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Pretzel Bites Recipe

Easy homemade pretzel bites brushed with melted butter and sea salt. This easy pretzel recipe makes the perfect appetizer or snack! Always a big crowd pleaser and gone in minutes!
Prep Time25 mins
Cook Time15 mins
Total Time40 mins
Course: Appetizer
Cuisine: American
Keyword: pretzel bites
Servings: 12
Calories: 161kcal
Author: Jamielyn Nye


  • 1 1/2 cups warm water
  • 1 packet active yeast (or 2 1/4 teaspoons)
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons salt
  • 1 Tablespoon sugar
  • 4 cups flour
  • 1/3 cup baking soda (for boiling water)
  • 1 egg , whisked
  • coarse salt (or kosher or sea salt)


  • 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 1 1/2 – 2 inch pieces. This should make about 25-30 pretzel pieces. Optional: cut a “t” or “x” on the top of the pretzel with scissors.
  • In a small pan, bring about 8 cups 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 homemade pretzels with your favorite cheese sauce.



Variation: For a sweeter version, bake the homemade 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. 

For cheese sauce: 

You can use a store bought queso (Trader Joe's queso is good) or make this recipe below.
  •  1 Tablespoon unsalted butter
  •  1 Tablespoon all-purpose flour
  •  ½ cup milk
  •  8 ounces Cheddar cheese, grated
  • S&P, to taste 
Melt the butter in a small saucepan over medium heat. Sprinkle the flour over the butter, stirring constantly and cook for 1 minute (it should be a thick paste). Next whisk in the milk and cook until slightly thickened. Remove from the pan from heat and slowly stir in the cheese until. Stir until smooth. Season with salt and pepper, to taste. Add a dash of hot sauce if you'd like to add a little kick.


Serving: 5bites | Calories: 161kcal | Carbohydrates: 32g | Protein: 4g | Cholesterol: 13mg | Sodium: 298mg | Potassium: 49mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 1g | Vitamin A: 20IU | Calcium: 9mg | Iron: 2mg