homemade soft pretzels bites with beer cheese dipping sauce

Love Bites (Easy Pretzel Bites made from Pizza dough)

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Easy Pretzel Bites made from Pizza Dough

These Love Bites may not be as much fun as the ones that leave hickeys on your neck, but they are made with love and leave no requirement for turtle necks.

Love Bites are super easy soft pretzel bites, and make a great appetizer.

How do you make pretzel bites?

We start with pizza dough, and put small pieces in boiling water/ baking soda bath for just a few minutes.  Then we remove the bites from the boiling water and place them on a baking sheet covered with parchment paper.  Then you brush with an egg wash.  Sprinkle with flaky salt and bake until golden brown.  

Try this great recipe

Our Pizza Dough Pretzels are perfect for events or sports parties.  Make an awesome Pretzel Charcuterie platter including our Teenie WeeniesLove Bites, Cheesy Bastard and our Creamy Mustard Dip


Did you know that according to some accounts, pretzels were invented by a monk in the 6th or 7th century?  The monk used the twisted shape of the pretzel to teach children the concept of arms crossed in prayer.

The modern pretzel originated in Germany in the early 19th century. It was traditionally made with a simple dough of flour, water, and salt. Pretzels quickly gained popularity in Germany and throughout Europe.  They eventually made their way to the United States, where they became a popular snack and street food in every shape and variety.

The monk probably would not approve of our naming conventions- but I bet he would love how fast and easy soft pretzel bites have become.

sliced pizza dough with a few rolled into roundsboiling dough roundsboiled dough ready for the oven

homemade soft pretzels bites with beer cheese dipping sauce
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Love Bites

Easy Pretzel Bites made from Pizza dough
Prep Time15 mins
Active Time15 mins
Total Time30 mins
Course: Appetizer
Cuisine: American, German
Keyword: Homemade Pretzel bites, Pretzel bites, Pretzels
Yield: 24
Author: Stella Vergin


Pretzel Bites

  • 1 13.8 oz tube Pillsbury Pizza Crust
  • 12 cups Water (3 Quarts)
  • ¼ cup Baking Soda
  • 1 Egg
  • Kosher Salt

Creamy Mustard Dip

  • ½ cup Dijon Mustard
  • ½ cup Sour Cream
  • 1 Tbsp Honey
  • Dash Salt


Get ready for Baking

  • Preheat oven to 425 degrees
  • Line baking pans with parchment paper

Shape the dough

  • Open the pizza dough tube, and lay out on a cutting board
  • Roll the dough lengthwise into a long tube
  • Cut the dough roll into approximately 24 slices
    pizza dough rolled up in a tube and sliced in smaller rounds
  • Roll each slice in your hands to make small balls. It is ok if the balls are not perfect. The imperfection gives them character
    sliced pizza dough with a few rolled into rounds

Prepare your Boiling Pot for Baking Soda Pretzels

  • Bring water to a boil in a large pot
  • Add baking powder (There will be a large bubbling reaction when you do this)
  • Add 12 dough balls to the boiling water, they should float to the top after 1 minute.
    boiling dough rounds
  • Use tongs to remove dough balls, allowing the dough balls to shed excess water over the pot
  • Place each boiled dough ball on your baking tray
    boiled dough ready for the oven
  • Repeat the process to boil remaining dough balls

Finish topping your dough balls

  • Mix 1 egg in a small bowl
  • Brush egg on each dough ball
  • Put Kosher salt in the palm of your hand to gently sprinkle salt on each dough ball


  • Bake at 425 for approximately 15 minutes, or until golden brown
  • Serve warm with Creamy Mustard Dip, and 'Cheesy Bastard 'Beer-Cheese Dip

Creamy Mustard Dip

  • Mix Dijon Mustard, Sour Cream, Honey, and Salt
  • Serve in small dip dish


These are simple DIY pretzels that don’t need additional yeast or rising time.  We use Pillsbury Pizza Dough, but your favorite Pizza Dough can be substituted in this easy soft pretzel recipe.  I often double the recipe – These soft pretzel knots disappear quickly at a party.

You can prepare the homemade pretzel bites ahead of time, cover and refrigerate.  Pop them in the oven just before serving to maximize that fresh out-of-the-oven goodness

Left-over pretzel bites can be stored in the refrigerator and warmed the next day

This quick soft pretzel recipe is the start of a beautiful Pretzel Charcuterie Board- Love Bites, and Creamy Mustard Dip,  Teenie Weenies, and the Cheesy Bastard Dip give you a great start.  Add crackers, Apples, and Pears, and a few of your favorite vegetables

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