Mom’s Seasoned Pretzels

Baked hard pretzels seasoned with lemon pepper, dill, and garlic powder. You will not be able to stop snacking on these!

seasoned pretzels

It has only taken me two years to share this lip-smacking recipe with you.

My mom makes a huge batch of seasoned pretzels every Christmas. Between the caramel corn, chocolates, and sugar cookies – having something a little salty to munch on is just what the doctor ordered. Mom always makes a double batch. Because… you have to.

Ladies and gents, snack time just got a whole lot better.

These Seasoned Pretzels should come with a warning label! They're SO easy. And they disappear fast!

I made these pretzels on Saturday morning and they are already gone. Keep in mind there’s only two of us. Trust me when I say that once you start snacking on these pretzels, you won’t stop snacking on these pretzels. They are that good.

The recipe is simple. You need pretzels, spices, and oil. I’ve adjusted the spices slightly because mom likes to add some ranch seasoning powder to the batch. I opted to make them without it, but feel free to use some – I noted that in the recipe below.

These Seasoned Pretzels should come with a warning label! They're SO easy. And they disappear fast!

I use Snyders large pretzels. Any large, crunchy pretzels that look like this when broken up will be fine. I don’t like to use thinner pretzels because they don’t hold onto the spices like these. I use a 13.5 box/bag of them. Any box/bag that is 12-16 oz should be just fine. Break the pretzels up into pieces and place in a large zipped-top bag. (Yes, a bag. Very little dishes with this recipe!)

Now comes the fun part. Time to spice ’em up. I use a blend of lemon pepper, garlic powder, and dill. Not the best for your breath, but that’s what toothbrushes are for. 😉 Sometimes I add a pinch of cayenne if I’m feeling jazzy. That’s up to you! I left it as an option in the recipe.

Seasoned Pretzels. An easy, addicting salty snack everyone will love. Recipe at sallysbakingaddiction.com

Pour the spices into the bag and then add oil. The oil is what will make the spices stick and gives the pretzels a nice toasty flavor. My mom used to use 1 cup, but we find that 3/4 cup is the perfect amount. 1 cup left them much too oily and greasy tasting. So, use a scant 3/4 cup of oil.

Once everything is added to your big zipped top bag, give it a nice shake. Then shake some more. (This is fun if you have little bakers eager to help!) Shake them up real good! You want every single piece completely smothered in spices. The ones with the most spices taste the best, trust me.

Bake the pretzels on a low oven temperature for 50 minutes. Stir them around a few times. Let the pretzels cool before digging in. Huge test of your self control waiting for them to cool off.

Seasoned Pretzels. An easy, addicting salty snack everyone will love. Recipe at sallysbakingaddiction.com

The pretzels keep for quite a long time, so they’re a wonderful make ahead recipe for parties or when you’re expecting guests.

I know my mom is VERY excited that I’m sharing this recipe with you today. (Hi mom!) She already stocked up on some spices to make them again over Christmas. We’ll also be making this on Christmas morning. Yes!

These pretzels are completely, hopelessly, and infinitely addicting. Snack on!

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Seasoned Pretzels

  • Author: Sally
  • Prep Time: 5 minutes
  • Cook Time: 50 minutes
  • Total Time: 1 hour
  • Yield: serves 8-10
  • Category: Snacks
  • Method: Baking
  • Cuisine: American

Description

Baked hard pretzels seasoned with lemon pepper, dill, and garlic powder. You will not be able to stop snacking on these!


Ingredients

  • 1 bag hard pretzels (anywhere from a 12 – 16 oz bag is fine)
  • 3/4 cup oil (canola, vegetable, olive)
  • 1 and 1/2 Tablespoons lemon pepper
  • 2 teaspoons garlic powder
  • 2 teaspoons dried dill weed
  • optional: additional spices – see notes

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 200°F (93°C). Line a large baking sheet with parchment paper or a silicone baking mat. Set aside.
  2. Break the pretzels into pieces. Place them in a large zipped-top bag. Add the oil and the spices. Shake it all together very well. Sometimes I shake it, let it sit for a minute, and shake it again. You want every piece coated very well. If you find there aren’t enough spices coating the pretzels, add more spices to your tastes. Sometimes I add up to 2 full Tbsp of the lemon pepper.
  3. Spread the pretzels onto the prepared baking sheet. If they don’t all fit in a single layer, use two sheets. Bake for 50 minutes, making sure to stir the pretzels around two or three times during baking. Remove front he oven and allow to cool.
  4. Pretzels stay fresh covered tightly at room temperature for 3 weeks. They won’t last that long!

Notes

  1. Additional Spices: (1) Sometimes mom adds 1 packet of Hidden Valley dry ranch seasoning. If you choose to do this, reduce the spices to as follows: 1 teaspoon lemon pepper, 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder, 1 teaspoon dill weed. (2) Sometimes I add up to 1/2 teaspoon cayenne pepper for a little heat. Add however much you can stand! (3) Sometimes I add 1 teaspoon onion powder and reduce garlic powder to 1 teaspoon.

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133 Comments

  1. These have total and complete addiction written all over them Sally! I’d love to add them to our Christmas party menu, but I have a feeling the batch won’t survive until the guests arrive.

  2. oh my goodness! my grandpa always made a similar mix, but with oyster crackers as the base. he used ranch pwder, dill, lemon pepper and garlic powder. i make them for gifts every year at christmas, they are addicting. i’m actually posting about them tommorrow! i think these pretzels might need to get added to the rotation.

      1. How much of the seasonings do you use? I can’t seem to get the right flavor and I don’t use ranch dressing.

  3. I have a recipe for a snack mix very similar to this one – but like your mom, I used Ranch mix. I made it when I was on vacation – actually I just looked it up, I posted it almost 1 year ago to the day! 12/13/12. I was in need of a very easy, mindless recipe and I wish people knew how easy this stuff was! Then again, maybe not b/c it’s so easy to eat by the handful 🙂 I love it when you share your family tradition recipes & tell the stories behind them!

    1. Thanks Averie! And I remember your ranch snack mix recipe. I loved playing around with the spices in these – there’s so many ways to spice them up!

  4. Perfect timing Sally – I am SO making these for our big Christmas Eve bash this year. Thank you Sally’s Mom for sharing your recipe! They look delicious. 🙂

  5. Wow, these look amazing Sally! Looks like the perfect savory snack. I am going to have to make these right away!

  6. My mom made these SO much when I was younger and we burned our mouth because we would eat them right from the oven. You’re right… The smell is just SO good. And I love when you get a pretzel with a nook which has a glob of spice. YUM.

  7. Oh perfect! I used to be a seasoned pretzel addict! These sound SO good and would make perfect party food!

  8. OHMYGOSH. I seriously barrel through a bag of the storebought version of these in about a day, no joke. I love them so much. This homemade version looks and sounds infinitely better!

  9. Yum! I was just told today that I’m in charge of the party mix at our Christmas get-together… I know what I’m bringing!

  10. Sprucing up some pretzels is such a good idea for a fun snack! There are so many possibilities. Love your variations at the bottom of the recipe too! This looks like it would definitely be a hit at a holiday party. Love it!

  11. I LOVE this idea. I”m having a Christmas party this weekend and looking for quick apps that I can make in advance. This looks like the perfect fit for what I need, thanks for sharing 🙂

  12. I can’t say I have ever seen a recipe like this before. I imagine it would be pretty good if you made your own pretzels and turned them into pretzel croutons of sorts too. Great idea!

  13. I can’t wait to make these! The honey mustard Snyder’s are so addicting–I know I will love these, too!

    Your nail polish is the perfect shade of red! What kind is it? 🙂

  14. These are some of the craziest addicting snacks in the snack-iverse–caramel crack snack mix and toffee saltines have always been my go-to, “Ala-why-the-heck-are-you-addicting-us-to-this-stuff” party fare, but I always forget to bring the salty. Here’s the salty!!

    1. Me too Mercedes! I completely love them. Always have a bag in the pantry for snack time. I love honey wheat twists the most. So good.

  15. Oh my goodness, these pretzels. I don’t think I should be looking at this post when I’m hungry. Now I’m starving. These look so so good! And so simple – I love it!
    My Dad is a total pretzel fiend – I think he would totally love these!
    Pinning this recipe! Gorgeous photos, as always. 🙂

    1. You must try these, Abbie. And your dad must as well. And thanks for the compliments about the photos. It was kind of hard to get… pretzels… to look good haha

  16. Once I start eating seasoned pretzels like these I can’t stop! These would be totally dangerous to have around! I would never decline them and I would probably hoard them from other people! love this recipe!

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