I had no problem calling them Kringles. Where I grew up, that is what they were called in English, not "pretzels." Pretzels are made with yeast dough, kringles (or kringle cookies) are made with butter, sugar,sour milk/buttermilk, flour, almond. Bakeries would sell them around Christmas time and they inevitably showed up a bake sales at that time of year, alongside the Krumkake, etc. Sometimes they were sprinkled with the pearl sugar, other times almonds, other times dipped in chocolate or just dusted with powdered sugar. Sometimes they were "pretzel" like, other times they were figure "8s" (my grandma just made hers as either "Ss" or sticks, still called them Kringle cookies.) However, if one believes Wikipedia, kringle is a perfectly acceptable term whether they are savory, sweet, or filled.
Kringle - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
There is also a tart-like dessert called Kringle that is not a cookie.