Soft Pretzel Recipe for Pretzel Bites

Soft Pretzel Recipe for Pretzel Bites

Did any of your schools offer soft pretzels at lunchtime? My middle school had a snack cart with less healthy options like nachos, Doritos, etc. As I was a BIG SHOT in sixth grade and new to Jr. High I got to choose my own lunch. My mom probably didn’t know this at the time, but with my lunch money, I would buy a Soft Pretzel everyday, often skipping the nutritionally balanced hot lunch that the money was intended for. Sorry mom. Anyways, you could order them plain or with a dip (marinara sauce or Ranch were my favorite). I would switch off between dips so I didn’t ever get sick of them {everyday} unless the hot lunch was something really good like Navajo Tacos. I never thought to make my own soft pretzel until I got my first Sam’s Club card and was tempted to revert to my malnourished lunch days by buying the gigantic box in the freezer section. I yielded the temptation thinking, if I have to make them myself, I won’t eat them as often {not realizing that they are very fast and easy to make}. Recently, I tried making pretzel bites out of our favorite dough recipe instead of the traditional version that has sugar in the dough. They were so yummy, I just had to share. I could call these sugar-free but I am sure none of you knew there is sugar in them in the first place right?

Soft Pretzel Recipe for Pretzel Bites

Follow the dough recipe found here. I know it says “Pizza Dough”, but trust me- this dough is simple and versatile and very yummy.
The ingredients you will need for it is:

3 c. “warm water” (see tip below)

2 Tbs. yeast

2 Tbs. sugar

1 tsp. salt

6 – 7 c. flour

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For making this dough into Pretzels or Pretzel bites you will need:

3 c. water

1/3 c. baking soda

kosher salt for sprinkling

Directions:

Follow the steps to make the dough [found here].

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While the dough rests, preheat the oven to 400 degrees. Then, dissolve the baking soda into the 3 cups of hot water. Also, grease a cookie sheet or use the best invention ever, a Non-Stick Silicone Baking Mat.

Shape the pretzels or cut them into bites by rolling the dough into snakes about 3/4 inch in diameter. (I divided my dough into 16 pieces for giant soft pretzels but you can choose what shape or size. The baking time stays about the same time.

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Once shaped, dip the dough into the soda mixture and place on the cookie sheet and sprinkle with coarse salt.

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Bake for 10-12 minutes until golden.

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Take them off of the sheet immediately to prevent them from sticking to the pan as it cools.

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I can’t wait for you to try these! Please come back and comment when you eat the whole batch, accidentally.

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