Pumpkin Beer Pretzel Bites

by simplylife on September 20, 2011

The school year has begun.  Even though I’m working full-time and my schedule doesn’t shift with the seasons, I’m married to a student…which means I’m on a school schedule.  

Minus the Christmas and summer breaks.  

Plus a paycheck.

Minus the homework.

I’m still not sure what I prefer.

Anyways, to ease the transition back to evenings filled with text books and Saturdays at the library we decided to host a casual get-together at our apartment.  In addition to having a variety of drinks, I knew I wanted to make the perfect food to nibble on as the night progressed.

Let me tell you, the next time you have company over you need to make these.  In addition to being cheaper than buying chips and salsa, they are a total crowd-pleaser.  I even adjusted the recipe to give it a fall twist by cooking the pretzel bites in pumpkin beer, rather than water and baking soda (after being inspired by We Are Not Martha).  

Pumpkin Beer Pretzel Bites

1 1/2 cups warm water
2 tbs. light brown sugar
2 1/4 tsp. (or 1 package) active dry yeast
3 ounces unsalted butter, melted
2 1/2 tsp. kosher salt
4 1/2 to 5 cups all-purpose flour
Olive oil (you can use another type of oil here, it’s just what we had)
2 pumpkin beers
1 egg, beaten with 1 tbs. cold water
Coarse sea salt
Honey dijon mustard (or other preferred dipping sauce)

1.  Using the bowl of a stand mixer, combine the water, sugar, yeast and butter.  Mix until combined and let sit for 5 minutes.  Add the salt and 4 1/2 cups flour and mix on low speed, using dough hook, until blended together.  Increase the speed to medium and knead dough until it is smooth and begins to pull away from sides of the bowl, about 3-4 minutes.  If dough appears too wet add flour, 1 tbs. at a time.  Remove the dough from the hook and shape into ball.  Place in a bowl lightly coated with oil, and turn dough to evenly coat with oil.  Cover with a cloth and place in a warm spot for about 1 hour, until dough doubles in size (I did this step and let it sit for about 4-5 hours, so that I could make sure the pretzel bites were made immediately before company arrived and it worked out perfectly).
2.  Preheat the oven to 425 degrees.  As the oven heats, divede the dough into 8 equal pieces and roll each piece into a long, thin rope (somewhere between about 15-55 inches, depending on size).  Place dough on a flat surface and cut into one inch pieces.  Repeat for all of the dough.  

3.  Bring the beers to a boil in a large pot over high heat. Working in small batches (about 15 pieces at a time), place the dough in the boiling beer for about 30 seconds.  Remove with a slotted spoon and place onto a baking sheet, that has been coated with cooking spray.  Make sure dough pieces are not touching.

4.  Brush the tops with egg wash and sprinkle with coarse sea salt.  Bake 15-18 minutes, or until golden brown.  Remove and place on a baking rack; let cool for 5 minutes then serve with mustard (or other dipping choice) and enjoy! (These are best served warm).
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~What is your favorite food to serve to company?
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  • julie

    Yummy munching snack..

  • leafynotbeefy

    Wow, those look so good!!!! 🙂 (p.s. I'm hosting a giveaway if you want to check it out and enter)

  • Lauren

    Yum! These look great! Haha I am on a school scheduale too, except I am the student 🙂

  • Gina; The Candid RD

    You had me at PUMPKIN BEER! While these sound realllly delicious, I'll admit it would be hard for me to part with two pumpkin beers 🙂 I love pumpkin beers, to the point where I might have to hoard some for later in the year! Either way, this recipe is going o my "must make" list!

  • allieksmith

    My boyfriend is the opposite of you- he is working and I'm the one who is in school and every time I am meeting a deadline for homework or studying for a test he is saying how he has no homework and he gets paid… then I remind him that I get month-long breaks!

    With that said, your pretzel bites are ROCKIN!!!

  • Sam

    I had a recipe for these that I was going to make this weekend (and post if they turned out well). You beat me to it! They look delicious though!

  • Emily @ A Cambridge Story

    I saw the pumpkin pretzels on WANM and thought it was an incredible idea! I love that these are bite-sized!

  • Hannah

    Oooh, these look SO good! I've never had anything like this!

  • San

    Recipe sounds excellent and is there any replacement for pumpkin beer? Definitely should be a crowd pleaser. Thanks for the recipe. Good alternative for chips.


  • Erica

    Soft pretzels! Nothing better! I like to serve fruit and fruit dip

  • Hilliary@ Happily Ever Healthy

    These sound amazing!! I love soft pretzels! Thanks for sharing!

  • Hamaree Rasoi

    Pretzels look too good and inviting. Wonderful recipe.

    Hamaree Rasoi

  • Tip Top Shape

    Wow, these look fantastic!!

  • yummychunklet

    Yum! What a tasty snack!

  • Lauren at Keep It Sweet

    Yum, I love these! What a fantastic idea.

  • Colleen @ What’s Baking in the Barbershop?!

    Wowzers, these look amazing! Yummmm 🙂

  • amy @ fearless homemaker

    ooh, those look just fantastic + what a neat flavor combination. delish!

  • Tasha

    These sound awesome with the addition of pumpkin beer!

  • kankana

    They looks just so fantastic! WOuld love to nibble those while watching TV 🙂

  • Becky

    What a great fall recipe! I wish I had some right now…

  • Grace In Full Measure

    Looks great and I love the fact that they're bite-size!

  • sally

    These look fantastic and I love that they are boiled in pumpkin beer!

  • Sobha Shyam

    sounds great, they look yum..

  • Priya

    Those pretzel bites looks damn delicious and fabulous..

  • Junia

    i don't know why but pumpkin beer reminds me of harry potter! hahaha b/c they drank butterbeer there lol. these look delightful! 😀

  • Errign

    1. I love soft pretzels.
    2. I love pumpkin anything
    3. Thanks for this recipe 🙂

  • Juliana

    Wow, these pretzel bites look awesome…pumpkin and beer sure sounds delicious.
    Hope you are having a fantastic week 🙂

  • WillJogForFood

    That is amazing!! I want some 🙂

    My fave thing to serve is Buffalo Chicken Dip, its so easy and everyone goes insane over it!

  • The Dinner Belle for KimberlyBelle.com

    Pumpkin beer…is it crazy that this is the first time I've heard about this wonderful-sounding concoction?! This recipe is fabulous in every single way – baking it would be perfect way to celebrate the beginning of fall 😉

  • arthi

    the pretzels looks soft and yummy!!!

  • tigerfish

    Pumpkin beer? That is very interesting!

  • Sierra

    Can you say HOME RUN? These look awesome. I don't want to make them, I just want to eat them.

  • Mo ‘Betta

    I'm not sure which got me more excited, pumpkin, or beer! Pretzels are on my bucket list, I don't know why I haven't made them yet, but I know I have to go out immediately and try to find pumpkin beer!

  • Quay Po Cooks

    I wonder if I can find pumpkin beer here. This snack sounds good to me.

  • Meri

    holy wow do those look good! Nothing says fall/ oktoberfest like pretzels, beer, and pumpkin!

  • Kristina

    AWESOME. My husband and I usually try to host a world-series watching party and these sound PERFECT.

  • Jolene – EverydayFoodie

    I love serving company appetizers of any kind!

  • Beth Michelle

    These look SO good. I am so bookmarking these to try!

  • Shannon

    Wow. I am so all over these. I'm pumpkin obsessed, beer obsessed and pretzel obsessed. Dream food.

  • http://gowiththedough.wordpress.com/ Hillary

    These just look out of control. I know it’s December (almost January), but I’m still craving pumpkin like it’s September, and I think I need to make these now!

    • http://www.simplylifeblog.com/ Simply Life

      You do!!! You won’t regret it!

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