Jalapeno Popper Pretzel Bombs + Video

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Jalapeno Popper Pretzel Bombs are the ULTIMATE game day food! This easy snack recipe makes scrumptious, ooey-gooey jalapeno cream cheese stuffed soft pretzels. Fantastic for tailgating, too!

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Jalapeno Popper Pretzel Bombs

These soft, cream cheese pretzel poppers are stuffed with loads of ooey gooey cheese, crispy bacon and spicy jalapenos. 

This scrumptious snack is like nothing you have ever eaten before. I think they taste like jalapeno poppers buried inside of soft, warm pretzel bread. TOTAL comfort food!

On game day, girls night, or a laid back night with the family, this is the party appetizer that everyone will devour!

RECIPE VIDEO

Watch the video below to see how easy it is to make these stuffed bread appetizers!

Tips and Tricks

  • To warm the beer, pour it into a glass microwave-safe measuring cup, Microwave on high power for 15 seconds at a time, or until it reaches 110-115 degrees F.
  • You can substitute milk or water for the beer.
  • SHORTCUT: You can use 36 frozen dinner rolls (I use Rhodes) in place of making the dough from scratch.

Kitchen Tools You Will Need:

  • Stand MixerIf you have a stand mixer, it will be much easier for you to make the bread dough. If you don’t have a stand mixer, it’s okay. Here are instructions for making bread without a stand mixer.

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How to Make Soft Pretzel Bombs Without a Stand Mixer

You can mix the bread dough by hand if you do not have a stand mixer.  It isn’t difficult to do, just more time consuming.

  1. Add warm beer (or water), yeast and sugar to a large bowl. When the yeast blooms, you will notice little bubbles forming on the top.
  2. When the yeast blooms, stir in the salt and the flour, and use a spoon to stir them with a wooden spoon to combine.  
  3. Turn the pretzel bread dough out onto floured counter top and knead for 3-5 minutes, or until the dough is no longer sticky.  Then, proceed with the instructions as shown in the recipe card below.

Enjoy!

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Jalapeno Popper Pretzel Bombs + Video

Donna Elick
Jalapeno Pretzel Bombs are the BEST game day food! This easy snack recipe makes delicious soft pretzels stuffed with jalapeno cream cheese.
Tried this recipe?Please comment and review!
Prep Time 42 mins
Cook Time 8 mins
Total Time 50 mins
Course Appetizer, Snack
Cuisine American
Method Oven
Servings 36

Ingredients
 

  • 1/4 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1 large egg
  • 12 ounces warm beer, 110°-120°F, I use Blue Moon (See Notes)
  • 2 1/4 teaspoons active dry yeast, 1 packet
  • 2 tablespoons granulated sugar
  • 12 ounces bacon, cooked and chopped into bite size pieces
  • 8 ounces cream cheese
  • 8 ounces shredded Mexican cheese blend, or cheddar cheese
  • 4 ounces pickled jalapeños
  • 3 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon kosher salt , plus more for pretzel tops
  • 2 tablespoons baking soda
  • 2 cups water

Instructions
 

  • Preheat oven to 450°F.
    Sprinkle clean counter top with ¼ cup flour. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper or spray with cooking spray. Set aside.
  • Whisk egg in a small bowl and set aside.
  • Warm the beer (See Notes), then add to the bowl of a stand mixer fitted with a dough hook. *See notes if you do not have a stand mixer.
    Sprinkle yeast over top of beer, add sugar and stir to combine. Allow yeast to bloom for 5-10 minutes. *When yeast has bloomed, the mixture should smell yeasty and look like the 'head' of a beer poured too quickly.
  • While you wait, add cheeses, bacon and jalapeños to a medium-size mixing bowl, then stir to combine. *May need to use a wooden spoon to get it well mixed.
  • Add flour and salt to stand mixer bowl. Knead on medium-low speed for 3- 5 minutes, until the dough comes together in one ball.
    If bread is too sticky to come together, add more flour, a tablespoon at a time as needed,. *Dough should be tacky when you pull it out of the mixer, but not sticky.
  • Place dough on floured counter top and knead in flour for a minute or two, until dough is no longer tacky.
    Form dough into a ball. The ball will be cut into 36 somewhat even pieces.
    First, cut the ball of dough into fourths. *I use a bench scraper, but a butter knife works too.
    Roll each piece into a fat log shape, then cut each log into 3 even pieces. Roll each of those pieces into a log shape and cut those into 3 pieces each. When you are done, you should have 36 pieces.
  • Fill 4-cup glass measuring cup with 2 cups of hot water; add baking soda and stir to combine.
    Place baking sheet, baking soda water and cheese mixture on the counter that you are working on.
  • Working with one at a time, roll each dough piece into a ball and then flatten it into a circle. Add 1 tablespoon of cheese mixture in the center. *I use a tablespoon scooper.
    Carefully pull sides of dough up and over the cheese to create a package; Pinch the edges closed.
    Roll the dough into a ball. Be careful to make sure you can not see the cheese through the dough.
    Tap fingers in flour, pinch any tears closed, and roll again. Set aside and repeat until you have 3 stuffed dough balls.
    Transfer 3 stuffed dough balls to hot water mixture and allow them to sit while you prepare the next 3. Prepare the next 3 dough balls. Remove dough balls from water with a slotted spoon and place on prepared baking sheet. Place 3 newly prepared balls into the water and prepare 3 more. Repeat until all dough balls are on the cookie sheet.
  • Arrange all pretzel balls on parchment so that none are touching. Brush egg wash onto each one and sprinkle with coarse kosher or sea salt.
  • Bake for 8-10 minutes, until the tops are browned.
  • The melted cheese may escape some of your pretzel bombs. That is a beautiful thing! Scoop all that cheesy goodness up onto the plate.
    Serve and enjoy!

Video

Donna’s Notes

To make without a stand mixer: You can mix the dough by hand if you do not have a stand mixer. Add water (or beer), yeast and sugar to a large bowl. Once the yeast blooms, add the salt and flour and stir with a spoon to combine. Turn dough out onto floured counter top and knead for 3-5 minutes, or until dough is no longer sticky.  Proceed with remaining instructions.
Beer: You can substitute milk or water for the beer. I microwave the beer in a microwave safe glass measuring cup for 15 seconds at a time, until the temperature reaches 110-120°F.
Shortcut: You can use 36 frozen dinner roll dough (I use Rhodes) in place of the pretzel bread recipe.

Nutrition

Serving: 1 | Calories: 143cal | Carbohydrates: 12g | Protein: 5g | Fat: 8g | Saturated Fat: 4g | Cholesterol: 24mg | Sodium: 424mg | Sugar: 1g | Fiber: 1g | Calcium: 53mg | Iron: 1mg

All nutritional information is based on third party calculations and is only an estimate. Each recipe’s nutritional value will vary depending on the ingredients used, measuring methods, and portion sizes.

Tried this recipe?Let us know how it was!

Originally published January 2014. Updated and republished June 2022.

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79 Comments

  1. I just made these (have half in my mouth as we speak XD) and they are amazing!! I left out the cream cheese and used a cheddar/mozza mix and used water instead of beer, but damn are they good.

  2. Made these and they are super easy (a bit time consuming but easy) and oh so yummy. Shared with both my work and my husbands work and both requested more.

  3. I finally managed to make these yesterday! They are amazing.
    So much work though, even without having to let them rise they took more than 2 1/2 hours to make. Also took 12+ minutes in the oven. But so worth it (will skip the bacon next time).

    If I wanted to prepare them in advance I think I would stop before dipping them in hot water. Fill them, dump them in the fridge, cover with a moist tea towel and then put them in the baking soda water right before baking.

  4. I made them my kids cant stop eating them, left the jalapeno out for them. Delish!!!! Making some more right now. Have them in the oven. Cant wait!!!!

  5. Has anyone made them ahead of time then froze them? Im wondering if I bake them til just brown (for the crusty outside) them freeze…any thoughts

  6. made these for thanksgiving and they were incredible! my family went crazy over them so I made them again the next day. They were best straight out of the oven but we still ate them after they cooled down.

  7. This recipe was perfectly detailed and easy to follow which is a tremendous help timewise! We didn't have beer so I used a bottle of hard cider we had leftover from houseguests instead, and they were divine! I doubt it affected the taste noticeably. Had to send some over to the neighbors as 36 is a dangerous number to have hanging around when you're trying to stay disciplined… 😉 Thanks for sharing!

  8. Followed the recipe exactly and they were delicious! I have made cheese or cheese/meat stuffed bread before, but this pretzel dough was the perfect way to wrap it up! Thanks for sharing

  9. I love this recipe, and want to make them for a potluck at work. Can anyone suggest the best way to keep them fresh and delicious until the afternoon? Warm setting on a crockpot? Room temp? Etc.

    1. Hi Cassie. I would use ready made dinner rolls, that you find in the freezer section. I love the Rhode's brand dinner rolls. Yes you would still put them in the water. That is what makes them a pretzel. You can just bake them but they will not have a pretzel coating. Enjoy and let us know how it goes.

  10. Hi Donna. I want to make these pretzel bombs; however, I want to use the Rhodes's dinner rolls. Do I just let the dinner rolls thaw and then precede with the recipe? Many thanks. LaWanda

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