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Pepper Jack Stuffed Pretzel Bites

Course: Appetizer, Snack
Cuisine: German
Author: Gaby


  • 2 1/2 teaspoons active dry yeast
  • 2 tablespoons light brown sugar
  • 1 1/2 cups warm water
  • 5 tablespoons unsalted butter melted
  • 2 1/2 teaspoons salt
  • 2 1/2 cups all purpose flour
  • 2 cups whole wheat flour
  • vegetable oil for the bowl
  • 10 cups water
  • 2/3 cup baking soda
  • 1 cup of Pepper Jack cheese cut into small cubes
  • 1 egg yolk
  • splash of water
  • course sea salt


  • Combine the yeast, brown sugar and warm water in a mixer bowl fitted with a dough hook attachment. Let it sit for 5 minutes until foamy.
  • Add the melted butter and salt to the mixture and combine.
  • Add the all purpose flour while the dough hook is rotating.
  • Next add the whole wheat flour and continue to mix until the dough has formed a large mass. This will take a few minutes, so be patient.
  • Remove the dough from the bowl and let rest in an oiled bowl for an hour, covered with a kitchen towel.
  • Preheat the oven to 425 degrees F.
  • Place a large pot with 10 cups water on the stove and bring to a boil. Add the baking soda. The baking soda, will make the water bubble, so add it in batches if you're worried about the pot overflowing.
  • Remove the dough from the bowl and break off a little bit of dough, roughly half the size of a golf ball, and flatten it into a disc. Add 1 cube of pepper jack cheese and fold the dough over, pinching in the edges so the cheese is hidden from view and you have a ball of pretzel dough. Repeat this process for the remaining dough.
  • Using a slotted spoon, add about 10 of the pretzel bites to the boiling water at a time. Once they rise to the top of the water, should take about 30 seconds, remove with your slotted spoon to a paper towel to dry. Repeat with the remaining pieces of dough.
  • Transfer the pretzel bites to parchment lined baking sheets that you’ve sprayed with cooking spray.
  • In a small bowl, whisk together the egg yolk and a splash of water. Brush the tops of each pretzel bite with the egg wash and sprinkle with sea salt.
  • Transfer to the oven and bake until golden brown, about 10-16 minutes.
  • Remove from oven and let cool slightly before serving!