One-Hour Chocolate and Cinnamon-Sugar Soft Pretzel Bites

Soft, warm pretzel bites coated in chocolate or cinnamon-sugar that you don’t have to go to the mall for.

That’s both beautiful and dangerous.

One-Hour Chocolate and Cinnamon-Sugar Soft Pretzel Bites (vegan) - Make your own soft & chewy pretzel bites in an hour! You won't believe how easy it is!

This is my fifth ready-in-one-hour recipe and all are vegan, including this one. There’s One-Hour Pretzels,  One-Hour Whole Wheat Pizza DoughOne-Hour Soft Buttery Breadsticks, and One-Hour Homemade Cinnamon Rolls.

These are just like their predecessors. Fast, easy, ready in 1 hour, and even if you’ve never made bread before, it’s an extremely easy recipe great for newbies.

One-Hour Chocolate and Cinnamon-Sugar Soft Pretzel Bites (vegan) - Make your own soft & chewy pretzel bites in an hour! You won't believe how easy it is!

Rather than the typical lengthy initial rise that most yeast recipes have (1-2+ hours), then shaping the dough before the second rise (1 + hour), this dough rises only as long as it takes your oven to preheat, about 10 minutes.

I also eliminated the step of boiling the raw dough before baking it because I don’t find the results justify the work. They taste just as good, minus the extra hassle.

One-Hour Chocolate and Cinnamon-Sugar Soft Pretzel Bites (vegan) - Make your own soft & chewy pretzel bites in an hour! You won't believe how easy it is!

To make the dough I used Red Star Platinum Yeast and it’s the only yeast I bake with. It’s the best and never lets me down. If you’re a novice bread-maker, consider this yeast your insurance against goofs because it’s very forgiving. Since it’s an instant yeast, you don’t have to proof it (let it stand with warm liquids for 10 minutes or until foamy). You simply add it with the other ingredients.

If you are an experienced bread maker, you’re going to love the extra puff and oven-spring you get with the Platinum. Your baked goods will rise higher and faster than you’re used to.

One-Hour Chocolate and Cinnamon-Sugar Soft Pretzel Bites (vegan) - Make your own soft & chewy pretzel bites in an hour! You won't believe how easy it is!

I used King Arthur All-Purpose because I wanted the bites to stay as soft as possible. Bread Flour will lend a chewier, thicker, denser result, more bagel-like. If you want to use whole wheat flour, read this post, don’t exceed more than 50% by volume of whole wheat flour, and if you try it, let me know how it goes.

After about 5 minutes of kneading, the dough looks like this. It’s firm, smooth, supple, and not at all sticky.

One-Hour Chocolate and Cinnamon-Sugar Soft Pretzel Bites (vegan) - Make your own soft & chewy pretzel bites in an hour! You won't believe how easy it is!

Place the dough on your counter, divide it into 4 pieces, and roll each piece out into a long rope that spans the length of your baking sheet.

The dough may be a little stubborn to roll, very springy and may want to recoil, but just keep rolling and finessing until you’ve gotten it to the proper length.

One-Hour Chocolate and Cinnamon-Sugar Soft Pretzel Bites (vegan) - Make your own soft & chewy pretzel bites in an hour! You won't believe how easy it is!

Score each rope with a pizza cutter into 1-inch pieces, and separate the pieces so they’re not touching.

Preheat the oven and consider the time it takes to preheat the the first, second, and only rising period involved with this dough. Love that.

One-Hour Chocolate and Cinnamon-Sugar Soft Pretzel Bites (vegan) - Make your own soft & chewy pretzel bites in an hour! You won't believe how easy it is!

Bake until they’re lightly golden and while they’re still on the baking tray, brush with melted butter (or vegan buttery spread), and get ready to coat them.

I coated half with cocoa powder-sugar and half with cinnamon-sugar.

One-Hour Chocolate and Cinnamon-Sugar Soft Pretzel Bites (vegan) - Make your own soft & chewy pretzel bites in an hour! You won't believe how easy it is!

Or keep it simple with just butter and a sprinkle of sea salt or kosher salt. Or go savory with Parmesan cheese, chives, garlic or onion powder, poppy or sesame seeds, for everything-bagel bites.

Because you can never have too much chocolate, I decided that dipping them in Nutella sounded like a good idea. It was actually a great idea.

One-Hour Chocolate and Cinnamon-Sugar Soft Pretzel Bites (vegan) - Make your own soft & chewy pretzel bites in an hour! You won't believe how easy it is!

They’re so easy to pop, one after another. The outside is firmer and chewy, while the inside remains soft and supple.

The chocolate bites are dark and rich, and not overly sweet, while the cinnamon-sugar version has a nice pop of cinnamon flavor.

One-Hour Chocolate and Cinnamon-Sugar Soft Pretzel Bites (vegan) - Make your own soft & chewy pretzel bites in an hour! You won't believe how easy it is!

Although I’m a cinnamon fiend in general, the chocolate version won, hands down, in a taste test with family and friends. The chocolate ones were fought over. Smart people.

Great use of an hour, that’s for sure.

One-Hour Chocolate and Cinnamon-Sugar Soft Pretzel Bites (vegan) - Make your own soft & chewy pretzel bites in an hour! You won't believe how easy it is!

One-Hour Chocolate and Cinnamon-Sugar Soft Pretzel Bites (vegan) - Make your own soft & chewy pretzel bites in an hour! You won't believe how easy it is!

One-Hour Chocolate and Cinnamon-Sugar Soft Pretzel Bites (vegan) - Make your own soft & chewy pretzel bites in an hour! You won't believe how easy it is!

One-Hour Chocolate and Cinnamon-Sugar Soft Pretzel Bites (vegan)

Warm and fresh from the oven, these vegan pretzel bites are ridiculously good. They’re so easy to pop, one after another. The outside is firmer and chewy, while the inside remains soft and supple. The chocolate bites are dark and rich, and not overly sweet, while the cinnamon-sugar version has a nice pop of cinnamon flavor. The dough is easy to make and not sticky, making this a great recipe for newbie bread makers. I made half the batch as chocolate and half as cinnamon-sugar. Try simple buttery sea or Kosher salted bites, or use Parmesan cheese, garlic or onion powder for savory bites. They’re every bit as good as the pretzel bites you’ll find at the local mall, but cost less than a buck to make and are ready in an hour.

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Ingredients:

Pretzel Bites
2 cups all-purpose flour (bread flour may be substituted; pretzels will be firmer and chewier rather than softer and fluffier)
3/4 up water, warmed to manufacturer’s directions
2 1/4 teaspoons instant dry yeast (one 1/4-ounce packet, I use Red Star Platinum)
1 tablespoon canola or vegetable oil
1 teaspoon granulated sugar
1/2 teaspoon salt, optional and to taste
1/4 cup unsalted butter (or vegan buttery spread) melted for brushing/drizzling, divided
Chocolate Coating
1/2 cup granulated sugar
3 tablespoons unsweetened natural cocoa powder
Cinnamon-Sugar Coating
1/2 cup granulated sugar
3 tablespoons cinnamon

Directions:

  1. Pretzel Bites – To the bowl of a stand mixer fitted with the dough hook (or large mixing bowl and hand-knead), combine flour, water, yeast, oil, sugar, optional salt, and knead for about 5 minutes, or until dough is soft, smooth, and has come together in a firm mass. If hand-kneading, you may need to knead a few minutes longer. Based brand of yeast used, water temperature will vary. Red Star Platinum yeast calls for a warmer temperature than most, 120 to 130F; other brands are lower, about 95 to 105F. Warm water according to the yeast manufacturer’s recommendations on the packaging. Taking the temperature with a digital thermometer is recommended, but if you’re not, make sure the water is warm, not hot. Err on the cooler rather than hotter side so you don’t kill the yeast.
  2. Turn dough out onto a Silpat-lined countertop (provides nice traction) or just the bare counter. Divide dough in 4 equal-sized pieces.
  3. Roll each piece of dough into a long rope spanning the length of a standard baking sheet (my baking sheet is 17 inches long).
  4. Place the ropes onto a Silpat-lined  or cooking sprayed baking sheet.
  5. Score the dough with a pizza cutter into 1-inch pieces.
  6. Separate the pieces so they’re not touching; set pan aside while oven preheats.
  7. Preheat oven to 350F; this generally takes about 10 to 15 minutes and this is all the dough rises for.
  8. Bake for about 16 to 17 minutes, or until barely golden, firm, and cooked through (taste one to make sure). Keep a watchful eye in the last few minutes of baking so they don’t burn.
  9. Set pan aside while you melt the butter, about 30 seconds on high power in the microwave.
  10. With the bites still on the baking tray (nicely contains the butter mess), brush generously with melted butter; set aside.
  11. Chocolate Coating – In a small bowl, stir to combine the cocoa and sugar until well mixed. Turn mixture out into a gallon-sized ziptop bag.
  12. Add about half the pretzels to the bag, seal the top, and gently shake to disperse coating mixture evenly over pretzels, continuing to tip the bag from side to side, upside-down, and back and forth. Open bag and serve.
  13. Cinnamon-Sugar Coating – In a small bowl, stir to combine the cinnamon and sugar until well mixed. Turn mixture out into a gallon-sized ziptop bag.
  14. Add about half the pretzels to the bag, seal the top, and gently shake to disperse coating mixture evenly over pretzels, continuing to tip the bag from side to side, upside-down, and back and forth. Open bag and serve.
  15. Pretzels are best warm and fresh, but will keep airtight for up to 2 days. Before eating leftovers, heat for 5 seconds in micro to soften them up.

Adapted from Soft Buttery One-Hour Pretzels (vegan) and  One-Hour Soft Buttery Breadsticks  (vegan)

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88 comments on “One-Hour Chocolate and Cinnamon-Sugar Soft Pretzel Bites”

  1. These look delicious! I kid you not when I say that my stomach literally just growled after seeing the pictures.

  2. Dude – you know my aversion to yeast but you totally sold me on this! You seriously make it look so easy, and now I’m craving pretzels at 1AM!

    • EASIEST bread ever. Girl there is no way to screw this up. And unlike a loaf of bread, being that these are small they’re more forgiving, cook quicker, and oh yeah, pop down the hatchet much easier :)

  3. I love working with dough and the fact I can have these pretzel bites in under an hour is just perfect. Since I’m slightly impatient

  4. those look dangerous to have in my kitchen lol… under and hour with yeast? awesome!

  5. Pillowy soft little bites covered with cinnamon sugar AND chocolate!? Averie, you are a rockstar! I just want to faceplant right into the center of that pretzel bite mountain!

  6. I think we could plow through a lot of these–especially if sampling various coating and dipping options. I’m pretty sure the cocoa would be my favorite too–and with nutella sounds double delicious!! I love your 1 hour yeast recipes–all the homemade taste in a fraction of the usual time. I remember how good those 1 hour breadsticks were!

  7. Wow! These look amazing–and it all can be done in under an hour?! I love when that’s possible.

    Love all the step by step photos Averie!! I can’t choose between the cinnamon and chocolate version—toooooo hard.

  8. Those babies are so cute! I could pop a few (or 30). :)

  9. Decisions, decisions! I don’t know which version I’d love to try more. The cinnamon-sugar (which is what I usually order when we go to Auntie Anne’s) or the chocolate. The chocolate version sounds pretty damn good in some Nutella, though. You could serve these at a party with a plethora of different sweet dips (like peanut butter!). Love the in process shots too. Great recipe(s) Averie!

    • Yes, multiple recipe(s) are totally possible here. You could set up a pretzel dipping station at a party. Make a tray of these babies with some melted butter and then let people dip away in their fave toppers.

      Thanks for noticing the step shots. You know how that is with yeast. Annoying but necessary :)

  10. This could be a game changer.

    As in: I could eat these instead of going to work and stuff.

  11. Oh you’re killing me with these Averie!! I think I would have to make both, and decide which I prefer. And then keep taste testing over and over. I have such a weak spot for soft pretzels!!!

  12. OH wow! I do believe pretzels are my favorite food group. These look fantastic! I can’t wait to try them out!!! :)

  13. Oh my gosh, what to choose, what to choose?? I think both need to be made honestly!! Love the chocolate with the nutella dip, but cinnamon sugar is classic! I love pretzels and you easy versions sounds incredible. I just made some yesterday, but not in under an hour!

    Love the process shots and great recipes, Averie!

    • Thanks for noticing the process shots and that’s too funny you made some yesterday! I swear there’s a group of us who are seriously reading each other’s minds and make the same things w/out talking first. And then all of a sudden on the same day we all post…banana bread. Seriously! Can’t wait to see what you made!

  14. I love your one hour recipes. I so need to get on them – I am so impatient for regular dough! :)

  15. You had me at one hour. This looks like a perfect baking project for me and my 5 year old on this snow day. I may try a whole wheat version. I’ll let you know how it turns out if I do!

  16. WHAT?! I think I just died and went to heaven. GORGEOUS!

  17. Ugghhh I should not be looking at these right now! Those look ammmaazzing :)

  18. These look delicious! I know my kid’s (and me) would LOVE these! I need to get over my fear of baking with yeast and make these :)

  19. So wait… I can have these in ONE hour?! I gotta go ;)

    They look amazing, A!

  20. Ooooo!!! I absolutely love this idea! I am going to have to make a huge batch because these sound addicting! I love when you can make pretzels or bites without the cooking them in soda water. Makes it so much easier! Thanks for sharing, Averie! Pinned!

  21. I’ve said this before, but I need to say it again, you are the ONLY blogger who makes me pin for the days I could eat gluten. These look sensational!

    I used to work in a bagel shop and we never boiled our bagels either – which purists would scoff at , but they tasted so authentic. We blasted them with steam right when they went in the oven and that seemed to do the trick. SO much easier!

    Bagels are next, right? ;)

  22. Ummmm…. I’d probably eat 15 of these. At least!!

  23. One hour?? You keep making the desserts of my dreams….love you for it!

  24. Hands down I’d have to make both kinds – cinnamon sugar AND chocolate? Mmmmm. Love that these are speedy. Having to wait for something to rise when you’re craving HARD for the outcome is just too much sometimes!

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