The jalapeño cheese stuffed pretzel is one of my very favorite treats at Disneyland. Now you can have this cheese-filled taste of Disney at home!
Disneyland Jalapeño Cheese Stuffed Pretzels
These pretzels are one of my very favorite snacks at the Disney Parks. They are soft, chewy, salty, cheesy, gooey, and OH so good. They are a great, filling, snack for right around $5 each (which, for Disneyland, is a pretty good price). Here’s the best part: You can make them at home for about $.60 a pretzel! Now THAT’S a deal!
Where to find jalapeño cheese filled pretzels at Disneyland
The most consistent place that you can find these gooey, spicy cheese filled pretzels is at The Refreshment Corner at Disneyland. The Refreshment Corner can be found next to the Jolly Holiday Bakery Cafe at the top of Main Street U.S.A. You can also often find them at various pretzel carts around the parks. We found this one pictured above at a pretzel cart on Pixar Pier.
Where to find jalapeño cheese filled pretzels at Disneyworld
Finding cheese stuffed pretzels at Disneyworld can be a little more tricky. From what I understand, they can come and go in the pretzel carts and restaurants throughout the parks. Lowtide Lou’s at Typhoon Lagoon seems to be the only place that consistency has them. We have heard reports of people also being able to find them at the Lunching Pad in Tomorrow Land at Magic Kingdom but it isn’t always a sure thing.
The only tricky thing about this recipe is the jalapeño cheese. It can be a little difficult to find. We have substituted Pepper Jack cheese before and honestly can’t even taste a difference. At Disneyland they sprinkle these particular pretzels with shredded cheese before baking. If you want to make it more of a “traditional” pretzel you can always use coarse sea salt as a substitute.
How to make Disneyland Jalapeño Cheese Stuffed Pretzels
These are SO easy to make, you just whip up the dough, roll it into ropes, flatten it out and add the cheese. Cut up the cheese into small rectangles so you can easily shape it into a pretzel. The rectangles of cheese also melt MUCH better than shredded cheese and help you to get a good “cheese pull.”
Next, shape the pretzel and dip it in boiling water with baking soda.
Lay the pretzels out on a baking sheet, brush with egg, and sprinkle with cheese or salt.
Bake and serve!
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Disneyland Jalapeño Cheese Stuffed Pretzel
In a small bowl, mix together yeast and 2 Tbsp. sugar in 1 1/2 cup warm water. Let stand until foamy and creamy (about 5-10 minutes). Add oil to yeast mixture and set aside.
In a stand mixer bowl, or large bowl combine flour and salt.
Pour yeast mixture into flour mixture and knead on low speed for 10 minutes. (If mixing by hand, knead dough for same amount of time.)
Place dough in a lightly oiled bowl, turning to coat. cover with plastic wrap and let rise in a warm place for 1 hour or until doubled in size.
While dough is rising, cut cheese into 1"-long rectangular pieces (I did this by cutting a 1 Lb. block of cheese into fourths, lengthwise, and then cut each fourth in half again lengthwise to make 8 long sticks. Then I cut them down into smaller pieces (see picture above)). Each pretzel will have the equivalent of 1 "stick" of cheese.
Cover cheese to keep from drying out.
When dough has risen, turn out onto a lightly floured surface and divide into 8 equal pieces.
Roll each piece into a rope and use a rolling pin to flatten out. Place cheese pieces along the middle of the dough, leaving a few inches of dough on each end without cheese (this will make it easier to twist into shape, see picture above).
Pinch dough tightly up around the cheese and roll out until rope shape again. Make sure there are no holes along the seam-- you don't want the cheese to ooze out.
Twist into a pretzel shape. Cover with plastic wrap if needed to keep from drying out.
Preheat oven to 450 degrees. Place foil over a baking sheet and spray with cooking spray.
In a large saucepan, dissolve baking soda in 5 cups water and bring to a boil, stirring until soda is dissolved. Remove from heat.
Dip each pretzel into the baking soda-water solution for 10-20 seconds. Using a slotted spatula, remove from water and place pretzels on baking sheet. Pinch together any separated seams if needed.
In a small bowl, beat egg with 1 Tbsp. water until foamy. Brush egg mixture over the top of each pretzel and sprinkle with cheese or sea salt.
Bake in preheated oven until golden brown, about 8-10 minutes.