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Sweet and Savory Soft Pretzel Bites

Savory Soft Pretzel Bites with a bite taken out

5am is my jam. My time to spend with my thoughts. I concentrate so well in the wee hours of the morning. I slide out of bed trying not to wake my hubby, though I know I always do. There is just something about this time that feels so comforting to me. One of the only times that my anxiety feels under control. The day hasn’t yet started buzzing with all of the stresses of the world and work and errands and just…everything.  I leisurely sip my coffee, and catch up on notes for work. Then I slip back in bed in an attempt at a few extra snuggles before the day. Wyatt has almost always taken my place.

My orange cat laying on my husband

I recently added running into this morning routine. It is the only kind of exercise I ever kind of got addicted to. So I’m trying to get there again. I can tell you I am not there. Not even close. I hate it. Every second of it. But I am hoping that the enjoyment comes back. The fact that it is frigidly cold here may have a liiiiiitle bit to do with it.

I was so happy to wake up yesterday morning to remember it was my day off from running. Obviously the most logical thing to do with my extra time was to make bread dough.

Sweet Soft Pretzel Bites rolled in cinnamon sugar with a cup of coffee

I wanted to make something that resembled a soft pretzel but without all the work of the kneading the dough and dipping in boiling water before baking nonsense. This dough took about 5 minutes to throw together and I was able to hop back in bed for an hour while it was rising. Then just scoop and bake and devour. Warm cinnamon sugar soft pretzel bites for breakfast anyone?

I also sort of had game day/the Super Bowl in my head when making these. They are perfect finger food and you can do half savory and half sweet. If you want to make the dough the night before and keep it in the fridge over night that works too! Just bake them up right before serving. What is it about hot bread that just makes you lose all inhibition about stuffing your face? In fact, just make two batches.

Savory Soft Pretzel Bites on a baking sheet after being baked

I’ll be honest with you. I did force bread inhibition upon myself and only taste tested a couple. But good lord, these savory ones dipped in mustard and those sweet ones dipped in… my face. Hot/buttery/chewy/carby/deliciousness.

Sweet Soft Pretzel Bites rolled in cinnamon sugar

Savory Soft Pretzel Bites on a baking sheet

Sweet and Savory Soft Pretzel Bites


  • 1 package(2¼ tsp) active dry yeast
  • 2 cups lukewarm water
  • 2 TBSP sugar
  • 1/2 TBSP kosher salt
  • 4 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
  • melted butter
  • cinnamon
  • sugar
  • garlic
  • coarse salt


  1. Combine yeast and warm water in a large bowl or pitcher.
  2. Using a wooden spoon add in 1 cup of the flour and then the salt and sugar and mix until combined.
  3. Stir in the rest of the flour, one cup at a time, until completely incorporated (you may have to use clean hands at the end to get all of the flour mixed in).
  4. Cover with pastic wrap or a lid that is not shut completely.
  5. Allow to rise for 1 hour. (alternatively, store in the fridge over night and the dough will slowly rise)
  6. Do not punch down the dough.
  7. Preheat the oven to 425ºF.
  8. Lightly spray baking sheets.
  9. Use a small cookie scoop or floured fingers to pinch off rounds of dough and drop them on the sheet pans. (you can also use floured hands to roll out small bread sticks)
  10. For the savory pretzels, brush with garlic butter and sprinkle with coarse salt. For the sweet pretzels, bake before topping with butter and cinnamon and sugar.
  11. Bake for 10-15 minutes, until lightly browned.
  12. Immediately dip the sweet pretzels in butter and cover with cinnamon and sugar.
  13. Serve hot.
Nutrition Information:

Amount Per Serving: Calories: 0

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14 comments on “Sweet and Savory Soft Pretzel Bites”

  1. Can I tell you how jealous I am that you can get up at 5am, function and make something as delicious as this?

  2. OMG bettie, I’m so addicted to your site. I’m from Brazil and the brazilian cookies recipe are terrible. I’m beginning a small business that’s called ”cookie lovers”. I started selling it to my friends, and last night I did the nestle recipe changing some things to get my perfect cookie as you explained on ”the chocolate chip cookies science” and it got AWESOME! I’m trying to find the perfect recipe for the last 1 year, and now I finally got it! I brought to work today and I started selling it, people love it! They asked me to bring more tomorrow. I can’t say how thankful I am for have found your site. Thank you a lot!

  3. Oooh these pretzel bites look so good-and so simple! And yes I would love some warm cinnamon-sugar pretzels, thank you for asking! 😛

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  5. There is no way I’m getting up at five am to go running, so way to go, girl! Even though you hate it, it’s an awesome feat that you get your butt outside and moving. And these pretzel bites – WOW! I’d happily get up at 5 to bake several batches of these lil beauties.

  6. Yummo! I recently made pretzels and I am totally trying your recipe too! I love them and have to admit that I would eat them everyday!

  7. I love your blog! I recently made some pretzels and I am going to try your recipe next! I have to admitt that I could eat them everyday! 😀

  8. I want to try these this weekend for a football game party. Do you think I could make the dough ahead of time and refrigerate it overnight?

    Loving your blog! I have quite a list of your recipes that I want to try!

    • Hi Emily. Absolutely! I do that all the time with dough. It will slowly rise in the fridge overnight and should be good to go the next day! You could even make it a couple of days ahead of time.

      • hello again!

        we made the dough in the morning, and then put it in the fridge for several hours while we were gone. they turned out very well, but burned a bit on the bottom. we used cookie sheets with parchment paper.

        do you have any suggestions? should i have put the oven rack up higher? it was about in the middle.


        • Having it in the middle should be perfect. Putting it too high up can burn them too because the top part of the oven is actually usually hotter due to heat rising. I’m guessing that maybe your oven is cooking hotter than it says it is. I would try turning it down by about 25º and see if that helps. I know you used parchment on your cookie sheets, but are they dark coated cookie sheets? That could also cause some burning.

          • Nope, they are light aluminum cookie sheets. It wasn’t my oven though, so I’m not used to it. I guess I’ll be FORCED to make these again at home. 😉

  9. What a brilliant recipe, can have sweet or savory, freeze, eat for breakfast, brunch, supper or for over the holidays…
    Delicious, add your own dips, flavorings, eat hot or cold…
    Utterly buttery, chewy, the perfect alternative to the bread-basket!
    Many thanks, you’ve done it again, given us an easy, versatile bread….
    Love these!!!

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