Last Updated on January 22, 2024 by Allison Lancaster
Do you crave the soft pretzels you get at the mall? Learn to make them at home with canned biscuits! Soft and chewy biscuits pretzels with savory cheese sauce for dipping are the ultimate snack!
A soft, chewy pretzel is one of my favorite snacks. As a teenager, hanging out at the mall with friends and buying a pretzel was the “thing” to do on Saturdays.
Now, you can make them at home with just a few ingredients. Relive that memory and enjoy the delicious flavors.
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Soft Pretzels With Biscuit Dough Ingredients & Substitutions:
Can large biscuits – Use your favorite brand of canned pretzel dough for this easy recipe.
Water – For dunking the frozen pretzel dough into the baking soda
Baking soda – Added to the warm water to make baking soda water.
Butter – I’ve used unsalted butter. If you use salted butter, then omit the salt in this ingredients list.
Salt – For sprinkling over the assembled pretzels once brushed with melted butter. Regular salt or coarse sea salt will work.
For the cheese sauce
Milk – Whole milk is best.
All purpose flour – Gluten-free flour can be used instead.
Butter – Unsalted.
Salt – Omit when using salted butter.
Pepper – Cracked or ground pepper.
How To Make Soft Pretzels With Biscuit Dough
- Squish each biscuit round into a tube shape, then into pretzels.
- Freeze the biscuit pretzels.
- Prepare a soda bath with boiling water and preheat the oven.
- Remove the frozen pretzels from the freezer and drop them into the boiling soda bath for 45 seconds. Remove the pretzels from the large pot of baking soda bath with a slotted spoon and place them on a parchment paper lined cookie sheet.
- Brush each pretzel with butter, and season with coarse salt.
- Place the prepared baking sheet in the oven and bake. Remove the large baking sheet from the oven and allow the buttery biscuits to cool.
- Make the cheese sauce. Melt butter over medium high heat, and stir in the flour. Whisk in the milk, salt and pepper. Stir in the cheese and stir until melted. Cook until thick, and enjoy alongside your baked pretzels.
These soft and fluffy biscuit pretzels are intended to be dipped into a rich cheese sauce, but feel free to pair them with your favorite dipping sauces like beer cheese dip or a favorite pretzel dip that your family loves. These salty pretzels are also great to serve with beer cheese soup!
How To Store Soft Pretzels With Biscuit Dough
Store the pretzels in a zip-lock bag or airtight container. They will remain fresh for up to 3 days. To soften leftover pretzels, wrap them in a damp paper towel and microwave for 45 seconds.
Wrapping these easy soft pretzel bites with plastic wrap will also help extend their shelf life.
What variations can I make to these pretzels?
Change the salt sprinkles for granulated sugar and cinnamon (cinnamon sugar) for a sweet pretzel treat. Dip in icing made from powdered sugar and milk mixed together.
Top with Cajun seasoning for a spicy pretzel. Dip in cheese sauce with green chilies added to it.
Sprinkle with everything bagel seasoning for a new, savory homemade pretzel. Dip in the cheese sauce.
How do I make the pretzel shape?
Take one of the biscuits and squish it into a tube shape, and then begin to roll it into a long rope. Try and get the rope as long as you can without ripping the biscuit dough—at least 12-15 inches.
To shape the dough into a pretzel, begin with a U shape, then crossover the two ends, crossover one more time, and then bring the ends down to the bottom of the U and attach the ends.
What does the soda bath water do?
This helps to give the homemade pretzel bites their deep golden brown color. It also adds chewiness to the pretzels with a crispy outer crust.
Can I use pizza dough instead of canned biscuit dough?
Yes, you can! Both are made from very similar ingredients. You could use store-bought pizza dough or make the dough from scratch.
Are these homemade soft pretzel bites gluten-free?
No. I’ve used regular canned biscuit dough, which isn’t gluten-free, and the cheese sauce also calls for all-purpose flour. Opt for gluten-free canned biscuit dough and use a different thickening agent in the cheese sauce, such as corn starch.
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I hope you enjoy this easy and delicious recipe for soft pretzels with biscuit dough! If you try it, please come back and leave me a comment letting me know how you liked it. And if you have any questions, please feel free to ask! I love hearing from you!
Soft Pretzels With Biscuit Dough Recipe:
- 1 large can of 8 count biscuits
- 3 cups water
- 3 tbsp. baking soda
- 2 tbsp. butter
- 1 tbsp. coarse salt
- 1 1/2 cups shredded sharp cheddar cheese
- 1-cup milk
- 2 tbsp. all purpose flour
- 2 tbsp. butter
- Salt/pepper to taste
- Take one of the biscuits and squish it into a tube shape and then begin to roll it into a long rope. Try and get the rope as long as you can without ripping the biscuit dough, at least 12-15 inches.
- To shape the dough into a pretzel, begin with a U shape, then crossover the two ends, crossover one more time and then bring the ends down to the bottom of the U and attach the ends.
- Do this with all of the biscuits and place them onto a cookie sheet that has been lined with parchment paper. Place the cookie sheet into the freezer for a minimum of 1 hour, 2 if you can wait. The pretzels will be easier to handle in the next step if they are frozen.
- When the time is up, leave the biscuits in the freezer while you prepare the baking soda bath.
- Preheat the oven to 450 degrees.
- Boil 3 cups of water on the stove and then mix the baking soda in. Remove the pretzels from the freezer and start by dropping 1-2 of them into the baking soda bath for 45 seconds at a time. Remove them from the water with tongs and place the pretzels back onto the parchment paper lined cookie sheet. Do this with all of the remaining biscuit pretzels.
- Once the baking soda bath is done, melt the 2 tbsp. of butter in the microwave. Brush the butter onto each pretzel and generously sprinkle with the coarse salt.
- Bake at 450 for 12-15 minutes; start watching it around 12 minutes and remove when all of the pretzels have turned a crispy brown color. Remove from the oven and allow cooling while you prepare the cheese sauce.
- On the stove, melt the 2 tbsp. of butter in a saucepan. Stir in the flour and cook for a minute. Slowly whisk in the milk, salt and pepper and cook until it’s thickened. Remove from the heat and stir in the cheese. If the dip is too thick, just add some more milk until the desired consistency has been reached.
- Dip your warm pretzels in and enjoy!