Spicy Pretzels with a Kick

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This recipe is a close relative of spiced crackers.  The only real difference here is the choice of spice add in used.  I prefer to keep the cayenne pepper out of my spiced crackers, but it pairs well with pretzels, at least in my mind.

Spicy Pretzels with a Kick pairs well with beer because of the kick.  I like to serve these when we are having a few folks over to watch football games.

These pretzels also serve well as hostess gifts just like Peppermint Crunch and Spiced Crackers do.

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Because of the cayenne, this could prove to be a bit too spicy for kids.  Feel free to leave it out.  You can add whatever extra spices you might like too.  Like always, I encourage you to experiment with my recipes.  Make them your own or use them exactly as written.  My whole goal is to get more young people into the kitchen cooking.

Lose the kitchen fear.  No one in my family started as expert cooks, and we are mostly self-taught.  Even my kids have had to make their own kitchen mistakes and I suspect grandkids will do the same.  If you happen to be a frequent blog visitor, you already know that I have had more than recipe fail and quite a few kitchen “incidents”.  It’s OK, it’s all part of the learning curve!

As a matter of fact, here is a tip for this recipe; If you like “toastier” pretzels, just allow them longer time in the oven.  Watch closely though, they can go from toasty to burnt in a matter of minutes.  Took me less than 5 minutes to ruin an entire pan of pretzels once!!

 

Spicy Pretzels with a Kick

Prep Time: 5 minutes

Cook Time: 30 minutes

Total Time: 35 minutes

1/2 cup oil
1 packet dry ranch dressing or 3 tablespoons if using bulk
1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
1/2 teaspoon dill weed
1/4 teaspoon cayenne pepper
16 ounce bag pretzels, any shape

In a large mix bowl, add all ingredients except pretzels.

Mix well and set aside.

Preheat oven to 250 degrees F.

Mix pretzels a few times while waiting for oven to preheat.

Once oven is preheated, pour into a baking pan and spread into an even layer. Set the bowl aside without washing the bowl.

Place in oven and bake for 15 minutes.

Remove from oven and stir, making sure to mix back in any oil or spices on the bottom of the pan.

Bake for another 15 minutes.

Pour crackers back into original mixing bowl and stir well to pick up any spices or oil left in the bowl.

Set aside to cool.

Once pretzels are completely cooled, place into an airtight container.

Notes

If you like "toastier" pretzels, just allow them longer time in the oven. Watch closely though, they can go from toasty to burnt in a matter of minutes.

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Other Small Bite and Munchie Recipes to Try:

Crab Stuffed Mushrooms

Beer Boiled Shrimp

Bacon Wrapped Water Chestnuts

Flat Burger Sliders

Caramel Corn

Chocolate Bacon Bourbon Balls

 

 

 

Easy, quick and spicy snack. Makes great hostess gifts. Good for game day and party snacks too!
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