Recipe: Buffalo Spiced Pretzel Pieces
It’s surprisingly easy to make your own snacks at home. These simple, crunchy homemade pretzel pieces make great game day fare. Or make a double batch, bundle them up, and give them as gifts. They keep for weeks in an airtight container.
This recipe yields hard and crunchy (not soft) pretzel pieces.
Preheat oven to 425 degrees. In a mixing bowl, stir together yeast, water, melted butter, sugar and kosher salt. Set aside until foam forms on the surface, about 10 min. Mix in flour and knead until smooth. Pinch dough into 1-inch size pieces and roll pieces into 1/4- to 1/2-thick ropes about 4 to 6 inches in length. Lay ropes on a parchment-lined cookie sheet. Brush ropes with egg wash and sprinkle with coarse salt. Bake for 15 min. or until golden brown. Set aside until pretzels are cool enough to touch, 5 to 10 min. Reduce oven to 250 degrees. Break pretzels into 1/2- to 1-inch pieces and place in a large bowl. Toss with 4 Tbsp. of the seasoning and 1/2 cup of the oil until pretzel pieces are fully coated. Place pieces back on the cookie sheet and bake for 30 to 40 min. until crispy, stirring halfway through. Remove from oven, transfer back into the large bowl and toss with remaining 1 Tbsp. oil and 2 Tbsp. seasoning. These will stay good for weeks in an airtight container.