My kids are always so hungry when they get out of school. I like having snacks on hand that are easy to grab when they come home from school and when they do their homework. But every once in a while I like to make something homemade that I think the kids would enjoy. This pretzel bites recipe is so easy and the pretzels come out perfect every time!
I can’t leave them out for too long or the entire batch would be gone. I have to put most of them in a bag and save them for another time. My kids (and my husband) just can’t eat enough.
The crusty outside and the soft inside of these pretzel bites are so delicious. I think they taste good with just the salt, but they do taste really good dipped in some warm cheese sauce!
I mean, YUM!!
- 4 tsp. active dry yeast
- 1 tsp. white sugar
- 1½ cups warm water
- 5 cups flour
- ½ cup white sugar
- 1½ tsp. salt
- 1½ TBL. melted butter
- ½ cup baking soda
- 4 cups hot water
- 2 TBL melted butter and salt for topping
- In a small bowl, dissolve yeast, 1 tsp. white sugar and warm water.
- Let it stand until creamy/foamy. About 10 minutes.
- In mixing bowl mix together flour, ½ cup white sugar and salt.
- Make a well in the center and add melted butter and yeast mixture.
- Use a dough hook and mix together. Starting on low and then increasing speed as it combines.
- You may have to add 1-2 TBL water if the mixture looks too dry or is not all coming together.
- Knead dough with dough hook about 7-8 minutes.
- Lightly oil a large bowl, place dough in bowl and turn it to coat with oil.
- Cover with plastic wrap and let rise until it is double in size, about 1 hour.
- Preheat oven to 450 degrees.
- In a wide sauce pan with short sides, add 4 cups water and baking soda and heat until baking soda dissolves. Keep water hot, not boiling.
- Turn dough onto lightly greased (use cooking spray) surface and divide into 16 equal pieces.
- Just using your hands, roll out the dough into a 1 inch thick log
- Use a knife and cut 1 inch pieces for the pretzel bites.
- Dip each pretzel into the baking soda solution so entire thing is covered, and place on a grease baking sheet.
- Use a knife to make small score marks across the tops.
- Brush with melted butter and sprinkle with salt.
- Bake in oven for 6-7 minutes until brown.
These pretzel bites make a great after school snack, but they are the perfect party food. With football season starting soon, put these on your menu for your next sunday night football watching party.
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