Spicy Pretzels

READY IN: 2hrs 5mins
Recipe by Marlene.

My daughter got this recipe from her friends mom . The small pretzels work the best. And for some reason , the oil definitely makes a difference! We've made them with Crisco, and we've made them with other brands, and they don't taste the same! *** seems to be too hot for a few people , PLEASE ADJUST the cayenne pepper if you don't like HOT***

Top Review by Barbell Bunny

I made this tonight for the Magic/Lakers playoff game and I keep re-reading over the ingredients to figure out what I did wrong...I found these to be WAY too salty! I even subbed garlic powder for the garlic salt. Maybe I am supposed to be using non-salted pretzels? I find it odd that only 1/4 pound pretzels be used when a similar, no-bake pretzel recipe indicates a whole pound be used with one package of the ranch dressing mix. I am upset I wasted the last of my pretzels on this salty mess :[ :::UPDATE:::So I made these again because I thought they had potential. They taste SO much better when you use at least 1/2 pound of pretzels, LESS THAN 1/4 cup oil, and ONE HALF package of ranch dressing mix. I would also recommend using UNSALTED PRETZELS since the ranch mix is so darn salty! We enjoyed these when I made them with altered amounts.

Ingredients Nutrition

  • 14 lb small pretzels
  • 14 cup crisco vegetable oil
  • 1 (1 ounce) package hidden valley ranch dressing mix
  • 1 teaspoon garlic salt
  • 1 teaspoon cayenne pepper


  1. Put pretzels in a roaster pan.
  2. (or 13x9 pan will work) Mix together the Crisco oil, dressing mix, salt and cayenne pepper.
  3. Pour over pretzels.
  4. Toss thoroughly!
  5. Bake at 200* for 1 1/2- 2 hours.
  6. Stir about every 20 minutes.

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