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Soft Pretzel Bites

These lip-smacking Soft Pretzel Bites are so incredibly good, you’ll want to make them all the time. Fortunately, they are easy to make, which means they the perfect game day & race day snack.
Course Appetizer, Snack
Cuisine American
Keyword pretzel
Prep Time 30 minutes
Cook Time 9 minutes
Total Time 39 minutes
Servings 8


  • teaspoons active dry yeast
  • cups warm milk 110°-120°F
  • 2 tablespoons corn syrup
  • cups all purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • ½ cup baking soda
  • 1 large egg
  • coarse salt or pretzel salt


  • Preheat oven to 450°F.
  • Line a baking sheet with parchment paper- set aside
  • Add milk into mixer bowl
  • Sprinkle yeast over top
  • Add corn syrup and stir with a fork gently
  • Allow yeast to bloom for 5-10 minutes
  • Once it is nice and foamy, it is ready
  • Fill large stock pot with water and bring to a boil over medium high heat
  • In a small bowl beat egg and 2 tablespoons water with a fork -Set aside
  • Add flour and salt to mixer
  • Knead with dough hook until the dough comes together in one ball
  • Add more flour a tablespoon at a time as needed- Dough should be tacky- not sticky
  • Place dough on counter top and form dough into a ball
  • Using a pastry cutter or butter knife- cut this ball into 60-65 pieces
  • The easiest way to do this is to quarter the ball of dough
  • Roll each quarter into an 15-20” strand
  • Cut that into equal pieces
  • Carefully, add baking soda to boiling water just a little sprinkle at a time.
  • Place dough pieces into boiling water about 10-15 at a time
  • Remove with a slotted spoon after 30 seconds
  • Place on prepared baking sheet and repeat until all bites have been boiled
  • Arrange all pretzel bites so they are not touching
  • Brush each with egg wash
  • Sprinkle with course salt
  • Bake for 7-9 minutes until the tops are browned


*For a super quick version of this recipe - use my 2 ingredient dough.
**You can also make these in the air fryer - cook at 400 for 5 minutes - then flip and cook another 3-5 minutes.