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Pizza Pretzel Bites

Pizza Pretzel Bites

One of the most popular recipes on our site are our Homemade Soft Pretzel Bites. Josh made a batch the other day, but decided to kick them up a notch. He stuffed the soft pretzel bites with pepperoni and mozzarella cheese to make Pizza Pretzel Bites.

Josh’s favorite food is pizza, he could eat it every day and never get tired of it. Since I like to eat a variety of foods we don’t have pizza as often as he would like. He was very excited to create a fun pizza snack by making pizza pretzel bites. Pepperoni is his favorite pizza topping so he stuffed each bite with pepperoni pieces and shredded mozzarella cheese.

The bites will puff up in the oven and form a golden brown pretzel “pizza crust.”  Each bite is buttery, salty, and filled with spicy pepperoni and melted cheese. Serve the pizza pretzel bites with warm pizza sauce. These bites are perfect for dunking and make a great snack or party appetizer.

If you love pizza and pretzels, you have to try our Pizza Pretzel Bites. They are fun to make and eat.

Pizza Pretzel Bites

Yield: Makes about 6 dozen pretzel bites


1 1/2 cups warm water
2 tablespoons light brown sugar
1 package active dry yeast
3 ounces unsalted butter, melted
2 1/2 teaspoons kosher salt
4 1/2 to 5 cups all-purpose flour
Canola oil
Pepperoni slices, cut into small pieces
Shredded mozzarella cheese
5 quarts water
3/4 cup baking soda
1 whole egg, beaten with 1 tablespoon cold water
Coarse sea salt
Pizza sauce-for serving


1.  Combine the 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.

2. 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.

3. Oil a bowl with canola 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 the oven to 425 degrees F. Bring the water to a boil in a large pot over high heat and carefully add the baking soda.

5. 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. Roll each bite flat with a rolling pin. Stuff each bite with pepperoni and cheese. Fold over the dough and pinch the ends. Set bites on a baking sheet and continue until all pretzel bites are stuffed.

6. 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 lined with parchment paper or a Silpat.  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, or until golden brown.

7. Remove from oven and let cool for five minutes. Serve warm with pizza sauce.

Adapted from Bobby Flay

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110 Responses to “Pizza Pretzel Bites”

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  1. VeggieGirl — March 2, 2011 @ 3:35 am

    Oh MAN do those look good! And they’re cute 😀 Fun snack, for sure.

  2. Erica — March 2, 2011 @ 4:07 am

    What a great idea! Perfect for a party!!! Or just having friends over.

  3. Lisa (Dishes of Mrs. Fish) — March 2, 2011 @ 4:15 am

    Perfect for a party! :)

  4. The bites look wonderful! And adapted from Bobby Flay…i KNOW they have to rock even more :)

  5. Jessica @ How Sweet — March 2, 2011 @ 4:32 am

    Oh my gosh these would be a HUGE hit in our house!

  6. best idea ever! i love making homemade pretzel bites AND pizza bites…but never thought to combine the two!

  7. Estela @ Weekly Bite — March 2, 2011 @ 5:38 am

    Pretzel Bites are my favorite treat :) These look amazing!

  8. Blog is the New Black — March 2, 2011 @ 6:01 am

    He certainly did kick them up a notch!!!!!

  9. Katrina — March 2, 2011 @ 6:06 am

    Great idea! Soft pretzels are my favorite!! These sound so awesome.

  10. Heather (heather's dish) — March 2, 2011 @ 6:10 am

    i never used to like pretzels til i made them myself…these sound awesome! except i doubt i’d be able to stop myself from eating way too many of them :)

  11. Lauren at Keep It Sweet — March 2, 2011 @ 6:12 am

    I love soft pretzels as is, but you just stepped them up a notch. These would vanish in no time if I made them!

  12. Traci — March 2, 2011 @ 6:18 am

    Thanks for sharing this! The kids will love it as a snack.

  13. Brigid — March 2, 2011 @ 7:30 am

    These sound delightful! I’ll have to try them this weekend.

  14. brandi — March 2, 2011 @ 7:36 am

    holy moly! I need to make these :)

  15. DessertForTwo — March 2, 2011 @ 7:43 am

    This is the perfect afternoon snack!

  16. Looks good, Maria! You’re making me hungry!

  17. Cookbook Queen — March 2, 2011 @ 8:00 am

    Two of my favorite things, all in one!!

  18. Heidi @ Food Doodles — March 2, 2011 @ 8:07 am

    Those look incredible! I’m so hungry now 😀

  19. Jenny Flake — March 2, 2011 @ 8:15 am

    How absolutely adorable are these?! Yummy :) Hope you have a great day Maria xoxox

  20. sally — March 2, 2011 @ 8:22 am

    Your pretzel bites and now these pizza bites are on my list of things to try!

  21. Taylor — March 2, 2011 @ 8:24 am

    These Look great! Would be perfect for an at home tailgate!

  22. crystal — March 2, 2011 @ 8:31 am

    Im making these right now. I hope they turn out okay. Seems like alot of work I wish the recipe was smaller but Im sure i’ll have a ton to freeze! They’ll make a good lunch for my 2 yr old.

  23. Stephanie @ LiveCookLove — March 2, 2011 @ 8:38 am

    This is genius! Pure genius! I could probably eat 2 dozen of them by myself :)

  24. megan — March 2, 2011 @ 8:42 am

    Whay a great snack. My hubby would love these. Have a delicious day Maria! :)

  25. EatLiveRun — March 2, 2011 @ 8:47 am

    these are awesome!!

  26. Tracey — March 2, 2011 @ 8:54 am

    Yum, LOVE this idea Maria!

  27. Elle — March 2, 2011 @ 8:54 am

    I have to have these!

  28. cathyb@brightbakes — March 2, 2011 @ 8:56 am

    awesome! Must be something with the name josh…as My Mister has the same name…and the same pizza addiction! :) Thankfully I’ve gotten him hooked on homemade artisan pizza…but I know already that he’ll love these!
    cathy b.

  29. Liz — March 2, 2011 @ 9:22 am

    Yum! Pretzels are my all-time favorite food. Actually, I’ve been wanting to try to make a pizza with a soft pretzel crust for awhile now!

  30. Kristen — March 2, 2011 @ 9:52 am

    These look amazing!

  31. DEFINITELY need to make these!! Tasty idea Josh and Maria!

  32. Pizza in any form is a winner for me!

  33. Amanda — March 2, 2011 @ 10:42 am

    These look amazing!

  34. Natalie @ hellonatalie — March 2, 2011 @ 11:18 am

    Yum! Those look delish! Will have to try :)

  35. Lori @ RecipeGirl — March 2, 2011 @ 11:26 am

    Yummy! It’s a like a much healthier version of the frozen pizza roll!

  36. These are so fun! Wonderful recipe, Maria.

  37. Amanda — March 2, 2011 @ 11:48 am

    Oh yum, these little pizza bites look so good!!

  38. I LOVE homemde pretzels. But these are just incredible. I adore the idea of stuffing the pretzel bites with the flavors of a pizza. YUM! :)

  39. Lesley Lifting Life — March 2, 2011 @ 12:15 pm

    I love this idea!! And they look so good … mmm :]

  40. megan @ whatmegansmaking — March 2, 2011 @ 12:26 pm

    oh my goodness…these look amazing. as you know, I recently made your soft pretzel bites and it looks like I”ll be making these as well!

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