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National Pretzel Day

April 26 was National Pretzel Day. A day honoring possibly, the worlds oldest snack. Pretzels were invented by monks in Southern France in 610AD. They were originally thin strips of dough baked into the shape of a child’s arms folded in prayer. The salt was added later and an amazing snack was born.

There’s nothing better than a soft pretzel right out of the oven and it’s even better with a dip. Here’s some of my favorite pretzel recipes.

Pretzel Recipes

1) Had to start with an easy recipe for your Classic Soft Pretzel. I always line my baking sheet with parchment paper to prevent sticking.  I like to top my pretzels with garlic butter and Parmesan Cheese.

2) This recipe is a copy cat of the delicious Aunt Annie’s pretzels. They suggest topping with cinnamon and sugar.

3) This classic soft pretzel recipe uses white sugar instead of brown. These have a crusty outside with a soft middle. Some suggestions were wrapping the dough around hot dogs to make pretzel dogs or adding shredded cheese and diced Jalapenos to the dough before cooking. So many possibilities.



4) This recipe for a Maryland Crab Pretzel sounds kind of amazing.

It takes a soft pretzel , covers it with a deconstructed crab dip, then uses the broiler to create a melty-cheesy top.


5) To satisfy both a sweet and salty craving, a Chocolate pretzel seems perfect. This recipes has just enough chocolate to be the perfect combination of sweet and salty.

6) Everyone should be able to enjoy a soft pretzel. I found this great recipe for Gluten-Free Pretzels that is great and no one will feel left out.

7) I love wheat pretzels, used to get them all the time and now I can’t find them, but I found this recipe for Whole Wheat pretzels that I think might satisfy my craving. I like mine with a honey mustard dip, but hummus also sounds delicious.

8) Lastly, I found a recipe for Vegan Garlic and Herb Pretzels. I’m not vegan myself but these look really good. I might incorporate the garlic and herb into the wheat recipe.

Pretzel Dips




  • 4 ounces of grated Gruyère cheese
  • 2 tablespoons butter
  • 1/8 cup flour
  • 1 cup milk
  • 1 teaspoon mustard powder
  • 1 large garlic clove
  • 1/2 teaspoon chili powder
  • pinch of kosher salt


Melt the butter in a sauce pan over low heat (you don’t want to brown the butter). When the butter starts to bubble,  whisk in the flour. Whisk over low heat for about 5 minutes.

Add about a quarter of the milk to the sauce pan, and whisk until the mixture is smooth, and there are no lumps of flour. Add the rest of the milk, and simmer for 10 minutes, stirring every minute or so.

Whisk in the garlic clove (finely minced, or pressed), chili powder, and mustard powder.

Turn off the heat, and add the cheese in 4 parts, mixing after each until it is melted. Add salt to taste.

2) Bacon-Horseradish Dip



  • 1 5-oz. jar prepared horseradish
  • 1 11-oz. jar real bacon bits
  • 3 16-oz. containers sour cream
  • 1 ham or beef bouillon cube, crushed



Using a food processor or blender, chop the bacon bits and the bouillon cube down to a fine consistency, then add the jar of horseradish and blend well. Add a few tablespoons of sour cream, blend well. Place all the remaining sour cream in a storage container with lid, large enough to hold all ingredients, fold in blended mixture and mix well. Refrigerate for a couple of hours. Enjoy with your favorite rippled chips.Tip: Keep back about 4-6 Tbs. to add to 6-8 oz. of cream cheese to make an excellent steak butter.

3)  Sweet Mustard Dipping Sauce


  • 1/4 C mayo
  • 1/4 C dijon mustard
  • 4 Tbsp brown sugar
  • 1/2 tsp cider vinegar

4) Dijon-Bacon Dip

  • 1 cup mayonnaise
  • 1/2 cup Dijon mustard
  • 1/4 cup real bacon bits or crumbled cooked bacon
  • 1 to 3 teaspoons prepared horseradish


In a small bowl, combine the mayonnaise, mustard, bacon and horseradish. Cover and chill until serving. Serve with pretzels. Yield: 1-1/2 cups.



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