Do you ever crave those soft, chewy, irresistible smelling soft pretzels you get from street vendors or mall kiosks? If so, you’re in luck! I have a recipe for Homemade Soft Pretzel Bites that is a perfect replica.
These Homemade Pretzel Bites have a perfectly doughy center, crispy crust, and buttery and salty flavor. They are fun to make and fun to eat. Great for dipping – the perfect finger food! A bit of work is required to make these but it’s worth it. They are SO good right out of the oven.
The recipe can be found here.
Start by preparing the dough. I recommend using a stand mixer if you have one. You can mix the dough by hand, but your arms will be quite sore!
Add the water, brown sugar, yeast, and butter to the bowl of a stand mixer and let sit for 5 minutes. Add the salt and flour and mix to combine. You want the mixer to continue kneading the dough until it pulls away from the sides of the bowl.
Next, I remove the dough from the bowl and knead by hand for a few minutes. You want the dough to have a “stretchy” texture. If you stretch the dough and it pulls apart in chunks, knead a bit longer. Coat the dough in oil, place in a bowl, cover with plastic wrap, and set in a warm place to rise. You want the dough to double in size, which takes about 1 hour.
Once the dough has risen, preheat the oven to 425 degrees and start prepping to boil and bake. I would also start heating a pot of water at this time, so the water is boiling by the time you are ready with the dough.
Remove the dough and divide into 8 equal parts. Roll each part into a long rope that is about 1 inch wide. Then cut the “rope” into pieces to make the pretzel bites.
Once the water is boiling, add the baking soda. I would slowly pour the baking soda into the water as it will start to bubble and can overflow the pot.
Add about 15 pieces of dough to the boiling water and cook for 30 seconds. Use a slotted spoon to remove the dough and place on a greased baking sheet (you don’t want to forget to grease your pans or you’ll have one heck of a time removing the pretzels after baking). Continue this step until all the dough has been boiled.
Make sure the pretzels aren’t piled together and touching on the baking sheet (use more than one if necessary). Brush each pretzel with egg wash and liberally sprinkle with sea salt.
Bake for 15-18 minutes, or until the pretzels are golden brown. Remove and cool for about 5 minutes…then devour!
I like to serve mine with a Beer Cheese Sauce or Queso.
The Beer Cheese Sauce recipe can be found here.
The recipe I use for Queso can be found here:
- 1 (10 oz) Can Ro*Tel, undrained
- 1 (16 oz) Package Velveeta Cheese, cut into cubes
- Add the Ro*Tel and Velveeta to a pot and melt over medium heat. Stir frequently until fully melted and incorporated.
Both cheese sauces are delicious and something you could also dip with chips or veggies.
You can make Homemade Pretzel Bites for a game night, party appetizer, snack, etc. but I’m a big fan of making them to pair with a beer tasting. This is a fun way to try new beers, sample something you normally wouldn’t drink, socialize, etc. all while enjoying a perfect snack!
If you want to make a sweet and savory dessert style pretzel you can skip the salt and sprinkle with a cinnamon sugar mixture before baking. The cheese sauce probably won’t taste very good with these though 🙂 I recommend making a cream cheese frosting to use as the dipping sauce, which is super easy to make!
Combine 4 oz softened cream cheese, 4 Tbsp softened butter, 1 cup powdered sugar, 1 Tsp vanilla, a pinch of salt, and ¼ Cup milk until well blended. Use this as a dipping sauce or drizzle over the top of the pretzels. Yum!