You never can get too many pretzels, right? RIGHT?! Well, here’s another recipe to feed your addiction. Enter pretzel bites, the younger sibling of its larger soft pretzel counterpart. Add a yummy real cheddar cheese dip, and you’ve got the perfect snack or appetizer for a party.
Sure, you can have your own party anytime by yourself. All you need is a bowl of these fabulous bites with cheese sauce. But, I’m warning you, if others see you eating these, you just might have some people inviting themselves to your party.
But no worries, this recipe makes enough for everyone. So go right ahead and treat yourself today with these pretzel bites!
If you want to cut down on preparation time, you could skip boiling them in the baking soda bath. However, they will turn out more like mini rolls, rather than the chewy pretzel bites. But they will still be delicious!
Making the cheddar cheese dip is super easy. Just make sure to add your milk gradually in a little at a time, stirring between each addition of milk. Otherwise, you might end up with a lumpy cheese sauce!
You never can get too many pretzels, right? RIGHT?! Well, here's another recipe to feed your addiction. Enter pretzel bites, the younger sibling of its larger soft pretzel counterpart. Add a yummy cheddar cheese dip, and you've got the perfect snack or appetizer for a party.
- 2 cups warm water
- 3 cups all-purpose flour
- 1 ½ T yeast
- 2 T sugar (or honey)
- ½ T salt
- 1/3 cup oil (I used coconut oil)
- 3 ¾ cup bread flour
- 1 egg
- 1 tablespoon water
- Pretzel salt
- 2 T butter
- 1/4 cup flour
- 2 cups milk
- 8 oz. shredded cheddar cheese
- Salt, to taste
- Mix water, all-purpose flour, yeast, and sugar in mixing bowl. Add salt and oil. Mix one cup bread flour in.
- Switch to dough hook (if using electric mixer). Add the rest of the flour. You may need to add more or less flour to get a dough that is not too sticky.
- Knead 10 minutes, or until it passes the “window test” *. Let rise for 30-45 minutes. Punch down. Divide into balls small enough to easily roll into ropes in your hands.
- Roll into ropes about ½ inch thick. Using a kitchen shears, cut into 1-inch pieces. Preheat oven to 400 degrees F.
- Bring 2-quarts of water to boil in a 3-quart or larger saucepan. Add ¼ cup baking soda. Carefully lift however many bites will easily fit in saucepan into the water. Let boil for 30 seconds. Lift out with a slotted spoon.
- Place on a greased pan (do not use aluminum, it will react with the baking soda) so they are 1” about between each.
- Whisk egg and 1 T water together. Using a pastry brush, brush the tops of bites with the egg wash. Sprinkle with pretzel salt. Bake for 15 minutes or until they are a hearty brown.
- For the cheese sauce, melt butter in a saucepan. Whisk in flour. Slowly add milk in small portions while whisking, making sure to have no lumps. Cook until thickened.
- Add in cheese and stir till cheese is melted and fully incorporated. Salt to taste.
- Serve pretzel bites with cheese sauce.