Homemade Pretzel Bites

filed under: Bread on July 4, 2019
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  • These Homemade Pretzel Bites are the perfect snacking appetizer.  Soft pretzels coated with sea salt for a subtle crunch, these little bite-sized treats will fly off the table, especially if you serve them up with a side of chicken cheese dip or homemade ranch dressing!

    Homemade Soft Pretzel Bites

    Homemade Soft Pretzel Bites

    When you have a family of seven you are constantly thinking about how can I stay ahead of the hungry mouths in this house.  Appetizers like these homemade soft pretzel bites are my saving grace.  If I can make a big batch of something that my family will love, and that will still be good the next day, I am winning at life.   This recipe makes a large batch of pretzels, so they are great for bringing to a party too.  I love to serve them up with some of my homemade dips like chicken cheese dip or homemade ranch dressing.  This recipe can also be modified into a pretzel bun shape, perfect for sandwiches!

    Soft Pretzel Bites

    Homemade Soft Pretzel Recipe

    Honestly, no one will believe the simple ingredients that you used to make these amazing little pretzel bites.  To start you will need:

    • water
    • yeast
    • salt
    • sugar
    • flour
    • baking soda
    • egg
    • sea salt

    That’s it!  There are a few variations in this shopping list that I will talk about later.   That is if you want to get fancy.

    Soft Pretzel Dough

    How to Make Pretzel Dough

    Start by pulling together the dough.  To do this, add some warm water to a small bowl and add in the yeast.  The yeast will need about 3-5 minutes to fully activate, so let it sit for a bit.    After a few minutes, add in the salt and sugar and stir everything together.    In a separate large sized bowl, add your flour and then pour the yeast mixture over the top.  Knead in the bowl for about 5 minutes. This can also be done in the stand mixer with the dough hook.

    Separate the dough into 6 sections.  Roll each section into a 15-inch rope.  It may end up being longer depending on how thick they are.  You are shooting for about 1 inch in thickness.   Cut the dough into 2-inch sections. This will be the “stick” shape for the pretzel bites. If you want round balls, roll each section in your hand until they are a uniform ball. You can also cut an X into each ball for a more authentic looking pretzel bite.

    Boiling the Pretzel Dough

    Next, you will drop the pieces into a boiling combination of water and baking soda.  Drop a few in at a time, and only for about 30 seconds.  Have a slotted spoon handy for easy removal.  Place the boiled dough onto a baking sheet lined with parchment. Brush the tops with the egg wash and drop some sea salt over the top.

    Baking the Pretzels

    To make sure the pretzel bites are evenly cooked, you will rotate them every 5 minutes.  At each turn, brush again with the remaining egg wash.  Total cooking time should be between 13-15 minutes.  Once they are golden brown they can come out of the oven.

    These Pretzel Bites come together quickly. Once you start the boiling process, it can be good to have an extra set of hands to help.

    Pretzel Bites

    Other Pretzel Bite Flavors

    One of the fun things about this recipe is the number of ways you can modify it to create all sorts of fun variations!  Here are a few of my favorites:

    Parmesan and Garlic Pretzel Bites:  Add fresh garlic or garlic salt to the dough and coat the freshly boiled pretzel bites with butter, garlic, and parmesan cheese before baking.

    Cinnamon and Sugar Pretzel Bites:  Skip the salt in the dough and coat the boiled pretzel bites in butter cinnamon and sugar before baking.

    Cheese Stuffed Pretzel Bites:  This one takes a bit more work on the front end.  After cutting into 2-inch sections, roll the dough around a fresh cheese curd or a small slice of a mozzarella stick.  Boil and bake as normal.

    Pretzel Bites in Cheese Dip

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    5 from 1 vote
    Homemade Pretzel Bites
    Prep Time
    25 mins
    Cook Time
    15 mins
     

    These Homemade Soft Pretzel Bites are the perfect snacking appetizer.  Soft pretzels coated with sea salt for a subtle crunch, these little bite-sized treats will fly off the table!

    Course: Appetizer
    Cuisine: American
    Keyword: Homemade Pretzel Bites, Pretzel Bites, Soft Pretzels
    Servings: 24
    Author: Amanda Rettke
    Ingredients
    Pretzel Dough
    • 1 1/2 cup warm water
    • 1 packet active yeast
    • 1 1/2 teaspoon salt
    • 1 tablespoon sugar
    • 4 cups flour
    Pretzel Boiling
    • 8 cups water
    • 1/3 cup baking soda
    Pretzel Topping
    • 1 egg whisked, for egg wash
    • kosher salt, for topping
    Instructions
    1. Preheat oven to 425° F.

    Pretzel Dough
    1. In a small bowl, add warm water and yeast and allow yeast to activate (about 3-5 minutes). Add salt and sugar and stir to combine.

    2. In a large bowl, add flour and then pour yeast mixture over top. Knead for about 5 minutes.

    3. Separate dough into 6 sections. Create pretzel bites by rolling the dough into a 15 inch rope (about 1 inch thickness). Cut the rope into 2 inch pieces. If you have excess or leftover dough, create a small rounded ball (optional: cut an x into the top of the ball).

    Pretzel Boiling
    1. In a medium pan, add water and baking soda. Cook over high heat. Once water is boiling, place 6-8 pieces of pretzel dough into the water. Remove with slotted spoon after about 30 seconds and place the pretzel bites onto a baking sheet lined with parchment.

    Pretzel Topping
    1. Brush dough lightly with egg wash and sprinkle salt on top.

    2. Bake for 5 minutes, and then flip. Using a basting brush, coat the tops of the pretzel bites with the remaining egg wash. Repeat again after 5 more minutes. Cook 3-5 minutes more (a total of 13-15 minutes) or until golden brown.

     

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  • Niketa says:

    very nice

  • Patti Cox says:

    I substitute honey for the sugar and proof my yeast in warm water with the honey. Turns out great.

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