The perfect soft pretzel with cheese sauce recipe

I can’t believe I’ve never taken the time to post the perfect soft pretzels with cheese sauce. I have a really delicious cheese stuffed pretzel recipe, but it’s so different to dunk your pretzel in gooey cheese sauce. And don’t worry, this uses all real cheese. Booyah!!

The perfect soft pretzel with cheese sauce recipe

When my mom and I would go to the mall it was kind of a big deal. My mom does not enjoy driving or going to the mall, so I knew she was sacrificing for me. But she’s good like that, always, always sacrificing for us kids. But there were two good things about the mall that Mom was totally down with, Cinnabon Cinnamon Rolls with extra frosting and a soft pretzel with cheese. It was our thing. And I kind of want to go back to the mall with her now just to be all nostalgic like.

The perfect soft pretzel with cheese sauce recipe

{It only seemed appropriate to talk about shopping and add this pretty little shot our 8 year old took of me holding the pretzels in this cute Shabby Apple Dress. Isn’t’ it so fun?}

So, we would walk around the mall trying to find me new pants or whatever it was, which we could never find because everyone knows the shopping rule, if you’re not looking you’ll want to buy it all, but need a specific item and it will never be found. Isn’t that true? I find so much to buy when I don’t want to buy but never anything cute when I’m looking so hard. Anyway, we would finally be leaving, but first buy a hot pretzel and cheese sauce which we would run through the rain out to the car (Washington truly does rain often) and share the hot, soft piece of deliciousness all the way home. I’m sure the cheese was fake, but who cares!

The perfect soft pretzel with cheese sauce recipe

This recipe on the other hand is all real ingredients and the cheese sauce is so smooth and delicious. It’s not a bechamel like many people make, this is the real deal nacho cheese sauce. Boom! You can get the a cheesier cheese recipe by clicking this link for Nacho Cheese Sauce or a more mild cheese sauce in the recipe below. Both are fantastic!

Are Pretzels Dairy Free?

Pretzels do not contain dairy.

Pretzel ingredients typically have sugar, yeast, salt and flour.

Can Pretzels Be Frozen?

Let pretzels cool completely and then wrap well and freeze up to 1 month.

How Long Will Cheese Sauce Keep?

If you have store bought cheese sauce, it will keep for four weeks in the refrigerator.

Homemade cheese sauce will last only about four days.

Soft Pretzels with Cheese Sauce

Soft Pretzels with Cheese Sauce

3 from 1 vote
Servings: 8
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 25 minutes
Total Time: 40 minutes


Mild Cheese Sauce or Click Here for a Nacho Cheese Sauce

  • 1 1/2 Cups Monterey Jack Cheese, grated, brand name, not store or it will be grainy
  • 2 Cups Sharp Cheddar Cheese, grated, same as above
  • 1 Tablespoon Corn Starch, plus 1 Teaspoon
  • 1/4 teaspoon Salt
  • 1/8 teaspoon Ground Mustard
  • 3 Dashes Hot Sauce
  • 1 Cup Evaporated Milk
  • 1/2 Cup Heavy Cream


  • Prepare the soft pretzels per
    THIS recipe.
  • Cover with foil and keep in a barely warm oven until serving.

For the Cheese Sauce

  • In a large bowl, toss the cheeses and cornstarch until well coated.
    1 1/2 Cups Monterey Jack Cheese, 2 Cups Sharp Cheddar Cheese, 1 Tablespoon Corn Starch
  • Allow to sit for 10 minutes.
  • Place the cheese, salt and mustard in a sauce pan over medium low heat.
    1/4 teaspoon Salt, 3 Dashes Hot Sauce, 1/8 teaspoon Ground Mustard
  • Add the evaporated milk and heavy cream, then the hot sauce and whisk occasionally until it starts to simmer, about 15 minutes, then continue whisking until it thickens.
    1 Cup Evaporated Milk, 1/2 Cup Heavy Cream
  • Remove from heat and serve immediately.


store in an airtight container


Serving: 1gCalories: 291kcalCarbohydrates: 5gProtein: 15gFat: 24gSaturated Fat: 15gCholesterol: 78mgSodium: 402mgPotassium: 153mgSugar: 3gVitamin A: 741IUVitamin C: 1mgCalcium: 455mgIron: 1mg
Author: Sweet Basil
Course: 200+ Easy Appetizers Recipes

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