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Soft pretzel balls are a tasty snack bite that is perfect for any occasion. Whether you need a delicious appetizer, snack, something to dip in your fondue, or a side dish to serve with dinner a mini pretzel ball recipe is the answer!

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In this blog post, you’ll learn how easy it is to make the best, soft pretzel bites from frozen bread dough, using readymade frozen bread dough.

Frozen Bread Dough Makes Baking Effortless

These pretzel bites are a great way to get a mini pretzel fix without having to make your own dough from scratch. With readymade dough in the freezer, you can make pretzels balls or pretzels at any time. 

It just doesn’t get any easier than using frozen bread dough to make these soft pretzel balls. Follow these four easy steps: cut, shape, dip, and bake!

I love how Bridgford does all the prep, with quality non-GMO ingredients, so I don’t have to.

Thanks to the readymade dough, this is a two-ingredient pretzel bites recipe. All you need is a bag of frozen bread dough and baking soda, and you’ll be baking up soft pretzel balls without yeast in no time!

Save on your next frozen dough purchase with this handy coupon.

Ingredients for Mini Pretzel Balls

  • Bridgford Ready-Dough (or Parkerhouse Style rolls)
  • Baking soda

optional: egg wash and flake salt or rock salt topping

Ready-Dough comes with three 1 pound loaves to a package.

a package of Bridgford ready-dough

Check out these recipes to use the other frozen bread dough loaves: Braided Lemon BreadApple Fritter Breakfast CasserolePesto Cheese Bread Twist, or Easy Bread Bowls.

Then serve the deliciously soft pretzel bites with an easy cheese dip that just takes 15 minutes to make!

Pretzel Cheese Dip
This rich pretzel cheese dip isn't just for pretzels! You'll love this hot beer cheese dip for fondue, veggies, or as a beer bread dip. It's better than Applebee's beer cheese and guaranteed to be a big hit whenever you serve it.
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dipping a soft pretzel into pretzel cheese dip

Where to buy frozen bread dough and rolls

You will find frozen dough at your grocery store and retailers in the freezer section. Look next to frozen dinner rolls and frozen baked bread.

How to Thaw Frozen Dough 

This recipe starts with thawed frozen dough. 

My preferred method is to defrost frozen dough overnight in the fridge. This method is almost effortless, and the dough will thaw overnight (or in about 8 hours).

See this post for other ways to quickly thaw frozen bread dough.

a loaf of thawing frozen dough

How to Make Pretzel Bites Without Yeast (using Frozen Bread Dough)

Making these pretzel bites is as easy as cut, rise, and bake or air fry! (See below for air fryer directions).

Cut the thawed Ready-Dough into 32 pieces evenly sized pieces.

cut ready-dough

To quickly do this, cut each bread dough loaf into two equal pieces, then each half into four pieces. Then cut into quarters. Each piece will weigh about .5 ounces. Roll into a ball and place it on a baking sheet.

a baking sheet of cut frozen bread dough

Cover pretzel balls with plastic wrap (spray the underside of the plastic wrap with cooking spray first). Let rise 20-30 minutes.

a sheet of rising bread dough

Meanwhile, bring 5 cups of water and 1/2 cup of baking soda to a boil in a saucepan. Preheat the oven to 400ºF. 

Drop pretzel bites into the boiling water, 4-6 at a time for 20-30 seconds. Drain and return to the baking sheet.

a baking sheet covered with a silicone baking sheet and dipped dough for pretzel balls

Brush with egg wash and sprinkle with flaked salt, if desired.

Bake the mini pretzel balls for 12-15 minutes, until dark golden or light brown in color.

a tray of pretzel bites

Serve warm with our Cheese Beer Dip, fondue cheese, or a mustard dip.

Make Air Fryer Pretzel Bites

During the holidays or family dinners, oven space is always at a premium. 

Here is how easy it is to make these pretzel bites in the air fryer:

  • Preheat air fryer to 375ºF (if needed). 
  • Bake for 10-12 minutes, or until the pretzels are deep golden or light brown in color. 

Bake in batches leaving 1/2″ of space between the mini pretzel balls for a basket-style air fryer

Reheating Pretzel Balls

Reheat these soft pretzel bites, so they take just like freshly baked pretzels.

  • Reheating in the oven: Cover tightly with foil and bake at 350ºF for 5 to 7 minutes.
  • Using the air fryer. Wrap in foil and crimp the edges. If your air fryer has a bake mode, select that, and bake at 325º F Fahrenheit for 3-5 minutes. 
dipping a soft pretzel into pretzel cheese dip

If you love appetizers, check out these easy appetizer recipes

Frequently Asked Questions

Is pizza dough the same as pretzel dough?

Though pizza dough and pretzel dough aren’t identical—the former is a bit wetter dough. Both are made from the same basic ingredients. When boiled in water & baking soda bath before baking, the pizza dough will be similar to pretzel dough.

What happens if you don’t boil pretzel dough?

Boiling the dough causes it to instantly puff, and the baking soda bath creates a chewy interior and a crisp crust.

Can you skip boiling the pretzel dough?

Yes, but the resulting pretzels won’t be what you’re used to. They will be similar to bread rolls instead of pretzels.

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Pretzel Balls from Frozen Ready-Dough

Pretzel balls are a tasty snack that is perfect for any occasion. Learn how easy it is to make the best, soft pretzel bites from frozen bread dough, using Bridgford Ready-Dough.
Course Appetizer, Side Dish, Snack, Brunch
Cuisine American
Keyword Side Dish, Breads, Appetizers, frozen dough, frozen bread dough
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 12 minutes
30 minutes of rise time 30 minutes
Total Time 52 minutes
Servings 8 servings
Calories 151kcal

Equipment

  • Baking Sheet
  • large saucepan (at least 4 quarts)

Ingredients

  • 1 loaf Bridgford Ready-Dough (frozen bread dough)
  • 1/2 cup baking soda

optional

  • 1 tablespoon salt flakes (I prefer Maldon)
  • 1 egg

Instructions

  • Cut the thawed Ready-Dough into 32 pieces evenly sized pieces. To quickly do this, cut each bread dough loaf into two equal pieces, then each half into four pieces. Then cut into quarters. Each piece will weigh about .5 ounces. Roll into a ball and place on a baking sheet.
  • Cover pretzel balls with plastic wrap (spray the underside of the plastic wrap with cooking spray first). Let rise 20-30 minutes.
  • Meanwhile, bring 5 cups of water and 1/2 cup of baking soda to a boil in a saucepan. Preheat the oven to 400ºF. 
  • Drop pretzel bites into the boiling water, 4-6 at a time for 20-30 seconds. Drain and return to the baking sheet.
  • Optional egg wash and salt: Mix together egg yolk and 1 tablespoon of water for the egg wash. Brush on pretzel bites and sprinkle with flake salt or rock salt.
  • Bake the mini pretzel balls for 12-15 minutes, until dark golden or light brown in color. (See below for how to air fry pretzel bites). Serve warm with our Cheese Beer Dip, fondue cheese, or a mustard dip.

Air Fryer Instructions

  • Preheat the air fryer to 375ºF (if needed). 
  • For a basket-style air fryer, bake in batches leaving 1/2" of space between the mini pretzel balls. 
  • Bake for 10-12 minutes, or until the pretzels are deep golden or light brown in color. Serve warm with our Cheese Beer Dip, fondue cheese, or a mustard dip.

Notes

Tips on thawing frozen bread dough. Check the package of frozen bread dough for how to thaw frozen dough:
  • My preferred method is to defrost frozen dough overnight in the fridge. This method is almost effortless, and the dough will thaw overnight (or in about 8 hours).
  • You can also thaw it on the countertop. It usually takes about 2 hours. 
  • Thawed dough should be cool, but softened. 

Nutrition

Serving: 1serving | Calories: 151kcal | Carbohydrates: 26g | Protein: 4g | Fat: 2g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g | Monounsaturated Fat: 1g | Trans Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 20mg | Sodium: 2324mg | Potassium: 8mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 1g | Vitamin A: 30IU | Calcium: 3mg | Iron: 1mg

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