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Pretzel Bites

Servings 50 bites


  • 1 ½ cups warm water
  • 2 tbs. brown sugar
  • 2 1/4 tsp. active dry yeast
  • 1/2 cup melted butter
  • 2 ½ tsp. salt
  • 4 1/2-5 cups flour
  • 2 quarts water
  • ¼ cup baking soda
  • 1 egg beaten with a little water
  • 2-3 tbs. Course salt and spices of choice to top


  1. If you have a stand mixer, use the dough hook attachment. In a large bowl, mix together warm water, brown sugar, yeast, and melted butter. Let stand for about five minutes. In the the bowl of your stand mixer, or a large bowl, mix together the salt, and 4 ½ cups flour.
  2. Add yeast mixture to the flour mixture, and knead until dough pulls away from the sides of the bowl, which should take about 5-8 minutes in a stand mixer. The dough should be soft, but not too sticky to handle- add more flour if needed. Loosely cover with plastic wrap, and let the dough rise for about 30 minutes to an hour, or until it has doubled in size.
  3. Preheat your oven to 425 degrees, and line two large baking sheets with parchment paper. In a large pot, bring two quarts of water to a boil.
  4. Divide the dough into four pieces. Roll each piece into a long snake, and then cut off one inch pieces using a bench scraper or knife. Place the cut pieces onto one of your prepared baking sheets. Add the baking soda to your boiling water and stir gently to combine.
  5. Use a slotted spoon to boil and remove about ten pieces at time, for about 30 seconds each. You can put the boiled pieces directly onto your second prepared sheet pan. The pieces will be a bit slippery when they come out of the water, this is normal!
  6. Once all the pieces have been boiled, brush the pieces with your beaten egg mixture and immediately top with salt or your spices of choice. I love using red pepper flakes, everything bagel seasoning, Italian seasoning, or za-atar! Bake for about fifteen to twenty minutes, until golden brown. Then cool for 5-10 minutes and enjoy warm!