Soft pretzel bites with buttery Parmesan topping are as easy to make as they are to eat!
Served with zesty marinara dipping sauce.
I’ve been making these over and over again because they are soooo good! These parmesan pretzel bites are soft, pillowy, and buttery!
This garlic parmesan pretzels recipe is so easy to make too! The best part is you don’t have to let the dough rise, you don’t have to knead the dough and you don’t have to do any rolling either as this recipe relies on store-bought pizza dough instead! So we get all of the deliciousness without the long wait times, effort, or mess. Doesn’t that just sound perfect?
What Are Pretzel Bites?
Pretzel bites are small pieces of pretzel flavored dough that has been cut into bite-sized pieces. The dough is first boiled in baking soda filled water until it is partially cooked then it is baked until puffed and golden brown. The baking soda water is what gives them their traditional chewy texture and flavor that soft pretzels are known for, so these taste like big soft pretzels, only these are small and poppable.
- Pizza Dough – I have my favorite brand, but you can use any frozen (and thawed) brand of dough you like!
- Baking Soda
- Garlic Powder – You can also use garlic salt, however, I find it easier to use salt separately to control the flavor and sodium.
- Grated Parmesan
- Marinara Sauce – This is your dipping sauce. I used this homemade marinara sauce recipe.
For the exact measurements, please see the recipe card below.
You will also need:
- Heavy Stockpot
- Mesh Skimmer – To remove your dough from the water
- Baking Sheet
- Parchment Paper
These tools and equipment will help to make the process run more smoothly.
How To Make Pretzel Bites With Pizza Dough
- Preheat your oven to 450 degrees F.
- Fill a pot with water and bring it to a boil. When the water begins to boil, add in the baking soda, the water will begin to bubble up.
- Use a dough scraper or a pizza cutter to cut your dough into 1-inch sized portions and roll each one into a ball.
- Drop the dough about 4 to 6 pieces at a time into the water.
- Cook until the dough becomes a little firmer and rises to the top. This should take about 2 minutes.
- Use a slotted spoon or a skimmer to remove the pretzels from the hot water and then drain them on a parchment paper-lined baking sheet.
- Repeat with the remaining dough.
- Brush the tops of your pretzels with the beaten egg.
- Bake in the oven for 12 minutes or until golden brown.
- Remove the pretzels from the oven and toss in a large bowl with melted butter. Sprinkle with garlic powder, Italian seasoning, and parmesan cheese.
- Serve pretzels with marinara sauce.
How Long Are Pretzel Bites Good For?
These homemade soft pretzels will taste great the same day that they are made but will also taste good the next day too. This is a recipe you want to make right before serving so that they taste incredible and are warm when served so don’t prep them too early in advance and don’t wait too long to dig in!
Can You Freeze Homemade Pretzel Bites
Yes, these pretzels freeze well. Place baked and cooled pretzels in a large ziptop bag. Freeze pretzels for up to 3 months.
When ready, bring pretzels to room temperature. Heat in the oven on low just until warm. Toss warm pretzels with butter and seasoning.
Can I Make Pretzel Bites Ahead Of Time?
Yes! Prepare the pretzels as per the recipe directions. Do not toss the pretzels in butter. Cover the pretzels in foil until needed.
When ready, heat the pretzels on low then toss in butter and seasoning just before serving.
If You Love These Pretzels Try:
- 1 1lb frozen pizza dough, thawed
- 8 cups of water
- ½ cup of baking soda
- 1 egg, lightly beaten
- 2 tablespoon butter, melted
- 1 tablespoon dried Italian seasoning
- 1 tablespoon grated Parmesan cheese
- 1 teaspoon garlic powder
- Marinara Sauce
- Preheat the oven to 450 degrees.
- Fill a stockpot with water and bring to a boil. When the water is boiling, add baking soda (it will bubble up).
- Using a dough scraper or a pizza cutter, cut dough into 1-inch portions and roll each portion into a ball.
- Drop 4-6 balls into the pot of water.
- Cook until the dough becomes a little more firm and rises to the top, about 2 minutes.
- Using a slotted spoon or a skimmer remove the pretzels from the hot water and drain on a baking sheet lined with parchment paper. Repeat with remaining dough.
- Brush the pretzels with the beaten egg wash.
- Bake the pretzels for 12 minutes or until golden brown. Remove the pretzels and toss them with melted butter and seasoning.
- Serve with marinara sauce.
- I used this homemade marinara sauce recipe.
Serving Size6 pretzels
Amount Per Serving Calories 549Total Fat 20gSaturated Fat 11gTrans Fat 1gUnsaturated Fat 8gCholesterol 72mgSodium 7846mgCarbohydrates 81gFiber 4gSugar 6gProtein 12g