Posted by: mymenu | May 19, 2017

Homemade Soft Pretzel Bites

IMG_4703These are definitely more fun to make with two people and they take a while but the audience response is worth it!

There are a lot of pretzel bite recipes out on the WWW but this is my favorite recipe, from Two Peas & Their Pod. Original recipe. (I don’t care for the cheese sauce recipe, however. You would do better to find your own.)

Reprinting here for my own reference:


  • 1 1/2 cups warm water
  • 2 tablespoons light brown sugar
  • 1 package active dry yeast (2 1/4 teaspoons)
  • 3 ounces unsalted butter, melted
  • 2 1/2 teaspoons kosher salt
  • 4 1/2 to 5 cups all-purpose flour
  • Vegetable oil
  • 1/2 cup baking soda (for boiling the pretzels)
  • 1 whole egg, beaten with 1 tablespoon cold water
  • Coarse sea salt


  1. Combine the water, sugar, yeast and butter in bowl of mixer and mix using the dough hook to combine. Let sit for 5 minutes.
  2. Add the salt and flour and mix on low speed. Increase speed to medium and continue kneading until the dough is smooth and begins to pull away from the side of the bowl, about 3 to 4 minutes. If the dough appears too wet, add additional flour, 1 tablespoon at a time. Remove the dough from the bowl, place on a flat surface and knead into a ball with your hands.
  3. Oil a bowl with vegetable oil, add the dough and turn to coat with the oil. Cover with a clean towel or plastic wrap and place in a warm spot until the dough doubles in size, about 1 hour.
  4. Preheat oven to 425 F.
  5. Bring to boil three quarts of water in a large pot over high heat. CAREFULLY add baking soda as it will react.
  6. Remove the dough from the bowl and place on a flat surface. Divide the dough into 8 equal pieces. Roll each piece into a long rope measuring about 22 inches. Cut dough into one-inch pieces. Boil the pretzel bites for 30 seconds in the water solution in batches of about 15. Remove bites with slotted spoon and place, not touching, on a baking sheet lined with parchment or a silpat mat. Brush tops with egg wash and season liberally with salt.
  7. Bake for 15 to 18 minutes until golden brown.
  8. Remove to baking rack and rest five minutes. Serve with cheese sauce.

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