Cinnamon Sugar Chocolate Pretzels

You should not make these pretzels if you cannot resist salty ‘n sweet combination recipes because they are the end-all be-all of salty ‘n sweet combos.

And they’re ridiculously addictive.

Cinnamon Sugar Chocolate Pretzels (no-bake) - Salty-and-sweet, ready in 5 minutes! So addictively good!

They’re so good that we plowed through one batch in 24 hours, even after trying to use some rationing techniques, which clearly failed. I made a second batch 24 hours after I made the first batch.

And yes, they’re messy. Oil, cinnamon, sugar, chocolate, and sprinkles is no other way but messy. And no other way but finger lickin’ good.


Cinnamon Sugar Chocolate Pretzels (no-bake) - Salty-and-sweet, ready in 5 minutes! So addictively good!

I make a lot of food between trialing recipes and testing them, and Scott eats it all right alongside me, and I can count the times on one hand he’s actually asked me to make something twice.

These were one of those times.

Cinnamon Sugar Chocolate Pretzels (no-bake) - Salty-and-sweet, ready in 5 minutes! So addictively good!

I didn’t mind making them twice because they’re no-bake and can be made in 5 minutes from start to finish. So easy. A little bit too easy.

I took pictures of the first batch but for the second batch, rather than first spreading the pretzels onto parchment and drizzling with melted chocolate, I tossed the chocolate and sprinkles into the mixing bowl.

Cinnamon Sugar Chocolate Pretzels (no-bake) - Salty-and-sweet, ready in 5 minutes! So addictively good!

I learned something because of the second batch (thanks, Scott) and that I prefer the second method; the dump-it-all-in rather than parchment paper approach because not only is it easier, but the chocolate coats the pretzels better, too.

That technique also allows for more sprinkles to adhere to the pretzels and more sprinkles are contained within the bowl rather than bouncing off the baking tray and parchment paper and onto the floor.

Me and sprinkles have a way of making a mess so I’ll take any help I can get.

Cinnamon Sugar Chocolate Pretzels (no-bake) - Salty-and-sweet, ready in 5 minutes! So addictively good!

I store these in the freezer. The pretzels get really crisp and crunchy, the chocolate hardens and snaps when you bite into it, the tiny sprinkles have even better texture, and the little blobs of oily-cinnamon-sugar coating never freeze solid and I seek out those those chilled blobs that have fallen off the pretzels and are hanging out at the bottom of the container.

And no, the pretzels don’t taste greasy or oily. I’ve had potato chips or even sauteed vegetables that are greasier-tasting than these.

Cinnamon Sugar Chocolate Pretzels (no-bake) - Salty-and-sweet, ready in 5 minutes! So addictively good!

On the work-reward scale, these are a 10 out of 10. Extremely minimal effort with phenomenal payback in the taste department.

Cinnamon Sugar Chocolate Pretzels (no-bake) - Salty-and-sweet, ready in 5 minutes! So addictively good!

Cinnamon Sugar Chocolate Pretzels (no-bake)

Salty-and-sweet treats are so addictively good. These fast and easy pretzels are coated in cinnamon-sugar and there’s sprinkles added for fun, along with a chocolate drizzle. My family begs me to make them and whenever I put them out at parties, they’re the first to go. They’re ready in 5 minutes for total impromptu snacking needs. To keep vegan and gluten free use pretzels that are vegan/GF like Mary’s Gone Crackers brand.


1/2 cup canola or vegetable oil

1/3 cup granulated sugar

2 tablespoons light brown sugar, packed

1 1/2 teaspoons cinnamon

about 5 cups pretzels (half of one 10-ounce bag; mini or ‘waffle’ or ‘basket-weave’ pretzels are ideal; not the large ‘open’ kind shown in the photos)

1/3 cup semi-sweet chocolate chips

1/4 cup sprinkles


Prepare a large tray or baking sheet by lining it with parchment paper, a Silpat, or wax paper; set aside. In a large microwave-safe mixing bowl, add the oil, sugars, cinnamon, and stir to combine. Add the pretzels and toss to coat. Microwave for 1 minute on high power; stop and stir. Microwave for 1 minute; stop and stir. Microwave for 1 minute; stop and stir (3 minutes total cooking time).

From there, I’ve used two methods:

1. Transfer pretzels to prepared tray, including any coating mixture that was at the bottom of the bowl and did not adhere, and keep pretzels fairly mounded up and close together so when drizzled with chocolate, it stays on them and not the paper. In a small microwave-safe bowl, melt the chocolate, about 45 seconds on high power, stopping to stir and heating in 10-second bursts if necessary until it can be stirred smooth.  With a spoon, drizzle chocolate over the pretzels. Garnish with sprinkles. Either allow chocolate to set up at room temperature or place tray in the freezer for about 15 minutes to expedite. This method yields slightly prettier pretzels, and is what I did for the photos.

2. Do not transfer the pretzels to a tray or paper. Keep them in the mixing bowl and add the chocolate chips, and stir to combine. Heat for 30 to 45 seconds on high power in the microwave to soften and melt the chocolate chips (pretzels are already pretty warm so that’s all that is needed to melt the chips), and stir to coat. Add sprinkles and stir to coat. Either allow pretzels to cool and chocolate to set up at room temperature in the bowl or place bowl in the freezer for about 15 minutes to expedite. This method yields slightly better coated pretzels, the chocolate is better distributed, and based on taste, I prefer this method but they look dark and are not as pretty.

Store pretzels in an airtight container at room temperature or in the refrigerator for up to 1 week, or in the freezer for up to 3 months. I love these pretzels straight from the freezer and store mine in the freezer.

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98 comments on “Cinnamon Sugar Chocolate Pretzels”

  1. I love pretzels ! This recipie looks divine, I can’t wait to try it – I think this might be one I cook with the kids as I’m sure they’d get a real kick out of making them. I also think these would be great for a children’s birthday party. Yummy

  2. salty sweet always gets me! And sprinkles make them so pretty :) Glad Scott was a huge fan!

  3. the pretzels look out of the world but I really have my heart stuck on those homemade thin mints! :)

  4. OMG. OMG. OMGGGGGG. I’m pretty sure you made these pretzels for me, no? You can be assured that if I was with you in Aruba… I would have requested these twice, three times, four times… ummm a thousand times because chocolate + pretzels are my #1 love. LOVE LOVE LOVE. And when there are sprinkles involved, I get weak at the knees.

    And I cannot imagine how tasty these would be kept in the freezer. Brilliant! I love making chocolate covered pretzels around halloween…so random, I know… but the orange, black, and sometimes purple halloween sprinkles are so darn cute on chocolatey pretzels! I gotta try them with cinnamon next time though. THIS recipe is why I’m in love with Averie Cooks so muchhhhhhhh :)

    • You’re too sweet and I was thinking of you when I was making these – salty ‘n sweet, pretzels, choc, and SPRINKLES! I was like THIS is a Sally recipe and yes for Halloween with orange sprinkles (or Scott has already requested them 4 mos early for Xmas in red & green and he’s Jewish & doesn’t celebrate xmas..Lol)

  5. Sweet and salty is oh so good–and these definitely look oh so good!! I like a little sea salt with both my chocolate and/or caramel. Storing them in the freezer sounds even better! I am reminded of the homemade butterfinger bars (easy and spot-on for taste) in seeing the candy corn cookie dough pretzel bites in this post.

  6. I love this recipe! I would totally request it a third time, and have you send me a batch. CUTE pictures too!!

  7. These look seriously dangerous, Averie! Yum!

  8. OMG – these….I need like now. I’ve been craving pretzels like mad recently. I am sure it’s related to the heat and running (loss of electrolytes that I can’t keep up with). So the salty sweet here makes my mouth pretty much water!

  9. Huge salt tooth over here. Which will probably come back to bite me in the butt someday but for now I don’t need to worry and I add salt to practically everything.

  10. *Shiver*. Mmmmm 5 minute snacks in the microwave. Why don’t I have pretzels in my pantry?! WHY?! For now I will just have to lick the screen…

  11. Such fun sweet treats and I love the sprinkles!

  12. This is one of those snack that my Hubby would actually reach for. He works out a lot, so many times I am the only one up for a dessert. Can’t wait to try these pretzels and tempt him :)

  13. I love the sprinkles! Super cute photos too.

  14. I’m weak in the knees, Averie! These pretzel bites look INCREDIBLE. You know I can’t resist sweet + salty, but for that reason alone, I’m SO making these. I need to try those clusters of cinnamon, sugar and chocolate that I spy on top of each crunchy pretzel. And of course I could count on you to add sprinkles to them because it’s mandatory :)

  15. ok those look amazing! They look like such a party too with the sprinkles and the chocolate! i can almost taste them! haha great recipe! yay no bake!

  16. Another must try! I love the picture of the candy corn bites. I saw candy corn in the store this week. My first thought was I have to make your homemade butterfingers bar again! So good!

  17. These look as addictive as you say they are. Typically I keep my sweets sweet and savory foods savory, but I might have to make an exception for these.

  18. I love recipes like this – so sweet, so simple, and with a fair amount of salt to bring everything together. Can’t wait to make and then EAT these!

  19. I usually only like pretzels if I have something to dip them into … but in general I do like salty/sweet combinations, and actually prefer them to straight up sweet.

  20. I love sweet and salty! It has totally been my thing this summer!

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  22. Oh, those are very good looking pretzels too! I was staring at the photo, mentally eating all… :) Great for a party too, mmmm. :)

  23. congratulations, you have a wonderful blog! I will follow you now! kisses!

  24. Averie, your pretzels look amazing! You are making me so hungry!

  25. You really are killing me with all these easy treats. To easy to make and too easy to eat!

  26. I appreciate the warning because those do look addictive. Even though I visit your site all the time, I have never seen the candy corn bites before. I LOVE candy corn!!! I will be making those this October for sure!

  27. pretzels dipped in dark chocolate is one of my weaknesses! I would never have thought to add in a cinnamon and sugar combo, but I imagine they are just as delicious as they look :)

  28. Looks absolutely delicious! I love chocolate and I love pretzels so I know I would love this.

  29. I firmly believe that the best desserts are both salty and sweet. I cannot keep chocolate covered pretzels around, I go nuts. Clearly I’d have the same problem with these :)

  30. These pretzels combine all my favorite flavors! How much I would love to get my hands on one or two of those!

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  32. If a man asks for a recipe a second time, that’s a sure sign that it’s a keeper — the rest is just “food” to them, ha! These look awesome, and who care’s if they get your fingers messy, that’s what soap and water are for. ;)

    • half the time I ask him, well do you want me to make the xyz thing again he has NO CLUE and even after I show him PICS of it on my site he’s still foggy – seriously, I trial lots of things but these were a keeper :)

  33. The salty ‘n sweet combo is the best!! I would destroy these pretzels! YUM!! :)

  34. Those are like crack pretzels on steroids!!! Love the salty/sweet goodness you got going on there!!!

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  36. Thank you for the simple recipe! Mine are cooling right now….I tasted one warm – YUM! We are taking these on a camping trip, if I can keep my hands off them. I’ll have to hide them before the Hubby gets home! He’s going to love them. Thanks for sharing this recipe!

  37. woah. yes ph lease!! these pretzies look so adorable

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  42. Seriously drooling all over my keyboard. I made your chocolate wafer cake (the one with the pudding and wafers) for my husband’s birthday. It was a bigger hit than the cookie cake :-) Everyone loved it!

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  44. I made these for a work potluck except I used white chocolate (I had to make a dish that started with the letter “w”) and I replaced the vegetable oil with coconut oil. They turned out fabulous! Everyone LOVED them. Thanks!

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