Soft pretzel bites are a fun snack for parties and game-day. You don’t have to worry about shaping the pretzels and instead the dough is cut into bite-sized pieces and baked. Serve them plain or salted with your favorite dipping sauce on the side.
Ever since I’ve made my own homemade soft pretzels, I’ve been a little obsessed with trying new variations and these soft pretzel bites are my newest version.
These are great if you don’t want to worry about tying pretzels into knots (it can be a little challenging getting them just right) or if you don’t want big pretzels. These little pretzels are bite-sized and easier to make than traditional ones.
So far, I’ve made cheese pretzels, turtle-shaped pretzels and pizza pretzels and I’ve loved them all, but I thought making plain pretzels bites would be good to share in case you want to try a simple version. What I love about them is that you can eat them plain or dip them in sauce like marinara, nacho cheese, or ranch.
Steps for Making Pretzel Bites
You don’t need a lot of ingredients to make pretzels, but it does take time because they are made with yeast and it needs time to rise. The recipe I’m sharing is similar to my soft pretzels recipe and in that post, I share a lot of details about how to make homemade pretzels, so be sure to check it out.
There are basically five steps for this recipe:
- Make the dough: I like to use my stand mixer to make the dough because it makes it easy to mix the ingredients and knead the dough using the hook attachment.
- Let the dough rise: Once the dough is made it needs to rise for 50 to 55 minutes or until the dough has doubled in size.
- Divide and cut the dough: Divide and roll the dough into 16 ropes. Cut each into 1-inch pieces.
- Boil the dough: This step is what gives your pretzel bites the right texture and flavor. You just boil the bites for 30 seconds in water and baking soda.
- Bake the pretzels: Once you’ve boiled the pretzel bites you can place them on a baking sheet. Since they’re small they bake in about six to eight minutes.
Soft Pretzel Bites
- 1 1/2 cups warm water 110 to 115°F water
- 1 tbsp sugar
- 2 tsp salt
- 2 1/4 tsp active dry yeast
- 4 1/2 cups all purpose flour
- 2 oz unsalted butter melted
- 2/3 cup baking soda
- 1 large egg
- 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.
- 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.
- Preheat the oven to 450°F.
- Using a large sauce pan, fill with water. Bring the water to a boil and add the baking soda.
- 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.
- 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.
The nutrition information provided are only estimates based on an online nutritional calculator. I am not a certified nutritionist. Please consult a professional nutritionist or doctor for accurate information and any dietary restrictions and concerns you may have.