Parmesan Soft Pretzels with Hard Cider Cheese

The softest parmesan soft pretzels, dipped in creamy cider cheese- the most delicious fall appetizer.


Servings: 8

Parmesan Pretzels

  • 1 cup water warm (plus additional for boiling)
  • 2 ¼ tsp yeast
  • 3 1/2 cups flour
  • 1 ½ tsp salt
  • 1 tbsp granulated sugar
  • 6 tbsp butter melted, divided
  • 1/2 cup baking soda
  • 1 egg
  • 1/2 cup parmesan, grated

Hard Cider Cheese

  • 1 1/2 cups gruyere, shredded
  • 1 1/2 cups caramelized onion cheddar, shredded
  • 1 cup gouda, shredded
  • 1/4 cup flour
  • 1 cup hard cider
  • 1/4 cup light cream


1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees.

2. Combine warm water and yeast in a small bowl and leave in a warm spot for 5-7 minutes.

3. In a large bowl of a stand mixer, add flour, yeast mixture, salt, sugar, and 1 tablespoon melted butter. Using the dough hook attachment, mix on low until combined. Once combined, increase speed to medium until the dough pulls away from the side of the bowl, 4-5 minutes.

4. Remove dough from bowl. If dough is sticky, sprinkle lightly with additional flour then remove from bowl. Clean bowl and grease lightly with oil, then return dough to bowl and cover tightly with plastic wrap. Leave in a warm spot for roughly 45 minutes.

5. Bring 8 cups of water and baking soda to a rolling boil and grease 2 parchment-lined baking sheets. Turn dough out onto counter and split into 4 pieces. Split each piece into 2 pieces. Roll dough into a rope approximately 16-20 inches long, then shape into a pretzel. Place each pretzel on the baking sheet.

6. Place each pretzel into the boiling baking soda water for 30 seconds then return to the baking sheet. Beat egg with 1 tablespoon water, then brush each pretzel.

7. Bake for 10-12 minutes or until golden brown.

8. Meanwhile, make the cider cheese. In a medium bowl combine the shredded cheeses and flour. Pour cider into a medium saucepan and bring to a low simmer. Add cream and remove from heat. Stir in cheese in batches, stirring between each addition. Keep warm while you finish the pretzels.

9. Place remaining 5 tablespoons butter in a small bowl. Place grated parmesan on a large plate. Brush each baked pretzel with the melted butter, then press lightly into parmesan. Sprinkle with additional parmesan to ensure it's evenly coated. Repeat and serve immediately with cider cheese.

Prep Time: 1 hour 20 minutes
Cook Time: 10 minutes
Total Time: 1 hour 30 minutes


When rolling dough into a rope and shaping into a pretzel, try to work the dough as little as possible.

Once pretzels have been submerged in the baking soda, and brushed with the beaten egg, try to put them in the oven as soon as possible.