Pinned it…Tried it…{spicy pretzels}


For Christmas Eve & Christmas our family gets together and while my mom & aunts do most of the heavy cooking over the holidays I usually bring some “snacks” or additional treats.  There are always a bunch  sweet snacks like fudge, cookies, etc so I wanted to bring something salty/spicy to the table.  Don’t let the name fool you – its not really spicy, if anything its just a hint of “warmth” as one of my coworkers stated when I brought samples to work.  It is on the saltier end, so if you have family members watching their sodium, you might need to revamp this recipe.


  • 1 packet of dry ranch dip mix (the kind you add to sour cream)
  • 1 teaspoon of garlic powder
  • 1 teaspoon of cayenne pepper
  • 1 cup of vegetable oil
  • 1 20-24 oz bag of pretzels (I chose the holiday shapes of trees, stars, and bells!)


  1. Preheat oven to 250 degrees
  2. Combine ingredients and mix well (this settles really fast so keep mixing or be sure to “re-stir” if you set it down.)
  3. Place half a bag of pretzels on a large cookie sheet, and half on another (2 sheets should work, but I could have used 3)
  4. Pour half of stirred up mixture over one sheet and mix to coat pretzels.  I found using my hands worked the best for this part.
  5. Repeat on the other sheet.
  6. Place in oven and stir every 20 minutes for 60-120 minutes or until mixture is baked on.  Mine took about 75 minutes.
  7. Remove from oven and let cool.  Once cooled off, place in a zip-top bag or container until you’re ready to serve them.

Optional: I had sprinkled on some steak seasoning (about 1 teaspoon for both sheets) and some grated parmesan cheese (about 1 tablespoon for both sheets) right before I put them in the oven the first time for a little extra kick.


At first I thought these would be oily or greasy but they are not.  They do have a bit of a kick but nothing crazy.  I think these would be delicious with drinks and could see them making a comeback for tailgating or super bowl parties.  My immediate thought would these would taste great with beer, and I’m not a beer drinker!  When I found this recipe on pinterest I really wasn’t sure about the combination of flavors but I really like it and could have done with out my extra steak seasoning the end because they are a little saltier than I prefer but again – its not bad – I’m just not that into adding extra salt & pepper to anything.

Overall – this was pretty cheap to make a big bag of flavored pretzels (my store had the dip mix on sale for $.39 this week!), they taste good, and are sort of addictive once you start eating them!

Let me know if you give this a try for the holidays.  What is your go to snack or appetizer for family gatherings?  I’ll also be making some tortilla roll-ups (my personal fave!).

Happy Holidays & thanks for stopping by Gracious Luck today!

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