Easy homemade pretzel bites


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!

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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
  • 1/2 cup baking soda
  • 1 egg (whisked)
  • Coarse salt (kosher or sea salt)


Preheat oven to 425°. Line a baking sheet with a baking mat or parchment paper and set aside.

In a small bowl add warm water and yeast. Allow to sit for 3-5 minutes. Add salt and sugar and stir.
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.

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.

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.

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!

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  1. Desiree @ The36thAvenue posted on January 27, 2014 at 11:28 am (#


  2. Amy posted on January 27, 2014 at 11:41 am (#

    We are going to make these tonight for FHE! Thanks! Pinned it!

  3. Stephanie posted on January 27, 2014 at 11:51 am (#

    These look so good. These would be amazing in my husbands lunch!

  4. capturing joy with kristen duke posted on January 27, 2014 at 3:16 pm (#

    Those look so delicious!

  5. jen @ Tatertots & Jello posted on January 28, 2014 at 2:04 am (#

    These look so good! I always get pretzel bites when we go to the mall! Yum!


  6. Kristyn posted on January 28, 2014 at 8:04 am (#

    So yummy!! Thx for the recipe. The kids will love these. :)

  7. Mique posted on January 28, 2014 at 9:13 am (#

    Yum yum yum! I love pretzels and these look amazing. Pinning!

  8. Chelsie @ MixPourBake posted on January 29, 2014 at 11:24 am (#

    Yum, these look so good! Is it possible to freeze half of the dough after it rises? I feel like it would be too dangerous to make all of these! ;)

    • Jamielyn posted on January 31, 2014 at 4:08 pm (#

      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! :)

  9. Quincy posted on January 30, 2014 at 3:46 am (#

    Yum! Do you have a recipe for a good cheese sauce? The one you have pictured looks amazing.

    • Jamielyn posted on January 31, 2014 at 4:07 pm (#

      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! :)

  10. Carrie This Home posted on January 31, 2014 at 7:12 pm (#

    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!

  11. Heather Hagler posted on February 1, 2014 at 1:45 pm (#

    These were delicious, I just finished in the kitchen and my family is super happy :)

    • Jamielyn posted on February 8, 2014 at 1:08 pm (#

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

  12. Mary posted on February 2, 2014 at 1:33 pm (#

    These were horrible…way too much baking soda or something! YUK

    • Jamielyn posted on February 13, 2014 at 9:47 pm (#

      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!

  13. Allan posted on February 2, 2014 at 2:56 pm (#

    These look great. Going to make them tonight.

    • Jamielyn posted on February 8, 2014 at 1:11 pm (#

      I hope you enjoyed these Allan! :)

  14. mandi posted on February 2, 2014 at 11:57 pm (#

    Yum! Now if I could somehow fill them with peanut butter… ;-)

    • Jamielyn posted on February 8, 2014 at 1:14 pm (#

      YUM! If you end up doing it, please come back and let us all know how it went! :)

  15. antesfan posted on February 3, 2014 at 12:33 pm (#

    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!

    • Jamielyn posted on February 8, 2014 at 1:16 pm (#

      I’m glad you liked them! Thanks for coming back and leaving a comment! :)

  16. Sara @ Mom Endeavors posted on February 3, 2014 at 2:31 pm (#

    Oh my! These look so good! Just pinned! :)

  17. Jenna H. posted on February 8, 2014 at 9:44 am (#

    Made these over the weekend and they were delicious!! Thanks for another yummy recipe.

  18. Ann posted on February 16, 2014 at 1:26 am (#

    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 posted on March 12, 2014 at 6:42 pm (#

      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!

  19. Kelly posted on May 2, 2014 at 2:12 pm (#

    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 posted on May 14, 2014 at 12:54 am (#

      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! :)

  20. Heather posted on May 9, 2014 at 8:46 pm (#

    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!

    • Jamielyn posted on May 12, 2014 at 6:46 pm (#

      I’m glad they turned out well for you Heather, thanks for commenting! I’ve made that mistake before too!

      • Angel posted on June 9, 2014 at 2:40 pm (#

        Do you really use 3/4 cups of baking soda?

      • Jamielyn posted on July 2, 2014 at 4:23 pm (#

        Hi! Yes I use 3/4 cup baking soda, but some recipes call for a little less so you could do 1/2 cup! :)

  21. Jessica posted on July 1, 2014 at 8:58 pm (#

    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 posted on July 2, 2014 at 3:15 pm (#

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

  22. Alyssa posted on September 8, 2014 at 3:18 am (#

    Are these pretzel bites soft like those at the mall or hard and crunchy like from the store?

    • Jamielyn posted on September 20, 2014 at 10:53 pm (#

      Soft like those at the mall! :)

  23. nlippy posted on September 10, 2014 at 5:54 pm (#

    I am making these right now and am excited to taste them just wandering why this recipe didn’t need rising time?? 

    • Jamielyn posted on September 22, 2014 at 1:51 pm (#

      Hi! These pretzel bites worked great without rising, but if you made larger pretzels, they would need to rise!

  24. Pam Hames posted on September 29, 2014 at 3:14 pm (#

    These all look yummy can’t wait to try them

  25. Jaclyn posted on September 29, 2014 at 4:44 pm (#

    How many pretzel bites does this recipe make? I am having a group of about 10 people and wondering if I need to double up.


    • Jamielyn posted on November 24, 2014 at 8:09 pm (#

      Hi Jaclyn! This recipe made about 25-30 pretzels. So if you are just having pretzels, I would say double it!

  26. Erica posted on October 30, 2014 at 3:24 pm (#

    I don’t know why recipes with yeast make me nervous.  I really want to make these!

    • Jamielyn posted on November 19, 2014 at 4:56 pm (#

      Yeast used to make me nervous too! Once you use it once you’ll be inspired to use it in lots of breads and roll recipes. :)

  27. KC posted on November 2, 2014 at 4:36 pm (#

    Awesome idea! Do you know by chance if this would work with a gluten free flour? 

    • Jamielyn posted on November 19, 2014 at 5:43 pm (#

      I haven’t tried it with gluten free flour so I am not sure! If you have tried it with other recipes and it worked it should be fine for these! :)

  28. Jennie May posted on November 6, 2014 at 5:09 pm (#

    Tried these today! Delicious! Thanks for posting!

    • Jamielyn posted on November 14, 2014 at 12:02 am (#

      So glad you enjoyed them Jennie! Thanks for your comment. :)

  29. Susan posted on November 11, 2014 at 3:01 pm (#

    I’m making these now…actually on my second attempt and so far it’s a total kitchen disaster.  I followed the recipe exactly, but the first time the dough came out SO sticky that there was no way I could roll it into ropes. It stuck to my hands like stretchy glue. I couldn’t get it off!  Even flouring my hands didn’t work (I also tried flouring the cutting board…still waaaay too sticky). I thought maybe it was because I kneaded it with the bread hook in the mixer for 5 minutes. Maybe the directions meant to knead it for 5 minutes only if you’re doing it by hand?  So I tried again…this time trying to knead by hand. Same results. I put the dough in the refrigerator because I’d hate to put another batch in the garbage…hopefully this will work. But I’m not sure what I did wrong. I just bought the yeast, so it’s not old…  These look amazing in your pictures. There is no way my dough will make ropes like that… Any advice?

    • Jamielyn posted on December 2, 2014 at 11:04 pm (#

      Hi Susan! I’m sorry you had trouble with the pretzel bites. The dough shouldn’t be sticky but soft. You may have needed to add more flour, I add more flour until I get the right consistency. Every climate is different so it is hard to know how much flour to add!

  30. Jo Atkinson posted on February 1, 2015 at 4:43 pm (#

    I found these on Pinterest and tried them for Super Bowl Sunday. They are delicious! We love them. Thanks for sharing your recipe! I know I’ll make them many times.

    • Jamielyn posted on February 2, 2015 at 1:43 pm (#

      I’m so glad you liked them Jo! :)

  31. Fly posted on June 3, 2015 at 6:17 pm (#

    Can you use pizza dough?

    • Jamielyn posted on June 4, 2015 at 12:04 am (#

      Hi! I haven’t tried it with pizza dough, but it may work. They just may taste more like breadsticks. :)

  32. Dana posted on September 5, 2015 at 2:47 pm (#

    i just made these! They were simple and perfect!! Tasted great, everyone loved them. Thanks!

  33. bug posted on December 16, 2015 at 11:47 am (#

    They look great I am totally trying them some time.

  34. Beth posted on December 20, 2015 at 1:50 pm (#

    I made these today and my husband I both thought they were very good. My dough was stiff and I would not have been able to get the length on rolling to make a pretzel shape. It worked perfect for the bites though.

  35. sandy posted on January 3, 2016 at 8:42 pm (#

    These are wonderful, and I pinned to my recipes because I will be making them again and again and…..

  36. Shasta posted on February 7, 2016 at 10:17 pm (#

    I made these today for a super bowl party, they came out great! What is the cut ‘x’ for? I didn’t notice that it did anything, except for giving my scissor hand a cramp!

    • I Heart Naptime posted on February 8, 2016 at 4:52 pm (#

      The x on top gives them a direction to expand – without that, they wouldn’t be uniform. :)

  37. Catia crack posted on October 17, 2016 at 1:26 am (#

    This is my favourite. So easy and very yummy.

  38. Julie posted on March 5, 2017 at 9:13 pm (#

    These are so good. My husband and teenagers LOVE these and gobble them up when I make them, which is a couple times a month.

  39. erin posted on August 28, 2017 at 6:12 pm (#

    how may does this serve?

    • Jamielyn posted on August 29, 2017 at 4:24 pm (#

      Hi Erin! This recipe made about 25-30 pretzels. :)