Homemade Parmesan Soft Pretzel Bites with Marinara Dipping Sauce

Homemade soft pretzels with buttery Parmesan topping

are as easy to make as they are to eat!

Homemade soft pretzel bites with Parmesan Cheese and Italian Seasoning.  Served with marinara dipping sauce. www.lemonsforlulu.com

I was all set to write you a narrative about how obsessed I became with making these pretzel bites after I received a jar of homemade spicy mustard from my neighbor.  I was ready to discuss how once I focus on an idea, I cannot stop thinking about it until it becomes a reality.  And the example I was going to give was how I badgered my husband multiple times a day to hang pictures in our home after we moved in because that’s all I could think about.  The more I obsessed, the less patience I had, so I hung them up myself.  Which is no big deal, except they are ALL crooked and uneven because I am too impatient to measure anything!  I was then going to tell how I feel ( and my husband would agree) that my obsessive nature is somewhat of a character flaw, but I am too distracted to tell you all this in detail.

Soft pretzel bites are hot buttered and sprinkled with Parmesan cheese.  www.lemonsforlulu.com

Want to know why?  Because as I type this my 8-year-old son is standing behind me making the most thunderous fart noises with his mouth and his hands.   And now I’m obsessed with this resounding noise spewing from that little mouth that I normally think is so sweet.    How does he make them so loud?  I’m surprised I can type this, because all I can focus on is how he continues to make these noises as he is making his way up the stairs to get ready for bed.  But what baffles me most is how loud and clear they sound despite the fact that he is at the opposite end of our house!   Then he stops and laughs uproariously at his ability to imitate this embarrassing bodily function!  What exactly is it with boys and fart noises?  I ask my husband this but he has no answer.  He sheepishly admits that he still thinks fart noises are hilarious.

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One thing I can say for sure is that there were NO  wind- breaking noises when I served these pretzels!  Instead, there were lots of “mmm-mmm’s” .  My family  was as obsessed with these soft pretzels as I was!  These pretzels are soft little pillows of yeast….just perfect for the hot butter and Parmesan cheese I smothered  all over each nugget!  I made marinara sauce for each little pretzel to swim.   Soft and tender on the inside, golden and crusty on the outside.  Darn, I’m obsessing again.  All I can think about is my next batch.


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Homemade Parmesan Soft Pretzel Bites with Marinara Dipping Sauce
For the pretzels
  • 1 ½ cups warm water
  • 1 tablespoon sugar
  • 2 teaspoons salt
  • 1 package active dry yeast
  • 4 ½ cups flour
  • 4 tablespoon butter, melted
  • 10 cups water
  • ⅔ cup baking soda
  • 1 egg yolk lightly beaten with a splash of water
  • salt
  • 4 tablespoon butter, melted
  • 1 tablespoon dried Italian seasoning
  • 1 tablespoon grated Parmesan cheese
  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 2 cloves garlic minced
  • 1 14.5 oz can crushed tomato
  • ¼ teaspoon crushed red pepper
  • 1 tablespoon chopped flat leaf parsley
  1. Combine water sugar and salt in the bowl of a stand mixer. Sprinkle yeast over water and allow mixture to sit for 5 minutes or until yeast begins to foam. Using the dough hook, mix in the flour carefully along with the melted butter. Mix on low until dough begins to pull away from the sides of the bowl. Remove dough and wipe out bowl. Drizzle about a tablespoon of oil over bowl. Return dough to bowl, coating well with the oil. Cover bowl with plastic wrap and place in a warm place for about an hour or until dough has doubled in size.
  2. Preheat oven to 350. Line two baking sheets with parchment paper that has been coated with cooking spray. Set aside.
  3. Bring 10 cups of water and the baking soda to a boil.
  4. Remove dough from bowl and place on a floured surface. Divide dough into about six equal balls of dough. Roll out each dough ball into a rope and using a pizza cutter, cut each rope into 1-inch pieces.
  5. Drop dough in small batches into boiling water. Allow dough to cook for about 30-45 seconds turning halfway. Remove to baking sheets. Continue until all the dough has been boiled. Brush pretzels with egg wash. Bake for about 10 minutes or until golden brown. Remove and brush with melted butter. Sprinkle Italian seasoning, Parmesan and garlic powder over pretzels. Serve with marinara.
  6. For the marinara:
  7. Heat oil in a small saucepan. Add garlic and cook for one minute. Stir in tomatoes and red pepper. Allow sauce to come to a slow boil for about 15 minutes.
  8. Pretzels adapted from Alton Brown


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37 Responses

  1. These look amazing. I am inpatient too. Sometimes it works out, others not so much.

  2. I am total OCD as well. I understand. B

    I am pinning these bites for my Christmas party.

  3. Wow, I’m worried that if I make these I’ll end up eating the entire batch myself!

  4. I’ve already pinned this recipe. It sounds great, Tanya. I give jars of homemade ketchup and mustard to friends at Christmas, along with a few other homemade treats. This year, I just might include a bag of these pretzel bites. I know they’ll be a hit! Thanks.

  5. Oh my this made me laugh so hard, I have 10 and 5 year old boys who think farting is hysterical and yes I am the only one in my house who does not get it. Cant wait to try these yummmm

  6. Oh man these sound incredible! I am for sure making these soon!

  7. I literally cannot wait to make these, seriously salivating over here.. oh ma gawww I need these now!!

  8. I LOVE homemade pretzels! I want one … okay, I want 2 dozen of these pretzel bites. And I could eat that many in one sitting!

    • I’m fairy certain I came pretty close to 2 dozen Nicole! They are highly addictive!

  9. Tanya, these look fantastic! I am such a pretzel lover and these, I have to try! Fabulous photos! Thanks for sharing and pinning! Have a happy Thursday!

    • You are so sweet Cindy, thank you! They were fun to make, my son actually helped me. They taste so good too!

  10. These look so yummy, Tanya! :) I am going to have to make these myself VERY soon! What a great snack for game day or for a movie night!

  11. Looks delicious! Should these be served the same day they are made, or would they still be soft by the next day?

    • They are best the same day they are made, but certainly awfully tasty the next day!

  12. Soft pretzels are one of my favorite things – I love this variation!

  13. Sarah

    Just wondering…..can these pretzels be boiled, then refrigerated for a few hours and then finish cooking in the oven when you are ready to serve? Would like to make these when company comes over but want to reduce the time I spend in the kitchen when they are here. Thanks

    • I think the pretzels might dry out in the fridge. I would go ahead and make them in advance then right before your company comes toss them in a little butter and heat them on the stove top.

  14. Tim

    I wanted to make these pretzels, but I was wondering how much yeast to use. It says use a packet of yeast, but how much is in the packet, are you using the .31oz packets? I currently just have a 4oz bottle of yeast. Can’t wait to try these!

    • I used one single 1/4 oz packet of Red Star Yeast.

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  16. Jade

    I made this and they are absolutely disgusting but they look delicious! I did everything correctly. I am not sure what went wrong. But boy are they nasty!

    • I’m sorry to hear that Jade. I make this recipe all the time and have never had a “nasty” outcome. Taste is somewhat subjective however. Can you tell me what exactly was nasty about it so I can troubleshoot?


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