Pretzel bites with beer cheese sauce are crispy on the outside and chewy on the inside. Buttery bite-sized pretzels dipped in a cheesy beer sauce is simply hard to resist! It's the perfect game day appetizer or party snack.
Can I eat these warm or cold?
Either! We love them fresh out of the oven and they are just as good after they’ve cooled down to room temperature. If you’re eating leftovers, reheat the pretzels and beer cheese sauce so they aren’t cold.
Tips for making pretzel bites with beer cheese sauce!
- Make sure the water is warm and not hot. If the water is too hot the yeast will die and never activate.
- Always grate your own cheese. the pre-shredded cheese has additives to keep it from clumping in the package.
- If you want to keep the cheese hot during serving, you can use a mini crockpot or fondue pot.
- I use coarse sea salt on these pretzels, but you can certainly use pretzel salt if desired.
- If you like your pretzels extra buttery, brush the finished pretzel bites with melted butter.
Can you freeze pretzel bites?
Yes, just place them in a ziplock freezer bag and store them in the freezer for up to 3 months. Reheat them in the microwave or oven until warm.
Can I use different cheese?
Of course! I use Havarti and sharp cheddar. But you can use all sharp cheddar or a mixture of cheeses like Gruyere, Gouda.
Can I use a different beer?
Yes, you can, if you want a subtle beer flavor use a pale or light beer. For more intense flavor use the darker ale. if you want to leave the beer out altogether you can use apple cider instead.
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- 2 ½ cups All-Purpose Flour
- 1 teaspoon Salt
- 1 teaspoon Sugar
- 2 ¼ teaspoon Active Dry Yeast
- 1 cup Warm Water
- 1 cup Boiling Water
- 2 tablespoons Baking Soda
- For the Beer Cheese Sauce:
- ¼ cup (1/2 stick) butter
- ¼ cup all-purpose flour
- ½ cup Lager Beer
- ¾ cups heavy whipping cream
- 6 ounces sharp cheddar cheese, shredded
- 4 ounces Havarti cheese, shredded
- 2 teaspoons garlic powder
- ½ teaspoon Worcestershire sauce
- ½ teaspoon dry mustard
- ½ teaspoon salt
- ¼ teaspoon ground black pepper
- 1/8 teaspoon cayenne pepper
- Cooking Spray or Extra Virgin Olive Oil
- Coarse Sea Salt (for garnish)
- Bacon (for garnish)
- In a large bowl, combine the all-purpose flour, salt, sugar, yeast, and warm water, until well-combined. Using your hands or machine, knead the dough until it is soft and smooth (about 5 minutes)
- Flour the dough and let it rest for 30 minutes in a covered bowl
- In the meantime, preheat the oven to 400 degrees Fahrenheit and prepare the pretzel soak by boiling 1 cup of water
- Stir in the baking soda and stir until the baking soda dissolves, set aside and allow to cool to lukewarm temperature
- Once the pretzel dough has rested, transfer the dough to a surface prepared with a small amount of oil or cooking spray.
- Separate the dough into half a dozen chunks
- Roll each section into strands that about 12” long, cutting each strand about 10-12 times (creating the “bites”)
- Place the bites into the baking soda water and swish them around to coat them. Let them soak for about 2-3 minutes before transferring them to a prepared baking sheet (lined with parchment paper or greased)
- Top the pretzel bites with coarse sea salt and bake for about 15 minutes, until golden brown
- Begin to prepare the beer cheese sauce by melting ¼ cup of butter in the saucepan over medium heat
- Add the flour and whisk to combine, cooking for about 1 minute
- Slowly pour in the Lager, whisking constantly
- Next add heavy whipping cream, again, whisking constantly
- Continue to whisk over medium until the mixture becomes thick
- Add garlic powder, Worcestershire sauce, dry mustard, salt, pepper, and cayenne pepper, mixing until combined
- Finally, add the shredded cheeses, stir completely, until the cheeses have melted, and the sauce is smooth. Remove from heat.
- Serve the pretzels with the beer cheese sauce
Amount Per Serving Calories 413Total Fat 25gSaturated Fat 13gTrans Fat 1gUnsaturated Fat 9gCholesterol 68mgSodium 1493mgCarbohydrates 30gFiber 1gSugar 1gProtein 16g
Nutrition Disclaimer: All information presented on this site is intended for informational purposes only. I am not a certified nutritionist and any nutritional information shared on butteryourbiscuit.com should only be used as a general guideline.