Homemade Soft Pretzel Bites

Homemade Soft Pretzel Bites-these little pretzel bites are fun to make at home and are great for parties and game day! 

Homemade Soft Pretzel Bites Recipe

Today, I am throwing it back. I am sharing the most popular recipe on our site, Homemade Soft Pretzel Bites. We shared this recipe on our blog in 2010 and it has been a HUGE hit. HUGE! Seven years later and it is still number one. Have you tried these soft pretzel bites? They are perfect for parties, snacking, and game day. We are making them for the big game on Sunday and I can’t wait.

Homemade Soft Pretzel Bites-these little pretzel bites are fun to make at home and are great for parties and game day! #homemade #snack #gameday #pretzel Visit twopeasandtheirpod.com for more simple, fresh, and family friendly meals.


Homemade Soft Pretzel Bites Recipe

Homemade Soft Pretzel Bites Recipe

We love making homemade pretzels, the big ones, but there is something extra fun and special about the bites. They are the perfect party food! The pretzels are soft, chewy, salty, and so good dipped in cheese sauce!

We get a lot of questions about the baking soda in the recipe. There is a ⅓ cup, yes a ⅓ cup, but the baking soda doesn’t go IN the pretzels. It is for boiling the pretzels in water. Make sure you add the baking soda VERY slowly because it will bubble up. We don’t want anyone to get burnt.

Homemade Soft Pretzel Bites are fun to make and fun to eat! Make them for your next party or game day! Your guests will have so much fun dipping and snacking! Enjoy!

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Soft Pretzel Bites Recipe

Soft Pretzel Bites Recipe

Soft Pretzel Bites Recipe

This is the original photo from 2010. New photos are by Sarah Fennel from Broma Bakery. 

Homemade Soft Pretzel Bites

Pretzel bites are fun to make and fun to eat!
4.74 from 61 votes


Soft Pretzels:

  • 1 ½ cups warm water
  • 2 tablespoons light brown sugar
  • 1 package active dry yeast 2 ¼ teaspoons
  • 3 ounces unsalted butter melted
  • 2 ½ teaspoons kosher salt
  • 4 ½ to 5 cups all-purpose flour
  • Vegetable oil
  • 3 quarts water
  • cup baking soda for boiling the pretzels
  • 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


  • For the Pretzels: Combine the 1 ½ 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 carefully add the baking soda. It will boil over, so add slowly and be careful!
  • Remove the dough from the bowl and place on a flat surface. Divide the dough into 8 equal pieces, about 4 ¼ to 4 ½ 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.*


Calories: 181kcal
Keywords homemade pretzels, pretzel bites, soft pretzels

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  1. Very delicious. Followed every step to the T but for some reason my pretzels never turn the same dark brown as yours. What am I doing wrong?

  2. 5 stars
    These are absolutely awesome! Every time I have made these for a gathering, I’ve received compliments galore and requests for the recipe. There are never any leftovers.

  3. Will these be ok if I make the pretzels, boil them in water and then bake them later? I want to make them for Father’s Day but we wouldn’t be eating them until the party but wanted to make the dough before hand

  4. These have been the best soft pretzels I have tried at home(I have tried quite a few). Followed it exactly, though skipped the egg wash and they still turned out a nice golden brown and so delicious! I made the full recipe, then saved half the dough in the freezer for another day. This was so nice as we enjoyed this batch twice and both were perfect. Saving this in my recipe box! Also, these reheat great the next day. Figured they would be harder but a short time in the microwave they tasted just like the day before. Thanks for sharing this!

    1. You can mix with a spoon until it’s too stiff and then just throw it out on the counter and knead with your hands till its smooth and elastic.

  5. I have saved the recipe and tried it today!! It is wonderful! I am not the best cook but these turned out sooo good! Followed recipe to a tee!! Thank you so much for sharing!! Will make at the holidays and get togethers!!!

  6. 5 stars
    AW. SOME. These were SO delicious! Tasted just like Auntie Anne’s. I got so many compliments on how great these tasted. And they really are not that difficult to make. I made half regular and half cinnamon/sugar. For the Cinnamon/sugar ones, after they came out of the oven, I dipped each in melted butter and then tossed them in a sugar and cinnamon mix.

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