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Homemade Soft Pretzel Bites

My all time favorite homemade soft pretzel bites

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Hey foodies! I’m so glad you’re here. We are going to make some incredibly delicious homemade soft pretzel bites! Seriously, they are so good. I know, doesn’t every food blogger say that about their recipes?… But that’s beside the point, these are really fun to make and a great treat for your family or friends. I made these for a movie night I was having because pretzels are the perfect movie snack if you ask me.

In the following photos I show the pretzel making process. Enjoy!

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tangzhong the secret to soft pretzels
Post rise dough for the most perfect homemade soft pretzel bites
post rise dough
punch the dough to get the air out of the dough
punch the dough
roll the dough into logs so you can start making soft pretzels
roll the dough into logs
cut the pretzel into 1 inch pretzels before you add them into the baking soda and water mixture
cut the pretzel dough into pieces
Soak the dough pieces into baking soda and water before you bake these soft pretzel bites
place the pretzels in warm water and baking soda
the homemade soft pretzel bites in all their glory

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How are these different than other homemade soft pretzel bites?

The secret to making the pretzels softer than most is a technique called tangzhong. It’s a Japenese style of working with dough. I have adapted it to work with this soft pretzel recipe. Honestly, it’s super easy to make so don’t let the name intimidate you.

Why did I make these?

As most of you know we are stuck inside and supposed to be staying indoors. So for me, it’s queue the baking. I think many others are in the same boat. But anyway, before all this happened, I would go to my local brewery and play trivia on Tuesdays! Anyone else a trivia fan? The pub that held the event would serve pretzel bites, but honestly, they weren’t my favorite. I had always wanted to try and make a better version, so my bf and I decided to make our own one weekend and after a couple of tries, this is what came to be.

What to look forward to?





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Recipes tips?

I highly recommend using a mixer with dough hooks for this recipe. You are more than welcome to knead the dough by hand, but I have not done this. I would assume you would achieve similar results.

Dietary Needs?

For the dough, I used nondairy milk. I chose to make this recipe with unsweetened coconut milk and it turned out fabulous. If you want to make this recipe fully vegan use vegan butter!

These are not gluten-free, but maybe one day I’ll make gluten-free pretzel bites. If you want that leave a comment!

And yes these are EGG-FREE.

Dipping Sauce?

If you’ve ever gone to Applebee’s and had their pub pretzels you know they’re good. But they’re even better if you ask for honey mustard. It’s my favorite dipping sauce to date. Naturally, I had to make it for this recipe. Here is a copycat recipe for Applebee’s honey mustard.

How many pretzel bites will I be making?

This recipe yielded 63 individual pretzel bites. Your individual pretzel count could vary.

More flavor options:

Salty pretzels, not your thing? That’s okay. I have two additional seasoning options for you.

Cinnamon Sugar Seasoning:

  • 4 tbsp white or brown sugar
  • 1 tbsp cinnamon

Italian Seasoning:

  • 1 tsp oregano
  • 1 tsp basil
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1/2 tsp garlic powder
  • parmesan cheese if you must

If you use the cinnamon sugar blend or the Italian seasoning blend. Sprinkle the seasoning on top of each pretzel bite (don’t overdo it).

For the Italian seasoning coat with butter after baking.

Serve with homemade icing or pizza sauce and enjoy!

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Brown Sugar Holder
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Flakey Salt
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Baking Sheets
King Author All-Purpose Flour Unbleached
King Author All-Purpose Flour Unbleached
Handheld Mixer with Dough Hooks
Handheld Mixer with Dough Hooks
Brown Sugar Holder
Brown Sugar Holder
Flakey Salt
Flakey Salt
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Baking Sheets
King Author All-Purpose Flour Unbleached
King Author All-Purpose Flour Unbleached
Handheld Mixer with Dough Hooks
Handheld Mixer with Dough Hooks
Brown Sugar Holder
Brown Sugar Holder
Flakey Salt
Flakey Salt
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Baking Sheets
King Author All-Purpose Flour Unbleached
King Author All-Purpose Flour Unbleached
Handheld Mixer with Dough Hooks
Handheld Mixer with Dough Hooks

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My all time favorite homemade soft pretzel bites

Homemade Soft Pretzel Bites

My all time favorite homemade soft pretzel bites. An absolute must try!
Prep Time 1 hour 20 minutes
Cook Time 7 minutes
Course Appetizer, Side Dish, Snack
Cuisine Vegetarain
Servings 21 Servings
Calories 132 kcal


  • mixer with dough hooks


  • 3 cups flour
  • 4 tbsp brown sugar
  • 4 tbsp butter melted
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1 cup coconut milk unsweetened
  • 2 tbsp coconut milk unsweetened
  • 2 tbsp water
  • 1/4 cup baking soda
  • coarse salt
  • melted butter for coating
  • 2 1/4 teaspoons yeast


  • Warm 1 cup coconut milk so it's warm to the touch. I used the microwave about 60 seconds. Add 1 tbsp brown sugar and yeast to the WARM coconut milk. Proof for 10 minutes.
  • While the yeast proofs. Add 2 tbsp coconut milk, 2 tbsp water, and 2 tbsp flour to a sauce pan. Heat to medium heat. Mix with a whisk until a fluffy mixture is formed. Reference photo above.
  • In a large mixing bowl add 2 cups flour, salt, the remaining sugar. Whisk together. Then add in the the yeast mixture. Use a mixer. Mix for 10 minutes. Add in the "fluff" from step 2. You may or may not need more flour.
  • Once you've mixed the dough for 10 minutes. Place it in a well greases bowl. Cover with a towel. Let Sit for 1 hr.
  • Preheat oven to 450F.
  • Once the dough has risen, punch the dough. Once ia fine. Divide dough into 6 lumps. Roll each lump into a roll. The roll should be about 1 inch thick.
  • Cut the ropes of dough into about 1 inch pieces.
  • Fill a pot with warm water. Add baking soda. Whisk together. You might need to heat this on the stove for a little bit.
  • Grease a baking sheet. Begin adding pretzels into the baking soda and water mix. Leave in the baking soda and water mixture for 30 ish seconds. Take out and place on the greased baking sheet.
  • Sprinkle pretzels with coarse salt. Place in the oven and bake for 7-10 minutes. The pretzels should come out golden brown.
  • Once you've removed the pretzels coat them with melted butter.
  • Enjoy!


*nutritional information may vary
Keyword dessert, pretzels, sides, soft pretzel

Nutrition Facts

21 servings per container

Serving Size3g

  • Amount Per ServingCalories132
  • % Daily Value *
  • Total Fat 7g 11%
    • Saturated Fat 4.4g 23%
  • Cholesterol 17mg 6%
  • Sodium 221mg 10%
  • Potassium 26mg 1%
  • Total Carbohydrate 15.4g 6%
    • Dietary Fiber 0.5g 2%
    • Sugars 1.7g
  • Protein 1.9g 4%

  • Calcium 12%
  • Iron 1%

* The % Daily Value tells you how much a nutrient in a serving of food contributes to a daily diet. 2,000 calories a day is used for general nutrition advice.

*Nutrition information is a rough estimate

*prep time is rough estimate

*serving size is 3 pretzels

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