A friend, Dianne, gave me some yummy nummies similar to this that got my little brain working overtime and my hands experimenting in the kitchen. I love iced chai tea in the summer but there is nothing better than those spices warmed in a cup for winter or baked onto pretzels for anytime.
The other night when I made this final rendition of the recipe I knew I had it when our friend, Corbin, ran by the house and he, Gene, and I ate handfuls and handfuls of these. They were definitely a winner so I sent home a bag of these, along with home-made cocoa mix, and other treats, with Corbin for his family.
Then I sealed up the rest so Gene and I wouldn't make ourselves sick on them! I'll be making these again and again: to give away, to serve as an appetizer, for weekend movie nights, etc. I used two different kinds of pretzels: the sourdough chubbies and the waffle pretzels. While the chubbies should win my heart from the name I just assigned them, the waffled ones are my fave because of all the yummy sugar and spices that get caught in the holes.
Recipe by Glenna Anderson Muse, inspired by a friend, Dianne's, cinnamon pretzels
- 2 bags Snyders pretzels, in any shape.
- 1 cup Walnut oil, or canola oil
- 1 1/2 cups brown sugar, not packed
- 1 tsp each, ground: cinnamon, nutmeg, cardamom, ginger, allspice, and cloves
- 1/2 tsp ground white pepper
There are two methods: conventional oven and microwave. Both ways work equally well.
For conventional oven:
1) Pre-heat oven to 300 degrees.
2) In a large mixing bowl, mix together all ingredients until pretzels are evenly coated with oil, sugar, and spices. Spread out in an even layer over TWO large baking sheets lined with foil. Make sure the pretzels aren't heaped on top of each other.
3) Bake for 30-40 minutes or until oil has dried the spices onto the pretzels. Be careful not to burn. Set pans on counter until pretzels cool completely.
1) In a microwavable bowl, mix together all ingredients until pretzels are evenly coated with oil, sugar, and spices.
2) Place in microwave and cook on high for 1 minute. Stir. Microwave for another 1 minute. Stir. Microwave for another 1 minute. They're done when the oil seems to have evaporated and the spices and sugar are clinging to the holes in the waffle-looking pretzels or the ridges of the sourdough bites. Set on counter until mix cools completely.
Divide into individual containers with air-tight lids. Make labels and decorate containers as appropriate for gift-giving occasion.
Makes 15 cups. Recipe can be easily divided in half. (For smaller batches, the microwave is faster!)
Nutrition per 1/2 cup: Calories: 244; Protein: 3; Carbs: 37; Fat: 1; Fiber 0; Weight Watchers Pts: 5