Easy homemade pretzel bites

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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!

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Easy homemade pretzel bites

Ingredients:

  • 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
  • 1/3 cup baking soda (for boiling water)
  • 1 egg (whisked)
  • Coarse salt (kosher or sea salt)

Directions:

Preheat oven to 425°F. 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 about 5 minutes.

Separate dough into 6 sections. Roll dough into ropes about 15-20 inches long and 1 inch thick. Cut with scissors into 11/2 – 2 inch pieces. Optional: cut a “t” or “x” on the top of the pretzel with scissors.

In a small pan bring water + 1/3 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, or until golden brown. 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 if desired.

Enjoy with your favorite cheese sauce.

Variation: For a sweeter version, bake the pretzels without salt. When they come out of the oven, roll them in melted butter and then roll the tops and sides in cinnamon sugar (1/2 cup granulated sugar combined with 2 tablespoons ground cinnamon. Serve warm

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Easy & delicious homemade pretzel bites on iheartnaptime.net ...make them in 30 minutes! #gameday #appetizers

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

Easy & delicious homemade pretzel bites on iheartnaptime.net ...make them in 30 minutes! #gameday #appetizers

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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66 comments on “Easy homemade pretzel bites”

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

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

  3. jen @ Tatertots & Jello Reply

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

    xoxo

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

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

  6. Chelsie @ MixPourBake Reply

    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! ;)

    • 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! :)

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

    • 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! :)

  8. 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!

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

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

    • 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!

  11. These look great. Going to make them tonight.

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

  13. 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!

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

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

  16. 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 ?

    • 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!

  17. 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?

    • 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! :)

  18. 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!

  19. 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.

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

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

  22. These all look yummy can’t wait to try them

  23. Hello,
    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.

    Thanks,
    Jaclyn

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

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

  26. Tried these today! Delicious! Thanks for posting!

  27. 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?

    • 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!

  28. 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.

  29. Can you use pizza dough?

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

  31. They look great I am totally trying them some time.

  32. 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.

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

  34. 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!

  35. This is my favourite. So easy and very yummy.

  36. 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.

  37. how may does this serve?

  38. Martha E. Harris Reply

    Does 1/2 cup baking soda go into flour?????

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