Easy Pretzel Bites (made from store bought pizza crust dough)

Easy Pretzel Bites are made with store bought pizza crust dough and can be made in 30 minutes. They are soft and delicious and perfect for a quick snack!

This recipe makes about 25-30 pretzel bites in 30 minutes!

A plate of Easy Pretzel Bites with a small dish of nacho cheese for dipping sauce

Done in 30 Minutes

How can you have the best soft pretzel bites done and ready to eat in 30 minutes? You use pizza crust dough!

I think they are even better than my Homemade Pretzel Bites and they are so much easier to make! (If you insist on making them from scratch use my Homemade Recipe).

All you need for these Pizza Crust Dough Pretzel Bites is a refrigerated roll of pizza crust dough, baking soda with boiling water, an egg for an egg wash, butter and coarse salt!

They are easy to make and so insanely delicious!

Pretzel bites up close

Store Bought Pizza Crust Dough

Any brand of Pizza Crust Dough will work. I have found that I prefer Pillsbury Brand. The texture is perfect for soft pretzel and it doesn’t have a weird processed taste like some of the store bought refrigerated doughs.

A package of refrigerated store bough pizza crust dough

All you have to do is open up the can, and take out the sheet of dough.

The roll of pizza crust dough out of the package
Flat sheet of store bought pizza crust dough unrolled

DO NOT DIVIDE THE DOUGH WHERE IT HAS THE PRE-CUTS IN IT…LEAVE THE DOUGH IN ONE PIECE/BIG SHEET.

Cut the dough (I use my pizza cutter) into 4 large pieces lengthwise.

I cut the dough first drown the middle.

Sheet of pizza crust dough cut in half

Then I cut each half in half again leaving me with 4 equal pieces.

A sheet of store bought pizza crust dough cut into 4 pieces

Next, take each piece of dough and pinch the long sides together to make a long snake of dough.

A hand pinching togther the long pieces of pizza crust dough to make soft pretzels
4 long pieces of store bought pizza crust dough to make pretzel bites

Now that you have 4 long pieces of pretzel dough you will cut them into pieces. Cut them as big or as little as you like. I usually cut mine into 1 to 1 1/2 inch pieces (not an exact measurement but close).

Pizza Crust Dough cut into pieces for pretzel bites

As you cut the pieces of dough they may come un-rolled. Just pinch them back together.

A hand pinching the pizza dough pretzel bites to put them back together.

Baking Soda Water Bath

Pretzels are usually dunked in boiling soda water. There is a scientific explanation about PH levels of the dough when it’s boiled in soda water but the simple reason is this: it gives the pretzels a darker top and also gives it a chewy texture so it’s not just plain bread bites.

Before you dunk your pretzels, you will need some paper towels or a clean kitchen towel to place the fresh boiled pretzel bites on it after they have boiled. This will help soak up some of the extra baking soda water.

I line a baking sheet with paper towels just so I have plenty of space for the pretzel bites.

Do not stack them on top of each other when they come out of the water.

Baking sheet lined with paper towels to put the boiled pretzel bites on before baking

Dunking the pretzels in the boiling baking soda water is optional but it makes the pretzel bites yummy and sets them a part from just being plain bread bites.

Boil you water and baking soda.

Take the pretzel bites and drop as many as you can fit in the pot without it being overcrowded. I can get mine dunked in about 2 batches.

A hand dropping the pizza dough pretzel bites in boiling water with baking soda
Pretzel bites in boiling baking soda water

Let the pretzel bites boil for about 30 seconds. They will seem like they are super soggy and ruined but they are not. This is normal!

Take out the pretzel bites with a slotted spoon and place them on the paper towels. Finish boiling all of the bites and place them on paper towels.

Pretzel bites that were just boiled in baking soda water sitting on paper towels before baking oni the oven
Up close shot of pretzel bites just boiled in baking soda water

Egg Wash for the Top of the Pretzel Bites

After the pretzel bites have all been dunked, you will need to brush them with an egg wash. This will help the tops of the pretzel bites brown just a bite more on top.

To make an egg wash bath you need one egg yolk and one tablespoon of cold water whisked together.

Egg yolk and water mixed together to make an egg wash for the tops of the pretzel bites

Brush the tops of the pretzel bites with egg wash.

I like to brush the pretzel bites with the egg wash while they are still on the paper towels. I prefer this because excess egg will drip down the sides of the pretzel and I like the paper towels to soak it up.

Pretzel bites being brushed with an egg wash before baking

Take the pretzel bites (after you have brushed them all with the egg wash) and line them up on a parchment paper lined baking sheet or greased baking sheet.

Be careful taking them off of the paper towels, they can be a bit sticky.

Pretzel bites lined up on a baking sheet lined with parchment paper to bake in the oven
Up close shot of pretzel bites lined up on a baking sheet lined with parchment paper after they have been brushed with and egg wash.

Baking Easy Pretzel Bites

Before the pretzel bites go into the oven sprinkle coarse kosher salt on the tops of them.

A hand sprinkling coarse salt on pretzel bites before  baking

Table salt will not work. You want the coarse salt that will not dissolve on top of the pretzels. See below the Coarse Kosher Salt I use.

Bottle of coarse kosher salt
A hand with a palm full of coarse salt

Once all of the pretzel bites are sprinkled with coarse salt they are ready to bake.

Pretzel bites sprinkled with coarse salt

Bake your pretzel bites for about 8-10 minutes or until the tops are golden brown. Then turn your oven up to broil for 1 to 2 minutes if you want the tops even more golden brown. (This is optional – watch them closely if you do this).

Just baked pretzel bites

NOTE: Some of the pretzel bites may pop open…this is ok! They are still delicious!

Pretzel bites that popped open when baking

Once they are out of the oven, brush the tops with melted butter.

Just baked pretzel bites being brushed with melted butter on top
Pretzel bites brushed with melted butter and kosher salt (coarse salt)
A hand holding a pretzel bite

Serve the pretzel bites with nacho cheese, pizza sauce or any other dipping sauce you like!

Plate of pretzel bites made from pizza crust dough with a dish of nacho cheese sauce with them for dipping
A hand holding a single pretzel bite with the plate of pretzel bites in the background with nacho cheese for dipping
A hand dipping a pretzel bite in nacho cheese

Other Flavors for Pretzel Bites

Cinnamon Sugar Pretzel Bites are delicious. Make the pretzel bites the same but do not sprinkle them with kosher salt. Brush them with the egg wash and then they bake-no salt added to the tops! After they have baked toss the bites in melted bitter and then roll the buttery bites in a cinnmon sugar mixture. Make my Homemade Cream Cheese Frosting for dipping!

Garlic Parmesan Bites are delicious. Make the pretzel bites the same as this recipe states. When they are out of the oven brush them with butter and then sprinkle them with a mixture of garlic salt, garlic powder and the bottled parmesan cheese.

If you want homemade pretzel bites, try my Homemade Pretzel Bite recipe. You just use a water bottle with the soda water in it to spray the bites.

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Pretzel bites with cheese sauce

Easy Pretzel Bites (made from Pizza Crust Dough)

These easy pretzel bites are done in 30 minutes and are delicious! They are made with refrigerated pizza crust dough but taste homemade!
**This recipe will make anywhere form 25-30 pretzel bites depending on how big you cut the pieces of dough.
5 from 3 votes
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Prep Time: 20 minutes
Cook Time: 10 minutes
Servings: 30 Bites (approx.)

Ingredients

  • 1 roll/can (13.8 oz.) Pizza Crust Dough *in the refrigerated section

Boiling Baking Soda Water

  • 2 quarts Boiling water
  • 1/4 cup baking soda

Egg Wash

  • 1 egg yolk (yolk only)
  • 1 tbsp cold water

Pretzel Toppings (for baking and after baking)

  • kosher salt/coarse salt *for sprinkling on after the egg wash BEFORE baking
  • 2 tbsp butter, melted *for brushing on after baking – use more as needed but 2 tbsp is usually plenty

Instructions

  • Preheat your oven to 400℉. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper or grease a baking sheet.
    Prepare a separate baking sheet- line it with paper towels. A large plate will work also. You will use this to place the boiled pretzel bites on after they come out of the boiling baking soda water.

The Pretzel Bites from the Pizza Crust Dough

  • Open the pizza crust dough. Do not separate the dough on the pre-cut lines. Keep it one big piece/sheet of dough. Cut the dough into four long, equal strips (lengthwise – see photos above).
    Take each piece and fold up the sides lengthwise pinching it together, making a long piece of dough. Do this to all 4 long pieces of dough.
    Cut the dough into 1 to 1 1/2 inch pieces (or bigger if you want them bigger).

Baking Soda Boiling Water

  • Using a large stock pot, add your baking soda to the 2 quarts of water and bring it to a boil.
    Drop the pretzel bites in the boiling water with baking soda. Do not overcrowd the pretzel bites. You will probably need to do this in batches.
    Let the pretzel bites boil for about 30 seconds and take them out of the water with a slotted spoon. Place the wet pretzel bites on the paper towels, in a single layer. They will look mushy and gooey – that is how they are supposed to look. Repeat until all of the pretzels bites have been boiled in the baking soda water.

Egg Wash

  • Prepare your egg wash with the egg yolk and cold water, whisking the egg yolk and cold water together.
    While the pretzel bites are on the paper towels, brush the egg wash on top of each pretzel bite.
    Transfer the preztel bites to your baking sheet lined with parchment paper. Be careful – some of the bites may tend to stick to the paper towels, just peel them off the best you can. It is ok if the pretzel bites are close together.
    Sprinkle the kosher/coarse salt on top of the egg wash on the pretzel bites.

Baking the Pretzel Bites

  • Bake the pretzel bites at 400℉ on the center rack/middle of the oven for about 8 minutes. Then, set your oven to broil and let them brown on the tops just a bit more until they are golden brown, or to your liking.
    Brush the tops with the melted butter immediately after they are out of the oven!

Serving the Pretzel Bites

  • Serve your pretzel bites warm, straight out of the oven. Serve them with marinara sauce, nacho cheese, cheddar cheese, ranch dressing, blue cheese dressing, Alfredo sauce or any dipping sauce you like.

Notes

You can top these with garlic parmesan.  After baking, brush them with butter and sprinkle them with parmesan cheese (the green bottled kind) and garlic salt and garlic powder.
Make these into cinnamon-sugar bites.  Do not add the salt before baking. Brush or roll them in butter after baking and sprinkle or roll them in a cinnamon-sugar blend. Serve them with a side of cream cheese frosting.

Nutrition information is automatically calculated and should only be used as an approximation.

Serving: 1Pretzel Bite | Calories: 47kcal | Carbohydrates: 7g | Protein: 1g | Fat: 1g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 0.2g | Monounsaturated Fat: 0.3g | Trans Fat: 0.03g | Cholesterol: 8mg | Sodium: 393mg | Potassium: 1mg | Fiber: 0.2g | Sugar: 1g | Vitamin A: 32IU | Calcium: 1mg | Iron: 0.4mg

3 Comments

  1. 5 stars
    Thank you they turned out wonderfully yummy. We moved from the US to Madrid this September. We have been craving Wetzels Pretzels. The pizza dough in Madrid we used gave us that same yummy butter goodness. We followed the recipe exactly and the whole family is so pleased.

    • Beth, The Butcher's Wife

      Michelle, I am so happy to hear you were pleased!! Wetzels Pretzels are our family favorite and I wish I could figure out the exact recipe… until then this is our go-to recipe!! Thank you for your comment/feedback and for trying the recipe!!! I hope your time in Madrid is full of fun, new adventure and memory making!!!❤️❤️❤️

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