Pretzel Bites with Cheese Dip are the perfect snack for tailgating. Soft, chewy and bite size with a golden crust, they’re perfect for dunking into a rich cheese dip that can be customized 3-ways.
There are essentially two parts to this recipe. Soft Pretzel Bites. Cheese Dip. And both… are… AMAZING!
The pretzel bites come together quickly – No need to let the dough rise for hours on end. Just 10 minutes is all it takes and then you’re ready to assemble. Knead the dough, roll it and cut into bite sized bits.
The key here is in the baking soda bath. Before baking, the bites are dipped into a bath of baking soda and water, for a quick 20-second swim. Then, they’re spread out onto prepared baking sheets and baked for 10-15 minutes. In those last few minutes of baking, that deep golden color really develops and then you realize – I made pretzels!
I’m going to be snacking on these all fall! They’re the perfect tailgating snack.
Also – Let’s not forget the glorious pretzel cheese dip. One taste and you will NEVER forget it – Trust me!
Ooey, gooey, creamy, cheesy sauce that coats those pretzel bites in the best way possible. And boy, did it ever. I <3 <3 <3 this pretzel cheese dip. It’s the perfect consistency, doesn’t clump up at all, and is super easy to reheat.
How To Make Pretzel Cheese Dip
- Heat milk until bubbles form
- In separate pan, melt butter, whisk in flour, and cook until lightly browned
- Add warm milk to flour and whisk until thick
- Stir in cheese
Mustard Pretzel Cheese Dip
- Make a mustard cheddar cheese sauce for pretzels by adding a dollop of your favorite mustard to the prepared cheese sauce.
Nacho Pretzel Cheese Dip
- Make a spicy nacho cheese sauce for pretzels by adding 2 tablespoons hot sauce and 1 teaspoon cayenne when you add the cheese.
Let me just give you a minute to ponder —–> How many of these pretzel bites can you eat in one sitting?
If you do happen to have leftovers, here’s the best ways to store them:
How to Store Soft Pretzel Bites
- The pretzel bites will remain fresh for up to 3 days in an airtight container, though they will lose some softness.
- You can also freeze the baked pretzel bites. To serve, let thaw then reheat in 300-degree oven until warmed through.
Pretzel Bites Recipe
Pretzel Bites with Cheese Dip
Pretzel Bites with Cheese Dip are the perfect snack for tailgating. Soft, chewy and bite size with a golden crust, they're perfect for dunking into a rich cheese dip that can be customized 3-ways.
- 1 1/2 cups water lukewarm
- 2 1/4 teaspoons instant rise yeast
- 2 Tablespoons butter melted
- 1 Tablespoon brown sugar
- 1 teaspoon salt
- 4 cups all purpose flour plus additional to coat worktop
- 1/2 cup baking soda
- 1 large egg beaten
- Coarse salt for sprinkling
- 2 cups whole milk
- 1/4 cup unsalted butter
- 1/4 cup flour
- 2 cups Sharp Cheddar Cheese grated
- salt + pepper to taste
Nacho Cheese Dip
- Cheese Dip recipe above
- 2 Tablespoons hot sauce
- 1 teaspooon cayenne
Mustard Cheese Dip
- Cheese Dip recipe above
- 1 Tablespoon mustard
Dissolve the yeast in the lukewarm water. Stir until yeast is well combined, about 1 minute.
To a mixing bowl add the butter, brown sugar, salt, and yeast mixture. Stir until combined. Slowly add in 3 cups of flour, 1 cup at a time. Mix by hand or use mixer fitted with dough hook, until dough is thick. Add 3/4 cup more flour and stir. If dough is still sticky, add flour, and additional 1/4 cup at a time, until no longer sticky, and dough bounces back when poked with your finger.
Turn the dough out onto a lightly floured surface. Knead for about 3 minutes and shape into a ball. Place in a large mixing bowl that has been lightly coated with nonstick spray. Cover and let the rest for 10 minutes.
Preheat oven to 425°F. Line two large baking sheets with parchment paper.
Section dough into six equal parts and roll each section into long ropes. Then, cut into 1-1/2 inch bites.
Bring a large pot of water to a boil with the baking soda. Once rapidly boiling, drop 8-10 pretzel bites into water and boil 20 seconds. Remove with a slotted spoon and place onto the lined baking sheet, making sure that pretzel bites do not touch.
- Brush beaten egg over each pretzel bite and sprinkle with salt. Bake for 10-15 minutes, until golden brown, rotating the sheet pans once halfway through cooking.
- Heat the milk in a small saucepan over medium heat until small bubbles form on the top.
- Meanwhile, melt the butter in another saucepan over medium heat. Sprinkle the flour over the top, and whisk until lightly browned, and thickened, 2-3 minutes.
- Slowly add the warm milk to the flour butter mixture in a steady stream, whisking constantly. Continue cooking, whisking constantly until the mixture thickens, about 5 minutes. It should be thick but still pourable. Add the cheese, whisking constantly until it is melted. Taste, then add salt and pepper to taste.
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