I have two different recipes for these- one uses the breadmaker, the other uses frozen dough.
(I used the breadmaker one... much less expensive!)
Homemade Pretzel Bites for the Bread Machine (from Allrecipes.com)
1 1/8 cup water (70 to 80 degrees F)
3 cups all-purpose flour
3 tablespoons brown sugar
1 1/2 teaspoons active dry yeast
2 quarts water
1. In bread machine pan, place the first four ingredients in order suggested by manufacturer (most say to place the liquid first, yeast last.) Select dough setting (check dough after 5 minutes of mixing; add 1 to 2 tablespoons water or flour if needed.)
2. When cycle is completed, turn dough onto a lightly floured surface. Divide dough into small balls (a little less than golfball size). In a saucepan, bring water to a boil. Drop pretzels into boiling water, a few at a time, and boil for 30 seconds. Remove with a slotted spoon and place on paper towels to drain.
3. Place bites on a greased baking sheet and bake at 425 degrees for 9-11 minutes or until golden brown. Brush with melted butter and sprinkle with coarse salt.
Texas size Rhodes frozen roll dough (each roll makes four bites)
parmesan & garlic powder or cinnamon & sugar
1. Thaw rolls. Take a thawed roll and cut it in four equal pieces. Place dough bites on greased baking sheets. Cover with plastic wrap that's been sprayed with non-stick spray, and let dough rise until double in size (about 35-45 minutes.)
2. Bring a large pot of water to a gentle boil. When dough has risen, plop about 10 pieces into the boiling water, tossing gently for about 30-45 seconds. Remove with a slotted spoon and place on paper towels to drain slightly.
3. Place bites on greased baking sheets and bake at 375 degrees for about 15 minutes or until golden brown.
4. Brush with melted butter, sprinkle with coarse salt or toss them in a mixture of salt, parmesan and garlic powder or cinnamon and sugar.