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!
4.73 from 58 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
    I use this to get my teenagers to hang out with us in the same room on Saturday nights …. at least until they’re gone. I just buy the cheese raise. It’s easier and has better dipping consistemcy.

  2. 4 stars
    she said, “For sharing” HAHAHAHA THESE ARE ALL MINE!!!!!! MINE!

    on a serious note, good recipe, made exactly how i would haha

  3. I made this today and did exactly half as I wasn’t sure of the outcome. Finally a recipe that works!!! They were so crusty outside and softer inside. Thanks for sharing!!

  4. Hi! I really want to make this! But your post says 1/2 cup of baking soda. The ingredients list says 1/3 cup. Which one to go with? Thanks!

  5. 5 stars
    These turned out great- and the cheese sauce too! I would like to make these for a appy in 2 weeks. It made a lot of cheese sauce. Can I freeze the sauce? it would be lovely if I could make a batch of fresh pretzels and just whip some cheese sauce out of the freezer and bring to dinner. I have a couple other dips to name too. If not how long can it stay in the fridge?

  6. 5 stars
    Came out great, rewrote the original recipe with no changes to cut out unnecessary wording. Baked at 420* for 10 minutes, because we’re at 1100 ft. Came out the best on my stoneware. Doubled.

  7. Have you ever prepped these ahead of time to bake later? I am wondering if I could boil, then freeze, and bake when ready to eat. Or freeze dough bites and boil and bake when ready to eat.

  8. 5 stars
    I made these for myself and loved them! Then I made them for my neighbor’s birthday party and I LITERALLY had people following me around as I walked the bowl over to the bar, because they had sampled them on my way in and wanted LOTS MORE! They went QUICKLY! The first time I made them, I didn’t bother with the cheese dip. But I made that for the party and it is a WONDERFUL dip for these pretzels. I’ve since made them a few more times and each time…people rave about them. I’ve shared your link MANY times.

  9. 5 stars
    Made these tester for my daughters birthday party. They were a big hit!!  I actually had some pretzel salt from KAF. Sooo good!!

  10. 5 stars
    These were so good! A hit! I get requests to make these everytime we have people over ! I did split the cheese dip in half, half as per recipe. The other half I added diced jalapenos. The jalapeno cheese added a nice kick!

  11. Hi! I plan to make this for Christmas. Is it possible to make the bites ahead and freeze them? If yes, should I cook the bites first or freeze the dough bites? Thank you!

  12. Anyone skipped the egg wash and salt part? And tossed the bites in melted butter after baking then sprinkling with salt? That’s how our pretzel place does it. I would assume it would work here also. 

  13. 5 stars
    Ok, so when I saw this recipe, I went crazy and said I had to try it. So obviously, I tried it! I would say that it’s kind of complicated if your a beginner chef, but otherwise it’s AMAZING! The taste is spot on, and I would totally recommend it for anyone! TYSM

    Thanks so much,

  14. We make these every year for the Super Bowl and they are so delicious! The only problem is my cheese sauce. It’s always clumpy and gross. I follow the directions to a T. Any suggestions? I’ve tried shredded cheese and block cheese.

    1. Make sure the flour is completely mixed smoothly in milk before adding cheese. And freshly shredded cheese melts better than pre-shredded. Hope that helps!

    2. Use meltable cheese. Something like havarti or Chihuahua or even American something that melts and doesn’t have a huge fat content which is why you’re getting clumps cheddar does not mix well

  15. Is the dough able to be refrigerated overnight with no issues? I want to prep for the game tomorrow but do not want to ruin them!

  16. 5 stars
    I made pretzel bites during an ice storm. I had nothing better to do . I have to admit I had never even attempted to make pretzels. 
    I loved the experience. Easy to follow directions. 
    That does not happen with just skill or experience but a good recipe and easy to follow directions are vital for success .
    They tasted great. I took part of the dough and made pizza . It was great!.
    I will be using this recipe for my pizzas.

  17. 5 stars
    These are absolutely amazing and only costed me $4 to make them because we already had the other ingredients. I would totally recommend these to anyone who wants some delicious mini pretzels! The only thing that I was concerned about is how you are supposed to store them do they don’t dry out, but I guess we will just have to see!

  18. 5 stars
    I have made these a couple times now and they are excellent. The recipe is easy to follow. Everyone enjoys them and they make the house smell heavenly when baking.

  19. This recipe is easy and delicious. I made them today and can hardly wait for my husband to try them. YUM!

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