Homemade Pretzel Bites

Homemade Pretzel Bites with a creamy cheddar cheese dipping sauce are your new favorite appetizer. Poppable and super addicting, these homemade pretzel bites will go fast! They’re perfect for sharing!

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Pretzel Bites on a white plate with cheese sauce in a bowl, and a head dipping a pretzel bite.

Homemade Pretzel Bites

There is seriously nothing better than a homemade soft pretzel. Especially when it’s in bite-sized form. These homemade pretzel bites with cheese sauce are poppable and totally addicting. They make an awesome party appetizer or a fun snack for kids! They come out golden brown and chewy on the outside and buttery and tender on the inside. Best of all it is served with an amazing Homemade Cheese Sauce!

These pretzel bites do take some prep time but are totally worth the effort. They are not as hard to make at home then you would think!

I made these bites with fast-acting yeast so you only need about 10 minutes of rising time. You can substitute active dry yeast just make sure to add an extra hour of time to allow the dough to rise.

Now for the cheese sauce! (Which is my favorite part!) It’s thick, creamy, and only requires 4 ingredients: Butter, flour, milk, and cheese. That’s it! For a little kick add a couple of splashes of hot sauce or cayenne pepper. You can even dice up some jalapeños and add them in. If you are making these for a party I would suggest making the cheese sauce and serving it in a dip warmer!

Best of all everything you need to make these easy pretzel bites are pantry staples! Here’s what you’ll need:

What are pretzel bites made of?

Pretzel Bites

  • Yeast and water: I add fast-acting yeast to warm water to activate it. The water should be optimally 100°F for the yeast to foam and work properly.
  • Salt: Salt seasons the dough.
  • Sugar: Light brown sugar adds a little sweetness and also is what the yeast will feed on to grow.
  • Flour: Plain, all-purpose flour is perfect for this recipe!
  • Butter: I love how buttery these pretzel bites taste! If needed, you could substitute the butter for olive oil, however, the taste would just not be the same!
  • Baking soda: The pretzel bites are boiled in water with baking soda. This helps to make them chewy, just like soft pretzels.
  • Egg: Egg wash is brushed over the pretzel bites to turn a beautiful golden-brown color.

Cheese Sauce

  • Butter: This cheese sauce is kind of like bechamel. The butter is key to its buttery taste!
  • Flour: All-purpose flour thickens the cheese sauce up.
  • Milk: Milk makes this cheese sauce so creamy. You can use whichever kind of milk you prefer!
  • Cheese: I like to add shredded cheddar cheese. It’s sharp and makes the sauce taste super cheesy. The perfect partner for soft pretzel bites!
  • Seasoning: Just a little salt and pepper! Season this sauce to suit your own taste.

Pretzel Bites on a white plate with cheese sauce in a bowl with a pretzel bite dipped in.

How do you make easy Pretzel Bites?

  • Proof yeast: Add yeast and water to a stand mixer with the dough hook attached or a large bowl if mixing by hand. Stir and allow to rest for 1 minute.
  • Make the dough: Add salt, sugar, and butter to the stand mixer and stir until combined. Add in flour, 1 cup at a time on low speed. If the dough is still sticking to the bottom add more flour. I do a tablespoon at a time.
  • Knead the dough: For 5 minutes in the stand mixer. (If you do not have a stand mixer knead by hand)
  • Rise: Shape into a ball and place the dough in a large bowl lightly coated in oil. Cover with a kitchen towel and place in a warm area for 10 minutes.
  • Preheat the oven: To 425°F. Line two large baking sheets with silicone baking mats. Set aside.
  • Cut out the dough: Start by cutting the dough into 6 sections. Roll each section into a long rope. (About 20 inches long). Cut into 1 1/2 inch bite-size pieces.
  • Boil pretzels: Boil 9 cups of water with the baking soda. Drop 8-10 pretzel bites into the water at a time making sure not to overcrowd. Cook for 20 seconds. Remove with a slotted spoon and place onto the prepared baking sheet. Make sure the bites aren’t touching.
  • Egg Wash: Combine the egg and water and whisk until combined. Brush egg wash over each pretzel bite.
  • Bake: Sprinkle with sea salt and bake for 15 minutes or until golden brown.
  • Cool: Remove from the oven and allow them to cool for a couple of minutes on the pan.
  • Serve: Warm with cheese sauce and enjoy!

Dough on a baking tray.

How to make Homemade Cheese Sauce

Start by melting butter in a medium saucepan. Add in flour and whisk until combined. Continue to whisk for 1 minute. Slowly pour in the milk while whisking continuously until thickened, 2-3 minutes. Take off the heat and stir in cheese. Season with salt and pepper to taste.

Variations

How to store this soft pretzel bites recipe?

I think these pretzel bites are best served immediately or eaten the day of. Store these pretzel bites in the freezer or at room temperature versus the refrigerator to avoid becoming soggy. Eat them within 1 or 2 days for the best results. They can always be rewarmed in the microwave, toaster oven, or regular conventional oven.

Can you freeze pretzel bites?

Yes! Store in an airtight container for up to 2 months. To reheat simply thaw in the fridge overnight and re toast in the oven or warm back up in the microwave.

What is a pretzel bite?

A pretzel bite is a bite-sized piece of soft pretzel dough that is boiled and then baked. It’s chewy and salty. They’re so delicious and perfect for sharing!

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Homemade Pretzel Bites

4.88 from 8 votes
Prep Time: 1 hour
Cook Time: 15 minutes
Total Time: 1 hour 15 minutes
Servings: 60 bites
Homemade Pretzel Bites with a creamy cheddar cheese dipping sauce! Popable and super addicting these homemade pretzel bites will go fast!

Ingredients

Homemade Pretzel Bites

  • 1 1/2 cups warm water
  • 2 1/4 teaspoon fast acting yeast
  • 2 teaspoons salt
  • 2 teaspoons light brown sugar
  • 4 1/2 cups all purpose flour plus more if needed
  • 5 tablespoons unsalted butter melted and cooled
  • 1/2 cup baking soda
  • 1 egg
  • 1 tablespoon water

Cheese Sauce

  • 2 tablespoons unsalted butter
  • 2 tablespoons flour
  • 1 cup milk
  • 1 cup shredded cheddar cheese
  • salt and pepper

Instructions

Homemade Pretzel Bites

  • Add yeast and water to a stand mixer with the dough hook attached or a large bowl if mixing by hand. Stir and allow to rest for 1 minute.
  • Add salt, sugar and butter to the stand mixer and stir until combined.
  • Add in flour, 1 cup at a time on low speed. If dough is still sticking to the bottom add more flour. I do a tablespoon at a time.
  • Knead the dough for 5 minutes in the stand mixer. (If you do not have a stand mixer knead by hand)
  • Shape into a ball and place the dough in a large bowl lightly coated in oil.
  • Cover with a kitchen towel and place in a warm area for 10 minutes.
  • Preheat oven to 425°F. Line two large baking sheets with silicone baking mats. Set aside.
  • Cut dough into 6 sections.
  • Roll each section into a long rope. (About 20 inches long)
  • Cut into 1 1/2 inch bite size pieces.
  • Boil 9 cups of water with the baking soda.
  • Drop 8-10 pretzel bites into the water at a time making sure not to over crowd. Cook for 20 seconds. Remove with a slotted spoon and place onto the prepared baking sheet. Make sure the bites aren't touching.
  • Combine the egg and water and whisk until combined.
  • Brush egg wash over each pretzel bite.
  • Sprinkle with sea salt and bake for 15 minutes or until golden brown.
  • Remove from the oven and allow them to cool for a couple of minutes on the pan.
  • Serve with cheese sauce and enjoy!

Cheese Sauce

  • Melt butter in a medium saucepan.
  • Add in flour and whisk until combined. Continue to whisk for 1 minute.
  • Slowly pour in the milk while whisking continuously until thickened, 2-3 minutes.
  • Take off of the heat and stir in cheese.
  • Season with salt and pepper to taste.

Recipe Notes

Adapted from Sallys Baking Addiction

Nutrition Facts
Homemade Pretzel Bites
Amount Per Serving
Calories 60 Calories from Fat 18
% Daily Value*
Fat 2g3%
Saturated Fat 1g6%
Cholesterol 9mg3%
Sodium 366mg16%
Potassium 23mg1%
Carbohydrates 8g3%
Fiber 1g4%
Sugar 1g1%
Protein 2g4%
Vitamin A 70IU1%
Calcium 20mg2%
Iron 0.5mg3%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.
Course: Appetizer
Cuisine: American
Keyword: Appetizer, Homemade Pretzel Bites, Pretzel Bites, Snacks

Originally published Dec 29, 2015

Pretzel Bites pin with title at the top and the bites on a white plate with cheese sauce in a bowl, and a head dipping a pretzel bite.