Homemade Soft Pretzel Bites

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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 1/3 cup, yes a 1/3 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!
4.7 from 46 votes
Prep Time
2 hours
Cook Time
18 minutes
Total Time
2 hours 18 minutes


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
  • 1/3 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


  1. 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.
  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 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 the oven to 425 degrees F.
  5. 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!
  6. 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.
  7. Remove to a baking rack and let rest 5 minutes before eating. Serve with cheese sauce.

To make the cheese sauce:

  1. 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.

Recipe Notes

*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.*

Nutrition Facts
Homemade Soft Pretzel Bites
Amount Per Serving
Calories 181
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

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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! Visit twopeasandtheirpod.com for more simple, fresh, and family friendly meals. #homemade #snack #gameday #pretzel

Maria Lichty

I’m Maria and my husband is Josh. We share a love of cooking, baking, and entertaining. We enjoy creating recipes that are simple, fresh, and family friendly. We love sitting around the table with good food, good conversation, and good friends and family! Our kitchen is always open!
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  1. 5 stars
    Love this recipe…have made it a few times! I wanted you to know though, that pinterest deleted it from my board, saying it was a copyright infringement. I pinned it from a link on your page…so I assume you WANT people to save it to pinterest. If so then you should let pinterest know. If not then you probably shouldn’t have the link here. Thanks!

  2. I’m unfortunately without my stand mixer right now but am dying to make these. Do you think I’m the dough would be you difficult to attempt with a hand mixer and some good ol fashion arm strength?

  3. These look delicious and I’m anxious to try them. How far ahead of time can these be made and how do you store them until ready to serve?

  4. 5 stars
    My husband made these and they turned out great! One tip is to not boil for longer than instructed, as they become rubbery and don’t bake all the way through. You must keep an eye your time.

  5. I’ve seen the questions/responses about making ahead of time. If I wanted to make ahead and freeze them, at what point in the directions would I freeze them? Before boiling? After boiling? After baking and cooling? How would the directions change to cook them after I have frozen them?

    1. You can freeze the dough before boiling. Thaw frozen dough in the refrigerator overnight and then form into bites when the dough is thawed. Let the bites come to room temperature before boiling so they can puff up a little. If you want to bake and then freeze the bites, you can do this too. Baked pretzel bites freeze well for up to 3 months. Thaw and reheat in the oven.

  6. I want to freeze this. Shall I do so before or after the water & baking soda step? Or should I fully bake & pop them in the oven to reheat? Please advise.

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    1. Yes, you can use butter or olive/avocado oil before baking and it will brown nicely while baking. Aquafaba (canned chickpea water) is similar to egg white but should only be used with savory pretzels, while uncolored fruit glaze (esp. neutral nappage, can buy online or make)

      Nappage ingredient list, just mix over low heat to dissolve ingredients

    1. It makes quite a bit. Figure 8 sections of dough rolled to 22”each and cut into 1” bites would give you about 176 bites.

    1. 5 stars
      OMG these pretzels are the best EVER I’m only 13 and like trying new recipes so if you are new to baking 10/10 would recommend. I got a little confused some times but again I’m only 13. But these pretzels are so good. Just make sure you make them all the same size.

    1. About 17-18. (8 pieces 22 in long, each pretzel is 1 inch so 8*22=176. 10 servings per batch makes it 17.6 pretzels, so 17-18)

  8. I have all of the ingredients for this except I only have instant yeast and not active dry. Do you have any idea if that will work and if so if I should use a different amount?? Usually I hate asking questions like this but don’t want to go to the store now just for yeast!

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