Jalapeño Cheddar Tender Pretzels – Sally’s Baking Habit

A spicy twist on a twisted basic, these jalapeño cheddar tender pretzels begin with my straightforward home made pretzel dough. Add just a little garlic powder, and cargo the formed pretzels with sliced jalapeños and sharp cheddar cheese. Similar to with conventional home made tender pretzels, there’s hardly any rise time, so you possibly can get pleasure from 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’ve got sufficient time to make these tacky tender pretzels with a kick!

Straightforward Dough for Bread Freshmen

Have you ever ever made my recipe for home made tender pretzels? It’s grow to be some of the 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, immediately’s model is even higher. Oh, the flavour! In fact, should you don’t like spicy, you’ll most likely favor the originals.

I even use the identical dough for making tender pretzel knots, tender pretzel bites, and pretzel rolls. The dough is made out 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.

In regards to the authentic pretzels,

One reader, Shelley, commented: “I made these for the primary time immediately; they had been so scrumptious we needed to make a second batch and I taught my daughters and sister how you can make them. Everybody raved that they had been the very best pretzel they ever had! I can’t imagine 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 in regards to the tender pretzel dough. You want only a few primary bread-making components you most likely have already got in your kitchen:

  1. Yeast: I at all times use Platinum Yeast from Crimson Star, which is an on the spot yeast. The Platinum yeast is incredible as a result of its cautious system 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 executed.
  2. Water: Use heat water. No have to take the temperature, however assume lukewarm to the contact, about 100°F (38°C).
  3. Salt: Salt provides essential taste. Can’t have tasty pretzels with out some salt!
  4. Garlic Powder: My basic tender 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 at all times use all-purpose flour, however you possibly can substitute bread flour for even chewier pretzels.

You’ll additionally want just a little 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

Carry the dough collectively in a big mixing bowl. You need to use a stand mixer, or an everyday massive 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 already know the very best half about making pretzels? That’s the one relaxation/rise time for the dough. Simply 10 minutes—just a little energy nap—when you get the baking soda + water boiling on the range.

Don’t Skip the Baking Soda Bathtub

Whereas it sounds unusual, this step is what provides pretzels their iconic taste and chewy texture; plus, it helps deepen their golden-brown shade within the oven, and locks within the tremendous tender 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. (A bit 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 a substitute of pretzels. Nothing unsuitable with bread! But it surely’s not on the menu immediately.

Learn how to Form Pretzels

When 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 shall 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 calmly 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 tender 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! Rigorously 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 Tender Pretzels

Brush the boiled pretzels with melted butter and place a number of jalapeño pepper slices on every, calmly urgent all the way 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 baking, take the pretzels out and prime them with shredded cheddar cheese, then return them to the oven for the remaining bake time. The cheese will get good and melty and just a little crispy across the pretzel edges—so yum.

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

And should you actually need to lean into spicy cheese with this recipe, you possibly can 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 straightforward 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. If you happen to like warmth, serve the pretzels with a giant bowl of spicy honey Chex combine. Each are wonderful 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 Tender Pretzels

  • Writer:

  • Prep Time:
    35 minutes

  • Prepare dinner Time:
    20 minutes

  • Complete Time:
    1 hour

  • Yield:
    12 pretzels

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These kicked-up tender pretzels are similar to common home made tender pretzels, however embody a buttery jalapeño cheddar cheese topping. There’s hardly any rise time, so you possibly can get pleasure from sizzling & spicy cheddar pretzels in lower than an hour! Assessment recipe Notes and watch the video tutorial earlier than beginning.

Baking Soda Bathtub

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 sit down 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 velocity for 3–4 minutes, or knead by hand on a calmly floured floor for 3–4 minutes. Poke it along with your finger—if it slowly bounces again, your dough is prepared for the following step. If not, maintain kneading.
  4. Form the dough right into a ball. Cowl calmly 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 wish 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, minimize 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 prime of the circle. Twist the ends collectively. Carry the twisted ends again down in direction of your self and press them all the way down to kind a pretzel form. 
  7. Carry 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 may have a metallic style. Utilizing a slotted spatula, carry 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 calmly to get them to stay. Sprinkle every with coarse salt. Repeat with remaining pretzels. If desired, you possibly can 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 prime 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 just a little 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, or you possibly can 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 enable some further time, about 1 hour, for the formed pretzels to puff up earlier than the baking soda tub.
  2. Particular Instruments (affiliate hyperlinks): Electrical Stand Mixer or Glass Mixing Bowl | Massive Pot, equivalent to a Dutch Oven | Metallic Slotted Spatula | Baking Sheets | Silicone Baking Mats or Parchment Paper | Pastry Brush
  3. Yeast: I at all times use Platinum Yeast from Crimson Star, an on the spot yeast. You need to use an energetic dry yeast as a substitute, 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 go away 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 greatest 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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