September 30, 2023


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Jalapeño Cheddar Smooth Pretzels – Sally’s Baking Dependancy

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A spicy twist on a twisted traditional, these jalapeño cheddar delicate pretzels begin with my straightforward do-it-yourself pretzel dough. Add somewhat garlic powder, and cargo the formed pretzels with sliced jalapeños and sharp cheddar cheese. Identical to with conventional do-it-yourself delicate pretzels, there’s hardly any rise time, so you’ll be able to take pleasure in sizzling, tacky jalapeño cheddar pretzels in lower than an hour!

This recipe is delivered to you in partnership with Crimson Star Yeast.

homemade jalapeño cheddar cheese soft pretzels on plate with stone-ground mustard in measuring cup.

Solely an hour till kickoff? You will have sufficient time to make these tacky delicate pretzels with a kick!

Straightforward Dough for Bread Rookies

Have you ever ever made my recipe for do-it-yourself delicate pretzels? It’s turn into one of the vital reader-loved recipes on this web site as a result of the pretzels are scrumptious, comparatively fast, and straightforward sufficient for bakers who’ve by no means labored with yeast earlier than.

And, I’ve to confess, at present’s model is even higher. Oh, the flavour! In fact, should you don’t like spicy, you’ll in all probability choose the originals.

I even use the identical dough for making delicate pretzel knots, delicate pretzel bites, and pretzel rolls. The dough is comprised of the best baking components and there’s hardly any rise time, so not solely are these straightforward, they’re fairly fast too. I promise you don’t have to really feel intimidated about working with yeast, shaping pretzels, or the baking soda tub—I’ll stroll you thru all of it.

Concerning the authentic pretzels,

One reader, Shelley, commented: “I made these for the primary time at present; they had been so scrumptious we needed to make a second batch and I taught my daughters and sister the best way to make them. Everybody raved that they had been one of the best pretzel they ever had! I can’t consider how straightforward they had been. ★★★★★

homemade soft pretzel topped with jalapeño slices and melted cheese with piece ripped off.

Now let’s make the spicy, garlicky jalapeño cheddar model!

Begin With This 7-Ingredient Pretzel Dough

Let’s chat concerning the delicate pretzel dough. You want just some fundamental bread-making components you in all probability have already got in your kitchen:

  1. Yeast: I all the time use Platinum Yeast from Crimson Star, which is an instantaneous yeast. The Platinum yeast is incredible as a result of its cautious formulation strengthens your dough and makes making working with yeast easy. Your pretzels, your dinner rolls, your breads, your pizza dough—all will puff up extra. You solely want 1 customary packet of yeast (2 and 1/4 teaspoons) to get the job accomplished.
  2. Water: Use heat water. No have to take the temperature, however suppose lukewarm to the contact, about 100°F (38°C).
  3. Salt: Salt provides vital taste. Can’t have tasty pretzels with out some salt!
  4. Garlic Powder: My traditional delicate pretzel recipe doesn’t embody garlic powder, however I completely LOVE the flavour it provides to those jalapeño cheddar pretzels.
  5. Sugar: 1 Tablespoon of sugar will increase the yeast’s exercise and tenderizes the dough; it additionally balances out all of the saltiness.
  6. Melted Butter: Nothing beats butter for scrumptious buttery taste in pretzels!
  7. Flour: I all the time use all-purpose flour, however you’ll be able to substitute bread flour for even chewier pretzels.

You’ll additionally want somewhat extra butter for the topping, plus sliced jalapeños, coarse salt, and shredded sharp cheddar cheese.

ingredients in bowls including jalapeños, flour, garlic powder, cheddar cheese, sugar, and salt.

Make the Dough—It’s Straightforward

Deliver the dough collectively in a big mixing bowl. You should use a stand mixer, or an everyday giant mixing bowl + a wood spoon or silicone spatula. Knead it on the counter (or proceed utilizing your mixer), after which let the dough relaxation for about 10 minutes.

You realize one of the best half about making pretzels? That’s the one relaxation/rise time for the dough. Simply 10 minutes—somewhat energy nap—whilst you get the baking soda + water boiling on the range.

Don’t Skip the Baking Soda Tub

Whereas it sounds unusual, this step is what offers pretzels their iconic taste and chewy texture; plus, it helps deepen their golden-brown shade within the oven, and locks within the tremendous delicate inside. The boiling water additionally helps set their form so the pretzels don’t over-puff within the oven.

Mix 1/2 cup of baking soda with 9 cups of water in a big pot (I take advantage of my Dutch oven) and produce it as much as a boil. The unbaked pretzels get a fast dip in right here earlier than baking. (Somewhat relaxation adopted by a sizzling tub—these pretzels have it GOOD.)

With out the baking soda tub, you lose texture, that deep brown shade, and taste. So mainly, you should have bread as an alternative of pretzels. Nothing improper with bread! However it’s not on the menu at present.

Learn how to Form Pretzels

Whilst you’re ready for the water to boil, it’s time to form the pretzels.

dough on counter and shown again with a few pieces cut off.

Divide the dough into 12 equal parts. Every will likely be about 1/3 cup in measurement, or 75g.

Roll every right into a 20–22-inch-long rope:

hands rolling rope of dough on marble counter.

Twist the ends and produce the ends down, and flippantly press the dough collectively. That’s a pretzel!

shaping pretzel dough.

Place the formed pretzels onto baking sheets lined with silicone mats or greased parchment paper. This pretzel dough makes 12 regular-size delicate pretzels, so I take advantage of 2 baking sheets, 6 pretzels on every.

As soon as the pretzels are all formed and the water is boiling, it’s baking soda tub time! Fastidiously drop the pretzels, a pair at a time, into the boiling water + baking soda. Allow them to boil for 20–30 seconds every (not than that, or they’ll have a metallic style), then use a slotted spatula to take away them, let the surplus water drip off, and place the boiled pretzels again onto the lined baking sheets.

Topping Jalapeño Cheddar Smooth Pretzels

Brush the boiled pretzels with melted butter and place a number of jalapeño pepper slices on every, flippantly urgent right down to get them to stay, then sprinkle the pretzels with coarse salt. Now they’re able to bake! You’ll add the cheese subsequent…

brushing melted butter on soft pretzel dough.

About midway by way of baking, take the pretzels out and high them with shredded cheddar cheese, then return them to the oven for the remaining bake time. The cheese will get good and melty and somewhat crispy across the pretzel edges—so yum.

hand sprinkling cheese on top of jalapeño slices on par-baked pretzels.

And should you actually wish to lean into spicy cheese with this recipe, you’ll be able to serve these pretzels with this spicy nacho cheese sauce for dipping. I like serving them with stone-ground mustard.

Loving this taste mixture? You’ll completely LOVE this easy no knead jalapeño cheddar bread.

homemade soft pretzels topped with jalapeño slices and melted cheese arranged on parchment paper.
close-up of homemade jalapeño cheddar soft pretzel.

Not an opportunity these pretzels will make it to halftime. Should you like warmth, serve the pretzels with an enormous bowl of spicy honey Chex combine. Each are glorious weekend/recreation day snacks!

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homemade jalapeño cheddar cheese soft pretzels on plate with stone-ground mustard in measuring cup.

Jalapeño Cheddar Smooth Pretzels

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  • Prep Time:
    35 minutes

  • Prepare dinner Time:
    20 minutes

  • Complete Time:
    1 hour

  • Yield:
    12 pretzels

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  • Delicacies:


These kicked-up delicate pretzels are identical to common do-it-yourself delicate pretzels, however embody a buttery jalapeño cheddar cheese topping. There’s hardly any rise time, so you’ll be able to take pleasure in sizzling & spicy cheddar pretzels in lower than an hour! Evaluate recipe Notes and watch the video tutorial earlier than beginning.

Baking Soda Tub

For Topping


  1. In a big bowl or within the bowl of a stand mixer, whisk the yeast into the nice and cozy water. Cowl and permit to take a seat for 1 minute.
  2. Whisk in salt, garlic powder, sugar, and melted butter. Add 3 cups of flour, 1 cup (125g) at a time. Combine with a wood spoon or silicone spatula, or use a dough hook attachment, till mixed. Add 3/4 cup extra flour and blend for 1 minute. If the dough remains to be sticky, add 1/4–1/2 cup extra, as wanted.
  3. Knead the dough: Maintain the dough within the mixer fitted with a dough hook attachment and beat on low pace for 3–4 minutes, or knead by hand on a flippantly floured floor for 3–4 minutes. Poke it along with your finger—if it slowly bounces again, your dough is prepared for the subsequent step. If not, hold kneading.
  4. Form the dough right into a ball. Cowl flippantly with a clear kitchen towel and permit to relaxation for 10 minutes, or cowl tightly and refrigerate for as much as 1 day. To freeze, see freezing directions in recipe Notes. (In the meantime, I prefer to get the water + baking soda boiling as instructed in step 7.)
  5. Preheat oven to 400°F (204°C). Line 2 baking sheets with greased parchment paper or silicone baking mats. Silicone baking mats are extremely advisable over parchment paper. Put aside.
  6. With a pointy knife, bench scraper, or pizza cutter, reduce dough into 1/3-cup sections (about 75g every). Roll a bit of dough right into a 20–22-inch rope. Type a circle with the dough by bringing the 2 ends collectively on the high of the circle. Twist the ends collectively. Deliver the twisted ends again down in the direction of your self and press them right down to type a pretzel form. 
  7. Deliver baking soda and 9 cups of water to a boil in a big pot.
  8. Drop 1 or 2 pretzels into the boiling water for 20–30 seconds. Any longer than that and your pretzels can have a metallic style. Utilizing a slotted spatula, elevate the pretzel out of the water and permit extra water to drip off. Place pretzel onto ready baking sheet. Brush with melted butter. Place a number of jalapeño slices on every, urgent down flippantly to get them to stay. Sprinkle every with coarse salt. Repeat with remaining pretzels. If desired, you’ll be able to cowl and refrigerate the boiled/unbaked pretzels for as much as 24 hours earlier than baking in step 9.
  9. Bake for 10 minutes, take away pretzels from the oven, and sprinkle 2–3 Tablespoons of shredded cheese on high of every. Return to the oven for 8–12 extra minutes, till the pretzels are golden brown and the cheese is melted.
  10. Take away from the oven and serve heat.
  11. Cowl and retailer leftover pretzels at room temperature for as much as 1 day or within the fridge for as much as 1 week. They lose somewhat softness over time. To reheat, microwave for a number of seconds, or bake at 350°F (177°C) for five minutes.


  1. Make Forward & Freezing Directions: Baked and cooled pretzels freeze effectively for as much as 3 months. To reheat, cowl and bake frozen pretzels at 350°F (177°C) for 20 minutes or till warmed by way of, or you’ll be able to microwave frozen pretzels till heat. The ready pretzel dough might be frozen in an hermetic container for two–3 months. Thaw frozen dough within the fridge in a single day. Refrigerated dough might be formed into pretzels whereas nonetheless chilly, however permit some additional time, about 1 hour, for the formed pretzels to puff up earlier than the baking soda tub.
  2. Particular Instruments (affiliate hyperlinks): Electric Stand Mixer or Glass Mixing Bowl | Giant Pot, equivalent to a Dutch Oven | Metal Slotted Spatula | Baking Sheets | Silicone Baking Mats or Parchment Paper | Pastry Brush
  3. Yeast: I all the time use Platinum Yeast from Crimson Star, an instantaneous yeast. You should use an energetic dry yeast as an alternative, if wanted. No adjustments to the recipe if utilizing energetic dry. Reference my Baking with Yeast Information for solutions to widespread yeast FAQs.
  4. Can I skip the jalapeños? Sure, in fact. You’ll nonetheless butter and salt the boiled pretzels, and depart off the jalapeños. Bake as directed, add cheese, then proceed baking.
  5. Cheese: I like to recommend sharp cheddar cheese on this recipe, however you need to use one other semi-hard, flavorful cheese equivalent to pepper jack, gouda, or Colby cheese. For finest style and texture, shred the cheese off the block your self with a cheese grater. Pre-shredded cheese is drier than freshly shredded, and incorporates anti-caking brokers.
  6. Reference my Baking with Yeast Information for solutions to widespread yeast FAQs.

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