Did you know that October is National Pretzel Month? The month may be nearly over, but there is still plenty of time to celebrate these crunchy, salty snacks.

Due to its large German population, Pennsylvania became the epicenter for pretzel production in the late 1800s and it’s been on top ever since — today, they produce about 80 percent of the nation’s pretzels. Hard pretzels originated in the United States and they’re the star of the recipes we have for you today.  There’s just something about that delicious sweet and salty combo (not to mention the crunch) that makes desserts with pretzels in them absolutely craveable.

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Before we move on to desserts, we have some savory pretzel recipes to share with you. If you’ve always wanted to have pretzels for breakfast, you no longer have to hold back because these Pretzel Roll Bagels combine the textures of soft pretzels and bagels. Or, you can go for the reverse and make these Everything Bagel Soft Pretzels. These Sweet Potato Pretzel Knots With Curried Mustard are sure to be a game day favorite. And last but not least, this recipe for Hot Pretzel Challah Bread is the perfect candidate for a sweet and salty breakfast if you use it to make this Challah Bread French Toast.

Then, get ready for these eight fabulous desserts where sweet meets salty.

1. Sweet and Salty Cupcakes With Caramel and Pretzel Frosting

sweet and salty cupcakes

We don’t know what it is about sweet meeting salt that makes it such a perfect pairing. All we know is that you can never get enough. These Sweet and Salty Cupcakes take care of that combo as well as providing a nice crunch from the pretzel alongside the cakey perfection that are these dark chocolate cupcakes. This dessert proves that opposites not only attract, but they make the best of friends!

2. Everything Brownies

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Do you enjoy a delicious sweet and savory combo, but you don’t have a lot of time to devote to baking? These Everything Brownies combines golden potato chips and crunchy pretzels with chocolate chips all in a rich, chocolatey brownie. Super easy, fun, and festive!

3. Salty Raw Chocolate Treats

Salty Raw Chocolate Treats

These Salty Raw Chocolate Treats are a combination of pretzels, cocoa butter, raw cacao powder, coconut oil, a bit of soy cream, and maple syrup. Crunchy pretzels are ground up and then stirred into dark, rich melted chocolate. These homemade chocolate treats are the perfect gift to give to any chocolate lovers in your life, such as loved ones or yourself.

4. Frozen Peanut Butter Pretzel Treats 

Frozen Pretzel Peanut Butter Bites [Vegan]

These Frozen Peanut Butter Pretzel Treats are the perfect no-fuss dessert. They’re made from three layers — a crunchy pretzel layer, a creamy peanut butter layer, and a creamy chocolate topping. Although they melt quickly, the eating to melting time will never be a problem. They’ll be gone long before they even start to melt. 

5. Pretzel Chocolate Peanut Butter Pie

Pretzel Chocolate Peanut Butter Pie

This Pretzel Chocolate Peanut Butter Pie is a dream dessert for any peanut butter lover; a smooth, creamy peanut butter filling rests atop a crunchy pretzel crust. The filling is light and airy blended silken tofu — the perfect contrast to the crumbly, chocolatey, slightly sweet crust. For presentation, taste, and texture, top this pie with additional pretzels and a handful of chocolate chips.

6. Triple Layer Peanut Butter Cup Pretzel Krispies Bars

Triple Layer Peanut Butter Cup Pretzel Krispies Bars

These Triple Layer Peanut Butter Cup Pretzel Krispies Bars are a triple threat of pretzels and crisp rice cereal, peanut butter cup filling, and a rich chocolate glaze. They’re like decadent little bites of heaven! Though there are three separate layers, each takes just a few minutes to make — most of the time spent on these bars is in the waiting for them to cool down.

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7. Peanut Butter Pretzel Truffles

Peanut Butter Pretzel Truffles

These Peanut Butter Pretzel Truffles have it all: they’re sweet and salty, soft and crunchy, and they’re covered in chocolate! Even though they’re an all-encompassing treat for flavor and texture, they’re made from only five ingredients, so if you’re looking for the perfect potluck treat, look no further. These are a sure-shot guaranteed hit with everyone. 

8. Salted Caramel Pretzel Brownies

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These Salted Caramel Pretzel Brownies really make a statement! Huge on flavor, simple to make, and packed with great, whole food ingredients. They’re made from oats, dates, and kidney beans (but nobody will ever know) with tahini and sweet cherries added for decadence. The gooey caramel/crunchy, salty pretzel topping elevates these to the status of the best brownies you’ll ever have.

Sweet, salty, and crunchy, what isn’t there to love about these amazing desserts?

Lead image source: Pretzel Chocolate Peanut Butter Pie

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