Homemade Pretzel Bites Recipe – Step-by-Step

Homemade pretzel bites drizzled with sweet and tangy raspberry honey mustard sauce will put a smile on your face. They’re easy to make and even more fun to eat!

Homemade Pretzel Bites in basket with sauce on the side

Do you love warm, soft pretzel bites, the kind you get at the ballpark or mall and dip in a tasty sauce or cover with gooey sugar glaze? They’re also perfect for parties and game day menus along with Parmesan Cauliflower Bites, Roasted Buffalo Chick Peas and a big bowl of Simple Guacamole Dip!

If you’ve never had an inkling to make them, then you’re missing out on a chance to enjoy these at home. It’s not a complicated process and you don’t need to wait a really long time for the final result.

It takes just under an hour and a half, from start to finish, to make these tasty little pretzel bites, and much of that time is spent waiting for the dough to rise.

The wait is absolutely worth it!

Soft pretzel bites in basket with cup of spicy raspberry mustard sauce

My girls love to make these and I bet your kids (or the kid in you) will enjoy making them too!

Homemade Pretzel Bites Recipe – Step-by-Step Instructions

Even if you’re not a baker, you’ll be able to make these homemade pretzel bites. Follow these easy steps or scroll down to the video by the recipe card.

First, mix yeast, water and a pinch of sugar together in a glass bowl. Let the mixture sit for about 10 minutes or until it looks creamy when stirred. Use instant or active dry yeast.

Dissolved yeast mixture for pretzel bites in bowl

While the yeast mixture is doing its magic, mix together flour, salt, sugar and canola oil in another bowl.

Note: Use whole wheat pastry flour to make a healthier version of this recipe.

Add the yeast mixture to the dough mixture and knead until it is well-combined. This shouldn’t be a lengthy process. Just make sure it’s well-combined.

Did you do a double take at the size? It’s a very small amount of dough at this point (unless you’ve doubled the recipe.)

Hands kneading pretzel bites dough over a bowl

Put the dough in a bowl coated in cooking spray and cover it with plastic wrap or a damp towel. Place the bowl in a warm place, such as a sunny porch. Allow the dough to just about double in size which should take about 1 hour.

Dough for homemade pretzel bites in bowl covered with plastic wrap

The same way you make play dough into long “snakes,” roll the dough into long strips that are about 1/2 inch thick. At this point, you could form the dough into a traditional pretzel. This recipe will make about 6 full-size pretzels.

Otherwise, use a pizza cutter to cut the dough into 1/2  to 1-inch bite-sized pieces.

Pizza cutter cutting pretzel dough into bite sized pieces

Next, the pretzel dough needs to be dipped into a hot water and baking soda mixture to get its signature pretzel flavor.

Rather than boiling a pot of water, just heat the water for about 1 1/2 minutes in the microwave, until it is very hot.  Add baking soda to the hot water and carefully mix.

Use a slotted spoon to dip the pizza bites into the baking soda and water mixture and then transfer each piece of dough to a baking sheet lined with parchment paper.

Sprinkle coarse salt on top of the pretzel bites, if desired. You could also brush with butter at too.

Homemade Pretzel Bites being dipped into baking soda and water mixture with a slotted spoon

Bake the pretzel bites in a 425 degree F oven for about 7 minutes or until they are lightly browned.

Homemade pretzel bites in basket with raspberry honey mustard sauce with 3 bites outside of the basket

How to Make Spicy Raspberry Honey Mustard Sauce

The spicy raspberry honey mustard sauce we drizzled on top is quick and easy to make. Just combine spicy brown mustard, honey, raspberry preserves and mustard seed in a small bowl.

Homemade Soft Pretzel Bites drizzled with Raspberry Honey Mustard Sauce

Dipping Sauces for Homemade Pretzel Bites

Our mustard sauce is just one option. Others include:

How to Make and Freeze Homemade Pretzel Bites

I am very happy to report that these little gems can absolutely be made ahead of time and frozen. (As you may know, this is my sometimes successful strategy for portion control and a way to ensure some good snacks are around when I need them.)

To freeze the pretzel bites, you’ve got two options:

  1. Prepare the recipe up to the point where you would cook the pretzel bites. Instead of baking, freeze them on a baking sheet and then transfer to a resealable plastic bag. Defrost and cook according to directions.
  2. Make them, cook them, and freeze them, if you have any left!

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Homemade Pretzel Bites and Raspberry Honey Mustard Sauce

Homemade Pretzel Bites are easy to make and fun to eat! Perfect for parties, game day and snack time. 
Prep Time20 mins
Cook Time10 mins
Rest Time1 hr
Total Time30 mins
Course: Appetizer, Snack
Cuisine: American
Servings: 6 Servings
Calories: 199kcal
Author: Marjory

Ingredients

Pretzel Bites

  • 1 teaspoon active dry yeast
  • Pinch of sugar
  • 1/3 cup warm water
  • 1 1/4 cups all-purpose flour or whole wheat pastry flour
  • 2 Tablespoons sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 Tablespoon canola oil
  • 1 cup water
  • 3 Tablespoons baking soda
  • Coarse or sea salt

Spicy Raspberry Honey Mustard Sauce

  • 1/4 cup spicy brown mustard
  • 1/4 cup honey
  • 1 Tablespoon raspberry preserves
  • 1 teaspoon mustard seeds

Instructions

Homemade Pretzel Bites

  • Add yeast and a pinch of sugar to 1/3 cup of warm tap water. Set aside.
  • Allow yeast mixture to set for about 10 minutes or until it is creamy.
  • Add flour, remaining sugar, salt and oil to a large bowl and mix to combine.
  • Add yeast mixture to flour mixture.
  • Knead dough until thoroughly combined.
  • Place dough in a bowl sprayed with cooking spray.
  • Cover bowl and set in a non-drafty location.
  • Allow dough to rise for about 1 hour or until double in size.
  • Preheat oven to 425 degrees F.
  • Pull off pieces of dough and roll into strips about 1/2 inch round.
  • Using a pizza cutter, cut strips into bite-sized pieces about 1/2 to 1 inches in size.
  • Microwave 1 cup of water for about 1 1/2 minutes.
  • Add baking soda to water and stir to combine.
  • Using a slotted spoon, dip several pieces of pretzel dough at a time into the water and baking soda mixture and then place on baking sheet lined with parchment paper.
  • Sprinkle salt over pretzel dough, if desired.
  • Bake for approximately 7 minutes or until lightly browned, but still soft.

Spicy Raspberry Honey Mustard Sauce

  • Thoroughly combine all ingredients in a small bowl.

Notes

You can make ahead and freeze this recipe by preparing pretzels bites, but not cooking them. Freeze in a single layer and then transfer to a plastic bag. Defrost and cook according to directions. They can also be frozen after cooking.

Nutrition

Calories: 199kcal | Carbohydrates: 39g | Protein: 4g | Fat: 3g | Sodium: 1958mg | Potassium: 68mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 17g | Vitamin C: 0.5% | Calcium: 1% | Iron: 8.4%

 

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Comments

  1. I love your pictures and recipes, they are mouth watering. Would love for you to share them with us at foodieportal.com. Over at foodieportal.com we are not photography expert snobs, we are just foodies, so pretty much all your pictures will get accepted.

  2. Ahhhh…movie night with these yummy pretzel bites…perfect!

  3. “Rather than boiling a pot of water, just heat the water for about 1 1/2 minutes in the microwave, until it is very hot. Add baking powder to the hot water and carefully mix. Use a slotted spoon to dip the pizza bites into the baking powder and water mixture and then transfer to a baking sheet lined with parchment paper. Sprinkle coarse salt on top of the pretzel bites, if desired.”

    Baking soda or baking powder?

  4. At one point in your explanation you say baking soda and then another point you say baking powder. I see your recipe says baking soda so I’m assuming it was just a typo?? I want to make sure I just the right stuff.

  5. Dear Marjory, These look so good. I have never made my own pretzel bites, but this sound fun and easy to make. xo, Catherine

  6. I could eat my weight in pretzel bites! I love the idea of a fruity mustard sauce!

  7. Amanda Finks says:

    I love the combination of the soft pretzels with the sweet and tangy sauce. So good!

  8. Aimee Shugarman says:

    I need to double this recipe, it’s SO good.

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