These delicious Pumpkin Spice Pretzel Bites are the ultimate snack for the fall. I am so excited to share this recipe with you. With chewy crusts and soft centers, they are bite-sized perfection. Be sure to check out my 30 Afternoon Snacks Kids Can Make for more!
This recipe is easy to make and something the whole family will love. The Pumpkin Spice Pretzel Bites are delicately flavored with pumpkin pie spice mix and the cream cheese frosting dip provides the perfect partnership.
While thinking about snacks, if you haven’t already you must try my Crazy Good Popcorn Sundae Snack recipe. The popcorn and the pumpkin spice pretzel bites are a great combination for a Sunday afternoon watching a movie.
The crispy coating has a delicate crunch and is the perfect texture for the softer center. They are bite-sized and appealing to the eye. You can’t but not want to grab one and dip it in that sweet frosting. Yum!
Pumpkin Pretzel Bites
I am not going to lie and tell you that this recipe will be made in five minutes flat, but what I will tell you is that given that you are working with pretzel dough, it is surprisingly easy to make and won’t take you too long from cooking to munching. You will start by making the pretzel dough by combining all of the ingredients, giving the yeast time to bubble, and setting aside for around 20 minutes for the dough to double in size.
Once the dough is ready you can divide it up into small bite-sized pieces and place them into the warm baking soda liquid, then the melted butter and roll into the pumpkin pie spice mix. This can get a little messy so it shouldn’t be a surprise that my boys love to help out with this one in the kitchen. My top tip is to do this part in batches to avoid it getting too sticky.
While they bake in the oven you can get on with the cream cheese frosting dip. Simply add the ingredients together and mix. The easiest, yet most delicious, dessert dip you will make. When I make a batch of these I know they won’t last long. Even dad can’t help himself.
How do you store the pretzel bites?
These pumpkin spice pretzel bites are always best served warm and eaten straight away. However, if you do have any leftovers then you can store them in the refrigerator in an airtight container for up to five days.
If you want to make these ahead of time, then get to the stage of proving your dough and then store it in the refrigerator before moving on to the baking soda bath and baking. Place your dough in an airtight container and store it in the fridge for 1 day before carrying on with the recipe.
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- Pumpkin Pie Spice
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- Parchment paper
- Silicone baking mat
- Large mixing bowl
Make it a Meal:
I know firsthand how chaotic family life can be. Challenging but rewarding at the same time, and this is where I find meal planning can help. Even for things like this when you want some delicious snacks and treats for the kids.
I have a great meal plan resource that will take you through the whole year to give you that helping hand you need. Here are my suggestions to make these pretzel bites part of a meal.
Main Dish: Easy Instant Pot Meatloaf
Vegetable Side: Grilled Sweet Onions
Starch Side: Pan Fried Potatoes and Carrots
Refreshing Drink: Pumpkin Punch
Best Fall Recipes:
Once you create these pumpkin spice pretzel bites I have no doubt that you will want to try other exciting recipes for fall.
This Apple and Cinnamon Puppy chow recipe is another great-tasting fall snack.
Or if you simply have to try my Simple Bread Machine Everything Pretzels. Don’t worry, the machine does all of the hard work.
Why do you add the dough to warm baking soda water?
Pretzels are usually boiled to create the texture and cook them, so adding these pretzel bites to the water before coating them with pumpkin pie spice mix will give you the same texture. Baking them afterward will give the desired crunch on the outside.
More pretzel Recipes:
- For the pretzels:
- 2 1/4 teaspoons Yeast
- 1 cup Warm Water (between 90-110F)
- 1 Tablespoon Melted Butter
- 1 teaspoon White Sugar
- 1 teaspoon Salt
- 3 cups All-Purpose Flour, as needed
- 2 cups Water
- 4 Tablespoons Baking Soda
- For the Pumpkin Spice Coating:
- 1 cup White Sugar
- 4 Tablespoons Pumpkin Pie Spice
- 1 cup Melted Butter
- For the Cream Cheese Frosting Dip:
- 4oz Cream Cheese, softened at room temperature
- 2 Tablespoons Butter, softened at room temperature
- 1 cup Powdered Icing Sugar, or more as needed
- 1 teaspoon Vanilla Extract
- 2 Tablespoons Milk, as needed
1. In a large bowl, combine yeast, warm water, melted butter, sugar and salt. Stir and let yeast bubble for 5 minutes.
2. Stir in the flour, as needed to form a cohesive dough.
3. Fold the dough out onto a clean surface and knead for 5 minutes.
4. Place dough back in bowl and cover with a clean kitchen towel. Set in a warm spot of your kitchen and allow dough to rise until doubled, about 15-20 minutes.
5. Preheat oven to 475F.
6. Line two baking sheets with parchment paper or a silicone baking mat.
7. Boil 4 cups of water and dissolve baking soda in it. Remove from heat and allow to cool until just warm.
8. Divide pretzel dough into 8 equal pieces, then roll pieces into 1" thick ropes.
9. Use a sharp knife to cut the ropes into 1 1/2" long pieces.
10. Place pretzel bites in the warm baking soda water for 2 minutes. Meanwhile, melt your butter and combine the white sugar and pumpkin pie spice (I prefer to do this in two batches as the mixtures can get messy).
11. Dip each pretzel bite in the melted butter then coat completely in the pumpkin spice mixture. Lay each pretzel bite on the prepared baking sheets and bake for 8-10 minutes until golden brown.
12. For the cream cheese frosting dip, beat together the cream cheese and butter until light and completely combined.
13. Beat in the powdered icing sugar for 2 minutes, then add the vanilla extract and milk. Adjust the consistency to your personal preferences with additional powdered sugar or milk.
14. Serve the pumpkin spice pretzel bites with the cream cheese dip.
If you find that the dough is a little sticky just add a touch more flour to it and keep kneading it.
Place the pretzel bites in the warm baking soda water in batches as it can get a little messy.
Nutrition Information:Yield: 6 Serving Size: 1
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 864Total Fat: 45gSaturated Fat: 28gTrans Fat: 1gUnsaturated Fat: 14gCholesterol: 116mgSodium: 3240mgCarbohydrates: 108gFiber: 3gSugar: 57gProtein: 9g
What movie are you going to watch when you tuck into these pumpkin spice pretzel bites?