Gluten-Free Soft Pretzel Bites: perfect for everyone in the crowd

Be honest. Are there certain foods that you think to yourself, “There’s no way these could ever be made gluten-free and still taste good.”

Of course; we all have. For many of us, it’s easy to be skeptical of gluten-free baked goods because they’re unfamiliar (and sometimes behave quite strangely as they’re coming together in the baking process).

But it’s in these moments of doubt that we put our heads together and come up with a way for you to enjoy the baked goods you love, regardless of whether you eat gluten or not.

And these gluten-free soft pretzel bites are a perfect example.

Gluten-Free Soft Pretzel Bites via @kingarthurflour

The traditional recipe uses gluten to produce a chewy texture and a soft crumb. And though it might seem impossible to recreate them, this recipe nails it. They’re exactly like their gluten-full friends – AND we discovered they can also be easily made dairy-free as well.

Plus, they make a pretty awesome appetizer or snack, especially when you’re lounging around at home or having friends over to watch a big game. Dunk one of these little bites into some mustard and you’re golden.

And we’ll let you in on a little secret: we actually start with our gluten-free soft pretzel recipe and just cut the dough into “bites” rather than twisting them into pretzels. We know you’re just going to love how easy these pretzel bites are to make!

So… who’s ready to dive in?
How to make gluten-free soft pretzel bites via @kingarthurflour

To get started, combine the following in the bowl of your stand mixer:

3 1/2 cups gluten-free flour
3 tablespoons brown sugar
2 teaspoons instant yeast
1 1/4 teaspoons salt
1 teaspoon xanthan gum
1/2 teaspoon baking powder
1 1/4 cups warm water
1 large egg, room temperature
2 tablespoons soft butter (vegan butter also works)

Fit your mixer with the paddle attachment and stir until a firm dough forms, about 4 minutes. If the dough seems dry, add 1 to 2 tablespoons water. Scrape the sides of the bowl and transfer the dough to a floured work surface.

How to make gluten-free soft pretzel bites via @kingarthurflour

Knead the dough until smooth, then transfer it to a lightly greased bowl. Cover and let rise until almost doubled, 45 to 90 minutes.

Preheat the oven to 425°F. Lightly grease two baking sheets, or line them with parchment paper. Bring 4 quarts water to a boil in a large pot.

How to make gluten-free soft pretzel bites via @kingarthurflourTurn the dough out onto a lightly floured surface. Gently deflate it, and divide it into 12 equal pieces. Cover the pieces and, one at a time, roll them into 12″ to 14″ ropes.

Cut each rope in 1″ to 1 1/2″ pieces using a bench knife or paring knife. Smooth the ends so they’re shaped like small pillows. Place the bites on the prepared pans.

How to make gluten-free soft pretzel bites via @kingarthurflour

Add the 1/4 cup of baking soda and 2 tablespoons sugar to the boiling water and wait for the foam to subside. 

Drop 12 to 15 bites into the water, and boil them for about 5 seconds; they should initially sink, then float to the surface. Remove the bites from the water with a slotted spoon and return them to the pans. Sprinkle them with the coarse salt or flavorings of choice and repeat until all the bites are done.

Bake the pretzel bites until golden brown and finished to your liking, about 12 to 15 minutes for soft pretzels, 2 to 3 minutes longer for harder ones.

Allow the pretzels to cool on the pans for 10 minutes before serving.

Gluten-Free Soft Pretzel Bites via @kingarthurflour

Serve with your dip of choice! We love them with plain mustard OR you can feel free to choose from any of these scrumptious options:

Gluten-Free Soft Pretzel Bites via @kingarthurflour

Gluten-Free Soft Pretzel Bites via @kingarthurflour

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Alyssa Rimmer
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Alyssa grew up in Vermont, attended the University of Vermont and now lives in New York City, where she bakes and writes recipes for her blog Simply Quinoa. She's been living gluten-free for over four years. Alyssa also authors her own food blog and enjoys ...

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  1. HB

    How long do these keep after they’re made? I’m hoping to make them in advance for a party, but don’t want to lose any of the texture quality. Thanks!

    Reply
    1. The Baker's Hotline

      Gluten-free baked goods (of all kinds) tend to go stale faster than their wheat-based counterparts. We recommend enjoying these pretzels within about 2 to 3 days for best results. Store any leftovers in an airtight container at room temperature, or freeze for longer storage. Note that if you’ve topped your pretzels with salt, the surface might look slightly mottled after the pretzels rest. (The salt will suck out some of the water from the pretzels on the surface.) Don’t worry; they’ll still taste great! Reheat your pretzels in a toaster oven or in the oven wrapped in foil before serving. Enjoy! Kye@KAF

  2. Clara

    Hi there! I’m assuming if our gluten free flour already includes xanthan gum then we dont need to add it as a separate ingredient?

    Reply
    1. The Baker's Hotline

      Hi, Clara! We have two kinds of gluten-free flours, Gluten-Free Flour and Gluten-Free Measure for Measure Flour. The Gluten-Free Soft Pretzels recipe is calling for the Gluten-Free Flour which doesn’t have the xanthan gum in it. The two flours shouldn’t be used interchangeably because the amount of xanthan gum in the Gluten-Free Measure for Measure Flour may not be right for the baked good you are making. We hope this helps clarify things for you. Happy baking! Morgan@KAF

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