Published on February 6, 2019

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Valentine’s Day is just around the corner, and we can’t think of a better way to celebrate than with a homemade treat. Chocolate-covered strawberries have had their fair share of time in the limelight while brownies, cupcakes, and cookies are arguably bordering on the cliche. And when chocolates and roses just can’t seem to make the cut, a little creativity is in order.

If you ask us, it’s high time that we allow the non-traditional to take center stage instead. Enter: pretzels. Sweet or savory, we’ll leave that up to you—but good luck navigating the decision between the mouthwatering recipes ahead. And if one won’t do, why not just make them all?

With that in mind, we set out to unearth the homemade pretzel recipes your Valentine’s Day celebration most definitely deserves, regardless if you’re spending it with your S.O. or alone. Read on for the utterly indulgent recipes featuring the classic crowd-pleaser: pretzels.

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Sweet Pretzels

Inspired by the famed-Swedish pearl sugar treats, this doughy take on the classic pretzel swaps in something sweet in lieu of the salt. Prepare the pretzel dough per the instructions, and sprinkle with a generous splash of pearl sugar and serve.

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Cinnamon Sugar Pretzels

Our favorite part of this recipe? The hot fudge dipping sauce that (naturally) comes with. This ingenious recipe results in oversized pretzels with a warm and fluffy interior and a spicy, cinnamon-covered shell.

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Funfetti Cake Pretzels

This sweet and slightly savory combo features a mouthwatering cake-like consistency and a generous dose of funfetti sprinkles. The homemade dough results in the signature pretzel shell with a soft and fluffy filling. Best part? It’s easy to make and deliciously colorful!

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Maple Glazed Pretzels

Buttery, crisp, and delightfully sweet, this maple-glazed take on dipped pretzels makes for the perfect pairing for the cheeseboard! Coupled with hints of light brown sugar, this four-ingredient recipe is a must-try.

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Salted Caramel, Chocolate-Covered Pretzels

Half Baked Harvest’s delectable twist on chocolate-covered pretzels has us seriously coveting a bite… or ten. Sweet, salty, and indulgently crunchy, this decadent recipe is not for the faint of heart. Start by dipping the pretzels in a thick caramel glaze, followed by a rich chocolate blend, and finish by garnishing with speckles of sea salt.

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Chocolate Dipped Pretzel S’mores

When two classic treats come together, good things are sure to be in store. This clever recipe combines crunchy pretzels with the ooey goodness of s’mores, baked to a warm, chocolatey level of perfection.