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Buttery Mini Soft Pretzel Bites

Pretzel bites

These buttery mini soft pretzel bites are the perfect dipper for all of your favorite dips!

Any time I make a dip, I find myself searching for the perfect dipper. Sure, there’s always the standard crackers, veggies, and toasted baguette, but I wanted something a little different. Somehow or another, I ended up on the King Arthur Flour website and found an awesome recipe for Buttery Soft Pretzels that was perfect for tweaking and turning into pretzel bites.

I’m sure the recipe for soft pretzels is great as-is, however, the little bite sized bites are so much more fun and go a long way! The very first time I made them, I used a cheddar dip from the store which was good, but definitely not as good as using them with Pizza Dip or an amazing Cheddar Bacon Dip that I’ll be posting this week!

And can we talk for just a minute about how easy they are to make? These Buttery Mini Soft Pretzel Bites require just a few ingredients, about an hour of your time (although 30 minutes of that is just waiting for the dough to rise a bit), and they are foolproof! The recipe calls for instant yeast which is the same thing as rapid rise highly active yeast. This means you don’t have to mix the yeast with liquid and wait for it to rise before incorporating it into your dough, so the entire process goes much faster.

Buttery Mini Soft Pretzel Bites

Pretzel bites

Prep Time: 45mn
Cook Time: 11mn
Total Time: 56mn

DOUGH INGREDIENTS

  • 2 1/2 cups flour
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 2 teaspoons sugar
  • 2 1/4 teaspoons instant yeast
  • 1 cup warm water

TOPPING INGREDIENTS

  • 1 cup very hot water
  • 2 tablespoons baking soda
  • Kosher or sea salt
  • 3 tablespoons melted butter

DIRECTIONS

  1. Pre-heat your oven to 475 degrees.
  2. In the bowl of your mixer, sift together flour, salt, sugar, and yeast.
  3. Add in 1 cup of very warm water and use the dough hook to mix it well. You could also do this by hand or use a food processor. Knead the dough until it is smooth.
  4. Sprinkle flour in the bottom of a bowl. Place the dough in the bowl and cover it. Allow it to sit for about 30 minutes to rise.
  5. After 30 minutes, knead the dough for 30 seconds to 1 minute. Divide the dough into 4 equal sections. Form each section into strips about 8 inches long and about 1 inch wide.
  6. Cut each strip into about 6-8 pieces. You should end up with 24-32 pretzel bites.
  7. In a shallow dish (I used a cake pan), combine the very hot water (I microwaved it for 2 minutes, you could also boil the water on the stovetop) with the baking soda and stir to dissolve.
  8. Place the pretzel bites in the water/baking soda mixture and allow to sit for one minute. Then flip the pretzel bites and allow to sit in the mixture for one minute longer. Arrange the pretzel bites on a greased baking sheet.
  9. Allow the pretzel bites to rest for about 5 minutes, then sprinkle with a bit of kosher or sea salt before baking them for 10-11 minutes, or until the pretzel bites are nice and brown!
  10. While the pretzel bites are baking, melt 3 tablespoons of butter (1 minute in the microwave).
  11. When the pretzel bites are done baking, immediately brush each bite with melted butter. Keep brushing the bites with butter until it is all gone.
  12. Serve with your favorite dip!

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  1. These are so easy, fast and tasty. Everyone loves these when I make them and are always surprised by how quick these are. I usually make pretzel bites and pretzel dogs (I use Nathans)and neither make it past the first day. Thank you so much for posting this amazing recipe.

    • Hi Whitney – love the feedback. Thanks! They don’t last long in this house either. :)

      • So… I tried making another pretzel recipe not because I don’t love this one, just because I love trying new recipes. Well, my family almost disowned me. Though the other recipe wasn’t bad, they didn’t taste anywhere near as good as these and my family made sure I knew that. As these are faster, simpler and so tasty I really don’t mind being forced to use this recipe.

        I also made these for a party (I made them into sticks since I also made your smokey cheese dip and figured they would be easier to dip) and everyone loved them. My uncle saw them and said “oh are those like the ones at the mall” and I told him that they were very similar. I turned around to get your dip out of the oven and when I was putting it on the island I asked if he liked the pretzels only to see him with two handfuls of pretzels and shaking his head to answer the question as he had another pretzel in his mouth and couldn’t talk.

      • I love that you came back months later to post an update, thank you so much! And I love that this recipe is such a hit with your family. Thank you, thank you! :)

  2. Is this recipe able to be made in a bread machine?

    • Hi Zuleika – I’m probably not going to be much help but… I’m not sure. I’ve never used a bread maker before, so I’m not quite sure what it involves. Sorry I couldn’t help!

  3. Hello!

    I did this recipe before and i simply love it! But i have a question. Usually we take some time to eat snacks like this one, so after 2 or 3 days, the pretzels do not taste the same. Do you think i freeze 1/2 of this recipe and bake it later?

    Thank you

  4. These were AMAZING and super easy to make!!!! I love the idea of them being bite size, however that makes it hard to stop eating them ;0)

  5. Have you ever tried these with just whole wheat or other whole grain flour?

  6. I have tries this recipe three times and each time my dough comes out super sticky. I tried adding flour but that doesn’t help. One time they came out like biscuits instated of pretzels, help!

    • Hi Linda, if the dough is sticky, that means it needs a bit more flour. But you said you added flour and that didn’t help. Did you try adding just a little flour at a time?

      • Yes, and I added a lot of flour too! I wonder if I didn’t mix it enough? I plan to try it in my bread machine and see if that may work.

  7. we made these two weeks ago…they were quite easy and good!

  8. These sound like the perfect project to do with my grandkids. Interesting and and grown-up enough for my 13 year old grandson plus simple and exciting enough for my 7 year old granddaughter. And, of course, fun for all of us!! Thank you for posting this. :)

  9. These are awesome! In stead of doing the salt after over toss all of them in melted butter then cinnamon and sugar

  10. How can you keep brushing on the finished bites with butter when they have salt on them?

  11. Sheila Hunter Grant

    Looks delicious love these at the mall will be nice to make my own thanks for sharing!!!

  12. these look wonderful….I think they will be perfect for family get-together!

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  15. I love hot pretzels but I just can’t get them made right. End up being to chewy

  16. Deborah Mitchell Harroun

    These might be dangerous – I’d probably eat the whole batch!!

  17. My stomach growled when I saw the picture! I guess it’s telling me I should make these!

  18. had me some last weekend auntie anns here in syracuse makes the best pretzels

  19. Is it best to serve these warm and if so how do you recommend to keep them warm. I would like to take these to a party….

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