One of my favorite snacks to make at this time of year are these easy to make pretzel bites. They are just like the ones at the mall only cheaper and you can make quite a few with this recipe.
I use regular all purpose flour when I make these. The most important step is the baking soda bath they get before you bake them. If you can’t find pretzel salt use kosher salt. Table salt will not work on these.
I made an easy dipping sauce to go with these. I used 8 oz. of cream cheese, 2 tablespoons milk, 1 tablespoon taco seasoning, 1/2 cup cheddar or Mexican cheese. Mix all together except for half of the cheese, put that on top. Bake at 350 degrees for about 20 minutes.
Buttery Soft Pretzel Bites just like the ones at the mall.
- 1 1/2 cups warm water
- 2 tablespoons light brown sugar
- 1 package active dry yeast
- 3 ounces butter, melted
- 2 teaspoons kosher salt
- 4 1/2 to 5 cups all-purpose flour
- Vegetable oil
- 3 quarts water
- 3/4 cup baking soda
- 1 whole egg, beaten with 1 tablespoon cold water
- Coarse sea salt
- Add the water, yeast, sugar and butter into your mixer bowl. Mix to combine. Let stand for 5 minutes.
- Add the flour and salt. Mix together. (using your dough hook if you have one) Knead until the dough is soft and smooth, about 4 minutes. If dough looks too wet, add flour a tablespoon at a time. Place dough in a oiled bowl and cover with a towel. Place in a warm spot and let the dough rise until it doubles, about a hour.
- Preheat oven to 425°F. Add the water to a dutch oven pan with the baking soda. Bring to a boil. Spray a cookie sheet with oil. Mix egg with water in a small bowl.
- Divide dough in 4 parts.
- Roll into a long rope about 12 inches long. Let sit and do the other piece. Cut the pieces into one inch pieces. Cover with a towel and let sit for about 10 minutes to raise.
- Add to boiling water about half at a time. When they start to float turn them over with a slotted spoon and cook another 30 seconds. Remove from water and place on cookie sheet. Make sure they are not touching.
- Brush each pretzel bite with egg wash. Sprinkle liberally with salt. Bake for 18 – 20 minutes until golden brown.
- Let rest for 5 minutes before eating. Serve with pizza or cheese sauce.
- Note: This dough will keep in the refrigerator up to 2 days if you don’t need to make them all. Give them some additional time to raise after you cut them before putting them in the boiling water.
Time includes raising times.