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5 from 3 votes

Homemade Soft Pretzel Bites

Prep Time1 hr 45 mins
Cook Time12 mins
Total Time1 hr 57 mins
Course: Snack
Cuisine: American
Author: Melanie Kathryn - Gather for Bread


  • 1 cup warm water
  • 2 1/4 teaspoons instant yeast
  • 2 Tablespoons brown sugar
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 2 1/2 cups (10 1/2 ounces) all-purpose flour
  • 1/3 cup baking soda
  • coarse salt


  • Place warm water, yeast, brown sugar, salt and flour in a mixing bowl. Knead for about 5 minutes or until soft and smooth. Place dough in a greased bowl. Cover with plastic wrap and let rise until doubled, about 1 hour.
  • Transfer dough to a lightly greased surface. Divide into 6 pieces. Roll each one into approximately 12 inch long ropes. Divide each rope into about 6 2-inch pieces.
  • Preheat oven to 450 degrees. Meanwhile, in a large pot, bring water to a boil. Add baking soda.
  • Prepare baking sheets by spraying with vegetable oil spray, or lining it with parchment paper.
  • Add pretzel bites to boiling water 10-12 at a time, boil for 30 seconds. Using a slotted spoon move to prepared sheet pans. Continue boiling in batches until are cooked. Sprinkle lightly with coarse pretzel or kosher salt. Bake in oven for 8-10 minutes until deep golden brown.
  • Transfer to wire rack to cool for a few minutes. Serve immediately or at room temperature.


These are best to eat as soon as possible.
Should you wish to store them, put them in a brown paper bag on counter for up 1 day. For longer storage you can freeze them. It's not ideal but if you wish to: Wrap in foil and then place in a brown paper bag. The salt will most likely dissolve. So if you can plan ahead just save the salt for later. To defrost just leave at room temperature until fully thawed.