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Homemade Soft Pretzel Bites

Homemade Soft Pretzel Bites

On Fridays, I teach cooking classes to two kids in our neighborhood. They are pretty knowledgeable-so my job is easy:) I think it is fantastic that they want to learn how to cook at such a young age-they are in the 3rd and 4th grade. Since we don’t have any kiddos yet, I am glad I get to work with these kids. We have a great time in the kitchen.

On Friday we made homemade soft pretzels,the traditional salty ones and cinnamon and sugar pretzels. We made a cheddar cheese sauce to go with the savory pretzels and a vanilla cream cheese frosting for the cinnamon sugar pretzels. The kids were pros! They did a great job rolling out the dough, twisting, boiling, and baking the pretzels.

For fun, we also made pretzel bites. everyone loved these. They are perfect for dipping and snacking. I think I will make these again on Sunday for our big Super Bowl party…and you should make them too!


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Is everyone ready for the big game? I will be sharing more Super Bowl friendly recipes this week, so come on back. Here are a few favorites to start out the week:

Buffalo Hot Wings-these are Josh’s all time favorite. They are always a hit and perfect for the big game.
Chicken Smothered Nachos-we made these last year and everyone loved them. They are loaded with goodness!
Pizza Stromboli with Spinach, Mushrooms, and Cheese-the great taste of pizza in one big roll!
Black Bean Soup with Spicy Corn Muffins-perfect for serving up a crowd!

My good friend Gaby, from What’s Gaby Cooking, made Pulled Pork Sliders for the big game. Go check out the recipe-it’s a good one!

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Homemade Soft Pretzel Bites

Yield: A lot! Around 5-6 dozen

Cook Time: 18 minutes

Pretzel bites are fun to make and fun to eat!

Ingredients:

Soft Pretzels:
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
3 quarts water
1/2 cup baking soda
1 whole egg, beaten with 1 tablespoon cold water
Coarse sea salt

For the cheese sauce:
½ Tablespoon unsalted butter
½ Tablespoon all-purpose flour
½ cup milk
8 ounces Cheddar cheese, grated

Directions:

For the Pretzels: Combine the 1 1/2 cups water, sugar, yeast, and butter in the bowl of a stand mixer and mix with the dough hook until combined. Let sit for 5 minutes.

Add the salt and flour and mix on low speed until combined. Increase the 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.

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.

Preheat the oven to 425 degrees F.

Bring the 3 quarts of water to a boil in a small roasting pan over high heat and add the baking soda.

Remove the dough from the bowl and place on a flat surface. Divide the dough into 8 equal pieces, about 4 1/4 to 4 1/2 ounces each. Roll each piece into a long rope measuring 22 inches and shape. Cut the dough into one inch pieces to make the pretzel bites. Boil the pretzel bites in the water solution in batches. We did about 15 bites at a time. Boil for about 30 seconds. Remove with a large slotted spoon. Place pretzel bites on a baking sheet that has been sprayed with cooking spray. Make sure they are not touching. Brush the tops with the egg wash and season liberally with the salt. Place into the oven and bake for 15 to 18 minutes until golden brown.

Remove to a baking rack and let rest 5 minutes before eating. Serve with cheese sauce.

To make the cheese sauce:
Melt the butter in a medium saucepan over medium heat. Add the flour and cook 1 minute. Whisk in the milk and cook until slightly thickened. Remove from heat and stir in the Cheddar cheese until smooth and all of the cheese is melted. Season with salt and pepper, to taste.

*If you want to make cinnamon and sugar pretzel bites-instead of adding salt, sprinkle the bites with cinnamon and sugar. For the frosting mix-soft cream cheese-about 3 T, powdered sugar, a teaspoon of vanilla extract, and a little bit of milk. Whisk together. Add more milk if it is too thick, if it is too thin, add more powdered sugar. I don't measure. I just guess until the consistency is right.*

Recipe makes a lot of bites-perfect for sharing!

Adapted from Bobby Flay

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486 Responses to “Homemade Soft Pretzel Bites”

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    Joanne — February 1, 2010 @ 4:49 am

    I SO want to make these! Soft pretzels are one of the foods that I crave the most…

    It is so cute that you are teaching your neighbors to cook! Sounds like fun for all of you.

    Love the superbowl foods! Especially the stromboli…I’m going to have to make it superbowl sunday or not.

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    Rosa — February 1, 2010 @ 5:07 am

    What a great idea! They look so pretty and delicious!

    Cheers,

    Rosa

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    Lesley Lifting Life — February 1, 2010 @ 5:10 am

    I bet you have a lot of fun cooking with your neighbor kids … that’s really neat! :)

    I love the looks of your pretzel bites!

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    Julie — February 1, 2010 @ 5:51 am

    What adaptations did you do to make the cinnamon sugar pretzel bites and how did you make the vanilla cream cheese frosting?

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    Cristine — February 1, 2010 @ 5:55 am

    I love homemade pretzels! They taste amazing. I love how cute your pretzel bites are. I am definately going to be trying these!

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    Estela @ Weekly Bite — February 1, 2010 @ 6:12 am

    Oh my… these look incredible! I’m a sucker for pretzel bite at the mall:)

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    Erica — February 1, 2010 @ 6:47 am

    I loveeeeeeeee soft pretzels! These look so good! I am a traditional girl and prefer them salty (vs. cinnamon and sugar). I’m excited for super bowl- we’re having a few people over- should be fun!

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    twopeas — February 1, 2010 @ 6:59 am

    Julie-we didn’t make cinnamon sugar pretzel bites, we just did big ones, but you can make them into bites. Instead of using salt, sprinkle the bites with cinnamon and sugar. For the frosting-mix together 3 T soft cream cheese, powdered sugar, about a teaspoon of vanilla, and a splash of milk. Whisk together. Add more powdered sugar if it is too thin, add more milk if it is too thick. I just guess:) Enjoy! Let me know if you have any other questions!

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    Jen @ My Kitchen Addiction — February 1, 2010 @ 7:14 am

    Yum! I love to make homemade soft pretzels. These look amazing!

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    Jessica @ How Sweet — February 1, 2010 @ 7:15 am

    These look Ah.May.Zing. Yum.

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    Elle — February 1, 2010 @ 7:21 am

    What a great snack idea! I never thought of making little pretzel bites. Good thinking!

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    megan — February 1, 2010 @ 7:38 am

    these look so good! are they still good after sitting for a little while? We are going to a friend’s house to watch the game, and I’m wondering how portable they are.

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    Jamie — February 1, 2010 @ 8:09 am

    Mmmmmmmm…. I want! Perfect pretzels bites and YUM with that cheese sauce! Another bookmarked recipe! Excellent! And what fun teaching kids cooking!

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    kat — February 1, 2010 @ 8:15 am

    What a great idea! I might have to surprise Matt with these one afternoon for a treat.

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    Tiffany — February 1, 2010 @ 8:22 am

    These are fun! I love making homemade pretzels and my girls would love the “bites”. Thanks :)

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    Jamie Cooks It Up! — February 1, 2010 @ 8:32 am

    What a great idea to turn them into bites!
    Cute!

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    Gaby — February 1, 2010 @ 8:37 am

    I love soft pretzels but have never made them… they look fab!

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    Nadia @ for the love of yum — February 1, 2010 @ 8:39 am

    I haven’t had a soft pretzel in a while, these looks fantastic. Love the cheese sauce! I’m sure the kids devoured these after making them!

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    Double Dipped Life — February 1, 2010 @ 8:50 am

    It must be a blast to teach the kids how to cook! How fun for you and for them.

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    Jennifer — February 1, 2010 @ 9:02 am

    What a perfect little party snack! How cute!

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    Meghan — February 1, 2010 @ 9:02 am

    These pretzel bites look so good! Especially with that cheddar sauce!! This is a great Superbowl snack!

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    Sara — February 1, 2010 @ 9:06 am

    Yum, these look really great! Perfect for a get together.

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    HoneyB — February 1, 2010 @ 9:21 am

    These look amazing Maria! Thanks for the other links also!

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    Amy(Super Healthy Kids) — February 1, 2010 @ 9:21 am

    I’m definitely making these. Thanks for the recipe. I want to come to your cooking classes too!

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    MaryMoh — February 1, 2010 @ 9:23 am

    Great idea to make it bite size. Sounds like lots of fun making these. Love the dipping cheese sauce to go with it…yum.

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    Sonja @ ActiveFoodie — February 1, 2010 @ 9:31 am

    I have never made pretzels on my own before, i would love to try! And these sure do make a great snacking treat!

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    Manggy — February 1, 2010 @ 9:37 am

    See now, already these kids have accomplished something I haven’t! Well done!! (Deciding between cheese and cinnamon sug… How about sour cream and onion? :)

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    Joy — February 1, 2010 @ 9:48 am

    Yummy! That is so cool that you get to teach these kids. So fun!

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    Kelly @ EvilShenanigans — February 1, 2010 @ 9:58 am

    There is absolutely nothing like a homemade pretzel! Yours looks totally yummy! I like mine with mustard … so good with the chewy pretzel!

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    Amanda — February 1, 2010 @ 10:07 am

    Awesome recipe! I love the idea of the bites sprinkled with cinnamon sugar. I’m saving this recipe for later.

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    Nicole (dishin') — February 1, 2010 @ 10:14 am

    Great idea for Super Bowl! Yumm!

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    picky cook — February 1, 2010 @ 10:25 am

    since making soft pretzels a couple weeks ago i have a whole new appreciation! yours look amazing – good color.

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    Christine — February 1, 2010 @ 10:38 am

    Those look so good…. do you think you can make them the day before? Or are they best the day of?

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    Cookin' Canuck — February 1, 2010 @ 10:40 am

    My kids would love to make these. What a great snack!

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    Pure2raw twins — February 1, 2010 @ 10:46 am

    The pretzels bites look good!! Glad they turned out ; )

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    Pure2raw twins — February 1, 2010 @ 10:47 am

    The pretzel bites look good!! Glad they turned out ; )

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    cookiepie — February 1, 2010 @ 10:54 am

    Fabulous!!!!

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    Memoria — February 1, 2010 @ 11:55 am

    Aww, these are so cute and yummy-looking!!

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    Esi — February 1, 2010 @ 12:34 pm

    These sound amazing!!

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    Michelle — February 1, 2010 @ 12:43 pm

    What a coincidence! I posted soft pretzels and pretzel bites today too. They were amazing and I can’t wait to make them again.

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