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Homemade Pretzel Bites

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12

Description

These are the most amazing, soft, sweet, yet salty, homemade pretzel bites. They are so good. I made two batches of these because they were that good. I actually watched Cristina Ferrare make homemade pretzels on Home & Family last week and I could not get them out of my head. They looked so absolutely delicious that I had to make my own.

Ingredients

  • FOR THE PRETZEL BITES:
  • 4 teaspoons Active Dry Yeast
  • 1 teaspoon White Sugar
  • 1-¼ cup Warm Water (110 Degrees F/45 Degrees C)
  • 5 cups All-purpose Flour
  • ½ cups White Sugar
  • ¼ cups Light Brown Sugar
  • 1-½ teaspoon Salt
  • 1 Tablespoon Vegetable Oil
  • 1 Tablespoon Water, Possibly 1-2 Tablespoons More (only If Needed)
  • ½ cups Baking Soda
  • 4 cups Hot Water
  • ¼ cups Kosher Salt (To Sprinkle On Top)
  • FOR THE CHEESY DIP:
  • 8 ounces, weight Velveeta, Cubed
  • 3 ounces, weight Philadelphia Brand Cream Cheese, Softened
  • 1 Tablespoon Whole Milk
  • Diced Jalapeno To Taste (Optional)

Preparation

1. In a small bowl, dissolve the yeast and 1 teaspoon of white sugar in the warm water. Let the mixture stand until creamy, about 10 minutes.

2. In a large bowl, mix together flour, 1/2 cup white sugar, 1/4 cup brown sugar and 1 1/2 teaspoons salt (not the finishing salt). Make a well in the center of the dry ingredients and add the oil and the yeast mixture. Mix to combine and form into a dough. If the mixture is still dry, add another 1-3 tablespoons of water.

3. Knead the dough until smooth, about 7 to 8 minutes or use a stand mixer with the hook attachment. Lightly oil a large bowl and place the dough in the center of the bowl. Toss the dough around to coat with oil. Cover with plastic wrap and let dough rise in a warm place until doubled in size, about 1-2 hours.

4. Preheat oven to 450 F. In another large bowl, dissolve the baking soda in hot water.

5. Once the dough has risen, put the dough on a lightly floured surface and divide into 12 equal pieces. Roll each piece into a rope or roll them flat (like we did) and cut into 1″ – 1 1/2″ pieces. Once all of the dough is cut and shaped, dip each pretzel bite into the baking soda mixture and place on a greased baking sheet. Sprinkle with kosher salt.

6. Bake in preheated oven for 6-8 minutes, until lightly browned. Watch carefully! Serve warm with cheese dip (instructions below). Best the first day.

For the cheesy dip:

1. Combine cheeses in a microwave-safe bowl. Microwave on high for 2-3 minutes or until melted, stirring occasionally. Stir in milk and a diced jalapeno if you like some heat.

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lisa rose on 5.15.2013

Never thought about making pretzels at home. Hmmmm, gonna give this a try today. This girl, Jessie, have never steered me wrong.

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cposwinski on 11.8.2013

I think these lasted about 15 minutes around my kids!

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Marie on 6.16.2013

Amazing! We make these all of the time when friends are over…a fun, yummy activity for the kids to do.

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paulaleet on 5.15.2013

I made this and it so great. I love pretzels and never thought to make them so this is so cool.

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Gina on 5.9.2013

My husband and his friends are absolutely obsessed with these now. I thought the whole recipe/directions were actually super simple. Time consuming yes, but really easy. In the end though, the time I spent making them was worth it because they were a huge hit! I can sense I’ll be making these a lot once football season rolls around! Thanks for the recipe!

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