Pretzel Bites are a perfect mouth popping snack! These soft pretzel bites have all the delicious flavor of your favorite pup pretzel. Make a batch of this delicious snack and eat plain or dipped in mustard.
I have a confession to make. I love pretzels! I love pretzel sticks, pretzel rods, twisted pretzels , chocolate dipped pretzels, pretzel rolls and of course fresh pretzels. These pretzel bites are a fresh pretzel in a mini size.
Bites are perfect because they are easy to make, and I don't have as much guilt if I eat a handful - or two! I mean they are minis, right?
I've made these bite sized pretzels on several different occasions. They are perfect when you want a fun snack for your family or a treat at a party. I love making them on the weekend when we are watching football. They are perfect by themselves or dipped in mustard or a cheese sauce.
Are these pretzel bites hard or soft?
These are a soft pretzel. They remind me of the large twisted pretzels you get from a street vendor or a hot pretzel shop.
Steps to make
- Place water, yeast and sugar in a bowl of a stand mixer
- Allow mixture to sit for 5 minutes until bubbly
- Add salt and 2 cups of flour
- Continue adding flour ¼ cup at a time until the dough forms a ball
- Knead dough in mixer for 10 minutes
- Place in a greased bowl and cover with plastic wrap.
- Allow dough to sit at room temperature until the dough has doubled in size.
Punch down dough and cut into eight pieces.
Working with just one piece at a time (keep other pieces covered) form dough into a 10 inch rope.
Cut rope into one inch pieces.
Repeat with remaining dough
In a large pot boil 6 cups of water and add baking soda. Once boiling, add 10-12 pretzels. You will need to do this in several batches because you don't want to overcrowd the pot.
Boil until dough floats to the top - approximately 1 minute. Remove with a slotted spoon or a skimmer so the water drains off. Place on a paper towel and then move to a baking sheet lined with parchment paper.
While the pretzels are still damp, sprinkle with coarse salt.
Continue with remaining dough.
Bake in a preheated 400 degree oven for 20 minutes.
How long do fresh pretzels last?
I find these bites are best eaten the same day they are made.
Why do I need to boil the pretzel dough before baking?
Boiling pretzel dough in water with baking soda is what gives pretzels that distinct exterior. It helps the pretzels puff up and creates that crackly surface. The dough is only boiled for about a minute and then removed to a baking sheet. They are fully baked in an oven.
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Equipment I used to make these pretzel bites
- Stand Mixer
- Bench Scraper
- Skimmer - for scooping pretzels out of boiling water
- Coarse Salt
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- 1 teaspoon Coarse salt
- In a large bowl, mix 1 ½ cups water, yeast, and sugar.
- Let sit for 5 minutes until bubbly.
- Add salt and 2 cups of flour. Mix
- Continue mixing and gradually add flour until dough is no longer sticky.
- Knead in a stand mixer for 10 minutes.
- Place into a greased bowl, cover and let sit until doubled in size (1 - 1 ½ hours)
- Punch down dough and cut into eight pieces.
- Working with just one piece at a time (keep other pieces covered) form dough into a 10 inch rope.
- Cut rope into one inch pieces.
- Repeat with remaining dough;
- In a large pot boil 6 cups of water and add baking soda. Once boiling, add cut 10-12 pretzels. You will need to do this in several batches because you don't want to overcrowd the pan.
- Boil until dough floats to the top - approximately 1 minute. Remove with a slotted spoon so the water will drain off. Place on a paper towel and then move to a baking sheet lined with parchment paper.
- While the pretzels are still damp, sprinkle with coarse salt.
- Continue with remaining dough.
- Bake in a preheated 400 degree oven for 20 minutes.
- Dip pretzels in mustard, cheese sauce or eat plain
- Pretzels are best eaten the same day they are made
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This recipe was originally posted in March 2016. The recipe, directions and photos have been updated.
Recipe adapted from King Arthur Flour
My first attempt at pretzel bites! It was so much fun for both myself and my 8 year old granddaughter We used 2 cups each of white and whole wheat flour. The only problem we had was getting enough of the salt to stick! A bit of dipping sauce solved that problem very nicely! Thank you.
What a fun cooking project for you and your granddaughter! The trick to getting the salt to stick is to sprinkle it on as soon as you remove them from the water bath, while they are still damp.
Ooooh, I love a soft pretzel and these little bites are perfect. Only I would surely eat way too many! If there is such a thing. 🙂 ~Valentina
I tend to eat more than my share!
David @ Spiced says
Thanks for reposting this recipe, Kathy! I totally need to make a batch of these for next weekend's football games! The only problem is I might just eat the entire batch myself. Haha!
Megan - The Emotional Baker says
I love making pretzels dogs and pretzel buns. I've never made bites. These would be so dangerous. I wouldn't be able to stop! They look phenomenal, Kathy 🙂
I haven't made dogs or buns...I'd better bake some more pretzels!
Manali @ CookWithManali says
Delicious! I am afraid they won't last long in my house! 😉
Love that there are so many pretzel lovers out there!
Oh gosh I'm the same way, I LOVEEE soft pretzels! These bites sound delicious!!
Dawn @ Girl Heart Food says
I love pretzels, too, Kathy! I can't imagine any being leftover cause these are so cute & delicious!
You are right....not sure what I was thinking! 🙂
Kathy, these pretzel bites look absolutely fab! The ultimate comfort food. I share your love of pretzel!
They are the ultimate comfort food and ultimate snacking food!