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Spinach and Artichoke Stuffed Soft Pretzels, simply the best. Homemade soft pretzel dough, stuffed with a cheesy spinach and artichoke dip, and shaped into a pretzel. Baked until the pretzel is golden and the dip inside has melted and turned ooey, gooey, and all kinds of perfect. These pretzels are such a hit. Try serving them up as a fun appetizer for your next party.
Stopping in today to share a great New Year’s Ever appetizer with you guys. This is actually a recipe that I originally shared years and years ago. But it’s one I still love to make so I thought I’d bring it back from the archives and show it some love. I’ve updated it just a bit, to make it easier, and taken a fresh set of photos. I certainly wasn’t complaining about making these again. They’re truly one of my favorite recipes I’ve created. These pretzels are beyond good, and they’ll make the best New Years Eve appetizer. I certainly wasn’t complaining about making these again!
If you can make pizza dough, you can make these. They’re easier than you might think. And while they do take a little time to prepare, they’re actually pretty fun to make. Trust me, the results are worth all the effort.
The dough is a classic pretzel dough and very quick to make. While the dough rises you can make the spinach and artichoke dip, which is a simple mix of cheese, garlic, herbs, spinach, and marinated artichokes. Totally optional, but I like to add a good pinch of crushed red pepper flakes to give the dip a nice hit of spicy flavor.
When the dough is ready, just divide it into 8 equal balls and roll them out into rectangles. Fill the middle with some of the spinach and artichoke dip and roll them up into a long rope, sealing the dough at the seams.
Don’t worry if there are a few holes, or if your pretzels don’t look like the perfect pretzels. I promise, no matter what they look like, they’re going to taste good. They’ll look good in their own way, because they’re pretty no matter what.
Once you have the pretzels shaped, it’s time to boil and bake. Each pretzel is dropped into a little boiling water. Boiling the pretzels in water before baking gives the pretzels their signature chewy crust and their unique “pretzel” flavor. You’ll only be boiling the pretzels for a few seconds, then remove them from the water, brush with an egg wash, and generously sprinkle with sea salt.
Bake and DONE. You’ll have a salty soft pretzel that comes out with cheesy spinach and artichoke dip bursting from the seams.
These are going to be giant, so handle them carefully when dropping them into the water and taking them out. You do not want to tear the pretzel before it’s baked. But there will most likely be holes and they are going to ooze a little. It’s not a bad thing, it’s a good thing. Sometimes the imperfections just work, so go with it.
These are best warm right out of the oven when the dip is hot and melty. If you’d like to prepare them ahead of time, just make and assemble the pretzels, fill with dip, shape them, and place them on a baking sheet. At this point, you should keep the un-baked pretzels in the fridge. When ready to serve, just boil and bake as directed.
I’m looking forward to making these as a New Year’s Eve appetizer. It’s tradition that we do Mexican on New Years, so I’ll be serving up some tacos and margaritas as well. Can’t wait!
What are your New Year’s Plans?
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What a delicious and fun recipe. Made this just because and now wish I had 10 people over to share this. Fantastically matched with beer, of course! A definate repeat!!!
Amazing!! So glad to hear that this recipe was enjoyed, thanks for making it!! Have a great weekend! xx
I’m not kidding when I say that I’ve made this recipe more times than I can count. This was my first pretzel recipe and it was LIFE changing. It brought me back to the Auntie Anne’s pretzels in the mall that I’d get to eat as a kid if I was good. While it’s not the easiest recipe given the stuffed element, if you’re a decent cook and have a bit of patience it’s not very hard! And the labor of love pays out in huge dividends. My friends and family absolutely raaave about this. It’s become my go to dinner party appetizer or weekend indulgence. Seriously do yourself a favor and make this!
I appreciate you making this recipe so often and I’m thrilled to hear that it always turns out well for you! Have a great weekend! xx
I’m a baker who likes to weigh out my ingredients–especially flour. Do you know how many grams of flour that would be?
1 cup of flour is equal to 120 grams. Please let me know if you have any other questions, I hope you love this recipe! xT
I’ve never made pretzels before so I was a little intimated about this but they were sensational!! They were not as hard as I anticipated. We made them for the NFL Playoffs and they were such a hit! Our friends raved about them and how I could seriously sell them 😂 However, I missed the “slowly” in the adding of the baking soda to my boiling water and I felt like I was back in school doing a science experiment! White all down my range, the floor, the wall, even in between the two pieces of glass on my oven cuz it went into the vent behind the oven handle. So I’m a little nervous for doing them again but I’m going to give it another try for the Big Game this Sunday, I’ll add it MICH slower this time. Absolutely fantastic, as always!
Wonderful!! I love to hear that this recipe was enjoyed and appreciate you giving it a try! Sorry about the boiling water mess! Have a great weekend! 🏈
I am hoping to make these, but I am wondering, can I make them smaller so I have more? Instead of 8, can I cut dough in half before rolling and make 16?
Or should I just double the recipe?
Totally, that would work well for you! Let me know if you give this recipe a try, I hope you love it! xT
They were delicious!
Thanks so much Maggie, love to hear this!! xT
Wow! I wasn’t sure about this one since I’ve never made dough. I ended up buying pizza dough from a local pizza restaurant. The pretzels were a pleasant surprise. Loved them and very easy once I had the dough. Will try to make the dough next time!!
Wonderful!! Thanks so much for trying this recipe, I love to hear that it turned out well for you! Have a great weekend:)
Excellent recipe! Made these for a dinner party appetizer and they were a hit! Easy and fun to make, and they even stayed soft enough to eat the next day with soup for lunch. Thanks for the recipe!
Happy Monday!!⛄️ Thanks so much for making this recipe and sharing your feedback, I love to hear that it turned out well for you! xT
I’ve made these twice now, my family loves them! They turn out great, and my kids love to help.
Happy Sunday!! I love to hear that this recipe was enjoyed and appreciate you making it! xT
Can you freeze them to bake later?
Sure, that will work well for you! I hope you love this recipe, please let me know if you give it a try! xT
Can this dough recipe be used for regular pretzels, without the artichoke dip? Or do you have a good pretzel and cheese dip recipe that I’m missing? I saw the pumpkin pretzels, but unfortunately my family won’t eat pumpkin 🙄. Thank you so much! Love all of your recipes, a hit every single time!!!
Yes, you can totally use this recipe!! Here are some other pretzels recipes you might enjoy!!
I hope this helps! xx
Thank you so much! Can’t wait to try it!
Long time baker of HBH recipes- but first time posting. I make these every year – 10/10 recipe. Huge, fluffy, delicious….they don’t stick around my house long. I also add bacon to the filling too- highly recommend!
Fantastic!! I love that this recipe turned out tasty for you, thanks so much for giving it a try! xx
Hi! Made this yesterday and turned out great!
I read from another comment that you just leave in an airtight container instead of refrigerating. So I left to cool over night and then in morning I placed in a container, but then they ended up getting moist and salt kinda melted in the crust so didn’t look as appealing, but maybe that’s normal? And again, it’s ok to leave out, even with the creamcheese component?
And last question! The recipe says 8 “giant pretzels” and when I make they twist up pretty small like the photos you posted..but the video is huuuge! So wondering if that used more dough then the 8 divided!?
Thanks in advance!
Love it!!🤩 So glad to hear that this recipe was a hit, thanks so much for making it! I don’t love to leave these leftover, but yes airtight container and then you can always toast them in the oven. You should end up with 8 pretzels, did you dough not rise enough? xx
Hello again! Thanks for getting back!
I do make 8, but they don’t look giant. Dough rises fine. I always weigh my dough too to get perfect same size balls. And usually the dough itself weighs around 1050g. Maybe it’s just the temp in my house…maybe I’ll turn up a bit before resting the dough.
Recipe is amazing. We have left overs and can we freeze then bake at 350 for 15 minutes per your comments.
Happy Monday!! I am delighted to hear that this recipe was enjoyed, thanks so much for giving it a try! You bet, that will work well for you!🍁 xxT
Is there a substitute for the beer?
Sparkling cider will also work well for you! Please let me know if you give this recipe a try, I hope you love it! xT
Can you refrigerate at the end of step 2 and boil and bake the next day?
Totally, that will work well for you! I hope you love this recipe, please let me know if you give it a try! xx