Pretzel Bites Recipe: Butter and Salt, Garlic Parmesan, or Cinnamon (2024)

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Make your own soft pretzels with our pretzel bites recipe that are just like the ones at the mall, only better because you can create your own flavor variations that are perfect for snacking!

If you like pretzel bites you’ll love our soft baked homemade pretzels! Brushed with butter and sprinkled with kosher salt. So delicious! Our parmesan bagels are a family favorite as well. So yummy toasted with butter.

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Watch our step by step video!

Soft pretzel bites are one of my kid’s favorite snacks. Mine too. It’s hard to buy pretzels at the store anymore or from the shops at the mall, because they just don’t compare to homemade ones! This recipe is one of the FIRST recipes that I ever shared on Gluesticks back in 2009. After making dozens and dozens of batches over the years, I updated the post and added a video.

You can use this same recipe to make your own pretzel rolls, too! They work great for pulled pork sandwiches and burgers.

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No Boil Soft Pretzel Bites Recipe

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Homemade Pretzel Bites

Make your own soft pretzels with ourpretzel bites recipethat are just like the ones at the mall, only better because you can create your own flavor variations!

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Prep Time: 1 hour hour 15 minutes minutes

Cook Time: 10 minutes minutes

Total Time: 1 hour hour 25 minutes minutes

Servings: 12

Calories: 190kcal

Ingredients

  • 1 1/4 cup warm water
  • 1 Tbsp. active dry yeast
  • 3 3/4 cup all-purpose flour
  • 3/4 cup powdered sugar
  • 1 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 2 teaspoon vegetable oil

Bath

  • 2 cup hot water
  • 1/4 cup baking soda

Instructions

  • Mix water/yeast. Cover and let it rest for 10 minutes or until it is foamy.

  • Mix dry ingredients together in a large mixing bowl. Slowly add water/yeast mixture and oil and mix until a soft dough forms. Turn out onto lightly floured surface and knead until smooth.

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  • Spray bowl with non stick cooking spray and return dough to bowl. Cover loosely with a towel and let raise until doubled, about an hour.

  • Preheat oven to 425 degrees.

  • Make a baking soda bath for the pretzels by combining the baking soda with hot water and stir until soda is mostly dissolved (it won't dissolve completely).

  • Roll out dough into a long rectangle (about 12"x24"). Using a pizza cutter, cut into small 2 inch pieces. Dip each dough square into the water/soda bath and place on a greased (or parchment paper lined) baking sheet. If you are making salted or garlic pretzels, sprinkle with kosher salt.

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  • Bake for 4 minutes, then rotate pan and bake another 4 minutes until golden brown.

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Notes

Store baked pretzel bites in an airtight container.

Pretzel variations:

For your basic salted pretzels, sprinkle pretzel dough with kosher salt BEFORE baking. When they come out of the oven, brush with melted butter.

For garlic parmesan pretzels, sprinkle with kosher salt BEFORE baking. When they come out of the oven, brush with a mixture of butter and garlic powder. Sprinkle with grated Parmesan cheese.

For cinnamon/sugar pretzels, brush with butter AFTER baking and then roll in cinnamon/sugar.

Nutrition

Calories: 190kcal

What is your favorite flavor of pretzel bites? There are so many ways to customize them. Here are our favorites!

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Original Pretzel Bites

For your basic salted pretzels, sprinkle pretzel dough with kosher salt BEFORE baking. When they come out of the oven, brush with melted butter. Looking for some creative dipping sauces for your soft baked pretzels? We like this delicious cheese sauce. The same one we use for fondue.

Here is an easy honey mustard sauce from Scattered Thoughts of a Crafty Mom.

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Garlic Parmesan Pretzel Bites

For Garlic Parmesan pretzels, sprinkle with kosher salt BEFORE baking. When they come out of the oven, brush with a mixture of butter and garlic powder. Sprinkle with grated Parmesan cheese.

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Cinnamon Sugar Pretzel Bites

For cinnamon/sugar pretzels, brush with butter AFTER baking. Mix cinnamon and sugar together in a small bowl and then roll buttered pretzel bites in cinnamon/sugar.

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  1. Pretzel Bites Recipe: Butter and Salt, Garlic Parmesan, or Cinnamon (12)Jenny @ Simcoe Street says

    Yummy!

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  2. Pretzel Bites Recipe: Butter and Salt, Garlic Parmesan, or Cinnamon (13)Danielle says

    Bookmarking this – I don’t know which variation to mke first!

    Reply

  3. Pretzel Bites Recipe: Butter and Salt, Garlic Parmesan, or Cinnamon (14)Luv 2 Smile says

    Yummmmm… Thank you for reposting how to make pretzel bites. I am pregnant and I CRAVE pretzels like crazy! I think I might try all of your variations 🙂
    Heather

    Reply

  4. Pretzel Bites Recipe: Butter and Salt, Garlic Parmesan, or Cinnamon (15)Clemencia says

    These looks sooo good, I have to give them a try, thanks so much for sharing 🙂

    Reply

  5. Pretzel Bites Recipe: Butter and Salt, Garlic Parmesan, or Cinnamon (16)Chrissy says

    Yummy! Can’t wait to make these!

    Reply

  6. Pretzel Bites Recipe: Butter and Salt, Garlic Parmesan, or Cinnamon (18)Tanya says

    Those look so good. My mouth is watering. Thanks for sharing.

    Reply

  7. Pretzel Bites Recipe: Butter and Salt, Garlic Parmesan, or Cinnamon (20)Heather says

    Excited to try these! My kids would love em and my hubby.=) bellesbazaar-heather.blogspot.com

    Reply

  8. Pretzel Bites Recipe: Butter and Salt, Garlic Parmesan, or Cinnamon (22)Jen @ Creating with the J's says

    These definitely look and sound yummy!

    Reply

  9. Pretzel Bites Recipe: Butter and Salt, Garlic Parmesan, or Cinnamon (23)redfly says

    These look delicious! Just going to have to try them.

    Reply

  10. Pretzel Bites Recipe: Butter and Salt, Garlic Parmesan, or Cinnamon (25)kendascrafts says

    yummy! Those look great! thanks for the recipe

    Reply

  11. Pretzel Bites Recipe: Butter and Salt, Garlic Parmesan, or Cinnamon (26)Simply AJ says

    These look awesome… I’ve been trying to find a good recipe. Your pretzels bites look really good – I’m gonna give your recipe a try. Stopped over from Made by you Monday 🙂 AJ@queenofmynest

    Reply

  12. Pretzel Bites Recipe: Butter and Salt, Garlic Parmesan, or Cinnamon (27)Kris @ everywhereorange.com says

    I saw this on the today;s creative blog link up. I am obsessed with pretzels, i can’t wait to try this. thank you!!

    Reply

  13. Pretzel Bites Recipe: Butter and Salt, Garlic Parmesan, or Cinnamon (28)Deanna says

    Oh. My. Those. Look. Delicious.

    Reply

  14. Pretzel Bites Recipe: Butter and Salt, Garlic Parmesan, or Cinnamon (29)Adrianne says

    I have got to try these – they look like an excellent football snack! 🙂 I would love to have you come on over and link up at Freestyle Friday anytime this weekend!

    Adrianne
    http://www.happyhourprojects.com

    Reply

  15. Pretzel Bites Recipe: Butter and Salt, Garlic Parmesan, or Cinnamon (30)Jenny@daysofchalkandchocolate says

    These look like the perfect snack for my kids! Thanks for linking up to Latest and Greatest Friday! I’d serve these with some good mustard!

    Reply

  16. Pretzel Bites Recipe: Butter and Salt, Garlic Parmesan, or Cinnamon (31)The Answer Is Chocolate says

    Just pinned and tweeted these. Can’t wait to try them! Thanks for sharing at this week’s BFF Open House!

    Reply

  17. Pretzel Bites Recipe: Butter and Salt, Garlic Parmesan, or Cinnamon (32)Jen-CraftOManiac says

    WHOOP-T-WHOOP you are featured today on COM in the Saturday Spotlight Talent Show. Congrats.

    winks, jen

    Reply

  18. Pretzel Bites Recipe: Butter and Salt, Garlic Parmesan, or Cinnamon (33)Jami says

    Yummy!!! Wish I had a plate of those to snack on right now! So happy to have you a part of the Tuesday To Do Party!
    Smiles!
    Jami
    http://www.blackberryvine.blogspot.com

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  19. Pretzel Bites Recipe: Butter and Salt, Garlic Parmesan, or Cinnamon (35)The Answer Is Chocolate says

    Just wanted to let you know I featured these as part of my link party wrap up! If you’re so inclined, grab a featured button from my sidebar!

    Reply

  20. Pretzel Bites Recipe: Butter and Salt, Garlic Parmesan, or Cinnamon (36)CouponClippingClaire says

    I am putting the ingredients in the bread machine as soon as I am done typing! What a great snack my 6 little ones will have after naptime!

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  21. Pretzel Bites Recipe: Butter and Salt, Garlic Parmesan, or Cinnamon (37)CouponClippingClaire says

    Just took them out of the oven. oh, I can not wait for them to cool. They look perfect

    Reply

  22. Pretzel Bites Recipe: Butter and Salt, Garlic Parmesan, or Cinnamon (38)Kim says

    These pretzel bites are soo yummy and very easy to make! Thank you for sharing!

    Reply

  23. Pretzel Bites Recipe: Butter and Salt, Garlic Parmesan, or Cinnamon (41)Becca S says

    Hubby is away, so for fun I made this for dinner for the kids. I made half of them with garlic/parmesan and half with cinnamon and sugar. Yummmmo! My kids devoured them. They preferred the salty version, so next time I’ll do all garlic and parmesan, but they were both delish. Thanks for an amazing recipe!

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  24. Pretzel Bites Recipe: Butter and Salt, Garlic Parmesan, or Cinnamon (42)Brandy says

    Becca S,

    AWESOME! It is a favorite over here too. There are NEVER leftovers! Thanks for letting me know how yours turned out!

    Brandy

    Reply

  25. Pretzel Bites Recipe: Butter and Salt, Garlic Parmesan, or Cinnamon (43)Laura says

    these look fantastic! the recipe is so do-able; I’m going to have to try this!

    Reply

  26. Pretzel Bites Recipe: Butter and Salt, Garlic Parmesan, or Cinnamon (44)Maria says

    These look SO GOOD!!!!! I love Auntie Anne’s pretzels, and I’ll have to try these out!!! I’m going to pin this so I remember the recipe!

    Reply

  27. Pretzel Bites Recipe: Butter and Salt, Garlic Parmesan, or Cinnamon (45)Shannon Goody says

    My girls and I had fun making them and they are so good!!! Way better than the mall…and cheaper too!!

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    • Pretzel Bites Recipe: Butter and Salt, Garlic Parmesan, or Cinnamon (46)Brandy says

      Hi Shannon! Thanks for letting me know how they turned out! These are a staple over here. When I run out of bread and don’t have time go to the store, the kids ask for these in their lunches! Glad you enjoyed them too!

      Reply

  28. Pretzel Bites Recipe: Butter and Salt, Garlic Parmesan, or Cinnamon (47)Alyssa says

    I made these as bites and they are delicious. Do you think it would work to cut them larger to use as rolls?

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    • Pretzel Bites Recipe: Butter and Salt, Garlic Parmesan, or Cinnamon (48)Brandy says

      Hi Alyssa! Yes, they are fantastic! Here is how I adapted the recipe to make rolls: https://gluesticksblog.com//2012/10/pretzel-roll-recipe.html

      Reply

  29. Pretzel Bites Recipe: Butter and Salt, Garlic Parmesan, or Cinnamon (49)Mary says

    I’m a novice baker, so my questions might seem to be of the “duh” nature. Why powdered sugar rather than regular sugar? Also, why so much sugar, won’t these be very sweet? Most of the recipes I’ve looked at for pretzels don’t call for so much sugar (tablespoon or two total). Also, the others call for a roiling boil with 30-45 seconds per side wash (these were for traditional pretzel shape) rather than the warm baking soda/water bath in your recipe.

    I like the idea of yours as they are bite sized and I don’t have to figure the cooking time for smaller pieces as opposed to the larger pretzel shape. Thought these might be fun to try as a side to burgers with some dipping sauces.

    If I can manage to make these without messing them up, I can try other flavors (garlic parmesan sounds wonderful).

    Thanks!

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    • Pretzel Bites Recipe: Butter and Salt, Garlic Parmesan, or Cinnamon (50)Brandy says

      You know, I’m not really sure why powdered sugar. It’s a recipe I’ve had for years and they turned out so great that I never really thought about it, ha! It is pretty light and fluffy and 1 T. of powdered sugar wouldn’t be as strong as 1 T. of regular sugar so that’s probably why you can have so much and they aren’t overpowering. These aren’t overly sweet at all. I hope you try them out and let me know what you think!

      Editing to add: About the baking soda: I’m not sure what difference boiling it would do except maybe dissolve the baking soda a bit more. I use warm water and just give it a quick stir if it starts to seperate. Warm water would be easier to work with vs. boiled as well. Hope that helps!

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