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Soft Pretzel Bites with Cheese Sauce by The BakerMama

Soft Pretzel Bites

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  • Author: The BakerMama
  • Prep Time: 1 hour 30 minutes
  • Cook Time: 15
  • Total Time: 1 hour 45 minutes
  • Yield: 120 pretzel bites


With a crisp, salty outside and dense, chewy inside, these Soft Pretzel Bites with Cheese Sauce elevate snack time. From-scratch pretzels and melty cheese make a snack the whole family will love!



  • 1 (1/4 ounce) package active dry yeast (2–1/4 teaspoons)
  • 1 tablespoon granulated sugar
  • 1 cup warm water (110°F)
  • 1 tablespoon unsalted butter, melted & slightly cooled
  • 21/2 cups all-purpose or bread flour
  • 1 teaspoon kosher salt


Other Ingredients:

  • 7 cups water
  • 1/3 cup baking soda
  • 2 large eggs
  • 2 teaspoons water
  • coarse sea salt, for sprinkling


  1. In a large bowl, add the yeast and sugar. Gently pour the warm water over it and let proof until foamy, about 5 minutes.
  2. Whisk in the melted butter and then stir in the flour and salt until well combined. Using well-floured hands, form dough into a moist ball. Place in a lightly greased bowl and cover with a damp cloth. Let dough rise in a warm place until doubled in size, about 1 hour.
  3. Bring 7 cups water and 1/3 cup baking soda to a slight boil in a large pot. Reduce heat to medium low.
  4. Preheat oven to 425°F. Cover two baking sheets with parchment paper. Set a wire rack over another baking sheet.
  5. Once dough has doubled in size, divide into 6 equal portions, about 1/2 cup each. Place portions of dough back into the greased bowl and cover with the damp cloth while you work with one portion at a time.
  6. Roll and stretch a portion of dough into a 20-inch rope with your hands. Cut the dough into about one-inch pieces to make the pretzel bites. Repeat with two more portions of dough. You will want to make the pretzel bites in two batches (3 portions of dough and then the remaining 3 portions of dough)
  7. Gently place about 15 of the pretzel bites at a time into the hot baking soda solution, for about 15 seconds, and then transfer to the wire rack. Repeat process with 15 more bites of dough until you’ve boiled all of the bites from the first three portions of dough.
  8. Transfer boiled pretzel bites to the parchment-lined baking sheet. Whisk together one egg and 1 teaspoon water. Brush the egg wash all over the tops and sides of each pretzel bite and immediately sprinkle generously with coarse sea salt.
  9. Place baking sheet on the top rack of the oven and bake pretzel bites until golden, 12-14 minutes, rotating baking sheet halfway through baking time.
  10. While first batch of pretzel bites are baking, prepare the other three portions of dough into boiled bites so they’re ready to go in the oven when the first batch comes out.
  11. Serve with cheese sauce (see recipe).