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Mall Food (Recipe: Homemade Pretzel Bites)

Pretzel Bites

I have a confession to make. I love mall food court food…

There, I said it. Do you think less of me now? I understand if you do… truly… guess we won’t be hanging out at the mall together anytime soon then, which is a bummer.

I bribe my kids to be good at the mall with the promise of Pretzel Bites once we are done. Then, I am the most lenient mom ever just so we can get to the pretzel bite reward at the end. Knock down a rack of clothes? I’ll turn my head and pretend I didn’t see it happen. Run away from me and head down the escalator? That’s fine… we’ll meet up with you at the bottom like it was totally planned. Have a screaming meltdown in the middle of Ann Taylor? Pure entertainment… isn’t she just the cutest little thing?

As long as we can get the pretzel bites at the end, I’m a happy camper.

Now I don’t have to go to the mall to get pretzel bites anymore. I’m thrilled to share that I can make these babies right here in my very own home and I can use my bread machine, which gives me more time to be a good mother and to teach my beloved children how to act in public. I’m working on it… I promise.

Recipe: Homemade Pretzel Bites for the Bread Machine (from All Recipes.com)

  • 1 1/8 cups water (70 to 80 degrees F)
  • 3 cups all-purpose flour
  • 3 tablespoons brown sugar
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons active dry yeast
  • 2 quarts water
  • 1/2 cup baking soda
  • coarse salt
  • melted butter – not in the original recipe, but a must for mall food pretzel like experience
  1. In bread machine pan, place the first four ingredients in order suggested by manufacturer. Select dough setting (check dough after 5 minutes of mixing; add 1 to 2 tablespoons water or flour if needed).
  2. When cycle is completed, turn dough onto a lightly floured surface. Divide dough into eight balls. Roll each into a 20-in. rope; form into pretzel shape. In a saucepan, bring water and baking soda to a boil. Drop pretzels into boiling water, two at a time; boil for 10-15 seconds. Remove with a slotted spoon; drain on paper towels.
  3. Place pretzels on greased baking sheets. Bake at 425 degrees F for 8-10 minutes or until golden brown. Brush with melted butter. Sprinkle with salt.

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  1. With the exception of the course salt I could go into my kitchen and make these right now. Love this!

  2. Do you have a non-bread-maker version of this recipe?, if so I would love to have it.

  3. Yeah I love bread machine recipes. Thanks Kristen.

  4. I always try to convince my husband we NEED these when we stop by a mall together! (There are no malls where we are so usually we are together when we are actually near a mall!)

  5. I love pretzel bites! I guess I’m a mall food lover too then, we can hang out there together :-D I was so excited the first time I made pretzels at home because I realized that I could make my very favorite bites at home and it was so much easier than twisting it into the traditional pretzel shape.

  6. That’s a perfect snack right there!

  7. Oh. My. Goodness. I must try these!! Now!!!

  8. First of all I love pretzels and can find them nowhere in a 400km radius. Secondly, that scene with the kids is all too familiar…feigning indifference and nonchalance whilst cringing inside!

  9. Not so much pretzels, but food court food, omg, yes. Particularly the free samples. Why, no, Mr. Chicken Teriyaki man, you don’t recognize me from 5 minutes ago, whyever would you think that?

  10. Definitely will try these! Check this out—> http://allrecipes.com/PersonalRecipe/62345481/Pretzel-Dogs/Detail.aspx

  11. i know what we’re having next movie night!

  12. We used to purchase the boxed “make pretzels at home” kit from Aunt Annies at the mall. Pretty good, and a fun activity for kids, but I would much rather make them from scratch. I’m looking forward to trying this recipe. Thanks!

  13. Saw your photo on Foodgawker and couldn’t help but tell you that these little guys made my mouth water. My kids are always begging for pretzels at the mall and I have to say that I catch the pretzel aroma from miles away. What a treat to have at home!!

  14. I want to dunk these in some spicy maranara or whole grain mustard sauce. So hungry right now!

  15. Oh, yum. So glad you did the water drop. Pretzel recipes without that are just wrong.

    I’m trying really hard to figure out how to make these fit in my lowish-carb diet. Look so good!

  16. Those look so perfect! I know let’s just skip the mall and I’ll come over…I’ll bring the coffee.

  17. OMG I’m in love with those things too. It took all my will power not to get any last night and now I just want to go home and make my own LOL

  18. Ummm yes please! I’ll meet you at the mall. Or your house, whichever is easier. ;-)

  19. When it comes to the mall I’m a sucker for two things: pretzels and cinnabons. I swear it’s like I’m on vacation and calories no longer count… or walking the mall counteracts everything I ate. After seeing the pictures- I’m definitely in the mood for these pretzels!

  20. These look like fun! I am surprised to see no soda in the boiling water… I find that makes a huge difference. My students LOVE making these in class at school!


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