Red Robin’s Copycat Pretzel Bites Recipe

Jumpstart your appetite with a bowl of Red Robin pretzel bites. There’s nothing better than a good Red Robin appetizer to give your palate a good head start. Aside from this, you can also make these scrumptious pretzel bites as a snack. Have a full experience of the said restaurant by serving them with Red Robin’s beer cheese dip or go full-homemade with the classic honey-mustard dip.

These fresh and warm pretzel bites are also perfect for a party as they are based on the restaurant’s recipe that doesn’t use any lye. Enjoy your Red Robin-inspired party by remaking your favorite copycat Red Robin pretzel bites!

Red Robin’s Copycat Pretzel Bites Recipe

How To Make Red Robin's Copycat Pretzel Bites

Satisfy your salty snack cravings with a bowl of warm Red Robin pretzel bites! Now you can bring soft but tasty bites to your afternoon snack ensemble. Want an even fuller experience? Enjoy these Red Robin warm pretzel bites with their famous beer cheese dip.

Prep: 35 mins
Rest Time:: 30 mins
Cook: 25 mins
Total: 1 hr 30 mins


For Pretzel Dough:

  • 1 cup bread flour
  • 1 cup all-purpose flour, plus more for dusting
  • ¾ cup warm milk
  • 2 tbsp brown sugar
  • tbsp unsalted butter, melted
  • 1 tbsp active dry yeast
  • 1 tsp salt
  • vegetable oil, for greasing
  • coarse sea salt, for sprinkling

For Pretzel Bath:

  • 9 cups water
  • ½ cup baking soda

For Egg Wash:

  • 1 pc egg
  • 2 tbsp water

For Serving:

  • cup qdoba queso dip*, or cheese sauce of your choice, per serving


  1. Prepare your pretzel dough first. Combine milk, sugar, and yeast in a large mixing bowl. Whisk until dissolved.

  2. Cover and set aside to allow the yeast to activate for at least 30 minutes.

  3. While waiting, sift together both flours and salt. Set aside and line 2 baking sheets with parchment paper.

  4. Once the yeast has activated, add your melted butter and sifted flour mixture. Stir to combine until it forms a sticky dough.

  5. Place your dough onto your working table and knead until smooth for at least 10 minutes. Dust your working area with more flour as needed.

  6. Grease a mixing bowl with oil, then place the dough into it. Cover and set aside to rise for at least an hour.

  7. While waiting, preheat your oven to 400 degrees F.

  8. Prepare your pretzel bath by boiling water in a soup pot. Gradually add baking soda and whisk until dissolved. Set aside to keep warm.

  9. Prepare your egg wash by whisking together all ingredients. Set aside.

  10. When ready, divide your dough into 4 equal portions, roughly 3 ounces each. Take each portion of dough and roll it into a 22 to 25 centimeters long rope.

  11. Cut each rope into 1-inch pieces. Place these onto your lined baking sheet, inches apart from each other.

  12. Bring your pretzel bath to a boil and blanch your pretzel dough for no more than 30 seconds. Drain then return onto your baking sheet, still inches apart from each other. Repeat until you have portioned and blanched all your pretzel bites in this manner.

  13. Brush your blanched pretzel bites with egg wash, then sprinkle some coarse sea salt on top.

  14. Bake for roughly 20 minutes and set aside in a warm area once done. Enjoy your warm pretzel bites with cheese sauce!

Recipe Notes


  • Sugar: 1g
  • :
  • Calcium: 14mg
  • Calories: 53kcal
  • Carbohydrates: 9g
  • Cholesterol: 3mg
  • Fat: 1g
  • Fiber: 1g
  • Iron: 1mg
  • Monounsaturated Fat: 1g
  • Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g
  • Potassium: 24mg
  • Protein: 1g
  • Saturated Fat: 1g
  • Sodium: 789mg
  • Trans Fat: 1g
  • Vitamin A: 35IU
  • Vitamin C: 1mg
Nutrition Disclaimer

Frequently Asked Questions

Can pretzel dough sit overnight?

Yes. After the dough rises and doubles up its size, we can proceed to wrap it with cling wrap and refrigerate it for a day. If you plan to store pretzel dough longer, you can place it inside an airtight container and freeze it for up to 1 to 3 months. Make sure to thaw the dough before use.

Do soft soft pretzel bites need to be boiled?

Yes. We have to boil it in water and baking soda for at least 15 to 25 seconds. This is to give the dough an alkaline solution before we bake them. This process gives the pretzels a nice brown color after baking. It also gives the pretzels the desired softness.

How long do Red Robin pretzel bites last?

Unlike the usual brittle pretzel that only has 2-4% moisture, soft pretzels go bad easily. And so, they have to be stored inside the fridge. Soft pretzels last up to 3 days, but if you have topped them with sugar, they will only be good for 2 days.



These super soft Red Robin pretzel bites will definitely set your appetite before a good hearty meal. They are a pretty versatile pastry, so you can also have them as a snack. Try serving them with Red Robin beer cheese sauce or a sweet one of your choice.
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