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Sweet and Spicy Pretzels are right up your alley if you like salty and sweet snacks!

Sweet and Spicy Pretzels Mix

Sweet and Spicy Pretzels

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Pull up a chair and dig into these Sweet and Spicy Pretzels.

Last week there were some issues with my website and I could not post any new recipes! There still are some glitches but I think we are on the road to recovery. It was frustrating…I realized how much we I rely on technology and just expect it to always be working. What did we do before email, facebook, twitter, texting?  

Aside from the issues with my website, the countdown to Europe is in full swing—less than one month! I am so excited to go with my husband on this adventure, but obviously very sad to leave the little one behind.  I know he is in good hands with the Grandparents though.  I have started to freak out a little bit with all of the planning that this trip entails and just making sure everything is in order (that’s a little bit of my OCD side coming out 😉 ).  I studied abroad in Spain for a summer in college but other than that haven’t done much traveling in Europe. This is my husband’s first time in Europe—if this trip is anything like our other trips together I think we might have some stories to share once we are back (yes, we are the couple that got lost in Panama in the rain forest in 100 degree weather, no cell phone and in flip flops—scary then but a funny story now, one I will have to share with you all soon).

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Now for the real reason you are here:  Sweet and Spicy Pretzels. A great snack when you are on the go, or a great appetizer to bring to a get-together or party.

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If you like salty and sweet snacks this is right up your alley with a little spice mixed in.  My husband thought this pretzel mix was too spicy, but I beg to differ.  If you are of the “less spicy” camp then cut the red pepper in half or remove it all together.  This recipe is very customizable!

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Sweet and Spicy Pretzels

  • Author: Cooking Light
  • Prep Time: 10 minutes
  • Cook Time: 10 minutes
  • Total Time: 20 minutes
  • Yield: 16 1x
  • Category: Snack


A sweet, salty and spicy pretzel and nut mix that makes the perfect snack on the go or something to bring to a get together or party.



  • 3 Tbsp. brown sugar
  • 2 tsp. fresh thyme, chopped and divided
  • 3/4 tsp. sea salt
  • 1/2 tsp. ground cinnamon
  • 1/4 tsp. ground red pepper
  • 1/2 cup pecans
  • 1/2 cups almonds
  • 1 1/2 Tbsp. butter
  • 4 cups tiny pretzels (unsalted or salted)
  • 2 Tbsp. maple syrup


  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  2. Combine brown sugar, 1 tsp. thyme, salt, cinnamon and red pepper (optional) in a small mixing bowl.
  3. Combine the pecans and almonds on a parchment paper lined baking sheet. Baked at 350 degrees for 9-10 minutes, or until the nuts begin to brown.
  4. Combine the nut mixture and butter in a medium bowl, stirring until the butter melts.
  5. Stir in the pretzels and syrup. Sprinkle the sugar mixture evenly over pretzel and nut mixture and toss gently with tongs or two wooden spoons.
  6. Spread the pretzels evenly in a single layer on the baking sheet. Bake at 350 for 10 minutes, stirring once.
  7. Sprinkle the remaining thyme over the cooked pretzel mixture.
  8. Cool completely and serve at a party, or eat as a snack on the go. Store in an air tight container.


Notes: If you don’t like spice then eliminate the red pepper or maybe cut it in half. You can get creative with this recipe and add things like cereal or different nuts.

Source: Cooking Light



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Wednesday 6th of November 2013

I'm a little confused! The ingredients call for 2 tsp fresh rosemary, but the instructions refer to using thyme both times and doesn't mention the rosemary. Are they interchangeable?


Wednesday 6th of November 2013

So sorry---it is thyme not rosemary! I have changed it in the recipe--thanks for catching that and sorry again!!


Friday 12th of April 2013

These look great! Perfect bar snack.

A Cedar Spoon

Friday 12th of April 2013

Great point! It is a perfect bar snack--pair with a beer on a Friday and you are all set!

Maureen | Orgasmic Chef

Friday 12th of April 2013

wow, I want to make these if you aren't coming by with a bowlful anytime soon!

A Cedar Spoon

Friday 12th of April 2013

I wish I could come to Australia with a bowl of these!! I just need some extra money to fly over there. :)

Liz @ The Lemon Bowl

Thursday 11th of April 2013

Oh my goodness these sound crazy good!!!!

A Cedar Spoon

Thursday 11th of April 2013

They are Liz! You would like them.

Stephie @ Eat Your Heart Out

Wednesday 10th of April 2013

If you get to Europe and open your luggage only to find that I was a stowaway...sorry I won't be sorry. I also studied in Spain (did we have this conversation already? I've had it with multiple people recently so I'm getting spacey) and ACHE to go back. Eep!

I think I may be having some people over these next couple of weekends, and this is definitely being made! Yummy!

A Cedar Spoon

Thursday 11th of April 2013

I don't know if we talked about that or not? I love Spain!! I am dying to go back but not this time around. Where exactly did you study? I was in Barcelona.

You should definitely make this when your friends come. I think I remember you saying you aren't a fan of spicy so you might want to cut the red pepper down a little! :)