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It's impossible to resist these Homemade Soft Pretzels with Mustard Cheese Dip!  Salty, buttery and warm, soft pretzels are perfect for tailgating, celebrating Oktoberfest, or just for a fun afternoon snack!
Homemade Soft Pretzels with Mustard Cheese Dip

It's impossible to resist these Homemade Soft Pretzels with Mustard Cheese Dip!  Salty, buttery and warm, soft pretzels are perfect for tailgating, celebrating Oktoberfest, or just for a fun afternoon snack!

Course: Appetizer, Bread
Cuisine: American
Keyword: cheese dip, homemade, soft pretzels
Servings: 8 pretzels
Calories: 410 kcal
Author: Amy Nash, House of Nash Eats
Ingredients
Soft Pretzels
  • 1 cup warm water
  • 1 teaspoon sugar
  • 2 1/4 teaspoons active dry yeast
  • 2 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 cup boiling water
  • 2 tablespoons baking soda
  • Coarse kosher salt
  • 3 tablespoons butter, melted
Mustard Cheese Sauce
  • 1/4 cup butter
  • 1/4 cup all-purpose flour
  • 2 cups whole milk
  • 2 cups sharp cheddar cheese, grated
  • 1 tablespoon spicy brown mustard or other coarse ground mustard
  • Salt & pepper, to taste
Instructions
Soft Pretzels
  1. In the bowl of a stand mixer, combine the warm water, sugar and yeast, and let it proof for 5 minutes until foaming.  Add the flour and salt and mix with a dough hook to combine, then knead for 5 minutes until the dough is smooth and soft.  Cover bowl of dough with plastic wrap and let it rest for 30 minutes.

  2. While the dough rests, combine the boiling water and baking soda, stirring until the baking soda is dissolved.  Preheat oven to 450 degrees F and line a baking sheet with parchment paper or a silicon baking mat.

  3. Divide the dough into eight equal pieces and roll each piece into a long rope, about 30" long.  Twist into a pretzel shape by making an upside down "U" shape and crossing and twisting the ends, then folding them over to the top of the "U".  

  4. Place the pretzels into the hot baking soda bath for 20-30 seconds, spooning the liquid over the pretzels, then transfer to the baking sheet and sprinkle with coarse kosher salt and bake for 10 minutes until golden brown.

  5. Remove the pretzels from the oven and immediately brush with the melted butter.  

Mustard Cheese Sauce
  1. Melt the butter in a medium saucepan or skillet over medium heat.  Whisk the flour into the melted butter until lightly browned and thickened, about 2-3 minutes, to form a roux.

  2. Slowly add the milk to the roux, whisking constantly.  Continue to whisk until the mixture thickens but is still pourable, about 5 minutes.  Sprinkle the cheese over the sauce and whisk until it melts into the sauce, then taste and add the mustard, salt, and pepper to taste. 

Recipe Notes

Adapted from King Arthur Flour and Sally's Baking Addiction.

Nutrition Facts
Homemade Soft Pretzels with Mustard Cheese Dip
Amount Per Serving
Calories 410 Calories from Fat 198
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 22g 34%
Saturated Fat 13g 65%
Cholesterol 62mg 21%
Sodium 1282mg 53%
Potassium 182mg 5%
Total Carbohydrates 38g 13%
Dietary Fiber 2g 8%
Sugars 3g
Protein 14g 28%
Vitamin A 13.8%
Calcium 28.1%
Iron 12.7%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.