about 15-20 inches long and 1 inch thick. Cut with scissors into 11/2 - 2 inch pieces. Then cut a "t" or "x" on the top of the pretzel with scissors.
  5. In a large pan bring 3 quarts of water + 3/4 cup baking soda to a boil. Once water is boiling place about 8 pieces of dough into the water for about 30 seconds. Remove with slotted spoon and place pretzel bites onto baking sheet. Brush dough lightly with egg and sprinkle salt on top.
  6. Bake for 8-10 minutes. You can turn the oven to broil for the last minute to brown the tops. Remove pretzel bites to a cooling rack and brush tops with melted butter. Enjoy with cheese sauce.

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Enjoy with cheese dipping sauce. You could even roll them in cinnamon sugar before baking to create a yummy dessert.

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Mmm… now I’m craving pretzels! They are perfect right out of the oven. Definitely add these babies to the must make list!

So what will you be making for the Superbowl?

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34 Responses to “Easy homemade pretzel bites”

    • Jamielyn

      Hi Chelsie! I’m not sure it would freeze well, but you could freeze them after they are cooked. They might not taste quite as fresh, but they would still be yummy! :)

    • Jamielyn

      Hi Quincy! I actually don’t have a favorite cheese sauce…I have been trying out a few and I haven’t been able to get it just right. This one I actually got from the store! :)

  1. Carrie This Home

    I also crave those “mall pretzels”! There’s something about those that brings back a lot of memories from high school when I spent a lot of time at the mall. These look delicious–thanks for sharing the recipe!

    • Jamielyn

      I’m glad your family liked them Heather! Thanks for stopping by again to leave a comment! Hope you have a great weekend! :)

    • Jamielyn

      I’m sorry these didn’t turn out for you! You might have left the pretzel bites in the soda wash too long. You could always skip this step, it just gives it the pretzel texture!

  2. antesfan

    I made these this weekend, my first attemp at pretzels. While they didn’t look at perfect as the ones in the photo, they were fantastic – my husband couldn’t stop eating them! Served with home-made cheese queso, they were a hit. Thanks for sharing!

  3. Ann

    Immediately after I made these, they were delicious —-good taste and texture. I stored them for a couple of hours in a plastic bag to take to a friend’s, and when I took them out of the bag to serve them, they were as tough as shoe leather. Such a disappointment! How should one store them ?

    • Jamielyn

      Hi Ann! These pretzel bites are best stored just on a plate. I usually try and eat them within a few hours though. :) I’ve noticed when you put pretzels in a bag, it absorbs the moisture…so that is probably why they turned tough! Sorry they didn’t last for your friends!

  4. Kelly

    I’d love to take these to a party. Would it be possible to boil the bites, and then pop them in the oven a couple hours later?

    • Jamielyn

      Hi Kelly! I have never tried doing this but I would guess that they might get a little soggy. I think these pretzel bites are the best within 2 hours! :)

  5. Heather

    I just made these and they turned out GREAT! I, of course, made the stupid mistake of using wax paper instead of parchment… I don’t know why I always make that mistake, but I had to tear the bottoms off all the pieces! But they were so yummy I couldn’t possibly mind one little screw up the first time I make the recipe!

  6. Jessica

    So good! I thought they were a little salty though, so next time I’ll make sure to go light with the sea salt on top.

    • Jamielyn

      I’m glad you liked them Jessica! They are definitely salty, you’ll have to try cinnamon sugar on them too! :)