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Carolina Spiced Pretzels

Carolina Spiced Pretzels Recipe

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Welcome to our bold and flavorful snack recipes section! Today, we’re sharing a zesty and addictive recipe for Carolina Spiced Pretzels. These pretzels are coated with a sweet and spicy mixture, combined with roasted peanuts for an extra crunch, making them perfect for any gathering or just for snacking. Let’s get started!

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Ingredients

  • 16 oz pretzels
  • 1/2 cup butter (1 stick), melted
  • 2/3 cup brown sugar, divided
  • 1/3 cup maple syrup
  • 2 teaspoons garlic powder
  • 1 teaspoon cayenne pepper
  • 1/2 teaspoon black pepper
  • 1/2 cup roasted peanuts

Instructions

Step 1: Prepare the Oven

  1. Preheat Oven: Preheat your oven to 300°F (150°C). Line a large baking sheet with parchment paper or a silicone baking mat.

Step 2: Combine Ingredients

  1. Melt Butter and Mix Spices: In a large mixing bowl, combine the melted butter, 1/3 cup of brown sugar, maple syrup, garlic powder, cayenne pepper, and black pepper. Stir until the mixture is smooth and well combined.

Step 3: Coat the Pretzels

  1. Add Pretzels and Peanuts: Add the pretzels and roasted peanuts to the bowl. Toss until they are evenly coated with the butter mixture.

Step 4: Bake the Pretzels

  1. Spread on Baking Sheet: Spread the coated pretzels and peanuts in an even layer on the prepared baking sheet.
  2. Bake: Bake in the preheated oven for 30-35 minutes, stirring every 10 minutes, until the pretzels are golden brown and caramelized.

Step 5: Finish the Pretzels

  1. Add Remaining Brown Sugar: Remove the pretzels from the oven and sprinkle the remaining 1/3 cup of brown sugar over the hot pretzels. Toss gently to coat the pretzels with the melted sugar.
  2. Cool Completely: Allow the pretzels to cool completely on the baking sheet.

Step 6: Serve

  1. Serve and Enjoy: Once cooled, transfer the Carolina Spiced Pretzels to a serving bowl or store them in an airtight container. Enjoy your bold and flavorful snack!

Cooking Notes and Tips

  • Mixing: Make sure to toss the pretzels and peanuts gently but thoroughly to ensure even coating.
  • Baking: Keep an eye on the pretzels as they bake to prevent burning. Stirring them every 10 minutes helps achieve even baking.
  • Cooling: Letting the pretzels cool completely on the baking sheet helps them to crisp up nicely.

Variations

Sweet and Smoky Pretzels

Replace the cayenne pepper with smoked paprika for a sweet and smoky flavor.

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Nutty Pretzels

Add 1/4 cup of additional nuts such as almonds or cashews for a more varied nutty crunch.

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Spicy Honey Pretzels

Replace the maple syrup with honey and add an extra teaspoon of cayenne pepper for a spicier kick.

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Cheesy Pretzels

Add 1/4 cup of grated Parmesan cheese to the pretzels after baking for a cheesy twist.

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Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

Can I make these pretzels ahead of time?

Yes, you can make these pretzels a day or two in advance. Store them in an airtight container at room temperature.

How do I store leftovers?

Store any leftover pretzels in an airtight container at room temperature for up to 1 week.

Can I freeze these pretzels?

Yes, you can freeze the pretzels. Place them in a single layer on a baking sheet to freeze, then transfer to a freezer-safe container or bag. Freeze for up to 3 months. Thaw at room temperature before serving.

What can I serve with these pretzels?

These pretzels are delicious on their own but can also be served with a variety of dips, such as ranch dressing, cheese sauce, or honey mustard.

How can I make the pretzels healthier?

Use whole grain pretzels and reduce the amount of butter and sugar to make the pretzels healthier. You can also use a sugar substitute suitable for baking.

Carolina Spiced Pretzels are a bold and flavorful snack that’s perfect for any occasion. With their sweet and spicy coating and crunchy peanuts, they’re sure to be a hit. Enjoy making and sharing these delicious pretzels with your family and friends!

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