Hooked on These

I find that I don’t make a lot of snacks. Buy them? Sure. Eat them? No doubt about it. But other then maybe cutting up some bell peppers, I really do very little on the snack front. Well, that used to be the case.

Last year a co-worker of mine brought in a Ziploc bag of these mini-pretzel nuggets. He brought them over and offered one to me. I could see that they had some kind of spices on them and so I took one and popped it into my mouth.

Now, I am much more of a “chips” kind of guy versus pretzels, but that bite was great. I secured the recipe and made them that weekend. And the next. And two weeks after that. And….

Well, let’s just say that I now always have them on hand or if I run out, I have the ingredients on the list for the next grocery run. My youngest has become hooked on them as well.

Spicy Pretzel Bites

Photo Sep 13, 6 13 51 PM - Featured SizeCan’t you just see the flavor?

Photo Sep 13, 4 55 22 PMI now make two bags at a time. The nuggets, some oil and a few spices.

Photo Sep 13, 4 59 59 PMPour the pretzels into a large bowl. Add a bit of oil and add the spices. Mix well.

Photo Sep 13, 6 13 46 PMSpread them on cookie sheets and bake. Every 20 minutes I take them out, dump them back into a bowl and them put them back on the cookie sheet (so much easier than trying to flip them on the sheet).

Photo Sep 13, 6 13 57 PMYUM!!

Spicy Pretzel Bites

Prep Time: 3 min | Cook Time: 1 hr | Difficulty: Easy


1 large bag of Pretzel Nubs.  (Double for two bags)
1/3-1/2 cup oil (use just enough to get all nubs covered)
2 tsp Dill
2 tsp Cajun
1 packet of dry ranch dressing
2 tsp Chili Powder – optional
2 tsp of red cayenne pepper – optional


Dump pretzels into large bowl, then gradually pour oil over pretzels making sure to thoroughly mix as you complete this step.  Remember, I prefer to use just enough to lightly coat each pretzel nub.

Mix all other ingredients together in a bowl.

Once oil is coating all nubs, add the spice mix, gradually trying to thoroughly mix as you are trying to apply spice to each pretzel nub.

Place all pretzel nubs onto a large cookie tray and spread out as much as you can.  It is fine if they are lightly stacked.  Note, if you see that the ingredients look a little light, feel free to shack on some more at this time.  Sometimes you lose some as it sticks to the remaining oil left in your stirring bowl.

Place in 250 degree oven for 1 hour turning even 15-20 minutes

Source: Greg Caddell

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Categories: Baking3, Cajun, kosher, Recipes, snack, vegan, Vegetarian

Author:The Ranting Chef

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6 Comments on “Hooked on These”

  1. March 4, 2015 at 11:35 am #

    I am so much more about the pretzles that potato chips. These sound great!


  2. March 4, 2015 at 4:19 pm #

    Reblogged this on Pauls Ponderings.


  3. March 4, 2015 at 5:13 pm #

    Yum. Would you please make me some? I’m kinda tired, and it’s snowing and icy outside, and I don’t have the ingredients at home, and these look so comforting!


  4. March 4, 2015 at 8:12 pm #

    i am not a fan of pretzels at all but this is one for a great snack at work or ” drop in” company!


  5. March 4, 2015 at 11:21 pm #

    Can’t wait to make these!


  6. March 5, 2015 at 4:26 am #

    I am definitely making these in the very near future. I tried something similar to these (and was hooked on them as well)…I think the ones I tried are by a brand called Snyder’s of Hanover. Thank you for sharing this!


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