Jalepeno Popper Pretzel Bites {Secret Recipe Club}

Oooh, you guys! It’s the second Monday of the month, and something I’ve been waiting for since shortly after I started blogging…

I’m finally a part of the Secret Recipe Club.

I stumbled on this group in my very early blog days, back before there was a HUGE waiting list…but the problem was, you had to have 60 recipes to join.  And by the time I had those 60 recipes?  Yep, huge waiting list.  So, I submitted my request, and I have been (not-so) patiently waiting ever since.

For my first month I was assigned to Claudia’s blog From Arepas to Zwetchgen.  I felt sort of an instant connection with Claudia after reading her “About” page, where she indicated she started her blog because she has over 400(!!) cookbooks and loves trying new recipes.  While I don’t have that many cookbooks (yet!), my family will tell you that I am sort of a cookbook-a-holic.  🙂  As you might have guessed from the name of Claudia’s blog, she has recipes from countries all over the globe.  I can’t tell you how many of these I drooled over and have on my ever-growing list of recipes to try (does it surprise you I was especially drawn to her Mexican recipes??).

At any rate, since I’m sort of in football mode right now, I felt like I hit jackpot gold when I spotted a recipe for Bavarian style soft pretzels with bacon and cheese.  If that doesn’t say game-watching food, I don’t know what does!

I ended up swapping the bacon for jalepeños and adding cream cheese, to make sort of a “popper” style stuffed pretzel, since the Tall Boy’s favorite game day appetizer is jalepeño poppers.  And, because my pretzel-forming skills are less than stellar, I made these into mini-bites.  Served ’em with queso dip–and let me tell you, we hogged right out.

I left some of ’em unfilled, since Doodle isn’t into the  jalepeño-thing, and he gave me a big thumbs-up.  He said they were better than the ones from Auntie Anne’s at the mall, which I take as pretty high praise.  We’ll definitely be making these–and variations of ’em throughout football season–and beyond.

Jalepeno Popper Pretzel Bites {Secret Recipe Club}
Serves: about 5 dozen
  • 1½ cups warm water
  • 2 tablespoons light brown sugar
  • 1 package active dry yeast
  • 6 tablespoons unsalted butter, melted
  • 2½ teaspoons kosher salt
  • 4½ to 5 cups all-purpose flour
  • Canola oil
  • 4 ounces cream cheese, softened
  • ¼ cup shredded cheddar cheese
  • 2 jalepenos, diced
  • ¾ cup baking soda
  • 1 whole egg, beaten with 1 tablespoon cold water
  • kosher salt
  • Queso dip for dipping, optional
  1. Combine the water, sugar, yeast, and butter in the bowl of a stand mixer and mix with the dough hook until combined. Let sit for 5 minutes.
  2. Add the salt and flour and mix on low speed until combined. Increase the speed to medium and continue kneading until the dough is smooth and begins to pull away from the side of the bowl, about 3 to 4 minutes. Add additional flour, just a little at a time, if your dough appears too wet. Remove the dough from the bowl, place on a flat surface and knead into a ball with your hands.
  3. Add the dough to a bowl oiled with canola oil. Turn the dough to coat with oil. Cover with a clean towel or plastic wrap and place in a warm spot until the dough doubles in size, about 1 hour.
  4. Preheat the oven to 425 degrees F. Bring the water to a boil in a large pot over high heat and add the baking soda. It will cause the water to boil violently, so add it careful installments.
  5. Remove the dough from the bowl and place on a flat surface. Divide the dough into 8 equal pieces. Roll each piece into a long rope and cut it into one inch pieces to make the pretzel bites. Roll each bite flat with a rolling pin. Stuff each bite with the combined cheeses and jalepenos. Fold over the dough and pinch the ends. Set bites on a baking sheet and continue until all pretzel bites are stuffed.
  6. Boil the pretzel bites in the water solution in batches, about 30 seconds at a time. Remove with a large slotted spoon. Place pretzel bites on a lined baking sheet. Make sure they are not touching. Brush the tops with the egg wash and season liberally with the salt.
  7. Bake for 15 to 18 minutes, or until golden brown.
  8. Remove from oven and let cool for five minutes.


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  1. katie

    oh my word, these sound amazing! 🙂

  2. sally @ sallys baking addiction

    Ashley!!!! I swear. You are my soulmate. I love jalapeno poppers! I once made a jalapeno popper dip that was incredible. But combining them with pretzel bites is SUCH a great idea!! Perf for football season coming up! These are simply amazing. I wouldn’t be able to stop popping them lol!
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  3. Shumaila

    I am a cookbook-holic too! I had you this month and my husband and I loved your buffalo chicken pizza. In fact we are having that for lunch today! These pretzel bites look amazing and am pinning this as well to try some day. Had lots of fun going through your blog and will definitely be coming back for more!
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  4. Heather

    Welcome to the SRC! They look delicious and the perfect game day treat. I’ll definitely be making these at some point since I’ve been wanting to make pretzels and jalapeno poppers!
    Heather recently posted..The Secret Recipe Club: Apple Pie EmpandasMy Profile

  5. Lisa~~

    Welcome to the SRC and what a wonderful first recipe choice. Great job, your pictures look so delicious and I can’t wait to give your popper pretzels a try as they would be a huge hit in our home.

    If you haven’t already, I’d love for you to check out my group ‘A’ SRC entry: Fried Green Tomatoes.

    Cook Lisa Cook
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  6. La Phemme Phoodie

    Oh my. What a great pick for your first month! Being part of the SRC is so much fun. You will love getting the email each month with your assignment and rushing to see who it is and what they share on their site.
    La Phemme Phoodie recently posted..Chocovado Pudding (Chocolate Avocado Pudding)My Profile

  7. Judee @ Gluten Free A-Z

    Oh my gosh.. your photos are fabulous and they make me want to have some of those poppers right now. Welcome to SRC..

  8. Hayley

    Congrats on joining! That’s totally awesome!! Your recipes are always drool-worthy and amazing, so I can’t say I’m surprised you’re a member now 🙂 anyway, back to these poppers. Pretzel jalapeno poppers? Are you TRYING to make me drool all over my keyboard?! Pretzels own my heart and soul. I get ’em at the mall, at Sam’s Club, and I try to make them at home into pretzel dogs. Stuffing them with cream cheese and jalapenos is the COOLEST. IDEA. EVER. I totally need these!
    Hayley recently posted..White Chocolate Caramel Cashew Cookie BlondiesMy Profile

  9. Shelley C

    Hooray for waiting through that long waiting list! 🙂 What a great choice for your first SRC post – these would make a great addition to any game-day get together!
    Shelley C recently posted..Apple KugelMy Profile

  10. Back For Seconds

    I love this combo! Perfect football food (not that I would know anything about that). I think these have to be added to my must make list!
    Back For Seconds recently posted..Fudge Brownie Ice Cream ConesMy Profile

  11. Carole

    Hi there. This week’s Food on Friday is all about chillies and other spicy stuff. So it would be great if you linked this in. This is the link . Have a good week.

  12. Jocelyn @BruCrew Life

    Yay for waiting out the long list and getting in the group!!! You will do awesome with it!!! I puffy heart love jalapeno poppers…what a fantastic idea to put that flavor in a pretzel bite!!!! Seriously incredible!! I’m pinning these for sure:-)
    Jocelyn @BruCrew Life recently posted..Trick or Treat TuesdayMy Profile

  13. Miz Helen

    I just pinned your awesome recipe! Thanks for sharing and have a great day.
    Miz Helen
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  14. Dan

    Those are the tastiest looking pretzel bits I’ve ever seen in my life. I must’ve been a blast to make them.

    I hope joining SRC was worth the wait. I find that I’m cooking more things originally made by other bloggers as a result – independent of SRC.
    Dan recently posted..Ultimate Bacon Sarnie (Sandwich)My Profile

  15. danielle

    I wanted to stop by to let you know that I featured this on my site today in my “What I Bookmarked This Week” post. Stop by and see!
    danielle recently posted..What I Bookmarked This WeekMy Profile

  16. Jenna

    Any idea approximately how many bites this recipe makes?

    • Ashley

      Sorry about that, Jenna. It makes about 5 dozen bites, depending on how big you make ’em! 😉



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