Pretzel Bites are a perfect mouth popping snack!
I have a confession to make. I love pretzels! I love pretzel sticks, pretzel rods, twisted 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 guilty if I eat a handful…or two! I mean they are minis, right?
I decided to make a BIG batch of these pretzel bites. I have 3 teenage kids and a husband….and with my love of pretzels, I needed to make certain there was going to be enough. There were plenty! The only drawback….these bites are best eaten the first day.
If needed, you can reheat the leftover bites in the over to bring back the freshness or just plan on making these when you know you will have a lot of pretzel eaters at your house!
Pretzel snack bites
- 2 cups water warm
- 2 1/4 teaspoons yeast or one package
- 1 teaspoon sugar
- 1 1/2 teaspoon salt
- 4-5 cups flour
- 6 cups boiling water
- 4 teaspoons baking soda
- Coarse salt for top of pretzels
- In a large bowl, mix 2 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 5 minutes (10 by hand)
- Place into a greased bowl, cover and let sit until doubled in size (1 - 1 1/2 hours)
- Punch down dough and cut into eight pieces.
- Working with just one piece at a time (keep other pieces covered) roll out with your hands a long rope of dough.
- Cut rope into one inch pieces.
- In a large pot boil water and mix in baking soda. Once boiling, add cut pretzels. You will need to do this in several batches because you don't want to overcrowd the pan. I boiled one rope at a time.
- Boil for 1 -1 1/2 minutes. 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 rolling remaining dough and boiling in water.
- Bake in a preheated 400 degree oven for 20 minutes.
- Cool slightly and enjoy.
Recipe adapted from King Arthur Flour