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Soft Pretzel Bites with Cheddar Sauce

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Our soft pretzel bites recipe is a delicious, salty, homemade appetizer that’s complete with an easy to make cheese sauce.
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  1. INGREDIENTS FOR SOFT PRETZEL BITES
  2. HOW TO MAKE THIS SOFT PRETZEL BITES WITH CHEDDAR SAUCE RECIPE 
  3. STORAGE
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These homemade soft pretzel bites with cheddar cheese sauce are the ultimate appetizer. This recipe makes a ton and includes an easy, two-step cheese dip to accompany the soft and salty pretzel bites.

If you are a fan of this cheddar cheese dipping sauce, then you will love both our Beer Cheese Dip and Chili Cheese Dip. They are great served as an appetizer with these bites, tortilla chips or soft pretzels. 

close up shot of soft pretzel bites being dipped in cheddar sauce

MORE PRETZEL RECIPES:
Homemade Soft Pretzels | Strawberry Pretzel Salad


INGREDIENTS FOR SOFT PRETZEL BITES

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You will need: 

PRETZEL BITES 

  • 1 ½ cups water, lukewarm
  • 2 ¼ teaspoons instant rise yeast (¼ ounce packet) 
  • 2 tablespoons butter, melted
  • 1 tablespoon brown sugar 
  • 1 teaspoon salt 
  • 4 cups flour 
  • ½ cup baking soda 
  • 1 egg, beaten
  • ½ tablespoon water 
  • Coarse salt, for sprinkling on top

CHEESE SAUCE 

  • 2 ¼ cups whole milk 
  • ¼ cup salted butter 
  • ¼ cup flour 
  • 2 cups mild cheddar cheese, grated 
  • ¼ teaspoon salt 
  • ¼ teaspoon pepper 
  • ¼ teaspoon ground mustard powder 

SUBSTITUTIONS AND ADDITIONS 

Coarse Salt: You can leave the coarse salt off some of the pretzel, in case some prefer them without. 

Cheese: You can use any type of grated cheese to make your cheese dip. Mild cheddar makes a classic style cheese sauce. Try using pepper jack for a spicier flavor or smoked gouda for a smokey flavor. You could even make a couple of different cheese sauces and have multiple options to dip your pretzel bites in. 

HOW TO MAKE THIS SOFT PRETZEL BITES WITH CHEDDAR SAUCE RECIPE 

HOW TO MAKE THE PRETZEL BITES 

STEP ONE: In the bowl of a stand mixer, add warm water and instant yeast. Whisk together. Add in the butter, brown sugar, and salt to the yeast mixture. Whisk all the ingredients together until they are well combined. 

STEP TWO: Next, fit the dough hook on the mixer and turn it on low speed. Slowly add in 3 cups of flour, adding a ½ cup at a time, until the mixture is combined and begins pulling away from the sides and is no longer sticky.. 

PRO TIP: If you find that the dough is still sticky, add more flour. Add ¼ cup at a time, until the dough is no longer sticky and bounces back when poked with your finger. 

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STEP THREE: Place the dough out onto a lightly floured surface. Knead by hand for 2 minutes and shape into a ball. Place in a large mixing bowl that has been lightly coated with cooking spray. Cover and let rest for about 10 minutes. 

STEP FOUR: While the dough is resting, bring a large pot of water and baking soda to a boil. Cut the dough into six equal pieces, roll each piece into 1 inch long ropes, then cut each rope into 1 ½ inch bites. 

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STEP FIVE: Preheat the oven to 425 degrees and line two baking sheets with parchment paper. 

STEP SIX: Add each piece of cut dough into the boiling water (work in batches) and let cook for 20 seconds. Remove from the water with a slotted spoon and place pretzel bites on the baking sheets evenly spaced about an inch apart. 

STEP SEVEN: In a small bowl, combine egg and water. Beat together. Brush beaten egg wash over each pretzel bite and then sprinkle with coarse salt. 

STEP EIGHT: Place the baking sheet in the oven and let bake for 12 to 15 minutes, or until golden brown. 

HOW TO MAKE THE CHEESE SAUCE 

STEP ONE: In a medium saucepan on medium-low heat, melt the butter. Once the butter is melted completely, add flour and whisk together until there are no lumps.

STEP TWO: Turn heat to medium and slowly whisk in the milk. Let cook over medium heat whisking often for about 5 minutes. The mixture will thicken as it cooks. 

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STEP THREE: Add cheese, salt, and ground mustard. Whisk to combine until smooth. Season with additional salt and pepper to taste. 

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STORAGE

IN THE FRIDGE: Store leftover cheese sauce in an airtight container in the fridge for about 3 to 4 days. Pretzel bites are definitely best when stored fresh, however if you have leftovers you can store them in a Ziploc bag, with the air squeezed out. When reheating, brush them with a little water and microwave for 10 to 15 seconds. 

IN THE FREEZER: You can freeze your pretzel bites for an easy snack later on! To do so, just let the pretzel bites cool off after taking them out of the oven. Then place them in the freezer until they are frozen solid, usually about 1 hour. Remove them from the pan and place them in a freezer bag for up to 3 months.

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Our soft pretzel bites recipe is a delicious, salty, homemade appetizer that’s complete with an easy to make cheese sauce. It’s only two steps. You can even make a variety of cheese dipping sauces! This classic mall food court snack has never been easier to make at home! Your kids and their friends are going to love it.

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Soft Pretzel Bites with Cheddar Sauce

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Our soft pretzel bites recipe is a delicious, salty, homemade appetizer that’s complete with an easy to make cheese sauce.
Prep Time 35 minutes
Cook Time 13 minutes
Total Time 48 minutes
Servings 9

Ingredients
  

Pretzel Bites

  • 1 1/2 cup water lukewarm
  • 2 1/4 tsp instant rise yeast ¼ oz packet
  • 2 tbsp butter melted
  • 1 tbsp brown sugar
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 4 cup flour
  • 1/2 cup baking soda
  • 1 egg beaten
  • 1/2 tbsp water
  • coarse salt for sprinkling

Cheese Sauce

  • 2 1/4 cup whole milk
  • 1/4 cup salted butter
  • 1/4 cup flour
  • 2 cup mild cheddar cheese grated
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 1/4 tsp pepper
  • 1/4 tsp ground mustard powder

Instructions
 

Pretzel Bites

  • In the bowl of a stand mixer add warm water and instant yeast. Whisk together.
  • Add the butter, brown sugar, and salt to the yeast mixture. Whisk until combined.
  • Fit the dough hook on the mixer and turn on low speed. Slowly add in 3 cups of flour, ½ cup at a time, until mixture is combined and pulling away from the sides.
    PRO TIP: If dough is still sticky, add flour, and an additional ¼ cup at a time until no longer sticky and dough bounces back when poked with your finger.
  • Place the dough out onto a lightly floured surface. Knead by hand for 2 minutes and then shape into a ball. Place in a large mixing bowl that has been lightly coated with cooking spray. Cover and let rest for 10 minutes.
  • While your dough is resting, bring a large pot of water and baking soda to a boil. Cut dough into six equal pieces. Roll each piece into 1 inch long ropes. Cut each rope into 1 ½ inch bites.
  • Preheat the oven to 425 degrees and line two baking sheets with parchment paper.
  • Add each piece of cut dough into the boiling water (work in batches) and let cook for 20 seconds. Remove from the water with a slotted spoon and place pretzel bites on the baking sheets evenly spaced about an inch apart.
  • In a small bowl combine egg and water. Beat together. Brush beaten egg wash over each pretzel bite and then sprinkle with coarse salt.
  • Place the baking sheet in the oven and let bake for 12 to 15 minutes, or until golden brown.

Cheese Sauce

  • In a medium saucepan over medium-low heat the butter. Once the butter is melted add flour and whisk together until no lumps remain.
  • Turn heat to medium and slowly whisk in milk. Let cook over medium heat whisking often for about 5 minutes. The mixture will thicken as it cooks.
  • Add cheese, salt, pepper, and ground mustard. Whisk to combine until smooth. Season with additional salt and pepper to taste.

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Nutrition

Calories: 443kcal | Carbohydrates: 51g | Protein: 16g | Fat: 19g | Saturated Fat: 12g | Cholesterol: 71mg | Sodium: 2409mg | Potassium: 200mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 5g | Vitamin A: 613IU | Calcium: 264mg | Iron: 3mg
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