This post is sponsored by BabbleBoxx.com on behalf of RAG\u00da\u00ae All opinions are my own.\r\n\r\nWhat are you doing for the big football game this weekend? We will definitely be chilling at home with the kids and I plan to make the best appetizers to prepare. For the first time, I made this homemade pretzel bites, and they are definitely on the list for Sunday.\r\n\r\nDo you ever feel afraid to try a recipe? When I initially thought about the process of making homemade pretzel bites, I had this irrational fear that I couldn\u2019t do it. I have no idea why, well, besides I hate when a recipe is a failure. I guess it\u2019s that perfectionism thing in me. I\u2019m so glad I pushed back that hesitation because these pretzel bites are fantastic!\r\n\r\nIf you\u2019ve been hesitant to try making homemade pretzels, I\u2019m telling you they are way easier to make that I ever imagined. The effort was totally worth it because they taste even better than store-bought pretzels. They are salty and chewy and so delicious. \u00a0Next time, I\u2019m going to add a garlic butter on them right when they get out of the oven.\r\n\r\nTo serve these pretzel bites, I used RAG\u00da\u00ae sauces. They aren't just for spaghetti recipes. They're also great for quick appetizers while watching the big football game or the winter games. I served the pretzels with both the RAG\u00da\u00ae Old World Style Traditional Sauce and the Double Cheddar sauce. The Ragu\u00ae spaghetti sauce has a smooth and rich tomato flavor and contains two servings of vegetables in every \u00bd cup of sauce. The double cheddar cheese sauce is perfect to make the best mac and cheese recipe but also works perfectly for dipping.\r\n\r\nThe homemade pretzel bites were a major hit with my family. Any time I make a new recipe and the kids love it, I\u2019m extra pleased. I found the process of making these pretzels really relaxing and fun. I hope you\u2019ll give this recipe a try and serve them at your next party or get-together.\r\n\r\nLooking for other game-day recipe ideas? Here are 12 more to try.\r\nHomemade Pretzel Bites\r\nIngredients:\r\n\r\n1\u00bd cups warm water\r\n2\u00bc teaspoon fast acting yeast\r\n2 teaspoons salt\r\n2 teaspoons light brown sugar\r\n4\u00bd cups all purpose flour, plus more if needed\r\n5 tablespoons unsalted butter, melted and cooled\r\n\u00bd cup baking soda\r\n1 egg\r\n1 tablespoon water\r\n\r\nDirections:\r\n\r\nAdd yeast and water to a stand mixer with the dough hook attached or a large bowl if mixing by hand. Stir and allow to rest for 1 minute.\r\n\r\nAdd salt, sugar and butter to the stand mixer and stir until combined. Add in flour, 1 cup at a time on low speed. If dough is still sticking to the bottom add more flour, one tablespoon at a time.\r\n\r\nKnead the dough for 5 minutes in the stand mixer. (If you do not have a stand mixer knead by hand). Shape into a ball and place the dough in a large bowl lightly coated in oil. Cover with a kitchen towel and place in a warm area for 10 minutes.\r\n\r\nPreheat oven to 425\u00b0F. Line two large baking sheets with silicone baking mats. Set aside.\r\n\r\nCut dough into 6 sections. Roll each section into a long rope (About 20 inches long). Cut into 1\u00bd inch bite size pieces.\r\n\r\nBoil 9 cups of water with the baking soda. Drop 8-10 pretzel bites into the water at a time making sure not to over crowd. Cook for 20 seconds. Remove with a slotted spoon and place onto the prepared baking sheet. Make sure the bites aren't touching.\r\n\r\nCombine the egg and water and whisk until combined. Brush egg wash over each pretzel bite.\r\nSprinkle with sea salt and bake for 15 minutes or until golden brown. Remove from the oven and allow them to cool for a couple of minutes on the pan.\r\n\r\nServe with Ragu\u00ae sauce and enjoy!