These Soft Pretzel Bites are soft on the inside and chewy on the outside. This dough only requires one rise time, and they only take 15 minutes to bake. Sprinkle coarse sea salt on the pretzels and serve with a homemade spicy nacho cheese or stone ground mustard, or coat them in cinnamon sugar for your sweet tooth.
making the dough
This dough is straight forward and only requires one rise. This recipe uses instant yeast, so you don’t have to worry about blooming your yeast. It can simply be mixed directly in with your other ingredients.
In the bowl of your stand mixer, fitted with the dough hook attachment, you’ll add your yeast, warm water (it should be between 108 and 112 degrees Fahrenheit), sugar, flour, butter, and salt. Knead for 5 minutes on medium-low speed. If mixing by hand, you’ll want to knead the dough for 10 minutes. Transfer the dough to a greased bowl and cover with plastic wrap.
proofing the dough (the only rise time needed)
This pretzel dough can be proofed two ways – room temperature or in a warm oven. I always like using my warm oven trick, because I simply don’t have time for allowing dough to rise for hours, because I’m usually preoccupied chasing my three boys around the house. If you choose to allow the dough to rise at room temperature, it takes 1 1/2 hours.
If, however, you’d like a faster rise time, warm your oven to 100F. Once your oven reaches that temperature, turn your oven off. Place the covered dough in the warm oven for 45 minutes.
shaping the dough
On a floured surface, you’ll divide the dough into 6 roughly equal pieces. Keep the other pieces covered while you work with one piece at a time. Roll into a rope that measures 3/4 inches in thickness (doesn’t have to be completely accurate, just close). Divide the rope into 1 1/2 to 2 inch pieces for the soft pretzel bites.
Repeat with remaining dough. Keep soft pretzel bites covered, so that the dough doesn’t form a skin/dry out.
baking soda bath
Before boiling the pretzels, preheat your oven to 400F and line 2 baking sheets with parchment paper.
Whisk together water and baking soda in a large pot, then bring to a boil. Boil 15-20 pretzel bites at a time for a quick 10-15 seconds. Use a large slotted spoon to scoop the pretzel bites out, allowing the excess water to drip for a second or two, then place onto prepared baking sheet.
If you plan to coat these in salt, sprinkle coarse salt over the soft pretzel bites while they are still wet. If you plan to coat them in cinnamon sugar, leave them plain.
baking and serving
Bake the pretzel bites for 15 minutes in preheated oven or until golden brown. You can serve the salted pretzel bites with a homemade nacho cheese sauce, or stone ground mustard.
If you choose to coat the soft pretzel bites in cinnamon sugar, add the pretzel bites to a bowl, then drizzle the melted butter over top. Toss to combine, then sprinkle with cinnamon sugar.
If you make these soft pretzel bites, let me know what you thought below. I always appreciate your feedback! Make sure you find me on instagram and youtube for the full baking video for these as well as some fun behind the scenes.Print