Christmas Crack Pretzels are no bake ranch pretzels with an irresistibly crunchy, salty, buttery taste. These seasoned pretzels are the perfect snack!
I was shopping at a local grocery store and had the opportunity to visit with some lovely people while shopping. An elderly woman was reaching for a bag of Christmas pretzels at the same time as me and we struck up a conversation.
I was buying the pretzels to make Peanut Butter Cup Pretzels and she was buying them to make ranch pretzels. She told me that she makes them every Christmas and they are so amazing that you can’t stop eating them.
She went on to explain how to make the pretzels. The woman told me to mix butter flavored popcorn oil, powdered ranch (she said to make SURE to use the salad dressing mix NOT the dip mix), garlic powder and dill weed.
You pour it over the pretzels (she noted that the bag of pretzels doesn’t have thirty ounces so she adds some pretzel sticks to the mix) and stir them every fifteen minutes for a few hours until the oil is absorbed. That’s it, no baking needed! She told me that she had already made one batch this year and was planning to make more.
Well, after her description and our delightful chat, I had to try making the pretzels. I’m not sure where she got the recipe, so I decided to make a few changes to make it mine, just in case.
When I searched for ranch pretzels online, I discovered that these ranch pretzels are referred to as Crack Pretzels because of how addicting they are!
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How To Make Christmas Crack Pretzels
Step One: Make Seasoning
To make the seasoning for the Christmas Crack Pretzels, whisk together Orville Redenbacher’s Butter Flavored Popcorn Oil, Hidden Valley Ranch powdered salad dressing mix, garlic powder, and cajun seasoning.
Step Two: Season Pretzels
Pour the seasoning oil over the pretzels and stirred to coat. Then, sprinkle the pretzels with grated Parmesan and stir well.
Step Three: Stir Pretzels
Allow the pretzels to absorb the oil for about three hours, stirring every fifteen minutes. You don’t turn the oven on, just stir occasionally until the oil is absorbed!
These Christmas Crack Pretzels were gobbled up by everyone we shared with. The crunchy, salty, buttery combination is fabulous!
Christmas Crack Pretzels FAQs
1. Will other kinds of pretzels work? Any shape or style of pretzels can be used from twists to spirals and sticks to squares. Use the football shaped ones during football season. The mini twists for Valentine’s Day and the circles for Easter.
2. What other seasonings can be added? Lots of readers left great suggestions for additional seasonings! Here are a few of them: lemon pepper, lemon crystals, dill weed, Old Bay, paprika, chili powder, cayenne pepper, celery salt, seasoned salt, and creole seasoning.
3. How can this be turned into a snack mix? Great idea! I love snack mixes. To turn these crack pretzels into crack snack mix, use fewer pretzels and add other snack items instead. Try any combination of pretzels with Cheez-Its, oyster crackers, Chex cereal, Goldfish, Bugels, cashews, peanuts, oyster crackers, Cheerios, or Fritos.
4. Do you have a substitute for the butter flavored popcorn oil? You can try canola oil or melted butter.
- Put the pretzels into a roasting pan.
- Whisk together the oil, powdered ranch, garlic powder, and cajun seasoning.
- Pour the mixture over the pretzels in the roasting pan and stir to coat.
- Sprinkle with grated parmesan and stir to coat.
- Stir the pretzels every 15 minutes for three hours, or until the oil is absorbed. (No need to turn the oven on!)
The bag of pretzels I purchased contained 24 ounces of pretzels, so as the woman from the grocery store suggested, I added a few of handfuls of pretzels from another bag.