9 Salty-Sweet Pretzel Desserts

brownies with caramel pretzel topping

Though you may be tempted to munch on crunchy, salty pretzels until you're left with nothing but crumbs, this staple snack makes an amazing addition to sweets. From brownies and cookies to pies and dessert salads, the following nine recipes will put the pretzels in your pantry to (very) good use.

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Frozen Margarita Pie

Frozen Margarita Pie with cool whip
Deb C

Trade a salted rim for a salted pretzel crust with this Frozen Margarita Pie, which tastes just as refreshing and zesty as the drink that inspired it.

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Pretzel Turtles

homemade pretzel turtles candy
France C

The size and shape of mini pretzels make them the perfect base for caramel candies and nuts in these easy, 15-minute Pretzel Turtles.

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Baileys Chocolate Mini Cakes

three chocolate mini cakes topped with potato chips and butterscotch drizzle

Bake these cupcakes with fudgy chocolate cake mix for a shortcut so you can devote your time to dipping pretzels and potato chips into chocolate and butterscotch. Can you think of a more decadent topping?

04 of 09

Judy's Strawberry Pretzel Salad

Judy's Strawberry Pretzel Salad

What would a Jell-O salad be without a lightly toasted pretzel crust? "I've made this several times for work potlucks," home cook Jill Enabnit says. "I would make it the night before and it always turned out beautifully. It's a big hit!"

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Caramel Pretzel Brownies

brownies with caramel pretzel topping

Caramel, toffee bits, and pretzels would all taste delicious on brownies, so it's no wonder this recipe combining all three earns top-rated reviews.

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Pineapple Pretzel Salad

pretzel salad with pineapple

This twist on the traditional strawberry version takes just as little effort, replacing Jell-O with pudding mix and strawberries with pineapple. "I also often use banana cream flavored pudding for a whole tropical flavor," home cook connorsmom says. "Never lasts long at our house."

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Cookies All Dressed

cookies in a white bowl

This big-batch recipe packs in chopped pretzels, oats, crispy rice cereal, shredded coconut, chopped pecans, toffee bits, and chocolate chips. "The perfect combination of sweet and salty, chewy and crisp," home cook larkspur says.

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Salted Caramel Pretzel Bark

chocolate coated pretzel bark

Homemade caramel sauce (just butter and sugar!) and melted chocolate chips combine to form a bark around mini pretzels. The most difficult part of this easy recipe has to be waiting two to three hours for the bark to harden in the fridge.

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Pretzel Smoochies

pretzels with choolate candy and M&Ms on top

Topped with Hershey's Kisses and M&M's, these mini pretzels will be an instant hit for movie nights at home and beyond. "Make these for a game day party or any get-together, and you will be very popular," recipe submitter KTJ2268 says.

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