Pizza Pretzel Bites

Today is one of my favorite days of the year…the start of college football season. Yeah, yeah I know, a few other teams have been playing the past few days, but it doesn’t technically start until the Buckeyes play. My husband and I are huge Ohio State Fans. 😀 It kind of comes with the territory growing up in Columbus, Ohio. Although neither Andrew or I chose to go to undergrad at Ohio State, Andrew did end up going to Ohio State for medical school. We have been to many games over the years and have never missed a game even if it is against an unranked team. 😉 Andrew and his brother even went to cheer on Ohio State when they went to the National Championship Game in 2002. Now that we have moved to Peoria (over seven hours away) we can’t go to all the games we want. But that doesn’t stop us from flying our OSU flag, wearing our jerseys and beads and making homemade Buckeyes to eat during the game. We are very excited that the Buckeyes will be playing Illinois in Champaign on October 15…you can bet where we will be that day! 😉

We usually end up ordering a pizza and drinking a few cold drinks as we cheer on the Buckeyes. I wanted to make some pizza bites for the first Ohio State game of the season, so I searched on Foodgawker and found these delicious pretzel pizza bites on Two Pea’s & Their Pod. Pizza and pretzels together? Yes, please! One of my favorite appetizers to make for game day are Cheese Stuffed Pretzel Bites, so I knew that these would be a hit!

You can stuff these the night before and place them in the refrigerator. When you are ready to make just let them rise on the counter while you boil the water and preheat the oven. Just boil, bake and serve. You can be back to watching your favorite team instead of messing around in the kitchen. Just make sure you make enough if you are having a few friends over for the game, these go fast! Serve with warm pizza sauce for the perfect snack or party appetizer. Oh yeah…and GO BUCKS! 😀

Pizza Pretzel Bites

Yield: about 4 ½ dozen pretzel bites


1 1/2 cups warm water
2 tablespoons light brown sugar
1 package active dry yeast
3 ounces unsalted butter, melted
2 1/2 teaspoons kosher salt
4 1/2 to 5 cups all-purpose flour
Canola oil
Pepperoni slices, cut into small pieces
Shredded mozzarella cheese
5 quarts water
3/4 cup baking soda
1 whole egg, beaten with 1 tablespoon cold water
Coarse sea salt
Pizza sauce-for dipping


In the bowl of a stand mixer fitted with the dough hook, mix together the water, sugar, yeast, and butter. Let sit for 5 minutes.
Add the salt and flour to the yeast mixture. Knead dough at medium speed until a smooth and elastic ball forms, 3 to 4 minutes. If dough is sticky, add 1 tablespoons of flour at a time until dough comes together.
Transfer the dough to a lightly oiled large bowl and turn the dough to coat with the oil. Cover with plastic wrap and let rise in a warm place until doubled in size, about 1 hour.
Turn out the dough onto a lightly floured surface. Divide into 8 equal pieces. Roll each piece into a 21 inch rope. Cut the dough into 3-inch pieces to make the pretzel bites.

Roll each bite flat with a rolling pin.

Stuff with pepperoni and cheese.

Fold over the dough and pinch the ends. Place on a baking sheet and continue until all pretzel bites are stuffed.

Preheat the oven to 425 degrees F. In a large saucepan, bring water to a boil. Add the baking soda and lower heat to a simmer. Carefully boil pretzels in batches. Boil for about 30 seconds.

Remove with a large slotted spoon. Place pretzel bites on a parchment paper lined baking sheet, about 2 inches apart. Brush the tops with the egg wash and season liberally with the salt. Place into the oven and bake for 15 to 18 minutes, or until golden brown.
Serve warm with pizza sauce for dipping.

Source: adapted from Two Peas & Their Pod, originally from Bobby Flay

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80 Responses to “Pizza Pretzel Bites”

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    Liz — January 22, 2012 @ 9:36 am

    Love your food postings!!!!!!! I feel so at home!!! Yum!

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    Joanne (Inspired Taste) — January 25, 2012 @ 2:52 pm

    What a cute idea. These would be perfect for the Superbowl! Thanks for sharing :)

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    Thankam Paul — February 1, 2012 @ 2:30 pm

    I like the reciepe very much ,and going to try it ,but I have a doubt ,is the baking soda quantity is

    34 cup?

    • Christina replied: — February 2nd, 2012 @ 9:08 pm

      The recipe uses 3/4 cup of baking soda…if you give them a try I would love to hear how they turn out for you! :)

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    hkschulte — February 2, 2012 @ 11:20 am

    I have been wanting to make pretzel bites for a while and these look delicious! I’m not very experienced working with yeast though-it makes me nervous…any hints or suggestions? I may try these out for Sunday!

    • Christina replied: — February 2nd, 2012 @ 9:03 pm

      I would suggest making sure your yeast is fresh and that all of your ingredients are at room temperature. Don’t be too intimidated by working with yeast, practice makes perfect! If you give them a try I would love to know how they turn out for you! :)

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    foodcow — February 7, 2012 @ 8:05 am

    These look amazing!!!this is the first time i am coming across this technique of boiling before baking..Why do u have to do that?

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    Allyson — March 6, 2012 @ 12:09 am

    We absolutely LOVED these pretzel bites!! Dinner tonight was this recipe and the Buffalo Chicken Bites. They were both a huge hit. I saved some to freeze and my hubby is already looking forward to having them again. Thank you for the wonderful recipes and I look forward to trying out many more.

    • Christina replied: — March 7th, 2012 @ 5:57 pm

      Aren’t these pretzel bites addicting?! I am so glad that your family enjoyed them and the chicken bites! :)

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    Lizzy V. — March 7, 2012 @ 7:42 pm

    I pinned this probably 3 days ago. And it kept calling to me to make them. And I never make things I pin. Anyway, made them tonight and they are soooo worth it. Thanks for the fabulous recipe!

    • Christina replied: — March 27th, 2012 @ 9:11 pm

      I am so happy to hear that you enjoyed these pretzel bites! :) My family goes crazy every time I make these!

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    Emily — March 9, 2012 @ 5:18 pm

    My husband and I made these last night and almost everything turned out great, they were beautiful– but they tasted so strongly of baking soda we couldn’t eat them! Do you think the baking soda has a function in the water bath, or could it be left out? We are thinking that had to be the problem because your recipe seems solid! :)

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    Cher @ Mom and More — October 7, 2012 @ 10:51 am

    What a great yummy idea! Just pinned it!

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    Mary — May 21, 2013 @ 10:39 pm

    I feel like it is time that I comment on this recipe since I have made it numerous times. It is so good! So good that I never go elsewhere for a pretzel recipe. I have modified this a little bit and left out the salt for dietary reasons and it is still awesome. I have made a ton of variations, including: maple & bacon, chocolate & bacon, chocolate & salt, jalapeno cheddar, bacon cheddar, and more. I’ve even made them dairy free. Great find!

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    Trish @ Uncommon Designs — August 17, 2013 @ 9:49 am

    These look amazing! Featuring them today on a Tailgating Food Round-up!

    Take care,

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    Liz — January 26, 2014 @ 12:18 pm

    Thank you for the nice recipe, Christina. Have a Great Sunday!

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