Soft Pretzel Bites

My kids LOVE soft pretzels dipped in cinnamon and sugar.  When we go to the factory outlet mall, that’s our treat.  We don’t go very often though.  And they ask for them… often!  So I googled soft pretzel bites and found this recipe on Two Peas and Their Pod.  It looked reasonable.  (Not super easy but kind of easy. Does that make sense.)  And I figured we’d give it a try.  I’ve never made pretzels before!
I am so glad we did.  The only thing I would do differently next time?  Double the recipe!  My kids gobbled them up so quickly!
We made some covered in cinnamon and sugar (for the kids.)  And some with sea salt on them (for me.)  WOW!  Delicious!!!
Ingredients
* 1 1/2 cups warm water
* 2 Tbsp. light brown sugar
* 1 package active dry yeast
* 3 ounces unsalted butter, melted
* 2 1/2 tsp. Kosher salt
* 4 1/2 cups flour
* vegetable oil
* 3 quarts water
* 3/4 cup baking soda
* 1 egg beaten with 1 Tbls. cold water
* Coarse sea salt
Combine water, yeast, brown sugar and butter in the bowl of a stand mixer and mix until combined.  Let stand for 5 minutes for the yeast to proof.
Add the salt and flour and mix on low speed until combined.  Mix on medium speed for about 5 minutes until the dough is smooth pulls away from the sides of the bowl.  About 3 – 4 minutes.  Remove the dough from the bowl and kneed into a ball.
Helpers are always a good thing =o)
Oil a bowl with vegetable oil.  Add the dough and turn to coat.  Cover with a towel or plastic wrap and let sit until double in size.  About an hour.
Preheat the over to 425 degrees.
Remove the dough and place on a flat surface.  Divide it into 8 equal pieces.  Roll each piece into a snake about 22 inches long.  We had a hard time doing this for some reason.  It wouldn’t stretch necessarily and it was supper slippery on the rolling mat.  Heck, we’re amateurs.  So we just tried to roll it out but them ripped off small pieces and rolled them into a ball (or cut them with scissors into pieces.)
In a large pot, bring water to a boil.  Add baking soda.
Boil the pretzel pieces in the boiling water mixture for about 30 seconds.
Place on a cookie sheet (sprayed with cooking spray.)  Brush with egg mixture and sprinkle with salt.
If you are going to make cinnamon and sugar covered pretzel bites (and of course we did!) then don’t add the salt.
The directions said to bake them for 15 minutes but that was way too long for our bites.  We ended up cooking them for about 9 – 10 minutes only.
Remove onto a cooling rack and let cool a little before eating.  They are amazing warm!!!
For cinnamon and sugar pretzel bites, dip each pretzel bite in melted butter and then roll in cinnamon and sugar.  And then try to not eat them all!  =o)
If you like to dip your pretzels in sauce (and who doesn’t) here’s a great cheese dip recipe!
* 1/2 Tbsp. unsalted butter
* 1/2 Tbsp. flour
* 1/2 cup milk
* 8 ounces shredded cheddar cheese, grated
Melt the butter in a medium saucepan over medium heat.  Add the flour and cook for 1 minute.  Whisk in the milk and cook until slightly thickened.  Remove from heat and stir in the cheddar cheese until all the cheese is smooth and melted.  Add salt and pepper to taste.
Enjoy!

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Comments

  1. love this recipe and it’s great that the kids get to help. I love making monkey bread with my kids too!

    New follower here!

    ~b

    http://thehappylittletomato.blogspot.com/

  2. YES please, I’ll have some too! Soft pretzels are my favorite treat, especially ones with cinnamon sugar!

  3. These look delicious! I’ve been wanting to make pretzel bites for quite awhile. I pinned your recipe. 🙂

  4. These sound perfect! I havent made pretzels in such a long time, I just can’t get that pretzel shape down! These are perfect sized too! Thanks for sharing at Mrs Foxs Sweet Party 🙂

  5. These look so delicious! I’ve been wanting to try pretzels and am pinning this recipe!

  6. Yum! I know a few farmgals that would love this. Please share this post by linking to my new homemaker blog hop here: http://mysimplecountryliving.blogspot.com/2012/01/country-homemaker.html

  7. Yummy! I think I’ll make this tomorrow just before my kids get home from school. That should win the “Mom of the Day” award. 🙂

  8. One question for you, when you’re making the cinnamon/sugar ones, do you dip them in the butter and roll in sugar before or after they’re cooked?

  9. I will be making this and adding it to my recipe book. I LOVE soft pretzels.

  10. Yum!! I made soft pretzels just last week for a snack. I never thought about making pretzel bites. I will have to try cinnamon sugar on them next time!

  11. Oh my! These look delicious! Can’t wait to try them at our house!

  12. Ohh these look so yummy! I definitely have to give these a try!

  13. I’ll have to try these, never have done pretzels before! Your kids get so much enrichment with your cooking activities! It makes me happy to see you parenting this way!

  14. oh yum! Hot pretzels are a huge hit at my house too, I make them often. Looks like Maria has a great recipe and yea, I always wish I would have made MORE 🙂

  15. Hi Erin!
    Happy New Year! The kids are getting so big. I am bookmarking this, my gkids would love this!
    Thanks for stopping by, have a great weekend, too!

  16. Yummy post, Erin! I’ve been away for a few months and I look forward to browsing through all your fun recipes that I’ve missed! 😀 Happy New Year to you and your kids…

  17. I so want some of these right now! Looks so delicious! Love your cute helpers!!

  18. Thanks for the recipe it sounds awesome!

  19. These are right up my alley! And a fabulous pretzel recipe too! Thanks,
    Visiting from Living Life Intentionally Linky Party.

  20. Pretzel bites are a favorite snack around here, but I’ve never made them at home. I must try them sometime. Looks like it was a fun project for your family.

  21. Came over from For the Kids Friday. Looks delicious. I will be converting to gluten and dairy free and trying this out!

  22. Great idea! The cinnamon sugar ones look awesome! Thanks for sharing at my party!

  23. PINNED – what a great idea! Leave it to one of my FAV bloggers!!! THx

  24. Yum, these look so good!

  25. Yum! One of my favorite little treats is Pretzels from the mall, but they are too expensive for me to often justify. I can’t wait to try making these instead. And all the extra work to make them will help work off the extra calories, right?

    Thanks for sharing on Shindig Saturday. I’m definitely ‘pinning’ this recipie!

  26. Love soft pretzels- These look so great. I have a weekly linky each monday & would love to have you link up sometime!
    cookingwithkaryn.blogspot.com

  27. These look so yummy! I wish I had some right now with some jaelepno cheddar dip. Yum! Come check out my blog sometime over at http://bridgetbakes.blogspot.com/ and share some love I’d really appreciate it! Thanks

  28. Yum! And your kiddos are so cute helping!

  29. Oh WOW those look amazingly DEliCIouS!! This is not good for my diet =-) Thanks for linking up to TGIF! Have a great weekend,
    Beth =-)

  30. We make pretzels all the time…but pretzel bites in cinnamon and sugar?! We’ve got to try that! Thanks for sharing:)

  31. yep..I know my kids will give this a thumbs up too! No more Aunti Annies! I am your newest follower..pls follow back if you can!

  32. No doubt that your precious helpers are putting the special touch to this awesome recipe! Hope you are having a great week end and thank you so much for sharing with Full Plate Thursday.
    Come Back Soon!
    Miz Helen

  33. I can’t believe you actually make them! I’m always excited to go to the mall just to buy them, they look delicious

  34. oh that looks perfect, I always hate deciding either sweet or salty, now I can have both! And a cutie!

  35. Love your helpers and nothing is better than a fresh soft pretzel!

  36. I’m so happy to find you through Frugal Antics linky today! I’ve been meaning to make pretzels for for the past few weeks. My family loves them and like you, I’ve never made them before. This recipe looks like a winner. Thanks for sharing. I really enjoyed reading your blog so I’m now following you and have grabbed your blog badge to add to my blog side bar.

  37. We are pretzel lovers at my house and these look absolutely amazing. If you have the chance I’d love for you to link these up at my January Link Party http://acraftycook.blogspot.com/2012/01/1-month-of-fun-january-link-up.html

  38. Another awesome project! Your blog is too cool!
    Melody
    ChattyChics.com

  39. YUMMY!!! i am obsessed with pretzels right now! I saw you on NJAHW!

  40. I’ve made these before…a lot of times. They are so good! My kids, and I, gobble them right up!

  41. I know these must have been amazing! Your kids look like they’re having so much fun:)

  42. My family loves these pretzels at the mall, YUM!! Thank you so much for the recipe, I’m saving this to try for sure!

  43. You’re being featured AGAIN at Taking A Timeout Thursday! Thanks so much for sharing this incredible recipe!

  44. These look delicious! Thanks for linking up with “Strut Your Stuff Saturday.” We would love to have you back next Saturday with more great recipes. -The Sisters

  45. Looks delicious! I pinned it.

  46. I cannot resist a soft pretzel – what a yummy recipe. Featuring it on Tickled Pink this weekend!

  47. My kids love the pretzel bites at Auntie Anne’s so they are going to be super excited about this recipe! Thanks!!

  48. Anonymous says:

    I don’t have any kids (yet), but I just made these and the hubby and I give you 2 thumbs WAY up!!!! SOOO yummy, they taste just right!!! Thanks for this great, fun recipe!!! *Note* be careful when adding baking soda to the boiling water… it gets a little excited and tries to bubble over! 😉

  49. I need to try your recipe – these sound DELICIOUS!!!

  50. My daughter will love this recipe!! Thanks so much for sharing, going to make them soon!
    Veronica

  51. YUMMY! I posted a link to this recipe on my blog…thru my pinterest board.
    Thanks!
    Jennifer @ The Craft Barn

  52. I’m a behind on my linky party features, but just wanted to let you know that you’ve been featured on my blog today. http://acraftycook.blogspot.com/2012/04/1-month-of-fun-april-link-party-and.html

  53. these look really wonderful! Thanks for linking up with Kids in the Kitchen!