jalapeno chedder pretzel bites with honey mustard

Cheddar Jalapeno Pretzel Bites With Honey Mustard

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Jalapeño Pretzel Bites are perfect for when you want just a little something to snack on. They’re wonderful for a snack or part of a game day menu. They are just spicy enough to give a little kick but even folks that don’t like spicy foods are sure to love them. For more recipes for a bit of Mexican spiciness, check out our Easy Crescent Taco Ring, Best Moist Honey Jalapeno Cornbread Recipe or Easy Instant Pot Crack Chicken Chili.

jalapeno cheddar pretzel bites

Why you will love this recipe for jalapeno cheddar pretzel bites

  • Perfect party or game day food
  • These bites are a little salty, with a hint of spicy from the jalapeños, and a little bit of tang from the sharp Cheddar
  • Easy to make
  • Taste amazing; the kids with love them for an after school snack

Substitutions and additions

  • Try adding or switching out some of the jalapenos for thinly sliced green onion.
  • Your cheese choice can be changed up. I think sharp cheddar is the best for flavor, but you might want to try some with pepper jack cheese or swiss for a different flavor. Parmesan cheese can also be added for an extra flavor punch.
  • If you are a die-hard fan of hot spicy foods, go for a hotter variety of pepper (at your own risk).
  • Sprinkle some herbs into the dough while mixing. Ones to try might be dill, oregano or rosemary.

What to serve with cheesy jalapeno pretzel bites

Jalapeno Pretzel Bites are a great snack to have on hand for parties, get-togethers, and game days. They go well with almost anything you might serve. For game day, try serving these with Bacon and Blue Cheese Guacamlole, or if you want something a bit creamier, Creamy Salsa Dip is a great choice.

If you want to serve these as a snack or side dish for a light meal, they’re great with most soups. I love them with Instant Pot Buffalo Chicken Soup or Instant Pot Panera Broccoli Cheddar Soup. They also pair well with salads. Or, add them to your charcuterie board for special events. Make ahead, freeze and pull out anytime the desire or need arises for a delicious, quick snack.

Ingredients for jalapeno pretzel bites

  • yeast – Make sure your yeast is fresh and not dated in order to assure a proper rise
  • water – This will need to be the right temperature. If too cold it will inhibit the yeast from rising and if too hot it will kill the yeast.
  • butter – Use real butter for the best flavor.
  • sugar – granulated
  • salt
  • flour
  • cheese – I prefer sharp cheddar but you can use virtually any cheese of your choice.
  • jalapenos – We used the jarred ones but you can use fresh if you like and also can use hotter ones if heat is your thing.
  • baking soda
ingredients for jalapeno pretzel bites

How to make jalapeno cheddar pretzel bites

  1. Combine yeast, warm water, melted butter, sugar and salt. Stir and let yeast bubble for 5 minutes.
  2. Stir in 2 1/2 cups of the flour plus 3/4 cup of shredded cheese.
  3. Stir in additional flour, as needed.
  4. Knead dough for 5 minutes.
  5. Allow to rise for 20 minutes.
  6. Boil water, add baking soda and cool until warm.
  7. Divide dough, add jalapenos and roll into ropes.
  8. Cut into 1-1/2 inch pieces.
  9. Place dough pieces into warm baking soda water for 2 minutes, then remove to lined baking sheet.
  10. Sprinkle with remaining cheese and bake in preheated oven for 8-10 minutes, until golden brown.
yeast proofing in bowl
Yeast, butter,water,salt, sugar
adding flour to yeast mixture
Adding in flour
adding cheese to dough ingredients
Adding cheese
dough rising in bowl
Dough after rising
dividing dough into pieces
Dough divided
adding jalapenos into dough
Mixing in jalapenos
rolling dough into ropes
Rolling into ropes
dough cut into bite sized pieces
Cut into pieces
pretzel bites sprinkled with cheese
Sprinkled with cheese
pretzel bites on baking pain
Ready to bake

Ingredients and instructions for Honey Mustard Pretzel Dip

  • mayonaisse
  • whole grain mustard
  • honey mustard
  • honey

Mix all ingredients together in a small bowl.

ingredients for honey mustard pretzel dip
honey mustard dip ingredients
mixing honey mustard dip
pretzel bite dipped into honey mustard

How to store and freeze jalapeno pretzel bites

You can seal Jalapeno retzel Bites in a plastic bag and they’ll keep for up to 2 days on your counter. If you want to freeze them, put them on a baking sheet and put them in the freezer for about an hour. Once they’re frozen, you can put them in a plastic bag and keep them for up to 3 months.

You can also make a big batch of these bites and then just keep them in the fridge for up to 5 days. You’ll want to put them in an airtight container, since they’ll get a bit soggy if you don’t.

How do you get salt to stick to pretzel bites?

Brush a little whipped egg white over the pretzel and sprinkle the salt on before baking.

How do you keep pretzel bites soft?

Pretzel bites are made of a yeast dough and are soft. Make sure to store in an airtigt container of sealed plastic bag to keep them soft.

Recipe for jalapeno pretzel bites

jalapeno cheddar pretzel bites with honey mustard

Jalapeno Cheddar Pretzel Bites

Bite size homemade pretzel pieces with the full flavor of jalapeno peppers and cheddar cheese.
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Course: Appetizer
Cuisine: American
Keyword: jalapeno,peppers.cheddar,cheese,homemade dough,pretzels
Prep Time: 20 minutes
Cook Time: 10 minutes
Resting and rising time: 25 minutes
Total Time: 55 minutes
Servings: 64 pieces
Calories: 32kcal



  • teaspoons yeast
  • 1 cup warm water (between 95 and 110 degrees)
  • 1 tablespoon melted butter
  • 1 teaspoon granulated sugar
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 3 cups all purpose flour (as needed)
  • 1 cup shredded cheddar cheese
  • ¼ cup diced jalapeno peppers
  • 2 cups water
  • 4 tablespoons baking soda

Honey Mustard Dip

  • tablespoons mayonaisse
  • tablespoons whole grain mustard
  • tablespoons honey mustard
  • 1 teaspoon honey



  • In a large bowl, combine yeast, warm water, melted butter,sugar and salt. Stir and let yeast bubble for 5 minutes.
  • Stir in 2 1/2 cups of the flour plus 3/4 cup of shredded cheese.
  • Stir in additional flour, as needed to form a cohesive dough.
  • Fold the dough out onto a clean surface and knead for 5minutes.
  • Place dough back in bowl and cover with a clean kitchentowel. Set in a warm spot of your kitchen and allow dough to rise until doubled, about 15-20 minutes.
  • Preheat oven to 475F.
  • Boil 4 cups of water and dissolve baking soda in it. Remove from heat and allow to cool until just warm.
  • Divide pretzel dough into 8 equal pieces, then knead the diced jalapeno peppers into each piece.
    Roll each dough section into 1" thick ropes.
  • Use a sharp knife to cut the ropes into 1 1/2" longpieces.
  • Place pretzel bites in the warm baking soda water for 2 minutes then move to a lined baking sheet.
  • Sprinkle pretzels with remaining cheddar cheese and bake for 8-10 minutes until golden brown.

Honey Mustar Dip

  • Mix all ingredients together in a small bowl.


Nutrition info. is for pretzels only and does not include the dip.


Serving: 4pieces | Calories: 32kcal | Carbohydrates: 5g | Protein: 1g | Fat: 1g | Saturated Fat: 0.5g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 0.1g | Monounsaturated Fat: 0.2g | Trans Fat: 0.01g | Cholesterol: 2mg | Sodium: 255mg | Potassium: 13mg | Fiber: 0.3g | Sugar: 0.1g | Vitamin A: 27IU | Vitamin C: 0.4mg | Calcium: 14mg | Iron: 0.3mg

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