Molasses Pretzel Snack (Microwaved)

READY IN: 15mins
Recipe by jenne

From Taste of Home's Best Holiday Recipes. This is a great snack for your family or even a gift for friends, neighbors and teachers! And it's made in the microwave. . .whoopie!

Top Review by BumblingBs

Made this 7 am this morning. You get three "yes" votes from us. I prefer not to use corn syrup, and I was going to substitute honey but I couldn't find it, so I used maple syrup and it worked fine. Thank you, and Merry Christmas!

Ingredients Nutrition

  • 12 cup packed brown sugar
  • 14 cup butter, cubed
  • 1 tablespoon corn syrup (I have subbed this out with extra molasses, honey and agave in the past, all with great results)
  • 1 tablespoon molasses
  • 14 teaspoon salt
  • 14 teaspoon baking soda
  • 14 teaspoon almond extract (I have subbed out vanilla in the past)
  • 5 cups miniature pretzels
  • 1 cup salted peanuts (unsalted is fine too)


  1. In a large microwave-safe bowl, combine the brown sugar, butter, corn syrup and molasses. Microwave, uncovered, on high for 45-50 seconds or until the butter is melted; stir.
  2. Microwave 15-25 seconds longer or until mixture boils. Immediately stir in the salt, baking soda and extract (mixture will foam).
  3. Stir in pretzels and peanuts. Microwave on high for 20-30 seconds or until pretzels and nuts are well coated, stirring twice.
  4. Spread into a greased 15-in. x 10-in. x 1-in. pan. (If I use unsalted peanuts, I sprinkle some extra sea salt on the top of the mixture). Cool for 15 minutes, stirring twice. Store in an airtight container.

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