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The best snack for sharing — and dipping — are adorable little pretzel bites. While they've become staple appetizers at pubs and bars, these bite-size snacks are even more delicious when you make them at home. 

My favorite thing about these pretzel bites is how easy they are to make.

Shaping traditional pretzels into perfect twists can be a hassle, and this recipe eliminates the need for any of that.

The recipe starts with a simple dough (that also makes a good quick pizza crust). If you want to save yourself a little bit of time, you can also pick up a store-bought pizza crust and use the same technique. 

Once the dough has risen, you can preheat your oven and start to shape the bites. I like mine a little bit bigger — about one or two bites each — because it means I can pile more mustard onto each one. On the other hand, smaller pieces are arguably better for sharing with a crowd.

How to cook the pretzel bites

The dough should be deflated on a flat work surface and cut into individual pieces. You'll then very briefly boil pieces in a mixture of water and baking soda. 

Boiling the pretzel bites briefly helps them to begin to puff up before they go into the oven and allows a crust to form on the exterior of the bite, making it taste like a pretzel instead of a piece of bread. The baking soda makes the water very alkaline and the alkaline water causes the crust of the bites to not only take on a chewy texture in the oven, but to turn the deep golden brown color you want a pretzel to be!

Topping your pretzel bites

I love salt on my pretzels and used pretzel salt to finish these off. Pretzel salt is much coarser than most salts that you might keep in your kitchen. You can see the difference between kosher salt (left) next to some pretzel salt (right) in the photo below:

You can buy pretzel salt online or find it in the spice aisles at particularly well-stocked grocery stores. Or, you can simply substitute the coarsest salt that you have, but I do recommend getting the pretzel salt if you start to make pretzels or pretzel bites on a regular basis — it really gives the pretzels the right finishing touch!

How to serve your pretzel bites

These pretzel bites are good as-is and, to be honest, you're probably going to have a hard time resisting them when they're fresh out of the oven. If you can wait a few minutes, however, you can pair them with any pretzel topping.

  • Mustard is a classic option, and I prefer coarse-grained mustard. You can make your own honey mustard by stirring together equal parts honey and your favorite mustard.
  • Warmed up chocolate sauce is a surprising — and surprisingly good — dip for the salt-topped bites, too. 
  • And of course, you can never go wrong with a good cheese sauce.

Homemade pretzel bites recipe

Serves 6-8

Ingredients:

  • ¾ cup water, warm (100-110 F), divided
  • 2½ teaspoons (1 envelope/0.25 ounces) active dry yeast
  • 1 teaspoon sugar
  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 tablespoon vegetable oil
  • ¾ teaspoon salt
  • 2 cups water (any temperature)
  • 2 tablespoons baking soda
  • Pretzel salt, for topping

Step 1:

In a small bowl, combine ¼ cup of the water with the yeast and sugar. Stir and allow to stand for 5 minutes, until mixture is foamy.

Step 2:

In the bowl of a stand mixer, combine yeast mixture with remaining ½ cup of water, flour and vegetable oil. Mix with a paddle attachment until dough comes together and begins to pull away from the sides of the pan. If the dough seems extremely wet, add in an additional tablespoon or two of flour. Turn mixer up to medium and beat for 1-2 minutes. (This can also be done by hand with a wooden spoon and a little bit of elbow grease.)

Step 3:

Transfer the dough to a lightly oiled bowl and cover with plastic wrap. Let rise for 60 minutes, or until doubled in size.

Step 4

Preheat oven to 375 F. On a lightly floured surface, gently deflate the dough .

Cut the dough in half shape into a rough log. Cut each log into eight equal pieces. If you prefer smaller bites, they can each be cut into 12 pieces.

Step 5:

In a skillet or saucepan, combine 2 cups water with the baking soda and bring to a boil. Reduce heat to a simmer and place the dough balls into the water in small batches.

Cook for about 30 seconds, turning once, then remove from the water with a slotted spoon and arrange balls on a parchment-lined baking sheet. Sprinkle with pretzel salt.

Step 6:

Bake for 18-20 minutes, or until browned. Serve warm. 



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Adorable turkey pretzels. This Thanksgiving Kids Food Craft is perfect for little hands. Chocolate dipped pretzels, cookies, and candy corn make an adorable Thanksgiving treat for kids – gobble, gobble!

Chocolate Covered Turkey Pretzels

I love sharing kids food crafts with you on the Rachael Ray Show last October. This year we have another fun one – a Thanksgiving Turkey Pretzel Candy Corn Stick. It’s a great way to recycle leftover Halloween Candy!

These will be a huge hit at your Friendsgiving Thanskgiving.

Turkey Pretzels Ingredients:

  • 12 Pretzel Rods
  • 12 Grasshoper Cookies (or other chocolate covered cookies)
  • 24 Candy eyes
  • 84 Candy Corns
  • 12 Orange Reese’s Pieces
  • 1/2 cup Chocolate Melting Chips or Bark
  • 1/8 cup red Candy Melting Chips

Turkey Pretzels Directions:

  1. Lay cookies out on wax paper leaving room for pretzel rods to lay on top of each cookie without touching each other.
  2. Using a spoon drizzle a little chocolate around on cookie to glue candy corn in place.
  3. Heat Chocolate Chips in tall glass or cup by microwaving for 30 seconds stirring and repeating until melted. Allow to cool for 2-3 minutes.
  4. Dip pretzel 2/3 way in melted chocolate and roll to coat completely. Shake off excess.
  5. Lay on wax paper on top of cookie as shown in picture.
  6. Place candy corn in fan shape on cookie around pretzel rod.
  7. Place in refrigerator for 10 minutes to set candy mix.
  8. Using a spoon place a little chocolate to “glue in place eyes and Reese’s Piece on end for beak.
  9. Place Red Candy Chips in corner of zippered sandwich bag and microwave for 45 seconds. Knead to make sure it is smooth and melted.
  10. Clip corner of bag and pipe a waddle under the beak of each turkey.
  11. Immediately place in refrigerator for 10 minutes to set candy mix.

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Turkey Pretzels – Thanksgiving Kids Food Craft

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Adorable turkey pretzels. This Thanksgiving Kids Food Craft is perfect for little hands. Chocolate dipped pretzels, cookies, and candy corn make an adorable Thanksgiving treat for kids – gobble, gobble!


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Ingredients

  • 12 Pretzel Rods
  • 12 Grasshoper Cookies (or other chocolate covered cookies)
  • 24 Candy eyes
  • 84 Candy Corns
  • 12 Orange Reese’s Pieces
  • 1/2 cup Chocolate Melting Chips or Bark
  • 1/8 cup red Candy Melting Chips

Instructions

  1. Lay cookies out on wax paper leaving room for pretzel rods to lay on top of each cookie without touching each other.
  2. Using a spoon drizzle a little chocolate around on cookie to glue candy corn in place.
  3. Heat Chocolate Chips in tall glass or cup by microwaving for 30 seconds stirring and repeating until melted. Allow to cool for 2-3 minutes.
  4. Dip pretzel 2/3 way in melted chocolate and roll to coat completely. Shake off excess.
  5. Lay on wax paper on top of cookie as shown in picture.
  6. Place candy corn in fan shape on cookie around pretzel rod.
  7. Place in refrigerator for 10 minutes to set candy mix.
  8. Using a spoon place a little chocolate to “glue in place eyes and Reese’s Piece on end for beak.
  9. Place Red Candy Chips in corner of zippered sandwich bag and microwave for 45 seconds. Knead to make sure it is smooth and melted.
  10. Clip corner of bag and pipe a waddle under the beak of each turkey.
  11. Immediately place in refrigerator for 10 minutes to set candy mix.

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The most popular Thanksgiving Food Craft, the flexibility of this food craft is nice. How much you want to go with this cookie is up to you. You can have a stand up turkey or a lay down turkey instead.  Add left over Halloween candy to spruce up the design or keep it simplistic with icing and candy corn.

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On the show we made these with chocolate peanut butter cups but you can also do with caramel cups. Pick up store bought frosted fudge cookies and glue on the top of the hat to make the perfect little snack for your little Pilgrim.

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This turkey craft is likely for experienced and steady of hands baker. Mix colors and create bright feathers on your Oreo Turkey using a pretzel as a template. Again, how little or how much of the activity and design you want to do is up to you.

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5 days ago Adorable turkey pretzels. This Thanksgiving Kids Food Craft is perfect for little hands. Chocolate dipped pretzels, cookies, and candy corn make.

These Hot Chocolate Pretzel Rods taste just like a cup of hot chocolate with marshmallows.

Our family loves to go sledding. I pack on every layer I can including 2 pairs of socks, 2 pairs of pants, 2-3 shirts and all the outer layers. I am always freezing but my Husband and Son like a few less layers. We have this large hill we go to which seems like more of a mountain when it’s cold and you’re in many layers but once you climb it is when the fun starts.

We have a tube, a regular long plastic sled and a saucer. I think we all enjoy the saucer the most. When we sled down the hill our mission is to see who gets the farthest and that little saucer always seems to win.

When our fingers and toes start getting chilly, we love to go into the warming hut and grab ourselves some hot cocoa with marshmallows. It’s the best after a adventurous chilly day.

But in Michigan there are days where it’s just too cold to go outside and play so I love to make these Hot Cholate Pretzel Rods. They’re not warm but they do the trick.

How to make our Hot Chocolate Pretzel Rods:

Ingredients:

You will also need:

  • tall glass
  • parchment paper
  • decorating bag
  1. Lay out a couple pieces of parchment paper onto paper plates.
  2. In a small microwave safe bowl, melt 2 cups of milk chocolate chips on 50% power for 3-4 minutes, stirring every 30 seconds until melted and pour them into a tall glass.
  3. Dip each pretzel rod 3/4 of the way into your melted chocolate, let any excess drip off and place onto your piece of parchment paper lined plates and transfer them to the freezer for 15 minutes.
  4. In another small microwave safe bowl, melt 1 cup of white candy melts on 50% power for 2-3 minutes, stirring every 30 seconds until melted, pour the melted chocolate into a decorating bag and cut a very small tip off the end of the bag.
  5. Take your chocolate covered pretzels out of the freezer and drizzle the white chocolate over the pretzels and immediately top with your hot chocolate marshmallows.
  6. Place the pretzels back in the freezer for another 5 minutes so the white chocolate hardens, break off any excess white chocolate around the edges and enjoy.

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I love to make fun treats in the kitchen with my kids, and with each holiday, I try to have an easy food craft project up my sleeve to make with them. These darling sandwich cookie spiders are incredibly easy to make with just a few simple ingredients, and they are sure to be a hit with children of all ages! These would be perfect for serving at a Halloween party, but they are quick enough to make on the fly during any chilly fall afternoon. Continue reading for all of the details for how these adorable sandwich cookie spiders come together!

To make a batch of sandwich cookie spiders, you will need…

(Note: Scroll below for a printable version of this recipe)

  • Halloween sandwich cookies
  • Pretzel sticks
  • Candy corn
  • Marshmallows (Tip: Day-old marshmallows work best for this project)
  • Black frosting

To begin, break four pretzel sticks in half to form eight individual pieces.

Insert four of the pretzel pieces on either side of one of the cookies, directly into the cream layer.

Break off just the white bottom portion of two pieces of candy corn.

Insert the white candy corn tips into the front portion of the cookie, between the two sets of legs to form silly spider fangs.

For the eyes, use a finger to press two of the marshmallows flat. (Day-old marshmallows work best for this, as they tend to hold their flattened shape more easily.)

Affix the marshmallow eyes just over the fangs on the front side of the spider using a dab of black frosting on the back of each. Add a dab of black frosting to the center of each marshmallow to make pupils for each eye.

Continue making spiders in this fashion until you have as many as desired. (If you’re anything like my kids and me, once you get started, you’ll want to make a whole passel!)

I love that these are easy enough for even toddlers to lend a hand in making, but they are a fun project for kids up through elementary school, too. I think they would be great to make together at a class party.

These would even make super cute Halloween cupcake toppers!

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  • Halloween sandwich cookies
  • Pretzel sticks
  • Candy corn
  • Marshmallows (Tip: Day-old marshmallows work best for this project)
  • Black frosting
  1. Break four pretzel sticks in half to form eight individual pieces. Insert four of the pretzel pieces on either side of one of the cookies, directly into the cream layer. Break off just the white bottom portion of two pieces of candy corn. Insert the white candy corn tips into the front portion of the cookie, between the two sets of legs to form silly spider fangs.
  2. For the eyes, use a finger to press two of the marshmallows flat. (Day-old marshmallows work best for this, as they tend to hold their flattened shape more easily.) Affix the marshmallow eyes just over the fangs on the front side of the spider using a dab of black frosting on the back of each. Add a dab of black frosting to the center of each marshmallow to make pupils for each eye.
Total time: 

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Even people who don't like craft beer know that beer and pretzels are the best of friends. You can also make your own hops salt and adjust the amount of hops.

Hot Chocolate Pretzel Rods

I have a soft spot for chocolate covered pretzels (like my Halloween Pretzel Pumpkins, or Christmas Pretzel Trees), and these pretzel bunnies and ducks are no exception!  They make such a cute Easter treat, or even just a treat to celebrate spring, now that this long, long winter is over!

I’m definitely not the first person to make these – if you search Pinterest there are lots of different versions that show up.  But the other ones use black candy pearls and edible decorating markers instead of the coloured decorating gel. I was having trouble finding those, so I used Wilton Decorating Gel to do all of the facial features. I actually think it was way easier.

They are both really simple to make!  For the pretzel ducks, you need:

I find it easiest to melt the chocolate in the microwave for 2 minutes at a really low setting.  On ours, I use 20% power, but of course, all microwaves are different.  And then I repeat as necessary until it’s melted and smooth.

Start by dropping a small amount of yellow chocolate onto the pretzel:

Lift up your spoon from the chocolate where the “wing” would go.  You can see that lifting the spoon gives it some height and texture so it actually looks like a wing!

Add a small dot of the black decorating gel for the eye:

I tried using an orange M&M for the beak but it just didn’t work for me. So instead, use the orange decorating gel to draw a beak over the top little jut out of the pretzel.

Easy Peasy! Four steps:  Turn the pretzel sideways, fill it with yellow chocolate, lift the spoon to make a wing, draw the eyes and beak and DONE!

Now for the pretzel bunnies.  You’ll need:

Again, melt a small amount of the chocolate in the microwave for 2 minutes at a time at super low power (20% or so).

Microwave it until it’s smooth and melted.

Add a small amount of chocolate to the inside of the pretzels.  This time lift your spoon at the ears or the cheeks.  You don’t really need the texture for this one, but you have to lift the spoon somewhere.  You can see in the photo below that I lifted the spoon at the ears for the two outer pretzels and attempted cheeks for the middle pretzel.  You can decide which works best.

So again, it’s four easy steps: Place out your pretzels, fill them with a small amount of chocolate, draw the ears and nose in pink, and draw the eyes and whiskers in black and DONE!

I haven’t used the decorating gel much, but I was surprised that it actually hardens.  I was worried that the faces would get messed up when I put them in a container, but once they hardened for about an hour, they did pretty well.

My girls went crazy for these!  I’m thinking we are going to have to make them again before Easter!

These pretzel bunnies and ducks are a cute and super easy Easter treat idea.  They take less than 20 minutes to make, and they are sure to put a smile on the kids faces. Heck, I’m willing to bet they’d put a smile on the adults too!

I love working with pretzels and chocolate.  You can make so many cute things!  Check out my Halloween Pretzel Pumpkins, Spider Pretzel Treats, Christmas Pretzel Trees and Valentine’s Day Pretzel Hearts for more great inspiration!

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