PRETZEL BITES – Parmesan or Cinnamon and Sugar with glaze.

Do you need a perfect snack for the big game?  These Pretzel bites will hit the spot for sure.  You can make a combination of Parmesan bites with a Cheese dip or Cinnamon and Sugar bites with a Vanilla glaze for dipping.
I’ve finally used up my supply of Rhodes Roll dough . . . until I buy more.  It’s quite nice to have on hand when you need it.  If you have some hanging around your freezer, you can whip these up in a jiffy.
Simple . . .
Take a Texas size Rhodes roll that has been thawed.
Roll it out in a four inch rope.
Cut in four sections.
I got tired of this method.
so I simplified even more.
Take your roll, and cut horizontally and vertically.
You have four pieces.
You will need:
as well as:
Once your bites are all cut,
place on a large greased baking sheet.
Let rise until double in size.
Like this . . .
Bring some water to boil in a large pot.
Prepare a Baking sheet with a clean towel and Paper towels on top.
Like this:
Heat your oven to 375 Degrees.
Plop about 10 bites into that boiling water.
Toss gently so that all sides are shocked with the water.
You will boil for about 45 seconds.
Remove from water with a slotted spoon.
Let drain on paper towels.
Don’t worry if a few of them shrivel up funny.
They will recover nicely in the oven!
Remove them carefully from the paper towels.
Place on greased baking sheet.
Bake at 375 degrees for about 15 minutes.
Let them bake until they are a nice golden color.
like this . . .
Roll in Parmesan and sprinkle with garlic and Kosher Salt.
 Oh yum!
or do this:
Use that Cinnamon and Sugar mixture.
and this:
You’ll be too busy eating and dipping to watch the big game!
Texas size Rhodes Frozen roll dough
*as many as you like – each roll makes four bites
coarse salt, parmesan, garlic, cinnamon & sugar
Vanilla glaze (optional)
Take a thawed roll.  Cut it in four equal sections.  Place dough bites on greased sheets. I placed five across and five down on large baking sheets.  Cover with plastic wrap that has been sprayed with non-stick cooking spray, and let dough rise until double in size. (about 35-45 minutes) Bring a large pot of water to a gentle boil.  When dough has risen, plop about 10 pieces into the boiling water, tossing gently for about 45 seconds. Remove with slotted spoon, and place bites on paper towels to drain slightly.  Move bites to greased baking sheets, and bake at 375 degrees for about 15 minutes or until done and golden brown.
Brush bites with melted butter, sprinkle with Kosher or Sea Salt, garlic and toss in Parmesan cheese.  You can also make Cinnamon and Sugar bites. Make a mixture of Cinnamon and sugar:  About 1 cup sugar and 1 1/2 tsp. of cinnamon, and mix together well. After you butter the pretzel bites, toss in cinnamon and sugar mixture.
You can serve the Parmesan Pretzel bites with a cheddar dip, and the Cinnamon and Sugar Pretzel bites with Vanilla glaze.  So yummy . . . so simple!
1 cup powdered sugar
2 tablespoons milk
1 tablespoon melted butter
1 tsp. vanilla extract.
Combine sugar, milk, butter and vanilla and mix well.
1 Tablespoon butter
1 Tablespoon all purpose flour
1 cup milk
1 1/2  to 2 cups of grated Cheddar Cheese.
Melt the butter in a med. size saucepan over medium heat.  Add the flour and stir until blended, and
butter has turned lightly golden brown.  Slowly whisk in the milk and cook until thickened slightly.  Remove from heat and stir in the Cheddar Cheese until smooth and all of the cheese has melted.  Season with salt and pepper.  Shake a few red pepper flakes into sauce for added zing!
Here are some of our favorite snacks for the Big Game:
*our family loves this.

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  • Brandi - 02/06/2010 - 11:11 pm

    No partying going on at this house tomorrow, but all the ideals just look wonderful. I think the parmesan bites would be way worse then the twist on my hips, because eating 4 of them just wouldn't see the same as eating on twist!!!ReplyCancel

  • Puppydogs - 02/07/2010 - 12:33 am

    Oh my you are wonderful!

    I know you started this theme with cleaning out the freezer, but this is amazing! I am yeast challenged and so the bread dough thingy is wonderful!

    Thank you for sharing!!!ReplyCancel

  • Shelly B. - 02/07/2010 - 9:15 pm

    I LOVE THIS BLOG! Thanks for sharing your yummy recipes!ReplyCancel

  • Valerie - 02/08/2010 - 6:10 pm

    Those pretzel bites look soooo tempting and I have some frozen dough. I hope I'll have time to make them for a treat for my kids today (and pop a few into my mouth while I'm at it).ReplyCancel

  • Mimi - 02/09/2010 - 11:15 pm

    I'm not familiar with Rhodes Roll dough. Is it just a frozen bread dough? Your treat look fabulous.

  • Karly - 02/10/2010 - 4:53 pm

    Looks delicious!ReplyCancel

  • Anonymous - 02/18/2010 - 3:30 am

    Those little pretzel bites are AMAZING! I'm only sad I looked at your site after the superbowl party.ReplyCancel

  • Audrey Crisp - 03/27/2010 - 1:27 am

    MAN! You always have the tastiest recipes posted! These sound and look delicious! THANKS!!ReplyCancel

  • Audrey Crisp - 03/27/2010 - 1:27 am

    Those look soooo yummy!!! THANKS!!ReplyCancel

  • Diana Baun - 06/10/2010 - 12:44 pm

    I wonder what other kind of homemade dough recipe you could use for this instead of the Rhodes frozen dough (don’t have it here). I wonder if I could make basic dough in the breadmaker and then use that?? Maybe I’ll just have to try it and see!!!ReplyCancel

  • Jill - 09/11/2010 - 3:59 pm

    I tried these pretzel bites and failed miserably all of mine turned very wrinkly after boiling and didnt rize again in the oven really bummed out please give me tips 🙂ReplyCancel

  • Sarah - 02/24/2011 - 5:27 pm

    Your treats look amazing! I want to try them. I hope i dont have any problem makeing them.
    What is the last picture of? It looks like marshmallows with a glaze on top.ReplyCancel

  • Karen - 06/30/2011 - 12:20 pm

    Would love to know a substitute for this Rhodes Roll, which I’ve never heard of or seen.ReplyCancel

    • Jonna - 06/30/2011 - 3:50 pm

      Hi Karen,
      Rhodes Roll dough is in the freezer section of our grocery stores. It is frozen dough that is in the shape of balls, or in a loaf shape. All we have to do is let it thaw, shape it, and then let it rise….just like homemade bread dough. Possibly your stores would have a different brand available in your area. Good luck! You could always use your homemade bread dough in place of the Rhodes roll dough. It’s just so darn handy!

  • Lynn - 07/20/2011 - 2:17 pm

    Those pretzel bites and other snacks look amazing!! I’m going to have to try them out for sure!ReplyCancel

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  • Kristen - 07/25/2011 - 8:52 am

    I’m not hosting any personal events any time soon (thanks to a much needed vaca) but I do believe I will be making these asap! Where can I find Rhodes Roll Dough? This is such a wonderfully simple recipe and set of instructions! Thank you so much for sharing! I can’t wait to try!ReplyCancel

  • Stephanie - 07/29/2011 - 1:41 pm

    I made these and posted the recipe to my blog They were so good! Thanks for sharing.ReplyCancel

  • The Sexy Knitter - 08/21/2011 - 12:20 pm

    Great recipe, Jonna! I made a huge batch of both kinds of bites last night, and they were gobbled right up. You can read my recipe review on my blog:

    Thanks for sharing!ReplyCancel

  • Christi's Chirps - 09/07/2011 - 9:21 am

    This is the best idea for a tailgate snack! I will definitely be making these soon! Thank you so much for sharing your recipe!



  • Bobbie - 09/12/2011 - 10:14 pm

    OH. MY. GOSH. I am in love with these. The first batch we made a couple nights ago disappeared in under 2 minutes. Literally. Tonight I made a batch for just my husband and I. We like them with just salt, but the other methods were good too. Such an easy recipe and I have been sharing it with everyone I know!!ReplyCancel

  • Angela - 09/13/2011 - 9:21 am

    They look delicious! 🙂ReplyCancel

  • Allison - 09/17/2011 - 8:26 pm

    Found this recipe because of pinterest. Tried it today and it was AMAZING!!!! My taste buds have never been happier. I made all of mine with the cinnamon and sugar “coating.” oh man. The bag of rolls cost me just over $5 and made a TON of them! Will definitely be making them again in the future. I’ll be surprised if this batch lasts through the night 🙂ReplyCancel

  • Patty - 09/18/2011 - 10:46 pm

    Holy cow! Those cinnamon pretzel bites are my new bff! Easy, cheap, yummy. Da bomb!!ReplyCancel

  • Amy - 09/26/2011 - 4:49 pm

    Oh man…yum! I would love these with some cheese sauce.ReplyCancel

  • Marci - 09/27/2011 - 3:04 pm

    I just made these with my regular bread dough recipe and they are delish. THanks for sharing!!! (mine aren’t quite as pretty as yours. I’ll have to work on that)ReplyCancel

  • Jo Ellen - 09/27/2011 - 11:15 pm

    I absolutely love Auntie Em’s Pretzel bites but hate to pay their price or even have to visit the mall when I’m craving them. Then one day I came across your website and knew I had to try this recipe.

    I recently traveled to another state to visit my boyfriend and took the recipe with me. He was my taste tester and he LOVED them. I made both Salt and Cinnamon/Sugar, he liked the sweets better, of course. He also insisted I leave the recipe with him when I left. lol!

    The only thing I had a problem with (since i’m a perfectionist) I couldn’t get them near as round and pretty as you did. Any tips? I’m thinking that it may have to do with the fact that I quartered them before they thawed.ReplyCancel

    • Jonna - 09/28/2011 - 9:31 am

      Hi Jo Ellen,

      I did try to roll each little piece of thawed dough in a circle first. It really doesn’t matter however,
      they still taste scrumptious!ReplyCancel

  • Stephanie - 10/01/2011 - 2:14 pm

    These are soooo good! I made them last week and I plan on making them again today!ReplyCancel

  • Tara - 10/02/2011 - 7:37 pm

    This the second delicious looking/sounding I have clicked on that’s from your blog. Guess that means I need to be reading it. 🙂ReplyCancel

  • Sook - 10/03/2011 - 1:53 pm

    What a fantastic recipe!! Bookmarking this.. yum!ReplyCancel

  • Cindy - 10/07/2011 - 10:22 pm

    Yummy! Do you think pizza dough could work?ReplyCancel

    • Jonna - 10/08/2011 - 7:14 am

      Hi Cindy,
      I would sure give it a try. Make sure that you drop the raised dough in the water bath.

  • Megan - 10/07/2011 - 10:43 pm

    I made the pretzel bites with a bag of pre-made pizza dough from our Walmart grocery store and it turned out great! Even better, the bag of pizza dough only costs 88cents. A cheap, fun treat!ReplyCancel

  • Pam - 10/13/2011 - 10:28 am

    Can’t wait to try the pretzel bites.ReplyCancel

  • Alice - 10/17/2011 - 12:17 pm

    Made these last night. They didn’t stay as round as expected when I put them in the boiling water. I also should have let them brown more in the oven.
    I think that I let them rise too much (let the dough thaw too much in a warm oven) before making them into small balls. Still good though. Made some with butter and kosher salt the other wish Cinnamon and sugar. Will probably try these again.ReplyCancel

  • Tonya - 11/02/2011 - 9:52 pm

    Just adding a little know-it-all tidbit. German and soft pretzles get their chewy outside, soft inside texture and their browned exterior by boiling them in an alkaline solution, not just water alone. You can get this by adding 1 tablespoon of baking soda to 3 quarts of water in your pot. This also give pretzles a slight zingyness on the sides of your tongue when you are eating them. Incidentally the alkaline bath makes them brown much quicker than if they were just boiled, leaving the inside just cooked through and soft. Any frozen, yeast bread dough (as long as it is not sweet dough) would work in this recipe.ReplyCancel

  • Brandy - 11/11/2011 - 3:56 pm

    could someone email me a picture of the correct dough for the pretzel bites? I got the right name brand but its not the right kind. Thanks!ReplyCancel

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  • Britney Vander Laan - 12/06/2011 - 11:37 pm

    Every time I see your pretzel bites picture on Pinterest, I about drool! I am at college so I haven’t been able to go home and make them, man I am counting days down cause this is deff one of the first things I want to make! They look amazing and I bet they taste amazing. Thanks for the great recipe!ReplyCancel

  • Super disapointed this is based on prefab dough. Although I like the dips and sprinkles. May have to try this with homemade dough.ReplyCancel

  • Melissa - 12/20/2011 - 2:22 pm

    Hi Jonna, I just found your site and I absolutely love it! I too come from a family with 6 kids and 4 brothers who devour my baked goods nearly as fast as I make them! Haha. I’ll be making these pretzel bites in the next few days…and I’m sure they will be a hit around the house! 🙂 Thanks for sharing!ReplyCancel

  • Jessica - 01/11/2012 - 1:19 pm

    These sound fantastic! I have never bought that Rhodes roll dough before can you just get it at any local gorcery store?

    • Jonna - 01/12/2012 - 3:43 pm

      Hi Jessica,

      You can find Rhodes roll dough in the freezer section of the grocery store. They are just little round balls of unbaked bread dough.
      They are very nice to have on hand!

  • Anna - 01/12/2012 - 8:15 pm

    How many do you get per loaf of bread? 16?ReplyCancel

  • Ginna - 01/14/2012 - 5:44 pm

    I was wandering what garlic you use (salt, powder, minced)?ReplyCancel

  • Catherine - 01/15/2012 - 11:14 pm

    My family loved the cinnamon sugar pretzel bites!!!! Awesome 🙂ReplyCancel

  • Brenna - 01/16/2012 - 6:25 pm

    I tried these and they were a horrible failure. They shriveled in the water which I wouldn’t have minded but I thought they were going to taste like pretzels. Instead they just tasted like rolls with some butter and Parmesan.ReplyCancel

    • Jonna - 01/16/2012 - 7:29 pm

      Hi Brenna,
      I feel so bad. The only thing I can figure, is that you possibly left them in the water bath a bit too long. Some of them might shrink, but once baked they puff again. This process also makes them chewy like a pretzel.

      Try, try again. We love these.


  • Robin danford - 01/18/2012 - 3:18 pm

    My pretzels didn’t turn out as well as expected. I wanted to take them somewhere but they were too ugly! Not chewy enough like a real pretzel. I will eat them, but probably won’t try them again.ReplyCancel

    • Jonna - 01/18/2012 - 5:16 pm

      Hi Robin,

      I’ve never had this problem. I might have a few of the balls shrivel, but they puff back up when baked.
      This might be due to over rising the balls, or leaving them in the water bath a bit too long.


  • Bethany - 01/21/2012 - 3:30 pm

    Thank you for the recipe and all the explanations. We made these this afternoon and they are delicious. I’m not sure they will last long enough to get some dipping sauces made! The only note I would add for anyone else wanting to make them is that the ones I baked on a dark metal baking sheet got a little too “done” on the bottom. The ones I made on a lighter metal baking sheet were just right. Thanks again!ReplyCancel

  • Amanda - 01/22/2012 - 2:33 pm

    Anyone have any experience with making these ahead of time? I’m looking to make them on a Monday or Tuesday for eating on Thursday and Friday (if they last that long!)ReplyCancel

    • Jonna - 01/22/2012 - 8:52 pm

      Hi Amanda,
      These are best to Eat the day baked or possibly the next day.
      Ours would never cast that long!

  • Jessi - 01/23/2012 - 3:06 pm

    So I know this was posted two years ago but I just found your blog. I’m new at the whole housewife deal and I’m excited to try many of your recipes!
    These look wonderful! I’m making a huge batch tonight for open house at work with week (what better way to tempt college students into a tutoring center than with free food?) and I can’t wait to see how they turn out! I have a bag of Rhoads, but I also saw a similar recipe that uses French bread dough, so I’m using both 🙂ReplyCancel

  • Lindsay - 01/26/2012 - 7:44 am

    I have never made anything with Rhodes dough before and I wanted to try this but my grocery didn’t have the Texas size dough, can I use any type of rhodes dough or does it have to be the Texas size for this recipe? Thank you!ReplyCancel

    • Jonna - 01/27/2012 - 8:25 am

      Hi Lindsay,
      The smaller ones will still work, the rolls just won’t be quite as big.
      You could even use the bread size frozen dough, and make small balls.

  • Lauren - 01/26/2012 - 5:35 pm

    Wow! I just made the parmesan pretzel bites – and they are amazing! I tend to be a little “kitchen-challenged” at times… so I’m thrilled that these turned out perfectly! I can’t believe I just made soft pretzel bites! 🙂 Thank you so much, Jonna! They are amazing! I found you via Pinterest and will be sharing your blog with everyone I know! 🙂ReplyCancel

  • Kim D - 01/30/2012 - 5:03 pm

    What if I can’t find Texas size Rhodes Frozen roll dough? Would anything else work???

    Thanks. 🙂ReplyCancel

    • Jonna - 01/30/2012 - 5:18 pm

      Hi Kim,
      You can use the regular size dinner rolls, there loaf of bread dough, or the brand that you might find in your grocery store.
      All we have around her is the Rhode’s Brand.

  • Suzanne - 02/15/2012 - 11:21 am

    Ok, These look amazing! My teenage boys will be so happy…ReplyCancel

  • Jenna - 02/18/2012 - 6:45 pm

    Just made these, soo good! The only changes I made were I added a tablespoon of baking soda to the boiling water and I made them with kosher salt and garlic salt. YUM thanks!ReplyCancel

  • Sara - 02/19/2012 - 12:52 pm

    Just made the pretzel bites–and boy are they good! I personally like the cinnamon and sugar bites–probably because I have had a big sweet tooth lately! Thanks for the great recipe! I’ll have to check out more of your recipes.
    Thanks again.ReplyCancel

  • Ashley Hoyle - 02/19/2012 - 7:39 pm

    I made these for Walking Dead night at a friends house and they were a HUGE hit!! Thank you so much for sharing this!!ReplyCancel

  • Katy @ Live Laugh Love Craft - 02/21/2012 - 9:15 pm

    These look SO delicious! I will definitely be trying out the parmesan version very soon. 🙂

    Found you from this blog post:

  • Lisa - 02/29/2012 - 6:22 pm

    Hi, what is Rhodes roll dough? Thanks.ReplyCancel

    • Jonna - 02/29/2012 - 6:40 pm

      Hi Lisa,
      Rhodes roll dough, is a brand of frozen unbaked bread dough that comes in loaf size or small balls of dough.
      You can find it in the freezer section, and it comes in bright orange packaging.
      All you have to do, is let the dough thaw, then you shape it anyway you like, and let it rise and bake.
      Maybe you can find a different brand in your freezer section. My newest post is a homemade version for Pretzel bites.


  • Kat - 03/03/2012 - 10:27 am

    Made these today with bread maker dough, EXCELLENT !!! Need to make balls smaller than you qould think (unless you want them big) cause they do swell but very yummy with cinnamon sugar.ReplyCancel

  • Hillary - 03/04/2012 - 7:28 pm

    I tried this recipe tonight and it was pretty amazing. I especially love the cinnamon sugar ones, but I never got around to making the glaze. On a side note, I wanted to suggest something that I personally think would be yummy (but as a college student with minimal basic kitchen essentials, I cannot try it at the moment). My idea is to make the bites, brush with melted butter, then dip into a mixture of crushed graham crackers and apple pie spice.ReplyCancel

  • Deanna - Mommygaga - 03/06/2012 - 2:27 pm

    Can I come over? LOL these look amazing!ReplyCancel

  • Jenna - 03/08/2012 - 8:57 am

    Not sure what the Texas dough is..what other dough can i use? I make my own pizza dough in my bread machine. Can i use that dough?ReplyCancel

    • Jonna - 03/08/2012 - 9:11 am

      Hi Jenna,

      Yes….I’ve used Pizza dough before!

  • Jennifer - 03/21/2012 - 11:39 pm

    Do you have any suggestions for a substitute instead of Texas size Rhodes roll? I have never seen such a product before. Obviously not in my area.

  • Jennifer - 03/21/2012 - 11:41 pm

    Ok.. didn’t see Jenna’s comment and the reply. Duhh. Sorry. 🙁 Pizza dough.. ok. That could work. Any other ideas?

  • Melanie - 03/28/2012 - 7:08 am

    These look awesome & I can’t wait to try them! Do you think I could make a batch then freeze them? I’d love to have some that I could just pull out the freezer and heat up in the oven as a snack.ReplyCancel

  • Samantha - 04/06/2012 - 1:45 pm

    I tried these, but if you don’t have the “roll” frozen bread dough, just the bread sizes.
    Cut them in fifths(just like the first picture) then cut them in fours like the second work. They are about the same size and work great 🙂ReplyCancel

  • Kimberly@FiveLittleChefs - 04/20/2012 - 8:42 am

    My Little Chefs had SO much fun making these! Thank you so much for the recipe. This recipe is kid tested!

  • Gypsie - 04/20/2012 - 10:18 pm

    this looks fantastically amazingly yummy! i’m gonna have to try this and soon! thanks 🙂ReplyCancel

  • Delisa - 04/23/2012 - 4:32 am

    Made 72 of these things. My kids gobbled them up. So bad!ReplyCancel

  • Lissa - 05/06/2012 - 7:49 pm

    These look amazing. I may have to make them when my husband is out of town, just in case they turn out awful haha Would Pillsbury biscuits work? I know it might be different since they are pre-risen. So would I just cut them into pieces, and then do the water bath and bake without waiting for them to thaw or rise?ReplyCancel

  • […] still making pretzel bites. Note: they taste horrible if you replace sugar with Splenda. We’ve been trying to cut sugar […]ReplyCancel

  • annomys - 05/30/2012 - 9:21 am

    love the pretzel bites great flavorReplyCancel

  • Melissa - 06/07/2012 - 9:30 pm

    I had high hopes for this recipe. I used Kroger brand rolls and followed the directions. The only difference I did was add baking soda to the water and I didn’t roll in parmesan or cinnamon sugar. I just brushed with butter and salt then made the cheddar dip. I don’t know if it was the brand or what, but it didn’t taste like a pretzel. It just tasted like a bland chewier roll. It wasn’t bad.. but still doesn’t satisfy the pretzel craving like mall pretzels do.

    Have other people had better luck? Does Rhodes end up tasting more like a pretzel?ReplyCancel

    • Jonna - 06/09/2012 - 10:25 am

      Hi Melissa,

      I have only used the Rhodes brand dough.


  • lucia hasbun - 07/07/2012 - 7:22 pm

    OMG, they look sooo easy and DEVINE. Gonna try them this week. Thank you for sharing these recipes.ReplyCancel

  • Jonna Hood - 07/12/2012 - 11:52 pm

    Where do you buy a “Rhodes Roll” for the pretzel bites?ReplyCancel

    • Jonna - 07/15/2012 - 10:31 am

      Hi Jonna,

      Hey….we have the same first name! It shocked me, as I really thought I was the only one.
      I buy Rhodes roll dough in the freezer section of our groceries stores.
      Hope you can find it, if not just make homemade pretzel dough.

  • Grace - 08/04/2012 - 2:36 pm

    I had a bit of trouble finding Rhodes rolls and I tried all the local grocery stores. Finally I googled what they were and it turns out it is a staple product at Wallmart. I found 3 variations, dinner rolls,, Texas sized rolls, and white bread loaf. I’m thawing the Texas rolls right now to try this drool worthy recipeReplyCancel

  • Grace - 08/05/2012 - 8:26 pm

    They have Rhodes rolls at WalmartReplyCancel

  • Jamie Wetherald - 08/08/2012 - 1:47 pm

    I just wanted you to know that we just made these using a basic roll dough. When I bake bread and rolls I usually tripple the batch so that we can pull them out and proof them anytime we want rolls for dinner. Well I only had 8 rolls left so I used them and ended up with 64 pieces. They came out wonderful! and to accompany them I made a “chic-fil-a sauce” receipe i also found on pintrest! They were so good together my daugher asked me to make them special for her slumber party! so thank you so much!ReplyCancel

  • Shannon Thomas - 08/14/2012 - 12:36 am

    I’d like to share my story of these pretzels.
    Once upon a time a girl named Shannon was up late re-watching One tree Hill. She happened to be watching the episode where Nathan has to go work at the pretzel shop in the mall.
    Being pretty hormonal, Shannon suddenly could not live without a pretzel, so she quickly scoured pinterest for a quick fix.
    Then she found her knight in shining armor, a link to just get off your butt and bake.
    She whipped up the pretzels and continued the guilty-pleasure marathon, all while binge eating approximately 83 of these fantastic pretzel bites.
    She lived plumply ever after.
    The end.ReplyCancel

    • Jonna - 08/16/2012 - 6:50 am

      Hi Shannon,

      That gave me a good laugh for the day!
      Oh can I ever relate to the hormonal thin!
      Thanks so much for taking the time to leave me a sweet comment.
      I sure appreciate those who do.


  • wifemothereventplanner - 08/30/2012 - 2:41 pm

    omg. This makes my soul very happyReplyCancel

  • Lisa Kastina - 08/31/2012 - 6:49 am

    What is a Texas size Rhodes roll. Also if I don’t have it in my area then what could be used in place of it.
    Btw….these look awesome. I’m a huge pretzel lover. Thanks for sharingReplyCancel

    • Jonna - 08/31/2012 - 11:21 am

      Hi Lisa,

      Rhodes rolls….original size and Texas size which are a bit larger, are frozen balls of bread dough.
      They come in a large package and are found in the freezer section on your grocery stores. Hopefully you
      will be able to find them. (Freezer section) You simply thaw as many little balls of dough as you like, and then make
      yummy dinner rolls, scones, pretzels or a number of other desserts. They are very handy to have around.
      I also have recipes for homemade pretzel dough as well on my site. I hope you can find the frozen dough balls….Rhodes makes
      it sooooo simple though.


  • Grace - 09/02/2012 - 1:14 pm

    Made these today and they were soooo good! My new go-to snack.ReplyCancel

  • Kendra - 09/02/2012 - 5:21 pm

    These are amazing!! So much bigger than I had anticipated and made so many! We made few different kinds….cinnamon and sugar. Tried the parmesan cheese kind. And made some with salt, garlic powder and Italian seasoning. (those were my faves) got me thinking of all the other different kinds! You can sprinkle with dill or ranch seasoning. Make them spicy. Roll them out to make bread sticks…I’m going crazy!!! Will definitely be making these very soon!!ReplyCancel

  • Kate Moore - 09/16/2012 - 9:54 am

    I tried these this morning and bombed on the recipe 🙁 I’m not sure where I went wrong, but I think I would try not boiling them next time and instead just letting them rise a bit longer so they’d be a tiny bit bigger. Do you think that would work?ReplyCancel

    • Get Off Your Butt and BAKE! - 09/16/2012 - 6:27 pm

      Hi Kate,

      Oh gee….try again. It’s the in and out of the bath that makes them chewy like a pretzel. If you don’t do this, they will still be good, but more like little rolls.

  • Kelly - 09/17/2012 - 1:22 pm

    These are not helping with my Weight Watchers. haha!! My 7 year old is weird. She didn’t like them?! The real test will be when my husband gets home from work. My 2 year old liked them though. I will make them again. But I will have to hide them from me. (if that’s even possible) LOLReplyCancel

  • Michele - 09/22/2012 - 12:59 pm

    Question…… can you use pizza dough for the bitesReplyCancel

    • Get Off Your Butt and BAKE! - 09/22/2012 - 1:46 pm

      Hi Michele,

      It’s hard for me to know the answer to that question, without seeing your pizza dough. I’m sure if it’s a homemade pizza dough with a lot of stretch to it, it will probably work fine.


  • Tami - 09/23/2012 - 9:28 am

    How long will the pretzel bites keep? Thinking about making these as giftsReplyCancel

    • Get Off Your Butt and BAKE! - 09/23/2012 - 5:32 pm

      Hi Tami,

      These are best eaten the same day you bake them.
      They really aren’t something you want to take as a gift, unless you Bake & Take!

  • monica - 10/03/2012 - 5:28 pm

    These look amazing!! I can’t wait to make them! Thanks for sharing 🙂ReplyCancel

  • Marsi - 10/07/2012 - 4:21 pm

    These were seriously amazing! I made these for a Sunday afternoon snack and couldn’t stop eating them! I no longer need to go to the Mall and get Auntie Anne’s pretzels I can just make these at a way cheaper price!ReplyCancel

  • Debbie - 10/08/2012 - 1:04 pm

    Love this pretzel recipe! Your blog is awesome!!ReplyCancel

  • susan Reyea - 10/08/2012 - 7:04 pm

    These are just perfect with raw pizza dough in Publics , find them or ask for them , thee are easy and fun and and the fought keeps in the frezzee for weeks. Enjoy…ReplyCancel

  • Susan Reyes - 10/08/2012 - 7:10 pm

    Forgot to explain they are found in the Bakery dept at Publics. Or you can ask for frozen if not making right away.ReplyCancel

  • Victoria - 10/17/2012 - 11:46 pm

    This might be a silly question, but I’m new to any kind of cooking and I just need some sort of clarification. When you’re letting the bites rise (double in size) are you doing that by putting them until the oven or just letting them sit?ReplyCancel

    • Get Off Your Butt and BAKE! - 10/18/2012 - 8:49 am

      Hi Victoria,

      Cover them with a clean kitchen towel, or even saran wrap and let the balls of dough double in size….while sitting on your countertop.


  • Yii-Huei - 11/05/2012 - 1:35 am

    I’m thinking of making these soon because I LOVE soft pretzels, and have never made them before but wanted to try the bite size first. I was wondering though, could I make a variation of half whole wheat and half all purpose flour? Or that wouldn’t work? I’m fine with sticking to all purpose, but if I can use whole wheat, I think that’d be really great!ReplyCancel

  • Jill - 11/05/2012 - 4:36 pm

    I made these pretzel bites, the first time they were perfect and awesome, so delicious!!!! Second, Third, Fourth, Fifth, they are not working. What happened? They turn out doughy (almost like snot) in the middle and don’t plump back in the oven. I am lost, not sure what I am doing wrong. Any suggestions? I don’t add salt to the water, I grease my cookie sheets for them to raise, I let them double in size, bake at the normal temp and for the recommended time.ReplyCancel

    • Get Off Your Butt and BAKE! - 11/05/2012 - 7:08 pm

      Hi Jill,

      The only thing I can think of is that you left them in the water a bit too long.
      Make sure that they raise double in size as well, before the water bath.


  • Jessica - 11/08/2012 - 9:13 pm

    Do you think the rhodes bread dough would work the same as the rolls?ReplyCancel

  • Kim - 11/17/2012 - 5:22 pm

    I am making these tonight and I have waited 45 minutes and the dough does not look double in size to me??!!ReplyCancel

  • Jen - 11/21/2012 - 5:04 pm

    Just made these for an appetizer for Thanksgiving. I hope they last overnight. I just saw your comment that they are better served the same day as baked. I agree with another commenter who said they turned out much larger than I expected. When you called these “bites” I expected something bite-sized. These are at least 2-3 bites in size. More like mini-rolls. They turned out fantastic (both parmesan and cinnamon-sugar). Luckily, they are also SUPER easy so if they don’t taste as great tomorrow morning, I will whip up another batch. 🙂
    THANKS for sharing your wonderful recipes.ReplyCancel

  • Tracy - 12/22/2012 - 8:56 pm

    I made these a few months ago and they were great! I want to make them for a party so I need to do as much prep as i can…is it better to make them fully and reheat or can I boil than then cook a few hours later?ReplyCancel

    • Get Off Your Butt and BAKE! - 12/23/2012 - 1:37 pm

      Hi Tracy,

      These pretzel bites are best eaten the day you make them. They can be re-heated, but just won’t have the same punch!
      You also need to bake right after boiling them or they will wrinkle up.


  • Jenn - 01/05/2013 - 11:39 pm

    I thought the whole point of making pretzels was the baking soda in the water. Did I mess that in your recipe?ReplyCancel

  • Jo - 01/09/2013 - 5:34 pm

    Hi, I’m a little confused. I don’t have frozen bread dough where I am, so I looked up your pretzel dough recipe. With this one, you have to let it double in size but that one you don’t? And what if I make them with pizza dough.. Would I have let that double in size first? Any help would be appreciated! Thanks in advance. (sorry if this is a dumb question, I’m not much of a baker)ReplyCancel

    • Get Off Your Butt and BAKE! - 01/10/2013 - 5:40 pm

      Hi Jo,

      With the frozen (Rhodes roll dough – found in the freezer section of our grocery stores) you just thaw it-shape it- and let the balls of dough double in size.
      With homemade pretzel dough, you let the dough rise until double, then shape into pretzels and rise again until double in size.
      I hope this makes sense…if you’re still confused, email me.


  • Anna T - 01/13/2013 - 3:51 pm

    I’m making these a little ahead of time, for a get together tonight. What is the longest they can rise and turn out right? i don’t want to make them too early but i don’t want them to rise too long either.ReplyCancel

  • Melanie - 01/20/2013 - 3:10 pm

    So I couldn’t find the Rhodes brand, plus I like to make things from scratch, so I incorporated your recipe with the recipe from
    They turned out amazing! I made 1/3 plain (salt only), 1/3 garlic butter with Parmesan (my husband’s favorite), and 1/3 butter with cinnamon sugar (my favorite). I made about half of the dough in little bite-size balls and half I rolled into 5 inch sticks. Both work well, but I like the balls a little better. Thanks for your recipe!ReplyCancel

  • Nancy Haynes - 01/22/2013 - 2:23 pm

    love your recepiesReplyCancel

  • Canadianbudgetbinder - 02/01/2013 - 1:18 pm

    I’m sure like all the rest of your fans they are saying, wow these look awesome! I’m making them for Super Bowl weekend with the boys! CheersReplyCancel

  • Nanci - 02/03/2013 - 2:49 pm

    I just made both the parmesan and the cinnamon sugar varieties. Oh my word…I cannot decide which is yummier! I used the Rhodes rolls regular size, since they didn’t have the Texas size. I just cut them in half instead of fourths and it worked fine. I did have to bake them almost 25 minutes at 375 degrees to get them to brown. They are delish and now I’m ready for the Super Bowl. Thanks for posting!ReplyCancel

  • Jackie Kraftchick - 02/22/2013 - 11:37 am

    The pretzel bites looks so good – I want to make a batch to take to my buddies at our scrapbooking crop tomorrow. I could only find the Rhodes dinner rolls not the Texas size. Should i just cut them in half? HELP!


  • Jackie Kraftchick - 02/22/2013 - 11:46 am

    I should have read the comments first – I found the answer – thanks for sharing this.


  • Alishia - 06/08/2013 - 10:07 am

    Add to the water 1T salt and 4T baking soda! This gives them the dark brown pretzel like crust. I’ve been doing this for a while and they come out much more pretzel like.ReplyCancel

    • Get Off Your Butt and BAKE - 06/08/2013 - 8:35 pm

      Hi Alishia,

      I often do this as well. When I did this post for Rhodes Rolls, I needed to follow their original. This does help give the top a beautiful golden color and a saltier taste!


  • Mari Lyn - 11/29/2013 - 10:53 pm

    Seventeen photos for a recipe that begins with frozen dough? You don’t think this might be a tad excessive?

    At some point adding photos — even pretty photos with pretty font — ceases to be a benefit to your readership. In fact, by illustrating all the steps and showcasing the alternative toppings you are confusing your audience. If you haven’t the language skills to explain how to layer a paper towel on top of a cloth towel, then you shouldn’t have a blog. If your readership is unaware of the difference between parmesan cheese and cinnamon, they are addle-minded and shouldn’t be left alone in the kitchen.

    Hi Mari Lyn,

    You must have a lot of time on your hands!


    • Stephanie - 01/28/2014 - 7:36 pm

      Mari Lyn, that was just down right mean. YOU are the one who should just skip this blog and move on. I really appreciate the step by step illustrations and being able to read through the comments to find answers to my questions. And by the way, I am a really good cook! Thanks Jonna!ReplyCancel

  • Melissa - 12/12/2013 - 2:40 pm

    These were so wonderful! I really enjoyed the step by step pictures because it helped illustrate the process and I could then compare my food to (what it should look like)yours. These turned out amazing! I am bringing them to two parties and can’t wait! I love your blog! Keep doing what you are doing! Haters gonna hate.ReplyCancel

  • Heather Haugen - 01/25/2014 - 4:52 pm

    My family loved the cinnamon and sugar bites! Thanks for the recipe!

    Heather 🙂ReplyCancel

  • Bre - 03/21/2014 - 10:34 am

    I only have the regular sized rolls can I use those instead of the Texas sized rolls? Maybe cutting them in twos instead of fours?ReplyCancel

  • Lindsay - 11/26/2014 - 1:37 pm

    Any way to keep these warm while served?ReplyCancel