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Cinnamon Pie With Pretzel Crust

If you love cinnamon sugar coated pretzels then this sweet and salty cinnamon pie with a pretzel crust is for you! A velvety cinnamon cream filling is nestled in a crunchy pretzel pie crust. This easy fall pie is the perfect Thanksgiving or Friendsgiving dessert as you can prep it in advance and enjoy it chilled or at room temperature with your favorite pie topping.

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This velvety cinnamon pie is made with a custard base, similar to pumpkin pie, and infused with a generous amount of ground cinnamon and cinnamon extract. Its comforting flavors make it a popular dessert, especially during the fall, winter seasons, and at Thanksgiving thanks to its warm and aromatic spices.

Why you’ll love my cinnamon pie recipe

  • If you love cinnamon pretzels, this pie is for you.
  • Perfect way to use leftover, stale pretzels.
  • Quick and easy recipe, using staple ingredients.


  • Pretzels – This recipe is perfect for leftover, stale pretzels. Alternatively, you can use packaged snack pretzels but be aware that they might be a lot saltier than stale pretzels.
  • Butter – Melted salted or unsalted butter both work well for this pie base.
  • Cream cheese – Softened full-fat or reduced-fat cream cheese can be used for this recipe.
  • Sugar – Brown sugar adds a rich sweetness to the base and filling.
  • Eggs – Room temperature, medium-sized eggs are needed for this recipe. Choose farm-fresh eggs if you can.
  • Flour – All-purpose flour binds the filling ingredients together.
  • Cinnamon – Ground cinnamon and cinnamon quill extract
  • Vanilla – Vanilla extract adds richness and warmth to the filling. You can use fresh vanilla beans or essence if needed.
A slice being taken out of a cinnamon pie with pretzel crust. Fall-colored, cozy scene.


Serve at room temperature or chilled with a dollop of spiced whipped cream, brown sugar whipped cream, or mascarpone cream for some extra indulgence. Add 1 tsp of cinnamon quill extract to 1 cup of cream before whipping to add some extra spice.

Alternatively, you can serve this fall-inspired pie with a scoop of vanilla ice cream or simply a dusting of icing sugar and extra cinnamon.


Why is my pie soggy on the bottom?

Pre-bake the pie crust thoroughly to prevent it from becoming too soggy once the filling is added. Bake the crust until it’s lightly golden and firm to the touch.

How do you store cinnamon pie?

Place the cinnamon pie in an airtight container and store it in the refrigerator for up to 4 days. For longer storage, freeze the pie by placing it in an airtight container; it can be frozen for up to 2 months. Thaw frozen cinnamon pie in the refrigerator overnight. Reheat in a preheated oven at 350°F (175°C) for about 15-20 minutes or until warmed through.

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A slice being taken out of a cinnamon pie with pretzel crust. Fall-colored, cozy scene.

Cinnamon Pie With Pretzel Crust

Caro Jensen
This velvety cinnamon pie with a crunchy pretzel crust offers the perfect mix of sweet and salty. Easy to prep dessert for the holidays.
5 from 2 votes
Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 25 minutes
Total Time 45 minutes
Course Dessert
Cuisine American
Servings 12 servings
Calories 350 kcal


Preztel Base

  • 2 cups pretzel crumbs
  • 2 tbsp brown sugar
  • 1/2 cup melted butter

Cinnamon Filling

  • 8 oz cream cheese softened
  • 3/4 cup brown sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • 2 tbsp all-purpose flour
  • 3 tbsp ground cinnamon
  • 2 tsp cinnamon extract
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1/8 tsp salt


Pretzel Pie Crust

  • Preheat your oven to 350°F (175°C). Grease a 9-inch pie dish and set it aside.
  • Place the stale pretzels in a food processor or a resealable plastic bag. If using a bag, seal it tightly and use a rolling pin or a heavy object to crush the pretzels into fine crumbs. Alternatively, you can crush them by hand, but a food processor or blender provides a more uniform texture.
    2 cups pretzel crumbs
  • In a medium mixing bowl, combine the pretzel crumbs, melted butter, and brown sugar. Stir until the mixture is well combined and the pretzel crumbs are evenly coated with the butter and sugar. You can adjust the amount of brown sugar to your taste; if you prefer it sweeter, you can add a bit more.
    2 tbsp brown sugar, 1/2 cup melted butter
  • Transfer the pretzel mixture into a pie dish, tart pan, or a round baking dish. Use the back of a spoon or your fingers to press the mixture firmly and evenly onto the bottom and up the sides of the dish, forming the crust. Make sure it's compacted well to hold its shape.
  • Place the crust in the preheated oven and bake for about 8-10 minutes or until it's slightly golden and set. Keep a close eye on it to prevent over-baking.

Cinnamon Pie Filling

  • In a large mixing bowl, beat the softened cream cheese with an electric whisk until it becomes smooth and creamy. You can soften the cream cheese by taking it out of the refrigerator 1 hour before you make the filling or by gently warming it carefully in a microwave in short bursts.
    8 oz cream cheese
  • Add the brown sugar, ground cinnamon, flour, salt, and eggs to the cream cheese and thoroughly combine everything into a smooth batter.
    3/4 cup brown sugar, 2 eggs, 2 tbsp all-purpose flour, 3 tbsp ground cinnamon, 1/8 tsp salt
  • Gently fold in the cinnamon and vanilla extracts.
    2 tsp cinnamon extract, 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • Pour the cinnamon pie filling into the prepared pretzel crust, spreading it evenly.
  • Place the pie dish in the preheated oven and bake for approximately 20 minutes. The edges of the pie should be set, but the center can still have a slight jiggle when gently shaken.
  • Remove the pie from the oven and let it cool completely on a wire rack. As it cools, it will continue to set. Enjoy at room temperature or chilled with whipped cream.



Crush pretzels finely: For a smoother texture and easy-to-cut crust, ensure the pretzels are crushed into fine crumbs.
Pre-bake the crust: This brief baking step helps set the crust, preventing it from becoming too soggy once the filling is added. Bake the crust until it’s lightly golden and firm to the touch.
Balance the flavor: When making the cinnamon filling, balance the amount of ground cinnamon and extracts. If you prefer a more intense cinnamon flavor, you can adjust the amount of ground cinnamon or add a touch more cinnamon extract for a robust taste.


Calories: 350kcalCarbohydrates: 47gProtein: 6gFat: 16gSaturated Fat: 9gPolyunsaturated Fat: 1gMonounsaturated Fat: 4gTrans Fat: 0.3gCholesterol: 68mgSodium: 477mgPotassium: 104mgFiber: 2gSugar: 16gVitamin A: 536IUVitamin C: 0.1mgCalcium: 67mgIron: 2mg
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