We cant even begin to count how many times bar snacks have saved us from calling it a very early night, and pretzels just so happen to be one of our favorites. The salty snack is the perfect accompaniment to an ice-cold beer and an ideal chaser after taking a sweet shooter. Today marks National Pretzel Day and we would like to pay tribute to the simple snack with a few recipes that take these crunchy little guys to the next level. Side note: all recipes take less than an hour to prepare, so you will still have some time left to enjoy Sunday Funday!

Cinnamon Sugar Pretzels
• 16 oz bag of pretzels
• ½ cup vegetable oil
• ½ cup sugar
• 2 teaspoons cinnamon

First preheat your oven to 300 degrees. In a small bowl combine oil, sugar, and cinnamon. Pour the pretzels into a larger bowl and then add the mixture from the small bowl, mixing to coat the pretzels. Place the coated pretzels on a baking sheet and bake for 25-30 minutes, shaking the sheet one or two times in between to assure the pretzels are cooked evenly. Recipe found via mylifewellloved.com !

Hot Pretzel Bites
• 1 package of dry active yeast
• 1 ½ cup warm water
• 1 tbs granulated sugar
• 4 cups all purpose flour
• ½ tsp salt
• 1 large egg
• 1 Tbs unsalted butter
• coarse salt

Preheat over to 425 degrees and line a baking sheet with parchment paper. In a large bowl, combine the yeast and warm water, and let sit until the yeast dissolves (about 2-3 minutes). Stir the sugar into the yeast mixture until dissolved. Add the flour and salt. Stir to combine. The dough will be crumbly. Turn the dough out onto a floured board and knead with floured hands until smooth. In a small bowl, lightly beat the egg. Divide the dough into 5 portions. Working with one at a time, roll the dough balls out into ropes that are about 1 inch in diameter. Use a sharp knife to cut 1-inch lengths of dough. Drop each of the dough pieces into the egg mixture and immediately transfer to the prepared baking sheet. Place them about 1/2 inch apart. Sprinkle with coarse salt. Slide the tray into the oven and bake for 8-10 minutes, until golden brown. Repeat the process until all the dough has been cooked. Melt the butter and brush all the pretzel bites with butter, then sprinkle with more salt. Recipe found via BettyCrocker.com.

Chocolate Covered Pretzel Shot
• ¾ oz Frangelico
• ¾ oz whipped cream vodka
• Salt

Shake with ice, pour in shot glass. Lick salt then take shot. Recipe found via Frangelico.com.