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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



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



  • Place 10 frozen rolls on a baking sheet with wax paper or parchment paper that has been sprayed with non-stick spray. Allow. rolls 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 the 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 the cast-iron skillet. Beat the egg to make a quick egg wash and brush it on top of the dough balls. Sprinkle with 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 a hand mixer or by hand with a whisk and some elbow grease.
    cream cheese dip before baking
  • Pour the cheese mixture in the middle of the dough balls into the 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


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

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