Mozzarella Stuffed Rosemary and Parmesan Soft Pretzels

These Mozzarella Stuffed Rosemary and Parmesan Soft Pretzels are a delightful fusion of chewy dough and savory cheeses, perfect for any occasion. Learn how to craft these homemade treats with our step-by-step guide!

Ingredients :

  • 1 ½ cups warm water (between 110-115°F)
  • 1 package Rapid Rise yeast
  • 1 ½ tablespoons sugar
  • 1 ¾ teaspoons salt
  • 2 tablespoons fresh rosemary, chopped
  • 4 ¼ cups all-purpose flour
  • 6 tablespoons unsalted butter, very soft
  • 10 cups water (for cooking)
  • ¾ cup baking soda
  • 1 cup mozzarella cheese, shredded (for filling)
  • ¼ cup Parmesan cheese, grated (for filling)
  • 1 egg, beaten (for egg wash)
  • Optional toppings: 2 tablespoons melted butter, ¼ cup Parmesan cheese, ½ tablespoon fresh rosemary, ½ teaspoon garlic powder, ½ teaspoon black pepper, pinch of salt


1. Making the Dough:

  • Combine warm water, yeast, sugar, and salt in a stand mixer bowl. Let it sit until foamy (about 10 minutes).
  • Add chopped rosemary, flour, and soft butter. Knead on medium speed for 12 minutes until smooth.
  • Cover and let the dough rise in a warm place for about an hour until doubled in size.

2. Assembly and Cooking:

  • Mix shredded mozzarella and grated Parmesan cheese in a bowl and chill in the freezer.
  • Preheat oven to 425°F. Line baking sheets with parchment paper.
  • Boil water and baking soda in a large pot.
  • Divide dough into 8 rounds, then roll each into a 16-inch rope.
  • Flatten each rope to 4 inches wide and fill with cheese mixture.
  • Roll dough into a jelly roll shape, pinching edges tightly.
  • Form each into a pretzel shape and boil in water mixture for 30 seconds each.
  • Transfer pretzels to baking sheets, brush with egg wash, and bake for 16-18 minutes until golden.

3. Optional Toppings:

  • Combine Parmesan cheese, rosemary, garlic powder, black pepper, and salt in a bowl.
  • Brush baked pretzels with melted butter and sprinkle with topping mixture.

4. Serve and Enjoy:

  • Let pretzels cool on sheets for 5 minutes before serving warm.

Total Time: 2 hours 10 minutes
Servings: 8

Serving and Storage Tips :

Serving Suggestions:

  • Serve these pretzels warm, fresh from the oven, for the best flavor and texture.
  • Pair with mustard, marinara sauce, or a cheese dip for dipping.

Presentation Tips:

  • Arrange pretzels on a rustic wooden board or serving platter for a charming presentation.
  • Garnish with extra chopped fresh rosemary or grated Parmesan cheese for an extra touch of flavor and visual appeal.

Storage Instructions:

  • Store leftover pretzels in an airtight container at room temperature for up to 2 days.
  • To maintain freshness, reheat pretzels in the oven at 350°F for 5-7 minutes before serving.

Freezing Tips:

  • These pretzels can be frozen for longer storage. Wrap each pretzel individually in plastic wrap and then place in a freezer-safe bag or container.
  • To reheat frozen pretzels, thaw overnight in the refrigerator and then reheat in a 350°F oven for 10-12 minutes until warmed through.

Enjoy your Mozzarella Stuffed Rosemary and Parmesan Soft Pretzels! Perfect for gatherings, snacks, or whenever you crave a cheesy, savory treat.


  1. Herb Variations:
    • Experiment with different herbs such as thyme, oregano, or basil in place of rosemary for varied flavors.
    • Combine multiple herbs for a unique herbaceous twist.
  2. Cheese Variations:
    • Substitute mozzarella with other cheeses like cheddar, Swiss, or Gouda for different flavor profiles.
    • Mix cheeses together for a blend of flavors.
  3. Sweet and Savory Combinations:
    • Add a touch of sweetness by sprinkling pretzels with cinnamon sugar before baking for a sweet-savory contrast.
    • Incorporate dried fruit bits or nuts into the cheese filling for added texture and flavor complexity.
  4. Spicy Options:
    • Introduce a spicy kick by mixing chopped jalapeños or red pepper flakes into the cheese filling.
    • Serve with a spicy dipping sauce like sriracha mayo or jalapeño ranch.
  5. Whole Grain Pretzels:
    • Use whole wheat flour or a mixture of whole wheat and all-purpose flour for a heartier, healthier option.
    • Add seeds like sesame, poppy, or flaxseed to the dough for added crunch and nutrition.
  6. Mini Pretzel Bites:
    • Instead of shaping into large pretzels, cut the dough into smaller pieces and make bite-sized pretzel balls.
    • Perfect for parties or as a snack for kids.
  7. Gluten-Free Option:
    • Substitute gluten-free all-purpose flour and ensure all other ingredients are gluten-free certified.
    • Adjust baking time and temperature as needed for gluten-free flour.
  8. Stuffed Varieties:
    • Experiment with different fillings such as cooked bacon bits, sun-dried tomatoes, or caramelized onions along with the cheese.
  9. Dipping Sauces:
    • Serve with a variety of dipping sauces like honey mustard, creamy cheese sauce, or balsamic reduction for added flavor enhancement.
  10. Seasonal Twists:
    • Modify toppings and fillings based on seasonal ingredients. For example, use fresh summer herbs or roasted winter squash.
  11. Bacon and Cheddar Twist:
    • Add cooked and crumbled bacon along with shredded cheddar cheese to the filling for a hearty twist.
  12. Pizza-Inspired Pretzels:
    • Fill with marinara sauce, pepperoni slices, and mozzarella cheese for a pizza-flavored pretzel experience.
  13. Spinach and Artichoke Dip Pretzels:
    • Mix chopped spinach and artichoke hearts into a creamy cheese filling for a delicious dip-inspired pretzel.
  14. Buffalo Chicken Pretzels:
    • Toss shredded cooked chicken in buffalo sauce and mix with blue cheese crumbles for a spicy and tangy filling.
  15. Caprese Pretzels:
    • Layer sliced tomatoes, fresh basil leaves, and mozzarella cheese in the pretzel dough for a Mediterranean twist.
  16. Pesto and Sun-Dried Tomato Pretzels:
    • Spread pesto sauce on the dough and sprinkle with chopped sun-dried tomatoes and Parmesan cheese before rolling.
  17. Apple and Brie Pretzels:
    • Thinly slice apples and layer with slices of Brie cheese for a sweet and savory combination.
  18. Cinnamon Roll Pretzels:
    • Roll the dough with cinnamon sugar filling and serve with a cream cheese glaze for a sweet treat.

Feel free to customize these Mozzarella Stuffed Rosemary and Parmesan Soft Pretzels to suit your taste preferences or to create themed variations for different occasions!

FAQs :

  1. Can I make the dough ahead of time?
    • Yes, you can prepare the dough, let it rise, and refrigerate it overnight. Bring it to room temperature before shaping and baking.
  2. Can I freeze these pretzels?
    • Absolutely! Wrap them individually and store in the freezer. Reheat in the oven when ready to serve.
  3. What can I serve with these pretzels?
    • They pair well with mustard, marinara sauce, or a cheese dip. Get creative with your favorite dips!
  4. How do I store leftover pretzels?
    • Store in an airtight container at room temperature for up to 2 days. Reheat before serving for best results.
  5. Can I use dried rosemary instead of fresh?
    • Yes, you can substitute dried rosemary, but adjust the amount as dried herbs are more potent.
  6. Can I make these pretzels gluten-free?
    • Yes, use gluten-free all-purpose flour and ensure all ingredients are gluten-free certified.
  7. How can I prevent the pretzels from becoming too chewy?
    • Avoid overcooking in the boiling water bath and do not over-knead the dough.
  8. Can I make smaller pretzels or pretzel bites?
    • Yes, you can divide the dough into smaller portions and adjust baking time accordingly.
  9. What is the best way to reheat these pretzels?
    • Reheat in a 350°F oven for 5-7 minutes until warmed through.
  10. How can I add a crispy crust to these pretzels?
    • Increase baking temperature slightly or brush with additional melted butter before baking.

Enjoy the delightful blend of chewy dough, aromatic rosemary, and gooey cheeses in these Mozzarella Stuffed Rosemary and Parmesan Soft Pretzels. Whether as a savory snack or party appetizer, these pretzels are sure to please with their homemade freshness and versatile flavors. Experiment with different variations and serve them warm for the ultimate indulgence!