Mini Ranch Pretzels with Buffalo Cheese Sauce, simply the best! Homemade soft pretzel dough made with pumpkin beer and baked up with a spicy homemade ranch seasoning. These pretzels are soft and chewy with a ranch seasoning that makes them extra special. Serve each salty pretzel with a spicy buffalo cheese sauce – a classic game-day combo – and so good.
Oh, these pretzels, yum! It’s obviously no secret that I love to make homemade soft pretzels. They’re honestly a really easy yeasted dough to make, and they always turn out so delicious.
Throughout the fall, I have a lot of fun making soft pretzels. They’re just a fun Sunday or Monday night football treat. Plus my family loves them. I don’t always switch up the flavor of the pretzel, usually just the sauce. Sometimes I like to do a chipotle queso, other times a creamy honey mustard.
But for these pretzels, I really switched things up. I made the pretzels with spicy ranch and served them up with a buffalo cheese sauce on the side.
Over the years I’ve created a good amount of fun pretzel recipes. My Chocolate Chip Cookie Stuffed Soft Pretzels (over the top, but yum). Then came everyone’s favorite, Spinach and Artichoke Stuffed Soft Pretzels. And then my favorite, pumpkin beer pretzels with queso. Also, last year’s cider pretzels with honey mustard are a fall staple.
So many good ones, and very pleased to be adding these to the mix. They might just be the family’s favorite.
Here are details
Making soft pretzels is easy. First, you’ll need beer of any kind, I love to use pumpkin beer this time of year. Then just some yeast, honey, flour, butter, and salt. Super simple ingredients. Simply knead everything together in a mixer and let the dough rise.
The pretzel dough is very easy to work with, so don’t let anything intimidate you!
When the dough is ready, just divide it into 16 equal balls (we’re making these guys mini!). Then roll them out into long ropes, and twist each into a pretzel.
And remember, they don’t need to be perfect.
For the ranch seasoning mix, it’s simply dried parsley, chives, dill, garlic powder, onion powder, and paprika. Then add pretzel salt.
Once the pretzels are shaped, boil them in water mixed with baking soda. The baking soda in the water helps the pretzels achieve that soft, chewy texture we all love so much!
Then, brush with a beaten egg and sprinkle with the ranch seasonings. I use this pretzel salt.
Next, while the pretzels bake make the cheese sauce. I warm together milk and cream cheese, then add in a mix of cheddar and Monterey cheeses. Finish with buffalo sauce and stir until everything is warm and melty.
Absolutely nothing fancy, but oh so good!
Looking forward to making these throughout the fall. Great for game nights, and dinner parties to come…the perfect laid-back appetizer or snack!
Looking for other fun fall appetizers? Here are a few ideas:
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Mini Ranch Pretzels with Buffalo Cheese Sauce
Servings: 16 mini pretzels
Calories Per Serving: 540 kcal
Nutritional information is only an estimate. The accuracy of the nutritional information for any recipe on this site is not guaranteed.
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1. Combine the water, honey, and yeast in the bowl of a stand mixer. Let sit for 5 minutes, until bubbly on top.2. Add the beer, butter, and flour. Mix on medium speed until the dough is smooth and begins to pull away from the sides of the bowl, about 3 to 4 minutes. If the dough is too wet, add additional flour, 1 tablespoon at a time. Cover the bowl and place in a warm spot until the dough doubles in size, about 1-2 hours.3. Meanwhile, mix the ranch seasoning. Combine all ingredients in a bowl. 4. Preheat the oven to 425° F. Line 2 baking sheets with parchment. Bring a large pot of water to a boil.5. Remove the dough from the bowl and place on a floured surface. Divide the dough into 16 equal balls. Roll each ball into a long rope. To shape into pretzels, take the right side and cross over to the left. Cross right to left again and flip up.6.. Add the baking soda to the boiling water. Boil the pretzels, 1-2 at a time, for 30 seconds. Remove with a large slotted spoon. Place the pretzel on a parchment-lined baking sheet. Brush the pretzels with the egg and sprinkle liberally with ranch seasoning. Bake for 10 to 15 minutes or until pretzels are golden brown.7. Meanwhile, make the cheese. In a medium pot, combine the milk and cream cheese over low heat. Stir until steaming and mostly smooth.8. In a bowl, toss together the shredded cheese with the flour. Little by little, add the cheese to the milk, stirring until the sauce is smooth. Stir in the buffalo sauce. 9. Serve the pretzels along with the warm cheese.