After mentioning I made homemade soft pretzel bites and beer cheese, it seemed some wanted me to share! I loved them, so of course I want to share with you!
These soft pretzel bites taste exactly like store-bought ones. In fact, they were gone within minutes at my aunt’s party. Everyone raved about them, which definitely means you should make them and share!
These are perfect to take to a party, or have for a football game! Pair them with beer cheese, and it’s the perfect appetizer dish!
Soft Pretzel Bites
Adapted from: Two Peas and their Pod
-1 1/2 cups warm water
– 2 tablespoons brown sugar tightly packed (light or dark)
– 1 package of active dry yeast
– 3 ounces unsalted butter, melted
– 2 1/2 teaspoons salt
– 4 1/2-5 cups flour
– Coconut Oil Spray
– 3/4 cup baking soda
– 1 whole egg, beaten with 1 tablespoon cold water
– Fine Sea Salt
1. Preheat oven to 150 degrees.
2. In a standing mixer, combine the water, sugar, yeast, and butter and let sit for 5 minutes.
3. Add in the salt and flour and mix until combined. Increase the speed and kneed the dough until it is smooth and begins to pull away from the sides of the bowl. If it appears too wet, add 1tbsp of flour at a time.
4. Remove the dough from the bowl and place on a flat surface to knead into a ball with your hands. Make sure your surface has flour down so it doesn’t stick!
5. Spray another bowl with coconut spray and place the dough in the bowl. Flip it over and cover with a towel.
6. Place dough in the oven to rise. If you have another area to let it rise, go for it. I can never get it to rise over a heater, especially in the summer when it is way too hot out for a heater!
7. Allow dough in the oven until it doubles in size. I put it in, and left for a run. I shut off the oven but it is totally up to you what to do. I turned it back on when I came home to let it rise some more. It probably took about 2 hours to rise!
8. Remove the dough and preheat the oven to 425. This is where it gets tricky, and I would highly suggest an extra set of hands. However, I will explain what to do if only one person is available!
9. Cut dough into 8 balls. Take one at a time and roll it into a long rope (as long as you can basically without it falling apart!) Mine were about 20 inches. You want it to be able to form a ball when you break it up. Continue doing this with all 8 balls.
10. Once you have all the long ropes, start breaking them in pieces and rolling them into balls. Make them about 1 inch in diameter, though whatever size you want works! While doing this, bring a pot of water to a boil. I used a medium sized pot.
11. Once you have all the balls formed (there are a lot!), and water has boiled, dump 3/4 cup of baking soda into water. Note: it will become messy at this point, and start bubbling over. It cleans up very easily!
12. Place about 15-20 bites into the water at a time, and leave them there for 30ish seconds. When they are done, put them on a cookie sheet, making sure not to allow them to touch one another. When you fill up one sheet, coat them all with the egg and water mixture, and the seal salt on top. Immediately place it in the oven . Don’t wait to finish all the balls. Cook 18 –20 minutes, until golden brown.
13. Continue this for all of the balls! I would say to actually place the trays in the oven as you finish, and just keep track of the clock. I waited until they were all done (I had 3 trays) but by the time they went in the oven, the ones that were done first had gotten flimsy and burnt in the oven.
14. After cooking for 18 minutes. allow them to cool on a rack before devouring them all!
– 8 ounces Velveeta Cheese
– 8 ounces Neufchatel cream cheese (or any kind)
– 1/4 to 1/2 beer of choice.
– Garlic Powder to taste
– Soften cream cheese and Velveeta Cheese in the microwave. Don’t melt it, just soften.
– Pour in the beer. I start with 1/4 and then adjust based on taste.
– Add in the garlic powder. I typically start with 1/2 teaspoon and then add to taste.
– Using a mixer, mix it all up until it is a cheesy mixture. Taste, and adjust beer and garlic to your liking!
– Warm up or enjoy the way it is with your pretzels!