Pretzel Ring with Cream Cheese Mustard Dip

This Pretzel Ring with Cream Cheese Mustard Dip is the ultimate appetizer for your next party or game day! The pretzels are made from frozen dinner rolls and the cheesy mustard dip only has 4 ingredients. Everyone is going to love this appetizer and only you will know how easy it was to make!

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Stop what you are doing and make this Pretzel Ring with Cream Cheese Mustard Dip ASAP!! The pretzel dipping sauce is so decadent and delicious and seriously easy to make…I promise.

The hardest part is waiting for the rolls to rise and for the cheese to cool off enough to eat! This appetizer will make the perfect addition to your Game Day, Super Bowl, or party table.

This recipe was inspired by the appetizer at Deschutes Brewery here in the Pacific Northwest. Since we are in quarantine right now, we can’t go to the restaurant, so this is the next best thing.

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pretzels around cream cheese and mustard dip in a skillet

Ingredients Needed to Make Pretzel Ring with Cream Cheese Mustard Dip

  • frozen dinner rolls (I like Rhodes brand)
  • water
  • 2 tsp baking soda
  • cream cheese 
  • Monterey Jack cheese, shredded 
  • heavy cream
  • regular salt and coarse salt
  • egg (for egg wash)
  • stone-ground mustard

How to Make Pull-Apart Pretzels from Frozen Rolls

  1. Place 8-10 frozen rolls on a baking sheet with wax paper or parchment paper that has been sprayed with non-stick spray to thaw and rise for 3 hours.
  2. After 3 hours, preheat your oven to 350°. Cut each ball of dough in half and make two small balls. Cut a shallow “x” on top of each ball.
  3. Bring the water and baking soda to a boil in a small saucepan. Add 4-5 balls at a time and cook for 1 minute, gently rotating halfway through. Use a slotted spoon to remove each ball and set them on a rack to drain. Continue until you have cooked all of the balls in the baking soda mixture.
  4. Take each dough ball and place them around the edge of your cast-iron skillet. Beat the egg to make a quick egg wash and brush it on top of the dough balls. Sprinkle with the coarse salt.
raw pretzel rolls in a cast-iron skillet

How to Make Cream Cheese Pretzel Dip with Mustard

  1. Place the cream cheese, Monterey jack cheese, heavy cream, and salt into a large mixing bowl. Mix everything on the lowest speed of your hand mixer or by hand with your whisk.
  2. Pour the cheese mixture in the middle of the dough balls in your skillet. Bake in the oven for 32-35 minutes. Remove the skillet from the oven and make a ring of stone ground mustard on top of the cheese next to the pretzels.
pretzel dipped in cream cheese dip and a glass of beer

Do I have to Use a Cast Iron Pan?

If you don’t have a cast-iron pan, you can use an oven-safe casserole dish or pie pan. You may need to adjust the cooking time a little, just make sure the pretzels cook all the way!

Why You Need a Cast-Iron Pan

I LOVE my cast-iron pan and I use it all the time! It’s perfect for searing meat, charring vegetables, making pizza, and for any “skillet” meal there is. Cast-iron pans go from stovetop to oven and can handle super high heat. They also hold the heat longer than a regular pan which is why it’s perfect for this recipe. I have a Lodge cast-iron pan and highly recommend it to everyone I know. It’s inexpensive and will last forever if you take care of it.

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pretzel rolls around a cheese and mustard dip in a skillet

Pretzel Ring with Cream Cheese Mustard Dip

This Pretzel Ring with Cream Cheese Mustard Dip is the ultimate appetizer for your next party or game day!
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Prep Time: 20 minutes
Cook Time: 40 minutes
Thaw/Rise Time: 3 hours
Total Time: 4 hours
Servings: 18 pretzel bites
Author: EmilyFabulous

Equipment

  • cast iron skillet
  • small saucepan
  • slotted spoon
  • large mixing bowl
  • hand mixer or whisk
  • brush for egg wash
  • wax paper or parchment paper
  • non-stick spray

Ingredients

  • 8-10 frozen dinner rolls (I like Rhodes brand)
  • 2 cups water
  • 2 tsp baking soda
  • 3/4 cup cream cheese (6 oz)
  • 1 cup Monterey Jack cheese, shredded (3-4 oz)
  • 1 cup heavy cream
  • ½ tsp salt
  • coarse salt (for the top of pretzels)
  • 1 egg (for egg wash)
  • stone-ground mustard

Instructions

Pretzles

  • Remove 10 frozen rolls from the package and place on a baking sheet with wax paper or parchment paper that has been sprayed with non-stick spray to thaw and rise for 3 hours. I put mine in the cold oven with the door closed. Give them plenty of room to rise and expand.
    thawed rolls on wax paper
  • After 3 hours, preheat your oven to 350°F. Cut each ball of dough in half and make two small balls. Cut a shallow "x" on top of each ball.
    pretzel rolls with x cut on top
  • Bring the water and baking soda to a boil in a small saucepan (you are using a small saucepan so that the rolls will float and have room to flip). Add 4-5 balls and cook for 1 minute, gently rotating halfway through. Use a slotted spoon to remove each ball and set them on a rack to drain (I used a cooling rack on top of a baking sheet). Continue until you have cooked all of the balls in the baking soda mixture.
    raw pretzel rolls after boiling in baking soda water
  • Take each dough ball and place them around the edge of your cast-iron skillet. Beat the egg to make a quick egg wash and brush it on top of the dough balls. Sprinkle with the coarse salt.
    raw pretzel rolls in cast-iron skillet

Cream Cheese Dip

  • Place the cream cheese, Monterey jack cheese, cream, and salt into a large mixing bowl. Mix everything on the lowest speed of your hand mixer or by hand with your whisk and some elbow grease.
    cream cheese dip before baking
  • Pour the cheese mixture in the middle of the dough balls in your skillet. Bake in the oven for 32-35 minutes.
    pretzels and cheese cip before baking
  • Once the pretzels are nice and brown and the cheese is bubbly, remove the skillet from the oven and add a ring of the stone-ground mustard on top of the cheese next to the pretzels. Be careful, it's HOT! Serve immediately and enjoy!
    baked cheese dip and pretzels

Notes

  • My cast-iron skillet is 10″ and I could fit 18 pretzels or 9 rolls. 

Any nutrition calculations are only estimates using online calculators. Please verify using your own data.

What Else You Can Make From Frozen Rolls

After you make this amazing pretzel and cheese dip appetizer, you are most likely going to have some frozen rolls leftover. Don’t worry, I have another easy and delicious recipe to solve that problem! Cinnamon Roll Pull-Apart Bread! This recipe turns frozen dinner rolls into one of the best monkey bread, pull-apart cinnamon roll treat you’ve ever had. We make these for special occasions and they are always a hit!

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