When I was 16, I spent 10 days traveling with a school group in Germany, Austria, and Switzerland. Aside from the amazing historical sites, trendy shopping, and scenic drives, my favorite thing about the trip was getting to experience the unique cuisine — including some incredible pretzels! And with Oktoberfest upon us, here are a few Oktoberfest pretzel recipes that will make your party even more delicious.
Pretzels are one of those foods that are just as yummy when they’re savory as they are when you make them sweet. I’m particularly partial to salty, soft pretzels thanks to many a childhood summer Dodgers game, but I got turned on to sweet pretzels while visiting the Neuschwanstein Castle in Germany. It’s a bit of a hike to the castle, and when we reached the top I was starving. But since I’m the first to admit I’m a picky eater, the only thing I could get was a cinnamon-sugar pretzel — and it was one of the best things I’ve ever had in my whole life.
Pretzels are still popular fare in Germany and a mainstay at Oktoberfest celebrations around the world, so really, the hardest thing will be choosing which of these delectable recipes to make.
1. Everything Soft Pretzels
If you're a fan of the everything bagel, try an everything pretzel! And these are actually super easy to make — A Cozy Kitchen has the recipe.
2. Honey Sriracha Pretzel
This recipe from A Spicy Perspective adds some heat to the classic soft pretzel recipe. Make sure you have a complementary sauce on hand as well, or you'll have a lot of burned mouths.
3. One-Hour Chocolate And Cinnamon-Sugar Soft Pretzel Bites
Dessert pretzels are as easy as they are delicious. This recipe from Averie Cooks is actually a two-for, since it includes both cinnamon-sugar and chocolate options.
4. Brie & BBQ Pulled Pork-Stuffed Pretzel Rolls
A different take on the trendy pretzel bun hot dog, these stuffed rolls are great for game day! The Brewer & the Baker has the savory recipe.
5. Caramel Apple Soft Pretzel
6. Jalapeño Cheddar Soft Pretzel Bites
These little bites from Cooking Monster Cooking may be small, but they sure do pack a punch thanks to the jalapeño inside them. Better have a beer or two on hand to wash them down.
7. Mini Pretzel Dogs
Another good game day idea, but really you could make these any day and be happy. The Crepes of Wrath has the recipe.
8. Soft Pretzel Tots
Simple, easy, no-fuss soft pretzel tots from A Cozy Kitchen — just in case you're not in the mood for a whole pretzel.