Soft Pretzel Bites

I’ve made soft pretzels quite a few times now and I love how easy they are to make. Now that I’ve got the regular soft pretzel down, I’ve been trying out variations. So far I’ve done turtles and salami and cheese pretzels. Last weekend I thought it would be cool to do pretzel bites. A perfect snack for superbowl, movie night, etc.

My first attempt didn’t come out so great. I didn’t shape the bites right and I undercooked them. So this weekend, I tried again. This time it worked out perfectly.

I chose to omit the salt because I don’t like salt on my pretzels. These little bites are perfect and a great solution for those who have had trouble making pretzel shapes.

Recipe: Soft Pretzel Bites

(adapted from Alton Brown)


(Print recipe here)


  • 1 1/2 cups warm (110 to 115 degrees F) water
  • 1 tablespoon sugar
  • 2 teaspoons salt
  • 2 1/4 tsp active dry yeast
  • 4 1/2 cups all purpose flour
  • 2 ounces unsalted butter, melted
  • 2/3 cup baking soda
  • 1 large egg


  1. Combine the warm water, sugar and salt in the bowl of a stand mixer and sprinkle the yeast on top. Allow it to sit for about 5 minutes. Add the flour and butter and using the dough hook attachment, mix on low speed until well combined. Change to medium speed and knead about 5 minutes until the dough is smooth and pulls away from the side of the bowl. Remove the dough from the bowl, and place the dough in a glass bowl oiled with vegetable oil. Cover with plastic wrap and let rise in a warm place for approximately 50 to 55 minutes or until the dough has doubled in size.
  2. Divide the dough into 16 pieces. Roll out each piece of dough into a 12 inch rope. Using a sharp knife, cut rope into 1 inch pieces.

  3. Preheat the oven to 450 degrees F.
  4. Using a large sauce pan, fill with water. Bring the water to a boil and add the baking soda.
  5. Place the pretzels into the boiling water for 30 seconds. Remove them from the water using a large flat spatula. Place pretzels on baking sheet lined with parchment paper or silpat mat.
  6. Beat one large egg. Brush the top of each pretzel bite with the beaten egg. Bake until dark golden brown in color, approximately 6-8 minutes.

9 comments on “Soft Pretzel Bites”

  1. These look wonderful!!! Alton never lets me down!

  2. YUM! Going to try these post haste!

    • The great thing about soft pretzels is that you can freeze the unbaked dough too. I ended up only making bites with half the dough and froze the rest so I can make some fresh ones whenever I feel like it.

  3. I love soft prtezels, but I don’t like eating the entire thing, so this is really the perfect snack. Nice pictures too!
    Charlie, 12 year old food blogger

  4. What beautiful photos and what a lovely recipe. I came across your photos on foodgawker today and am so glad I did. Your blog looks lovely and I look forward to following your posts. THANKS!
    Rivki @ Healthy Eating for Ordinary People

  5. These look so munchable and delicious!

  6. Just wanted to let you know I posted about making your Soft Pretzel Bites, they were absolutely devoured! Love them and will always keep these in my back pocket 🙂

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