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pretzel bites

Homemade Pretzel Bites

Homemade Pretzel Bites are an easy from scratch treat, perfect for a party appetizer or just a snack!  Serve with homemade cheese sauce for the perfect salty and cheesy combination.
Course Appetizer
Cuisine American
Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 8 minutes
Total Time 28 minutes
Servings 6
Author Nichole


  • 1 cup Warm Water
  • 3 tablespoons of dry active yeast
  • 2 Tablespoons Sugar
  • 6 Cups Water For Boiling
  • 3-4 Cups All Purpose Flour
  • ½ teaspoon Salt
  • 1 Large Egg
  • 3 Tablespoons Coarse Sea Salt
  • ½ Cup Baking Soda


  • Preheat the oven to 400 degrees Fahrenheit.
  • Add the warm water to a mixing bowl and sprinkle in the yeast and sugar. Stir to combine.
  • Let the yeast activate for 5 minutes.
  • In the meantime, bring 6 cups of water to a boil over high heat. Add the baking soda and stir. (Note that the baking soda will bubble up so it’s best to use a deep boiling pot.)
  • Once the yeast has puffed up, stir in the ½ teaspoon of salt and 2 cups of flour until combined.
  • Continue adding flour until the dough starts to pull away from the sides of the bowl.
  • Then scoop the dough out onto a well-floured surface and knead it for 5 minutes. Add extra flour if the dough becomes too sticky to handle.
  • Cut the dough into 4 parts. Roll each piece into a long rope to the thickness of pretzel that you prefer and cut the ropes into ½ inch pieces. Lightly tuck or form the pinched end of the pieces so that they don’t look flat.
  • Spray a large baking tray with sides with butter spray and set aside.
  • Using a slotted spoon, add 8-10 pretzel pieces to the boiling baking soda water for 20 seconds. Drain and add them to the baking tray. Repeat with the remaining dough pieces.
  • Arrange the pretzel pieces on the baking tray. (You can arrange them fairly tightly as they will not expand.)
  • Whisk the egg and ¼ cup of water together, brush it onto the pretzels and sprinkle the course sea salt on as well.
  • Bake for 7-8 minutes, or until the tops turn a golden-brown color. Turn the pan around half-way through to bake evenly.
  • Serve immediately with cheese dip, mustard, or honey mustard as desired.