Homemade Pretzel Bites

One of our favorite snacks when we are at Target, the fair, the mall, or walking around a big city is Hot Pretzels.  My mother-in-law actually kept them on hand for a good chunk of my Husband’s life because he enjoyed them for a midnight snack.  Well, frozen pretzels are pretty good, but there’s just nothing like one fresh out of the oven! There for awhile, there were a flurry of home made pretzels being pinned to Pinterest.  I pinned a couple in hopes of finding just the right one.  Late this past Winter, the very first recipe I tried knocked it out of the park! And making them is really fun too.  I feel like I work at a fair every time I’m cooking a batch of these up. We are huge fans of these and I know you will be too.  Going on a road trip soon? Make a batch or two of these to add to your snack bag.  One warning, though, you’re going to be addicted!  And if you happen to get your hands on some nacho cheese sauce to dip them in, look out, it’s going to be even more addicting!

Homemade Pretzel Bites

Reach For: 

1 1/2 cups warm water

2 TBSP brown sugar

1 pckg active dry yeast (2 1/4 tsp)

3 ounces butter, melted

2 1/2 tsp kosher salt

4 1/2-5 cups all purpose flour

vegetable oil

3/4 cup baking soda

3 quarts of water

1 whole egg beaten, with 1 TBSP cold water

kosher salt to top


Using a dough hook, mix water, sugar, yeast, and butter in mixer until well combined. Let rest for 5 minutes. Add salt and flour and mix thoroughly. Increase speed of mixer until dough starts to pull away from the edge of the bowl and is smooth.  If it’s looking too sticky, add a little bit more flour at a time. Remove dough and place on a floured surface to kneed a few times and form into a ball.  Grease a bowl and place dough inside. Cover, and place in a warm spot to rise for 1 hour. Preheat oven to 425 degrees.  Spray baking sheets with cooking spray. Fill a large pot with water and pour baking soda in and reach a boil.  Roll dough into small round pieces or long, narrow sticks.  Drop in pot and cook till they rise, removing with a slotted spoon. Place on baking sheet, brush with egg mixture and sprinkle with salt.  Bake for 15-18 minutes until golden brown.

Yields: 10-12 servings

Recipe Source: Lee Cooks

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