Pretzel Bites Recipe

Craving a savory snack that’s both soft and chewy? Look no further than these delightful homemade Pretzel Bites! Whether you’re hosting a party, watching the game, or simply craving a tasty treat, these bite-sized pretzels are sure to satisfy. Let’s dive into the recipe:


  • 1 ½ cups warm water
  • 1 packet active dry yeast (or 2 1/4 teaspoons)
  • 1 tablespoon granulated sugar
  • 1 ½ teaspoons Kosher salt, plus extra for topping
  • 4 cups all-purpose flour
  • ⅓ cup baking soda (for boiling water)
  • 1 large egg, whisked
  • Melted butter, for brushing (optional)


  1. Start by stirring together warm water, yeast, and sugar in a small bowl. Allow the mixture to sit for 3 to 5 minutes until it becomes foamy. Then, add Kosher salt and stir to combine.
  2. Preheat your oven to 425°F and line a baking sheet with a silicone mat or parchment paper.
  3. In the bowl of a stand mixer fitted with the dough hook attachment, combine flour and the yeast mixture. Knead for 5 minutes until a smooth dough forms. Alternatively, knead by hand.
  4. Divide the dough into 6 equal sections. Roll each section into ropes about 15 inches long and 1 inch thick. Cut the ropes into 1 1/2 to 2-inch pieces using scissors. Optionally, cut a “t” or “x” on the top of each pretzel bite.
  5. In a small pot, bring about 8 cups of water and 1/3 cup baking soda to a boil over medium heat. Boil about 8 pieces of dough at a time for 30 seconds, then remove with a slotted spoon and place on the prepared baking sheet.
  6. Lightly brush the boiled dough with beaten egg and sprinkle with Kosher salt.
  7. Bake the pretzel bites for 8 to 10 minutes, or until golden brown. If desired, turn the oven to broil for the last minute to brown the tops further. Transfer the pretzel bites to a cooling rack and brush with melted butter, if using.
  8. Serve warm with your favorite dipping sauce and enjoy the delicious homemade pretzel bites!

Prep Time: 25 minutes Cooking Time: 10 minutes Total Time: 40 minutes Servings: 12

Serving and Storage Tips:

  1. Serving Suggestions:
    • Serve your homemade Pretzel Bites warm, either on their own or with your favorite dipping sauces such as mustard, cheese sauce, or marinara.
    • Arrange the pretzel bites on a platter with toothpicks for easy serving at parties or gatherings.
  2. Storage Instructions:
    • Store any leftover pretzel bites in an airtight container at room temperature for up to 2 days.
    • To maintain their freshness and texture for longer, store the pretzel bites in the refrigerator for up to 5 days. Reheat them in the oven or toaster oven before serving to restore their warmth and crispiness.
    • If you prefer to freeze the pretzel bites for later enjoyment, allow them to cool completely, then place them in a freezer-safe bag or container. They can be stored in the freezer for up to 1 month. Reheat from frozen in the oven or toaster oven until warmed through.

By following these serving and storage tips, you can ensure that your homemade Pretzel Bites stay fresh and delicious, allowing you to enjoy their savory goodness whenever the craving strikes!


  1. Cinnamon Sugar Pretzel Bites:
    • After baking, toss the warm pretzel bites in a mixture of cinnamon and sugar for a sweet and satisfying treat. Serve with cream cheese frosting or caramel sauce for dipping.
  2. Everything Bagel Pretzel Bites:
    • Sprinkle the boiled pretzel bites with an everything bagel seasoning blend before baking for a savory twist. Serve with a side of cream cheese or garlic aioli for dipping.
  3. Garlic Parmesan Pretzel Bites:
    • Before baking, brush the boiled pretzel bites with melted butter infused with minced garlic. After baking, sprinkle with grated Parmesan cheese and chopped parsley for a flavorful snack.
  4. Jalapeño Cheddar Pretzel Bites:
    • Fold shredded cheddar cheese and finely diced jalapeños into the dough before shaping the pretzel bites. Top with additional cheese before baking for a spicy and cheesy variation.
  5. Pretzel Bite Sliders:
    • Use the pretzel bites as mini buns for sliders by sandwiching your favorite fillings such as sliced deli meats, cheese, and condiments between two pretzel bites. Secure with toothpicks for a fun and portable snack or appetizer.
  6. Stuffed Pretzel Bites:
    • Fill the pretzel bites with your favorite ingredients such as pepperoni and mozzarella cheese, ham and Swiss cheese, or spinach and feta cheese before shaping and boiling. Encase the filling completely in the dough, then proceed with boiling and baking as usual.
  7. Chocolate-Dipped Pretzel Bites:
    • Dip the cooled pretzel bites in melted chocolate, then sprinkle with crushed nuts, sprinkles, or sea salt before the chocolate sets. Allow the chocolate to harden before serving for a sweet and salty dessert option.

Experiment with these variations to customize your Pretzel Bites and create a variety of delicious snacks and appetizers that everyone will love!


  1. Can I use instant yeast instead of active dry yeast?
    • Yes, you can substitute instant yeast for active dry yeast in this recipe. However, you may need to adjust the rising time slightly as instant yeast tends to activate faster.
  2. Can I make the dough ahead of time and refrigerate it overnight?
    • Yes, you can prepare the dough ahead of time and refrigerate it overnight. Simply cover the dough tightly with plastic wrap and place it in the refrigerator. Allow the dough to come to room temperature before proceeding with shaping and baking.
  3. Can I use whole wheat flour instead of all-purpose flour?
    • Yes, you can use whole wheat flour in place of all-purpose flour for a healthier variation. Keep in mind that the texture and flavor of the pretzel bites may be slightly different.
  4. How can I prevent the pretzel bites from sticking to the baking sheet?
    • To prevent sticking, make sure to line the baking sheet with a silicone mat or parchment paper before placing the pretzel bites on it. This will create a non-stick surface and make cleanup easier.
  5. What can I use instead of baking soda for boiling the pretzel bites?
    • If you don’t have baking soda on hand, you can use food-grade lye or barley malt syrup for boiling the pretzel bites. However, these ingredients may be less readily available and require careful handling.
  6. Can I make gluten-free pretzel bites?
    • Yes, you can make gluten-free pretzel bites by using a gluten-free flour blend in place of all-purpose flour. Make sure to check that all other ingredients, such as baking soda and toppings, are also gluten-free.
  7. Can I omit the egg wash for a vegan option?
    • Yes, you can omit the egg wash for a vegan-friendly version of the pretzel bites. Simply brush the boiled dough with water before sprinkling with salt to help the toppings adhere.
  8. Can I freeze the pretzel dough before boiling and baking?
    • Yes, you can freeze the pretzel dough after shaping it into bites but before boiling and baking. Place the shaped dough on a baking sheet lined with parchment paper, then transfer to the freezer until firm. Once frozen, transfer the dough to a freezer bag or container and store for up to 1 month. Thaw in the refrigerator before boiling and baking as usual.
  9. How can I reheat leftover pretzel bites?
    • To reheat leftover pretzel bites, place them on a baking sheet and warm them in a preheated oven at 350°F for 5-7 minutes, or until heated through. Avoid microwaving, as it may result in soggy pretzels.
  10. Can I customize the size of the pretzel bites?
    • Yes, you can adjust the size of the pretzel bites to your preference by rolling the dough ropes thinner or thicker before cutting. Keep in mind that smaller pretzel bites may require less baking time, so keep an eye on them to prevent overcooking.

These homemade Pretzel Bites are perfect for sharing with friends and family, or enjoying all to yourself. With their irresistible flavor and texture, they’re sure to become a favorite snack in no time!