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Brioche Pretzels with Smoked Gouda Beer Cheese Dip

Prep Time: 2 hours
Cook Time: 25 minutes
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smoked gouda dip with pretzels

Brioche Pretzels with Smoked Gouda Beer Cheese Dip! ... Brioche Pretzels? With Smoked Gouda Beer Cheese Dip? What?! If it sounds like heaven, it's because it is! These soft and buttery brioche pretzels are flaky and delicious! The outer shell is smooth and the crumb is pillowy soft like a cloud!

Love brioche? try these brioche dinner rolls and brioche cinnamon rolls!

The beer cheese dip makes this combination a real part for your taste buds. This is not your traditional cheese dip. Smoked gouda and cheddar cheese come together with beer (I used Guiness), butter, and a few spices - and wow! Magic happens. I can guarantee that you'll be making this recipe for years to come. Also, this is perfect for parties, especially with Oktoberfest coming up!

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beer cheese dip with pretzels

Have you ever had beer cheese dip? When making this recipe, I wanted to use the flavors of a strong beer and a smoky cheese to come together. I think this flavor profile is a bit more complex than your traditional beer cheese dip. Also, I added some smoked paprika, red pepper flakes, garlic, and thyme to really build this dip into something that's unforgettable.

Brioche Pretzels with Smoked Gouda Beer Cheese Dip

beer cheese dip with pretzels

Lets make brioche pretzels!

Let's talk about how to make the brioche pretzels. After allowing the yeast to bloom, add the dough hook attachment to a stand mixer and add the flour, salt, and the yeast mixture. You're also going to add water and butter and let the dough come together and form into a smooth ball. The key tip to getting the dough nice and smooth is giving the dough enough time to knead in the mixer. It will take at least 8 minutes. You really want to give the dough time to develop gluten and mix with the butter to make this crumb nice and soft!

Then we'll place the dough into a well oiled bowl and allow it to rise for an hour. The key is to get the dough to double in size. (For some reason, I love seeing the dough rise, it's always so cool to me). Cut the dough into 6 pieces, roll each into a ball and then into a long rope. The rope should be at least 18-22 inches. For a pretzel shaping tutorial, check out:

I have found that I am a visual learner, so I hope that the tutorial listed above helps!

Smoked gouda beer cheese dip

To make the smoked gouda beer cheese dip, it's actually quite simple. Melt butter in a saucepan and add flour. Whisk until the butter clumps up and then add the remainder of the ingredients - beer, milk, cheese, salt, and spices. Stir over medium heat until all of the cheese has melted and the ingredients come together! Eat up!

brioche pretzels

Brioche Pretzels with Smoked Gouda Beer Cheese Dip

Brioche Pretzels with Smoked Gouda Beer Cheese Dip! ... Brioche Pretzels? With Smoked Gouda Beer Cheese Dip? What?! If it sounds like heaven, it's because it is! These soft and buttery brioche pretzels are flaky and delicious! The outer shell is smooth and the crumb is pillowy soft like a cloud!
Serving: 10 servings
Prep Time: 2 hours
Cook Time: 25 minutes
Total Time: 2 hours 25 minutes
Calories: 642kcal


  • 1 cup whole milk, warm
  • 2.5 tsp active dry yeast
  • 3 tbsps brown sugar
  • 5 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 stick butter, salted
  • ¾ cup water
  • 1 tsp kosher salt
  • For Boiling Pretzels:
  • 12 cups water
  • cup baking soda
  • Smoked Gouda Beer Cheese Dip
  • 4 tbsp butter
  • 4 tbsp flour
  • 1 cup whole milk
  • 2.5 cup Smoked gouda cheese, shredded
  • cup beer
  • 1 tbsp Worcestershire sauce
  • cup Cheddar Cheese
  • 1 tsp smoked paprika
  • ½ tsp salt
  • 1 tsp garlic powder
  • ½ tsp thyme
  • 2 tsp red pepper flakes


  • Add warm milk, active dry yeast, and brown sugar to a bowl. Whisk together and allow yeast to bloom for about 8-10 minutes.
  • Add 5 cups of Flour to the bowl of a stand mixer. Add salt and whisk together. Add the dough hook attachment and add yeast mixture, room temperature butter, and ½ cup of water. Start speed on low and gradually increase to medium, mixing for about 8 minutes, until dough is smooth. If dough is not coming together, add a tablespoon of water as needed.
  • Add dough to a well-oiled bowl and cover. Allow dough to rest in the oven with the oven light on or in a warm place for 45 minutes to 1 hour, until it has doubled in size.
  • Add 12 cups of water to a large pot. Warm the water over medium heat and bring to a boil. As water begins to warm, add baking soda (very slowly, the water will fizz up).
  • Cut dough into 6 pieces and roll each piece into a ball. Then roll each piece into a long rope, about 18 inches. Form the rope into a U-shape, twisting one end of the rope around the other twice. Pull the loop of dough on top of the twisted ends and allow the pretzel to rest on a baking sheet. Repeat for remaining pieces.
  • Preheat oven to 425 degree F.
  • Add 1-2 pretzels to the boiling water for 30 seconds on each side. Remove from water and allow to rest on the baking sheet.
  • Beat one egg. Brush egg over top of each pretzel, coating the pretzels completely. Sprinkle pretzel salt and bake for 15 minutes, until golden brown.
  • For the Smoked Gouda Beer Cheese dip, add butter to a sauce pan and melt. Add flour and whisk until butter clumps up. Add milk, shredded cheese, Worcestershire sauce, beer, salt, and spices. Stir until cheese is melted. Eat up!


Calories: 642kcal | Carbohydrates: 59g | Protein: 25g | Fat: 34g | Saturated Fat: 21g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g | Monounsaturated Fat: 9g | Trans Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 113mg | Sodium: 3221mg | Potassium: 268mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 8g | Vitamin A: 1095IU | Vitamin C: 0.4mg | Calcium: 532mg | Iron: 3mg
Course: Appetizers, Snacks
Cuisine: American

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    • Hi! I'm not sure as I've never used a crockpot for the dip. It may work but I'd keep it on the warm setting to make sure the cheese doesn't burn. You may want to add milk if it thickens too much.

  1. 5 stars
    I would not have thought about this combination. After reading it I had to try it. It was very yummy indeed - especially the dip.

  2. I'm always intimidated when I see a homemade pretzel recipe, but you did a really great job of breaking it down step by step. That smoked gouda beer cheese dip sounds amazing! Can't wait to make this one weekend.

  3. 5 stars
    I had never made beer cheese dip before and was a little intimidated but your instructions were so helpful. Thank you!

  4. 5 stars
    WHEW! These pretzels were a huge hit for our family! I made them this past weekend, and they were devoured in a matter of minutes! My favorite was the cheese dip though! I can't wait to make them again.

  5. 5 stars
    I have a soft spot for warm pretzels so I was so happy when I found this recipe. I made this for my family and they loved it! There was not a crumb left!

  6. 5 stars
    These pretzels were amazing! And that smoked gouda beer cheese dip!! I just finished it off and I already wanna make it again.

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