Total Time
Prep 10 mins
Cook 30 mins

This recipe helped catch me a man! My now husband and I worked together, and he would make a regular stop at my desk to "steal" these delicious and addictive pretzels from my candy jar...his comment "Wow, these pretzels are delicious, but they give you Dragon Breath!" is the origin of the name. The rest is history. Possible variations of the recipe below: Variation: Mix in one or both of the following with step 1: 1/4 teaspoons lemon pepper. 1/4 cup Parmesan cheese. Alternative: Use 16 oz. plain oyster crackers instead of pretzels. Bake at 275 degrees for 15 to 20 minutes, stirring after 10 minutes. Drain and cool on brown paper bag or paper towels before storing.

Ingredients Nutrition

  • 14 cup vegetable oil
  • 14 cup butter-flavored popcorn oil (Orville's Butter Flavor Popping & Topping Oil found in popcorn aisle)
  • 1 (1 ounce) envelope hidden valley ranch dressing mix (unprepared)
  • 34 teaspoon dill weed
  • 14 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1 12 lbs pretzels (whole, if using regular small pretzels, or broken into small pieces if using sour dough pretzels)


  1. Mix first 5 ingredients until well blended.
  2. Place broken pretzels or small pretzels in a gallon size ziplock bag.
  3. Pour oil/dressing mix over pretzels, seal bag and shake until pretzels are very well coated.
  4. Pour coated pretzels onto foil lined baking sheet.
  5. Bake at 250 degrees for 30 minutes (if using sour dough pretzels) or 20 minutes (for regular small pretzel twists), stirring every 10 minutes.
  6. Allow to cool, store in ziplock bag.
  7. Enjoy!
Most Helpful

I couldn't find the butter flavored oil so just used a reduced amount of oil. The pretzels are well seasoned and addictive. I know I'll be making these again! Made for Spring 2010 Pick A Chef.

Susie D April 22, 2010

These are wonderful! I made half with the original instructions, and made the other half using the lemon pepper and parmesan vaiation. Deeelicious! Thnx for sharing your recipe. Made for PAC Spring 2010. You've been adopted!

Darkhunter April 15, 2010

My sister served these just last week at a party, and although hers were called "Stinky Pretzels" the recipe is just about the same. I love these!!! I also like the idea of adding parmesan cheese to this. Great tip!!!

Becky in Wisconsin February 17, 2008