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Pretzel Cheese Dip

Creamy pretzel cheese dip that’s made with just 5 simple ingredients in less than 10 minutes. Once you try it, you’ll make this homemade version over store bought every time! 

One of my absolute favorite snacks are homemade pretzels with cheese sauce. And instead of buying premade sauce from the store, I recently tried making my own. And boy am I glad I did! It was so easy to whip up and tastes incredible. Creamy, cheesy and smooth!

pretzel on bowl of cheese dip

This cheese dip is so easy and simple to make. It only takes 5 ingredients and comes together in less than 10 minutes! The sauce is so creamy and cheesy. It isn’t too clumpy and has the perfect smooth consistency. It’s also really easy to save and reheat for later.

It tastes so much better than the canned stuff and is better for you, too. There are so many yummy ways to use this delicious dip. Serve it with pretzel bites or bread, on top of a baked potato or even over vegetables. It tastes great on pretty much anything!

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5 simple ingredients

  • Unsalted butter
  • All-purpose flour
  • Whole milk
  • Cheddar cheese
  • Hot sauce

How to make cheese sauce for pretzels

MELT. Add butter to skillet and melt over medium heat. Sprinkle the flour on top of the butter and cook for 1 minute, constantly stirring. It should form a thick paste. Then whisk in the milk until slightly thickened.

STIR. Remove from heat and slowly begin to mix in the shredded cheese until smooth. Add 2 to 3 teaspoons of hot sauce and salt and pepper to taste. If you need to thicken it down a bit, add a few Tablespoons of warm milk.

STORE. Pour into an airtight container and store in the refrigerator. Reheat on the stove or in the microwave.

making cheese sauce in pan


  1. Spicy nacho cheese dip: Add an extra Tablespoon of hot sauce and dash of cayenne pepper. You can add jalapeno as well.
  2. Mustard cheese dip: Add a Tablespoon or two of mustard.

Make ahead + keep warm

Make ahead: Prepare as directed, then store in an airtight container in the fridge. When ready to enjoy, simply heat back up on the stove or in the microwave.

Keep warm: This cheese sauce is great served right from the stove, but if it’s going to be more than 10 minutes before I serve it, I like to transfer to a mini crockpot to keep warm.

5 star review

“I cannot believe how easy this was to whip up! Literally like ten minutes!!! It is so delicious and you can customize it to how you like it!”

cheese sauce in crock pot

What else to serve with this cheddar cheese sauce?

We love to use this cheese sauce for pretty much anything. It makes a great cheese fondue as well.

cheese dip for pretzels in glass bowl

Pretzel Cheese Sauce Recipe

4.77 from 17 votes
Creamy pretzel cheese dip that's made with just 5 simple ingredients in less than 10 minutes. Once you try it, you'll make this homemade version over store bought every time! 
Prep Time: 5 mins
Cook Time: 5 mins
Total Time: 10 mins
Servings: 8


  • 1 Tablespoon butter
  • 1/2 Tablespoon corn starch (or all-purpose flour)
  • 1 cup  milk , more as needed
  • 8 ounces sharp cheddar cheese or Velveeta
  • 2-3 teaspoons hot sauce (I prefer Frank's) , more to taste
  • cayenne pepper or chili powder , to taste
  • S&P , to taste

For serving: Soft pretzels, tortilla chips, vegetables


    • Melt the butter in a small saucepan over medium heat. Sprinkle the cornstarch or flour over the butter, stirring constantly and cook for 1 minute.
      mixing roux in pot with red spoon
    • Warm the milk in the microwave for 15 to 20 seconds. Next slowly pour in the milk while whisking it fast. Continue whisking and cooking until it has thickened (but still pourable). Be careful to watch it.
      pouring milk into white pot
    • Remove from heat. Stir in the cheese until and stir until smooth. The sauce will continue to thicken as it cools.
      mixing shredded cheese in pot
    • Season with salt and pepper, to taste (I start with 1/4 teaspoon salt and 1/8 teaspoon pepper). Add 1 to 3 teaspoons of hot sauce depending on heat preference. You can also add 1/4 teaspoon cayenne pepper to take up the heat. If it's too thick, you can whisk in a Tablespoon or two more of warmed milk.
      mixing cheese dip with spoon
    • Place in a mini crockpot to keep warm and gooey. If it thickens, reheat in the microwave for 15 seconds. Serve with pretzel or tortilla chips. Store leftovers in an airtight container.
      cheese sauce in crock pot


    Cheese: If you are using processed American cheese (velveeta) dice it up before adding. It will result in a creamier texture. If using shredded cheese, make sure to use freshly grated high quality cheese. 
    Spices: If you prefer a little spice, add in extra hot sauce and 1/4 – 1/2 teaspoon cayenne pepper. If you’d prefer
    Storage: This dip is best served the first day. You can store in a covered container up to 3 days in the refrigerator. Reheat in the microwave or the stove top until warmed. 
    Pretzels: These are my favorite homemade pretzels and pretzel bites

    Serving: 2Tablespoon | Calories: 139kcal | Carbohydrates: 2g | Protein: 8g | Fat: 11g | Saturated Fat: 7g | Cholesterol: 35mg | Sodium: 183mg | Potassium: 47mg | Sugar: 1g | Vitamin A: 352IU | Calcium: 221mg | Iron: 1mg
    Course: Condiment
    Cuisine: American
    Author: Jamielyn Nye
    cheese dip for pretzels in glass bowl

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