16 Pretzel Recipes You HAVE To Make For National Pretzel Day, a.k.a The Yummiest Day Of The Year

I don't think anyone could ever keep track of the amount of snack options out there, but I do think everyone can agree on one thing: pretzels are one of the best snacks ever, which is why I'm so excited for April 26, a.k.a National Pretzel Day.

Hard and crunchy or warm and soft, pretzels always hit the spot. It doesn't matter if they're long rods, little mini twists, sourdough nuggets, fresh from Auntie Anne's, or frozen soft pretzels, they always make a satisfying snack. But if you've been simply eating pretzels and not baking or cooking them into an awesome recipe, you are seriously missing out. Pretzels are so versatile! You can do so many things with them! Let's take advantage of this very special food holiday to talk about it. These 16 delicious pretzel recipes will have you eating this salty snack in ways you never dreamed of. You're welcome.

Image: Half-Baked Harvest

Everything Soft Pretzels

You could buy frozen soft pretzels, or you could make your own. I suggest going the homemade route, as they’re always tastier and just generally better for you. Plus, they’re not that hard to make! This recipe combines two wonderful things — soft pretzels and everything bagels — into one delicious thing. Do it. Now.

Recipe and Photo: A Cozy Kitchen

Brie Crab Cake Pretzel Slider Melts With Strawberry Pineapple Salsa

This is a perfect summer dish that you need to make if you want to impress literally everyone at your next BBQ. Sliders become more interesting when you add crab cakes and brie, and the strawberry pineapple salsa brings everything together.

Recipe and Photo: Half Baked Harvest

Soft Pretzel Bread Bun

Sometimes you just want to keep it simple. Enter these pretzel bread buns, which are basically just soft pretzels made to look like a little bun. These are great for company, or just to keep in the house to eat yourself. Because they’re AMAZING.

Recipe and Photo: Hummingbird High

Ham And Cheese Pretzel Bites

Who needs a sandwich when you could eat your ham and cheese stuffed in a nice little homemade pretzel? Uh, no one. No one needs a sandwich when they could eat that.

Recipe and Photo: The Comfort Of Cooking

Pretzel Milk Pancakes With Sweet Whipped Yogurt

Did you ever think you would see a recipe that combines pretzels with pancakes? I didn’t either, but you know what, I’m not going to fight it when they look this good. Make these for a very unexpected and different brunch or breakfast one weekend.

Recipe and Photo: A Cozy Kitchen

Hot Buttered Rum Apple Pie-Stuffed Cinnamon Sugar Soft Pretzels

UM ARE THESE REAL? I want to run to the store and buy everything to make this recipe right now, because it sounds so good. Cinnamon sugar soft pretzels on their own are perfection, and I can only imagine how good they would be with buttered rum apples.

Recipe and Photo: Half-Baked Harvest

Vegan Soft Baked Pretzels

You can definitely still enjoy soft pretzels if you’re a vegan — this delicious recipe proves that. I love the suggestion of dipping these in spicy brown mustard.

Recipe and Photo: For Love and Lemons

Jalapeno Pretzel Dogs

Bored of plain old hot dogs? Get creative in the kitchen and make these jalapeno pretzel dogs, which are spicy with a rich sauce to dip them in. This will take your future summer BBQs to a whole new level.

Recipe and Photo: How Sweet It Is

Brie & BBQ Pulled Pork Stuffed Pretzel Rolls

There is a lot going on with this recipe, but I bet you can’t help but feel interested in it. We all know that pretzel rolls are infinitely better than regular rolls, and add in some pulled pork and cheese, and you’ve got a dish that is pretty hard to mess up.

Recipe and Photo: Confections Of A Foodie Bride

Caramel Peanut Butter Cup Soft Pretzel Ice Cream Sammies

If you were looking for a way to make ice cream sandwiches even better than they are already are, don’t worry, I’ve got you. Or this blog does. What could be more enticing than warm, salty pretzels mixed with caramel peanut butter cup ice cream? I’m literally salivating.

Recipe and Photo: Half-Baked Harvest

Honey Dijon Pretzel Chicken

Sometimes it’s nice to add something extra crunchy to your chicken. Instead of going for a boring dish for dinner, choose this one, which is salty and sweet and crunchy and filling.

Recipe and Photo: Closet Cooking

Philly Cheese Steak Pretzel Rolls

If you were wondering how to make a Philly cheese steak even better, wonder no more: all you have to do is add homemade pretzel rolls.

Recipe and Photo: Cooking For Keeps

No-Bake Peanut Butter Cheesecake With A Pretzel Crust

Peanut butter. Cheesecake. Caramel. Pretzels. Could this dessert get any better? It doesn’t seem likely.

Recipe and Photo: Something Swanky

Salted Caramel Pretzel Blondies

One of my favorite things is pairing the saltiness of pretzels with something super sweet, like caramel. Pretzels go great with dessert, and these blondies are an excellent example of that.

Recipe and Photo: Damn Delicious

Honey Mustard Pretzel Crusted Chicken And Brie Crepes

There is so much happening in this recipe, yet ALL of it sounds amazing. A brie crepe on its own sounds perfect, but add in all of these other elements, and you’ve got a complicated dish that seems totally worth it.

Recipe and Photo: Half-Baked Harvest

Caramel Macchiato Pretzel Milkshakes

Sometimes you just need a homemade milkshake. Go for this version with creamy caramel and salty pretzels, as well as plenty of whipped cream.

Recipe and Photo: Food Fanatic