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Pretzel Bites

September 23, 2019

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Pretzel Bites are a perfect mouth popping snack!

Soft pretzels sprinkled with salt on a white board.

I have a confession to make.  I love pretzels!  I love pretzel sticks, pretzel rods, twisted pretzels , crunchy pretzels 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?

A small pretzel dipped into a bowl of mustard.

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. 

A pile of mini pretzels.

What ingredients do I need to make pretzel bites?

  • Water
  • Yeast
  • Sugar
  • Salt
  • Flour
  • Baking Soda – for boiling in water

 

How do I make pretzel bites?

  1. Place water, yeast and sugar in a bowl of a stand mixer
  2. Allow mixture to sit for 5 minutes until bubbly
  3. Add salt and 2 cups of flour
  4. Continue adding flour 1/4 cup at a time until the dough forms a ball Bread dough forming a ball around a dough hook.
  5. Knead dough in mixer for 10 minutes
  6. Place in a greased bowl and cover with plastic wrap. Kneaded bread dough in a bowl.
  7. Allow dough to sit at room temperature until the dough has doubled in size. Dough fully proofed sitting in a glass bowl.
  8. Punch down dough and cut into eight pieces.
  9. Working with just one piece at a time (keep other pieces covered) form dough into a 10 inch rope.A long rope of pretzel dough on a counter.

  10. Cut rope into one inch pieces.
  11. Repeat with remaining dough
  12. 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.
  13. 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.Boiled pretzels pieces on a sieve.

  14. While the pretzels are still damp, sprinkle with coarse salt. Pretzel dough on a baking sheet with sprinkled salt.
  15. 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. 

Close up of a pretzel bite with coarse salt.

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. 

Other great finger food

Equipment I used to make these pretzel bites

Don’t forget to PIN for later! Mini sized soft pretzel being dipped into mustard.

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5 from 3 votes
Pretzel Bites
Prep Time
30 mins
Cook Time
40 mins
Rise Time
1 hr 30 mins
Total Time
2 hrs 40 mins
 

Pretzel snack bites

Course: Baking, Bread, Snack
Cuisine: American
Keyword: Homemade Pretzels, Pretzel Bites, Soft Pretzels
Servings: 8 Dozen
Calories: 439 kcal
Author: Kathy
Ingredients
  • 1 1/2 cups water warm
  • 2 1/4 teaspoons yeast or one package
  • 1 teaspoon sugar
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 3 1/2 - 4 cups flour
  • 6 cups boiling water
  • 4 teaspoons baking soda
Topping
  • 1 teaspoon Coarse salt
Instructions
  1. In a large bowl, mix 1 1/2 cups water, yeast, and sugar.

  2. Let sit for 5 minutes until bubbly.
  3. Add salt and 2 cups of flour. Mix
  4. Continue mixing and gradually add flour until dough is no longer sticky.
  5. Knead in a stand mixer for 10 minutes.

  6. Place into a greased bowl, cover and let sit until doubled in size (1 - 1 1/2 hours)
  7. Punch down dough and cut into eight pieces.
  8. Working with just one piece at a time (keep other pieces covered) form dough into a 10 inch rope.

  9. Cut rope into one inch pieces.
  10. Repeat with remaining dough;

  11. 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.

  12. 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.

  13. While the pretzels are still damp, sprinkle with coarse salt.
  14. Continue with remaining dough.

  15. Bake in a preheated 400 degree oven for 20 minutes.
Recipe Notes
  • Dip pretzels in mustard, cheese sauce or eat plain
  • Pretzels are best eaten the same day they are made
Nutrition Facts
Pretzel Bites
Amount Per Serving (1 Dozen)
Calories 439 Calories from Fat 9
% Daily Value*
Fat 1g2%
Saturated Fat 1g6%
Sodium 622mg27%
Potassium 158mg5%
Carbohydrates 91g30%
Fiber 4g17%
Sugar 1g1%
Protein 13g26%
Calcium 19mg2%
Iron 6mg33%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

This recipe was originally posted in March 2016. The recipe, directions and photos have been updated. 

Recipe adapted from King Arthur Flour

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31 Comments

  • Reply
    Valentina
    September 25, 2019 at 11:28 pm

    5 stars
    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. šŸ™‚ ~Valentina

    • Reply
      Kathy
      September 28, 2019 at 8:34 am

      I tend to eat more than my share!

  • Reply
    David @ Spiced
    September 23, 2019 at 5:31 am

    5 stars
    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!

  • Reply
    Megan - The Emotional Baker
    March 31, 2016 at 9:44 am

    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 šŸ™‚

    • Reply
      Kathy
      April 1, 2016 at 5:22 am

      I haven’t made dogs or buns…I’d better bake some more pretzels!

  • Reply
    Manali @ CookWithManali
    March 29, 2016 at 5:56 pm

    Delicious! I am afraid they won’t last long in my house! šŸ˜‰

    • Reply
      Kathy
      March 29, 2016 at 6:33 pm

      Love that there are so many pretzel lovers out there!

  • Reply
    Ashley@CookNourishBliss
    March 29, 2016 at 5:50 pm

    Oh gosh I’m the same way, I LOVEEE soft pretzels! These bites sound delicious!!

  • Reply
    Dawn @ Girl Heart Food
    March 29, 2016 at 11:10 am

    I love pretzels, too, Kathy! I can’t imagine any being leftover cause these are so cute & delicious!

    • Reply
      Kathy
      March 29, 2016 at 6:33 pm

      You are right….not sure what I was thinking! šŸ™‚

  • Reply
    Laura
    March 28, 2016 at 1:19 pm

    Kathy, these pretzel bites look absolutely fab! The ultimate comfort food. I share your love of pretzel!

    • Reply
      Kathy
      March 28, 2016 at 6:43 pm

      They are the ultimate comfort food and ultimate snacking food!

  • Reply
    Anu - My Ginger Garlic Kitchen
    March 28, 2016 at 10:54 am

    Like everyone else I am also a big fan of pretzels, but I have never tried making my own. Thanks for the recipe. Will give it a go sometime soon!

    • Reply
      Kathy
      March 28, 2016 at 6:46 pm

      Homemade pretzels are well worth making!

  • Reply
    Cheyanne @ No Spoon Necessary
    March 28, 2016 at 8:19 am

    5 stars
    I love pretzels, too, Kathy.. but really what sane person doesn’t?? And I happen to swoon over all things mini, so these little bites are totally calling my name! I could eat a dangerous amount of these lil beauties! Snack time perfection! Cheers, friend!

    • Reply
      Kathy
      March 28, 2016 at 6:47 pm

      The mini size is perfect for popping right into your mouth!

  • Reply
    Mary Ann | The Beach House Kitchen
    March 28, 2016 at 5:36 am

    I could eat the entire bowl of these beauties Kathy! A favorite snack at our house for sure!

    • Reply
      Kathy
      March 28, 2016 at 6:55 pm

      I ate an entire bowl of them šŸ™‚ Now I need to make another batch!

  • Reply
    Kate @ Framed Cooks
    March 28, 2016 at 4:34 am

    I do not think I will have ANY problem taking care of all these adorable pretzel bites on Day One. Can’t wait to give these a try!!

    • Reply
      Kathy
      March 28, 2016 at 5:29 am

      These bites are totally addicting!

  • Reply
    David @ Spiced
    March 27, 2016 at 7:31 am

    I love pretzels, too, Kathy! And homemade pretzels are totally the best. Isn’t it awesome how easy they are to make? I’m guessing your sons and husband made quick work of these awesome bites!

  • Reply
    Jess @ Sweetest Menu
    March 26, 2016 at 8:36 pm

    Oh I am the SAME, I love pretzels! No one makes good ones here but we always have our fill when we visit the States. Love that I can try these at home! Yum!

    • Reply
      Kathy
      March 27, 2016 at 6:03 am

      I think you are going to need to make a batch to satisfy that pretzel craving!

  • Reply
    Kaylene @ The Links Site
    March 26, 2016 at 8:07 pm

    Ooh I have never made pretzels before from scratch, these look like they would be very easy! It’s a pity they are not as good the next day but it’s a good excuse to eat more!

    • Reply
      Kathy
      March 27, 2016 at 6:01 am

      They are quite easy to make. Give them a try!

  • Reply
    mira
    March 26, 2016 at 5:54 pm

    I always get pretzel bites at the mall! Never made them myself, but will definitely try this recipe! Love it! Pinned!

    • Reply
      Kathy
      March 26, 2016 at 6:58 pm

      I can only find those giant sized pretzels…I love the bite sized ones. I hope you give these a try!

  • Reply
    Ansh
    March 26, 2016 at 8:39 am

    There is no such thing as leftover pretzel bites in my house :)) We just go through it all, so we won’t have a problem finishing this batch in one sitting.

    • Reply
      Kathy
      March 26, 2016 at 2:23 pm

      Sounds like these pretzel bites would be perfect for your household!

  • Reply
    Amanda
    March 26, 2016 at 7:51 am

    Making pretzels is so much fun and they’re probably my favorite salty snack. But whenever I make them they always look like huge freakish mounds. Haha. I think pretzels bites are a good alternative for me. These look wonderful!

    • Reply
      Kathy
      March 26, 2016 at 2:26 pm

      These bites will turn our perfectly shaped….because there’s no shaping to them. Just roll out a log and cut! And they taste as delicious as the twisted complicated kind!

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