How do you prefer your pretzels? Do you like them warm, soft and chewy or crunchy and salty? Whichever way you like them best, pretzels are a favorite snack with Americans eating an average of 1.5 pounds of pretzels per year. We get to celebrate that love on April 26th because it’s National Pretzel Day.
It is believed that pretzels were invented by monks who used leftover scraps of bread dough and formed them into a shape that has been interpreted as the Holy Trinity, Celtic knots and even the “knot” of marriage. Of course, today pretzels are a popular snack in bars, sporting events, festivals and of course, from street vendors. Pennsylvania is considered the center of pretzel production — it’s where National Pretzel Day was started and they even have a pretzel museum!
Besides eating pretzels as snacks, they are a great ingredient to add to recipes. They add salty flavor and crunchy texture to all kinds of treats. Pretzels and chocolate? That’s a match made in heaven. It’s also easier than you think to make your own vegan pretzels right at home. So get ready to do the twist with these 15 mouthwatering recipes that are all about pretzels.
A super indulgent, sweet and salty treat can never go wrong, can it? These Caramel Apple Stuffed Pretzel Rolls is the perfect ting between a sticky bun, pretzel, and a Swedish coffee cake ring. Drizzled with some caramel over the whole rolls makes every piece a taste of heaven!
Okay, let’s give a moment for chocolate and hazelnuts. Combined, they simply make the best. thing. ever! And these Guilt-Free Pretzel Chocolate Hazelnut Fudge Bars have exactly those two ingredients, including crumbly coconut base, salty pretzels, and a dash of sea salt. Salt and sweet anyone?
This is the perfect recipe to make with your friends, or in the kids birthday party! These Buttery Pretzels are fun and easy to make, as they contain few ingredients, and most of them you can get at any convenience store! Make these, and your home will be filled with a delicious smell of baked goods. They are perfectly paired with dairy-free cream and a soup if you want a full meal.
Sure, regular pretzels are yummy, but have you ever tried these Chewy Doughy Pretzel Bites? These bites are oh-so-good fresh out of the oven, and to be honest – that’s probably how long they’ll last also! Dip them in your favorite sauce, either a savory or sweet one, and you have the perfect treat!
A soft pretzel on the outside, with sweet chocolate and peanut butter on the inside makes these Chocolate Peanut Butter Pretzel Poptarts everything you’re craving for dessert! A big chunk of sea salt makes them blend perfectly with the sweet from the chocolate, and you’ll friends and family will definitely thank you for these (if you don’t eat them all yourself!).
Snacks don’t get much better than these Sweet Potato Pretzel Knots with Curried Mustard. They are warm, yet fluffy on the inside, and salty, but chewy on the outside. They are divine little knots of goodness ready to be dipped in that fabulous mustard sauce bursting with the sweet aromas of curry.
Even if you are not into baking, you’ll want to make these Poppy Seed Pretzels. The recipe is simple to follow and these pretzels are baked to chewy perfection. Play with the recipe to add your favorite flavors – the pretzel possibilities are endless.
These Triple Layer Peanut Butter Cup Pretzel Krispies Bars are a triple threat. First, there is a layer of pretzels and crisp rice cereal, then a peanut butter cup filling, and finally, a rich chocolate glaze. They’re like decadent little bites of heaven!
These Pretzel Rolls are chewy on the outside and soft and buttery on the inside — just like a soft pretzel should be! These are perfect by themselves, on the side of a warm bowl of soup, or even as the bun for a slider! There is simply no end to how these can be enjoyed.
You are just five ingredients away from popping one of these Peanut Butter Pretzel Truffles into your mouth. Sweetened naturally with dates, these truffles are sweet, salty, soft, and crunchy. Plus, they’re covered in dark chocolate for the perfect bite of decadence.
Cannoli are amazing, but this Kraut Stuffed Pretzel Cannoli puts a savory spin on the traditional dessert. These are stuffed with traditional sauerkraut, but you can also use kimchi or any type of homemade fermented or pickled vegetable. Flavored with chai tea and peppercorns, these cannoli are made in the slow cooker so it’s super-easy to whip up a batch. Pass the mustard, please!
These Frozen Pretzel Peanut Butter Bites are the perfect no-fuss treat. There are three layers of delicious pretzels, peanut butter, and creamy chocolate. Although they melt quickly, the eating-to-melting time won’t be a problem because these will disappear long before that happens.
These baked Sourdough Pretzels are soft, fluffy, and chewy deliciousness. Pretzels may or may not make you thirsty, but the idea of a twisted, chubby, salty cloud of dough baked to golden perfection is enough to make just about anyone hungry.
This Pretzel Chocolate Peanut Butter Pie is a dream dessert for any peanut butter lover. It has a smooth, creamy peanut butter filling that 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. Top this pie with additional pretzels and a handful of chocolate chips for the ultimate presentation.
We don’t know what it is about sweet meeting salt that makes it such a perfect pairing. These Sweet and Salty Cupcakes with Caramel and Pretzel Frosting take care of that combo as well as providing a nice crunch from the pretzels 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!
Cheeseballs are always a hit at parties, and who wouldn’t want this gorgeous Black Sesame Crusted Cheddar Cheeseball at the center of the table? The black sesame seeds contrast so beautifully with the sharp orange cheddar, and the taste is just as tangy, creamy, and cheesy as any dairy cheese you’ll find. Break up some pretzels for a crunchy coating to really top off the deliciousness!
These Salty Raw Chocolate Treats are a combination of pretzels, coconut, chocolate, 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 and that should definitely include yourself.
Challah is known for its crusty exterior and soft and slightly sweet inside. This Hot Pretzel Challah Bread recipe from Mayim Bialik adds the salty taste of pretzels to the bread. Dip in pretzel salt and add sesame seeds or poppy seeds. Serve with mustard for a delicious treat.
Two classic New York foods come together in these Pretzel Roll Bagels. These are a hybrid between the chewy-soft pretzel rolls you get from a street vendor and the crusty bagels you can only find in New York. Why choose between two classics when you can have both? Pass the non-dairy cream cheese!
This No-Bake Super Creamy Peanut Butter Pie is a delicious combination of flavors and textures. The creamy chocolate peanut butter mousse sits on top of a gluten-free pretzel crust. This is an easy-to-make, vegan dessert that will really wow the crowd and you don’t even have to turn the oven on.
Pretzels have long been a favorite snack, but they have so many uses. Whether you love them as a warm, chewy treat or a crunchy snack, pretzels are perfect on their own or as part of these delicious recipes.
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Lead image source: Sweet Potato Pretzel Knots with Curried Mustard