Happy National Pretzel Day! Today we honor one of our favorite after-school snacks and cocktail party appetizers, the pretzel. Created centuries ago by monks with pieces of leftover dough, you can now find this salty (and sometimes savory) snack at carnivals, ballparks, the street corners of New York City and cleverly incorporated into both sweet and savory recipes. Try out some of our favorite recipes below, then mix up your own cool creations.

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Giant Bavarian Pretzels

Giant Bavarian Pretzels

Mix up the classic bavarian recipe with ingredients you probably already have on hand. Then, personalize the recipe with add ons like parmesan cheese or cinnamon and sugar.

Pretzel-Crusted Chicken Fingers and Zucchini Sticks recipe

Pretzel-Crusted Chicken Fingers and Zucchini Sticks

This 30-Minute Meal from Rachael will be a hit with kids who'll love making and eating it!

Bratwurst Pretzel Pizza

Bratwurst Pretzel Pizza

This ballpark-inspired pizza uses our easy Skillet Pizza Dough as a base. Make a large batch ahead of time and keep it in your refrigerator for a quick weeknight dinner.

Peanut Butter Pretzel Tart with Caramel Drizzle recipe

Peanut Butter Pretzel Tart with Caramel Drizzle

This sweet and salty dessert combo is always a crowd pleaser. Try substituting the pretzel crust into your other favorite pie recipes for a fun and unexpected twist.

Which do you prefer? Soft or Hard pretzels?! Tell us in the comments below.