Pretzel bites are a keystone of delicious bar food. They’re great with beer, satisfy your salty cravings and are easy to share (that is, if you’re nice enough to share). Sadly we don’t always have the money to buy expensive bar food; but who said we couldn’t make our favorite drunchie snack at home? This recipe only cost me $3.58 (for the dinner rolls) because I had all of the other ingredients at home! I think we all have $5 and 30 minutes to spare.

Do keep in mind, it is super important that you boil the dough bites in the baking soda water. This is what will give the pretzel bites their signature chewiness. The egg wash will also give the bites their deep brown color, which is also super important.

As for dipping sauces, you can go the traditional route and go for a nice cheesy dip or combine another bar food fave and create this buffalo chicken cheese dip that will never fail you.

Pretzel Bites

  • Prep Time:15 minutes
  • Cook Time:15 minutes
  • Total Time:30 minutes
  • Servings:60 bites
  • Medium


  • 12 balls of frozen dinner rolls, thawed
  • 1/2 cup baking soda
  • 1 egg, beaten
  • Coarse Salt
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  • Step 1

    Preheat oven to 425°F. Make sure the dough is at room temperature on a floured surface. Cover the dough to keep it from drying out.

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  • Step 2

    Pat the dough into a rounded square shape and cut it into 9 equal bites. Return the bites to the floured surface so that they do not dry out and have time to poof out. While the dough sits, bring 9 cups of water to a boil and add baking soda.

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  • Step 3

    Once the water is boiling, drop 10-12 bites in at a time and leave them in the bath for 1 minute. Transfer bites onto a well-greased, foil-lined baking sheet.

    #SpoonTip: Be sure that the foil on the cookie sheet is generously oiled. The bites tend to be sticky once they are baked onto a surface!

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  • Step 4

    Once all bites are cooked, brush the egg on each bite. This will give the pretzel its iconic color. Top off each bite with salt and put them the oven for 15 minutes or until brown.

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  • Step 5


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