Pretzel Bites

Appetizers / Snacks

Pretzel Bites

Celebrate Oktoberfest or your favorite sports team with these poppable Pretzel Bites. Serve a plate of them with nacho cheese sauce, or try them in Belgian Beer Cheese Fondue, or as a topper for Beer Cheese Soup. The crowd will cheer!


48 bites

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Coat a bowl with nonstick spray.

Whisk together flour, sugar, yeast, and ½ tsp. kosher salt in the bowl of a stand mixer; add ¾ cup water and butter. Fit mixer with dough hook.

Mix dough on medium speed until combined and dough pulls away from sides of bowl, 34 minutes. Turn dough onto a lightly floured surface; knead until smooth and slightly sticky.

Place dough into prepared bowl, cover with plastic wrap, and let rest until doubled in size, about 1 hour. Line a baking sheet with parchment; lightly coat with nonstick spray.

Punch down dough, divide into four even pieces, and shape into smooth balls; cover with plastic wrap while shaping. Roll each dough ball into a 12-inch rope. Cut each rope crosswise into 1-inch pieces and place onto prepared baking sheet.

Preheat oven to 400°.

Boil 8 cups water in a pot; stir in baking soda and 1 Tbsp. kosher salt. Drop 10–15 bites into boiling water for 30 seconds; transfer to same baking sheet. Repeat boiling with remaining bites.

Whisk together egg and 1 Tbsp. water, then brush on bites; sprinkle with pretzel salt.

Bake bites until dark brown, 1215 minutes; transfer to a rack to cool.


Portion the dough (6 pieces for buns; 8 pieces for rolls), shape into balls, then bring the “ends” of the dough pieces to the bottom of each ball, to form a smooth top and sides, then gently rotate the dough ball on a clean, flat surface to smooth the bottom.


Boiling the pretzel rolls or buns (or bites) in water with baking soda helps set their shape, aids with browning, and helps create a chewy texture.

Nutritional Facts

Nutritional Facts

Per bite

Calories: 22

% Daily Value*

Total Fat 0g 0%

Saturated Fat 0g 0%

Cholesterol 1mg 0%

Sodium 315mg 13%

Carbs 4g 1%

Protein 1g

*Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet.

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