Homemade Soft Pretzel Bites

Tuesday, February 18, 2014

Like a good part of the country, we have had so much snow this winter.  Last week alone we had three different snow storms.  During the snow storm on Thursday, I put together this yummy recipe that I found awhile ago for Homemade Soft Pretzel Bites.  We were all snowed in, so I had some help from my daughter, Olivia.  They were amazing.  They were the perfect snack for a snowy day.  

Homemade Soft Pretzel Bites
Recipe from Organizer By Day.


Pretzel Dough:

  • 1 1/2 cups warm water; 105 to 110 degrees
  • 2 1/4 tsp active dry yeast or one package
  • 6 TBS. butter; melted
  • 2 TBS. brown sugar
  • 4 to 5 cups flour

To Boil the Pretzel Bites:

  • 3 quarts water
  • 3/4 cup baking soda


  • 1 egg mixed with 1 TBS. water
  • Coarse salt. (see NOTE below)


In a mixing bowl, mix together the warm water, sugar, yeast and melted butter.  Let sit for 10 minutes for the yeast mixture to get foamy.
Using the dough hook of your mixer, begin adding four and a half cups of flour; one cup at a time.
Set your timer for 8 minutes and begin letting the machine "knead" the dough; adding more flour as necessary. (I added almost another 1/2 cup of flour while the dough was kneading.)
Turn the dough out onto a floured cutting board and form into a ball.
Place into a lightly greased bowl, cover and let rise for about an hour or until the dough has doubled in size.
Once the dough has doubled in size, break off pieces of the dough and start forming long ropes.
Cut the long ropes into one inch pieces and place on a baking tray; trying not to let the pieces touch each other.
Boil the 3 quarts of water.
Once the water is boiling, slowly add in the baking soda; a little at a time.
Do NOT pour all the baking soda in at once or you will  have a huge mess.
Begin adding your pretzel bites into the boiling water/baking soda mixture.
Let the bites boil for about 30 to 40 seconds and remove with a slotted spoon to a greased baking tray.
Brush the pretzel bites with the egg wash and then add the salt.
Bake in a preheated 425 degree oven for about 15 minutes or until they are golden brown.
Remove the pretzel bites from the oven and let cool on a cooling rack.

Dough has doubled in size...

Form the dough into ropes and then cut into one inch size pieces...

Place the pretzel bites on a baking tray while the water boils...

Slowly add the baking soda into the boiling water...

Once the pretzel bites have boiled for about 40 seconds, place on a greased baking tray and brush with the egg wash and sprinkle with coarse salt.  I used parchment paper...

Bake in a preheated 425 degree oven till golden brown; about 15 minutes...


Tip:  The next time I make these I will brush them with melted butter once they come out of the oven. 

Note:  You can purchase coarse pretzel salt from Amazon for under $10.  


  1. oh those look so good i will definetly give them a try soft pretzels are one of my favorites.. thank you for the awesome recipe


  2. What a great way to spend one of our snowy days - baking with your daughter!

  3. Oh my, those pretzel bites look delicious1

  4. These look absolutely amazing Lois! I can't wait to try this recipe. We love soft pretzels!

  5. Thank you! They look fabulous!

  6. I think of you often about all the snow you have been having. We have had lots but you have had even more. The pretzel bites look delicious.

  7. Can't wait to try these! My daughter needs a healthy snack for school every day and these would be perfect (and not messy!). These look so much better than store pretzels.
    Katie @ Katie's Farm

  8. These look amazing! I LOVE soft pretzels. Now I need a recipe for homemade nacho cheese sauce. :)

    1. 1/2 sharp cheddar 1/2 american (I like Boar's Head) add cumin or rotel to fire it up. I got that from Momables. It is like velvetta but better :)

  9. These homemade pretzel bites look so good! I know my family would eat them all in a matter of minutes. They love this sort of thing. Thanks for sharing!

  10. Thanks for linking to Create Link Inspire at The Crafty Blog Stalker. You have been featured and pinned! Thank you for sharing.
    --Katie, TheCraftyBlogStalker.com

  11. Lois, these look amazing. I want a big plate of these right now! :) Thank you so much for bringing these to Treasure Box Tuesday. I am sharing these little beauties on Facebook this afternoon! ♥

  12. Best salty snack ever! Thanks for linking up with What's Cookin' Wednesday!

  13. My mouth is watering! I can't wait to try these... I'm a sucker for pretzels and this looks awesome. Thanks for sharing!

  14. I love pretzel bites!! They would be perfect right now with my Mocha. ;) Thanks so much for sharing them with us at Best of the Weekend. Pinned to our party board!

  15. I am making these immediately. My son will be super excited.