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Parmesan Pretzel Bites

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All of the flavor, and none of the hassle – that’s what you get with these easy Parmesan Pretzel Bites! Parmesan cheese and parsley flakes bring out the best in these soft, buttery snacks, made easily with store-bought frozen dinner rolls.

A parchment-lined dish filled with baked pretzel bites. A dipping container of mustard sits nearby on the work surface.

The Easiest Soft Pretzel Bites Ever!

Do you like making your own snacks? I think we all probably have our favorite store-bought chips, crackers, and pretzels – but there’s something special about putting a freshly-made batch of tasty snacks right out of the oven. That’s why I love this quick pretzel bite recipe. It’s a snap to make at home!

While making homemade pretzels can be a little bit tricky (not to mention time-consuming), these soft pretzel bites are a fail-proof, fast, and easy snack. The secret? Using frozen, store-bought dough. I use frozen dinner rolls, and they work perfectly to make soft pretzels that everyone gobbles up.


The other secret? I don’t boil these pretzel bites. A quick dip in some hot water with baking soda is all they need to get that perfectly chewy, crisp exterior. Try this recipe, and fall in love with these munchable, crave-able snacks.

From top: Parsley, baking soda, parmesan cheese, unbaked dinner rolls, salt and pepper, melted butter, water.

What Ingredients Will I Need?

All you need to make these addictive pretzel bites are a few basic pantry staples, a little hot water, and some frozen dinner roll dough. They’re perfect for whipping up at the last minute, for a cozy afternoon snack, or anytime.

  • Frozen Dinner Rolls: Frozen dinner roll dough makes this recipe fast and easy.
  • Butter: Melt a small amount of butter for brushing over the pretzels.
  • Hot Water: The water doesn’t have to be boiling – water from the tap is fine. 
  • Baking Soda: Make sure to use baking soda, not baking powder.
  • Salt and Pepper
  • Flavorings: Parsley flakes and Parmesan cheese add tons of savory flavor, easily and quickly!

Step-by-Step Instructions

Now let’s take a look at the process for making these easy snacks. All you have to do is shape the pretzel bites, give them a coating of baking soda water and butter, and bake until golden-brown.

  1. Shape the Pretzel Bites. Defrost the frozen dinner rolls for about 2 hours, or until the dough is fully thawed. Cut each roll in half, and form each half into small pillow shapes. (I was too lazy to do that!)
  2. Dip in Baking Soda Solution. Stir the baking soda into the hot water until it dissolves. Dip the cut dough pieces into the baking soda solution, and then place them on a greased baking sheet. 
  3. Season the Dough. Brush the dough pieces with melted butter, and a bit more of the baking soda solution. Sprinkle them with salt, pepper, parsley flakes and parmesan cheese. 
  4. Bake. Bake the pretzel bites at 350 degrees for 12-15 minutes, until done inside and golden-brown. 
  5. Enjoy! Serve the pretzel bites as-is, or with your favorite condiments and dips.

How Do You Get Salt to Stick to Pretzel Bites?

If you have made pretzels before, you know that sometimes getting the seasoning to stick can be frustrating. The key is to sprinkle on your seasonings while the pretzels are damp, either from boiling (or in this case, dipping) in soda water, or from any egg wash or butter that you’re using. If the pretzels aren’t too dry, the seasonings should stick, every time.

Pretzel bites on a two-handled serving platter.

Tips for Success

Before you start baking, take a moment to check these tips! They are my best advice for making the tastiest soft pretzel bites ever.

  • Don’t Crowd the Pretzel Bites: When baking, be sure not to crowd the pretzel bites together. This way they’ll bake evenly and  won’t stick together.
  • Salting: You can use special pretzel salt if you like, or just your favorite coarse salt.
  • Change Up the Seasonings: Feel free to add garlic powder, Italian seasoning, Cajun seasoning, or anything you like! You can even make these sweet by leaning out the savory flavors and substituting cinnamon sugar. Yum!
  • Browning Options: One thing you’ll notice about these pretzels is that they don’t get as dark as other pretzels, but that’s because most of the dough is covered by cheese during baking. Feel free to make these with just salt to get that dark, robust color. 
Baked, seasoned bite-sized soft pretzel pieces on a serving platter with mustard.

Yummy Ideas for Serving

You can serve these with your favorite mustard, honey mustard, or just on their own, but I also like to serve these tasty little morsels with easy dressings and dips. The only thing better than a fresh, soft pretzel bite? A fresh, soft pretzel bite – with a mouthwatering dip!

  • Ranch: Creamy, well-seasoned, and healthy, this High Protein Ranch dressing is a more-ish pretzel pairing you’ll feel good about.
  • Spinach Artichoke Dip: This classic dip is full-flavored, tangy, and packed with healthy spinach. Add a little extra cream to make it the perfect consistency for pretzel bites.
  • Fondue: Fondue is amazing with toasted bread, but it’s irresistible with pretzels! Make this for a festive occasion, family board game night, or just because.
A soft pretzel being dipped in mustard.

How to Store Pretzel Bites

To store, place the cooled pretzel bites in airtight containers or freezer bags. Store at room temperature for up to five days. Reheat in the oven at 350F for a few minutes, until warm.

Can I Freeze These?

Yes, you can definitely freeze them. Just cool them down, and place in an airtight container or freezer bag. Freeze for up to three months. 
Reheat directly from frozen, increasing the baking time to 30 minutes.

Soft Pretzel Bites

All of the flavor, and none of the hassle – that’s what you get with these easy Parmesan Pretzel Bites! Parmesan cheese and parsley flakes bring out the best in these soft, buttery snacks, made easily with store-bought frozen dinner rolls.
servings 12 bites
Prep Time 10 mins
Cook Time 12 mins
Total Time 2 hrs 22 mins

Ingredients

  • 6 frozen dinner rolls
  • 1 tablespoon butter melted
  • 1 cup hot tap water
  • 1 1/2 tablespoons baking soda
  • salt
  • pepper
  • parsley flakes
  • parmesan cheese

Instructions

  • Defrost rolls for about 2 hours until dough is completely thawed.
  • Cut dough balls into two even pieces. Form into small pillow shapes, if desired. (I was too lazy to do that!)
  • Dissolve baking soda in hot water. Dip dough pieces into baking soda solution and place on greased baking sheet. Brush dough with melted butter and more baking soda solution. Sprinkle salt, pepper, parsley flakes and parmesan cheese over top.
  • Bake at 350 degrees for 12-15 minutes.
  • Serve with mustard.

Nutrition

Calories: 67kcal | Carbohydrates: 10g | Protein: 2g | Fat: 2g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 3mg | Sodium: 531mg | Potassium: 25mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 1g | Vitamin A: 29IU | Calcium: 38mg | Iron: 1mg
Course: Appetizer
Cuisine: American
Keyword: how to make pretzel bites, snacks easy to make, soft pretzel bites

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