Soft Pretzel Bites (Easy Homemade Recipe) + Video (2024)

ByDonna Elick


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Thissoftpretzel bites recipecomes out tender and chewy with the most subtle sweetness. Make some easy pretzel snacks right at home in just 30 minutes! If you want to make homemade pretzel bites, try this recipe! I love making these homemade soft pretzel bites for game day, parties, and more!

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I love using simple ingredients to make these homemade soft pretzels. They’re even tasty and soft the next day!

The homemade dough makes the perfect party food or an easy appetizer. You can even make a sweet version by creating these cinnamon sugar pretzel bites.

If you love pretzels, you can make and change this homemade pretzel dough recipe time and time again.

Just keep the dough ingredients on hand for the next time that you want to make homemade pretzels.

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Soft Pretzel Bites Recipe

Soft and tender pretzel bread topped with coarse salt is always delicious, and perfectly poppable bites make it the perfect snack for any occasion.

Plus, this quick and easy pretzel bites recipe can be made with or without a mixer, so whip up a batch today!

For extra flavor, try making these soft pretzel bites withbeer instead of milkor use the same dough to makepretzel dogs.

Add thissmoked quesoand let’s get the party started!

You can even turn them into gooey pretzel bombs stuffed withjalapenos and cheese!

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How To Make Easy Pretzel Bites

This soft pretzel bites recipe comes together quite easily, especially if you have a stand mixer to do the work for you.

Please note that this easy pretzel bites recipe requires the dough hook attachment, so it cannot be made with a hand mixer instead.

  1. Make the dough.First, bloom the yeast in the bowl of a stand mixer. Once it’s nice and foamy, mix in the flour and salt until it forms a ball.
  2. Cut into pieces.Turn out the dough onto the counter and shape it back into a ball.

    Cut that into four even pieces, then roll each quarter into a long strand. Slice each strand into 16 pieces, about 1-inch long each.

  3. Do a baking soda bath.This is what gives soft pretzels that golden brown color and chewy exterior, so don’t skip this step!
  4. Bake until browned.Transfer the bites to a lined baking sheet, leaving space so none are touching.

    Brush the tops with egg wash and sprinkle with salt, then bake.

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Helpful Tips and Tricks

  • When is the dough ready?It should be tacky, not sticky. This means it will pull away from the sides of the mixer as it forms into a ball.

    You can also test it by pressing your finger lightly into the dough. If your finger pulls away clean, then it’s ready to cut!

  • Create uniform pieces.While any knife can be used to cut the dough into bites, I find that a bench scraper makes quick and easy work of the whole process.

    Plus, the edges come out smooth and clean.

  • Storage and reheating.These are best hot out of the oven, but they should stay fresh for a day or two in the refrigerator.

    Or, you can freeze them for up to 3 months. Reheat in the microwave or oven until warmed through.

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Soft Pretzel Bites Recipe FAQ

What dip goes well with soft pretzel bites?

These are delicious in something as simple as mustard or pair it with a warm bowl ofcheddar dip. You could even serve this with my deliciousBeer Cheese Fondue!

Some people don’t like cheese sauce, but just want to add a bit of pretzel salt on top.

Can I double this easy pretzel bites recipe?

Sure! I would recommend making the dough itself in batches, but you could cut it into pieces all at once and bake the pieces together using two baking sheets.

Can I make these pretzel snacks without a stand mixer?

No problem! You can make the dough by hand instead. Add milk, yeast, and honey to a large bowl. Once the yeast blooms, add the salt and flour and mix everything with a spoon.

Turn the dough out onto a floured surface and knead for 3-5 minutes until the dough is no longer sticky. Then, proceed with the remaining instructions.

What are the best toppings for pretzels?

I’m all about a bit of melted butter and salt. Coarse sea salt is great, but you can go the sweet route with brown sugar as well. You can also add everything bagel seasoning or skip the topping altogether and then just pair it with a dipping sauce.

There are so many different toppings that you can add to the top of the pretzels. I love buttery pretzel bites as one of my picks!

How do I store leftovers of these delicious pretzels?

Save these baked pretzels for later by letting them cool to room temperature and then store them in an airtight container. For the best results, you can reheat them in the microwave to bring back a bit of softness if they get a bit tough.

You can also wrap or cover them with a clean damp towel to help bring back a bit of moisture for the best results.

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Donna Elick

This pretzel bites recipe comes out tender and chewy with the most subtle sweetness. Make some right at home in just 30 minutes!

5 stars from 2 reviews

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Prep Time 22 minutes mins

Cook Time 8 minutes mins

Total Time 30 minutes mins

Course Snack

Cuisine American

Method Oven

Servings 64


  • teaspoons active dry yeast
  • cups warm milk, 110°-120°F
  • 2 tablespoons honey
  • cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon kosher salt
  • ½ cup baking soda
  • 1 large egg
  • course salt, or pretzel salt


  • Preheat oven to 450°F. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper or spray with cooking spray.

  • Pour milk into the bowl of a stand mixer (see cooks note if you do not have a stand mixer), sprinkle yeast over top, add honey and stir. Allow yeast to bloom for 5-10 minutes. Once it is nice and foamy, it is ready.

  • Fill an 8 quart pot with water and bring to a boil over medium high heat. In a small bowl beat egg and 2 tablespoons water with a fork. Set aside. Wash a section of counter top for rolling out dough. Do not flour it or it will be harder to roll out the dough.

  • Add flour and salt to mixer. Knead for about 3 minutes until the dough comes together in one ball. Add more flour a tablespoon at a time as needed, if bread is too sticky to come together. Dough should be tacky when you pull it out of the mixer, not sticky.

  • Place dough on counter top and form dough into a ball. We are going to cut this ball into 64 (somewhat) even pieces. First quarter the ball of dough. Roll each quarter into an 18-22” strand. Cut that into 4 equal pieces. Then cut each piece into 4 equal pieces. I used a bench scraper but a butter knife will work fine. When you are done you will have 64 pieces.

  • Carefully, add baking soda to boiling water. USE CAUTION: IT WILL BUBBLE UP. Place dough bites into boiling water about 10 at a time. Remove with a slotted spoon after 30 seconds. Place on parchment paper to cool and repeat until all bites have been boiled.

  • Arrange all pretzel bites on parchment so they are not touching. Brush egg wash onto each one and sprinkle with coarse salt.

  • Bake for 7-9 minutes until the tops are browned.

  • Enjoy!


Donna’s Notes

You can mix the dough by hand if you do not have a stand mixer. Add milk, yeast and honey to a bowl. Once the yeast blooms stir in the salt and the flour. Mix with a spoon. Turn dough out onto floured counter top and knead for 3-5 minutes until dough is no longer sticky. Proceed with remaining instructions.


Serving: 1 | Calories: 30cal | Carbohydrates: 6g | Protein: 1g | Fat: 1g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 3mg | Sodium: 296mg | Sugar: 1g | Fiber: 1g | Calcium: 7mg | Iron: 1mg

All nutritional information is based on third party calculations and is only an estimate. Each recipe’s nutritional value will vary depending on the ingredients used, measuring methods, and portion sizes.

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Originally published March 2014, updated and republished March 2024

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Why do you boil soft pretzels before baking? ›

The answer lies in a brief dip in an alkaline water bath before baking. This bath essentially gelatinizes the outside of the pretzel, preventing it from fully “springing” during baking (as bread does) and giving pretzels their signature chewy crust. It also gives them their unique and indelible “pretzel” flavor.

What's the difference between a pretzel and a soft pretzel? ›

Soft pretzels can usually be baked in 15 minutes; hard pretzels, meanwhile, must be baked for up to an hour. The longer baking time further dries out the pretzel. And, as we have discussed, the lack of moisture is what gives the hard pretzel its brittle texture.

How do you get salt to stick to pretzel bites? ›

Lightly spray (mist) the tops of the pretzels with cool water from a distance of at least at least 18”. You don't want to soak the skin, just moisten it. LIGHTLY Sprinkle the Pretzel Salt provided to have a small amount on each pretzel. You can re-use any salt that falls off onto the sheetpan after your baking process.

Why did you dip your pretzel dough into baking soda and water? ›

Like lye, baking soda is an alkaline substance, and when mixed with water and brushed over the pretzel dough, it changes the pH of the dough and gelates the surface starch. In the oven, the starch gel hardens and the alkaline baking soda makes browning happen fast.

What happens if you don't boil pretzels before baking? ›

Like bagels, pretzels are made in boiling water prior to baking to give them their snappy outsides and chewy insides (messy!). Soft pretzels must be boiled, or dipped in a baking soda bath (or lye if you're gusty and strict with your pretzel traditions).

What is the secret ingredient which makes a pretzel taste like a pretzel? ›

Pretzels are dipped in food-grade lye before baking. It gives them a characteristic shine and flavor.

Are soft pretzels junk food? ›

Pretzels may be better than some fatty chips, but four out of five nutrition experts surveyed by Time say if you're trying to eat healthy, pretzels shouldn't be your go-to snack. Although pretzels are low-fat, they are also pretty paltry on the protein and fiber front, and they can be quite high in sodium and carbs.

Are soft pretzels healthier than hard pretzels? ›

As you can see in the table above, one soft pretzel could contain 2.5 times more calories and carbs than one serving of hard pretzels. A soft pretzel also has twice as much salt per serving. Still, one soft pretzel contains more vitamins and minerals than a serving of hard pretzels.

What is the best salt for homemade soft pretzels? ›

Ideally, you would use pretzel salt when making pretzels. But this type of salt is not always easy to find in the store. That's why many people turn to kosher salt instead. And indeed, these two types of salt have a lot in common.

What kind of salt goes on soft pretzels? ›

An intensely white and clean salt that provides visual and textural appeal to soft pretzels, breadsticks and other topical applications as well as seasonings and rubs.

How do you store homemade pretzel bites? ›

Let pretzel bites cool completely. Place them on a baking sheet so they are not touching and freeze until solid, about 1 hour (this flash freezing prevents them from sticking to each other). Place in a large freezer bag or smaller plastic bags for individual servings. Freeze for up to 3 months.

What is the secret solution for Auntie Anne's pretzels? ›

Brown Sugar- brown sugar is what Auntie Anne's pretzels, use for their pretzel dough. Salt- use good quality sea salt. Baking powder- works as a dough conditioner for these soft homemade pretzels. Basic Alkaline wash- is a simple baking soda and water solution made for dipping pretzels in.

What is the purpose of putting an egg wash on the pretzel? ›

Egg wash is a mix of beaten whole egg and water (or milk or cream), which is used to brush onto the top of baked goods before baking. The purpose of egg wash is to provide a nice golden brown, shiny finish on your baking.

What state eats the most pretzels? ›

The area roughly considered to constitute the Pretzel Belt, identified with Pennsylvania Dutch Country. Pennsylvania in general produces 80% of the pretzels consumed in the United States, with many of the top producers located in York County alone.

Do you have to boil pretzels in baking soda water? ›

The boiling water + baking soda is important for color and texture of pretzel. Baking soda raises pH, thus creating a basic solution. This help the browning process during baking, which will occur more in basic pH. Thus, producing the desired flavor and brown color of pretzel.

How do you keep soft pretzels from getting soggy? ›

Refrigerating soft pretzels can turn them soggy and affect their flavor. Freezing pretzels, however, will help retain their texture and softness. You can freeze most food that's properly stored indefinitely, and the food will still be safe to eat.

How do you keep soft pretzels from drying out? ›

Individually Wrapped: Wrap each pretzel in plastic wrap to protect against dry air. Room Temperature for Short-Term: Store them in an airtight container at room temperature if enjoying within a couple of days. Refrigerate for a Little Longer: Wrapped pretzels can be refrigerated for up to a week.

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