If you’re a fan of tasty snacks that are both easy to make and crowd-pleasing, look no further than these Ranch Seasoned Pretzels with a Popcorn Oil twist. This simple snack recipe for the football season right through the Holiday season. You might have to make a big batch.
With just three ingredients, you can create a perfect snack that’s not only addictive but also universally loved. You can make this two ways, baked or no-bake. I have tried both ways and find that the baked seasoned pretzels tasted better. Baking keeps them golden brown and crisp.
This simple recipe combines the classic flavors of ranch seasoning with the rich, buttery goodness of popcorn oil, creating a snack that’s perfect for any occasion. Quick and effortlessly simple to whip up, they are the ultimate go-to for parties, movie nights, or satisfying those after school munchies.
I had them for the first time at a party and had to get the recipe. It is sometimes those simple, yet irresistible snacks that will have everyone reaching for more.
Whether you’re hosting a party, movie night, game day, or just craving a savory treat, this recipe is a surefire hit. This easy recipe makes a great gift too. Just place pretzels in a pretty container.
Recipe Ingredients and Variations
This recipe uses just three simple ingredients; however, it is a fun recipe to get creative with seasonings. This recipe uses mini pretzels, popcorn oil, and ranch seasoning mix. Here are a few ideas to switch up the snack flavors.
- Add a pinch of cayenne pepper for a little kick. Really, you can add any spice you like to this recipe. Spicy pretzels.
- 2 Teaspoons of garlic powder add just the right amount of garlicky taste. Garlic ranch pretzels.
- 1 1/2 Teaspoons of dill weed for more depth of flavor.
- ¼ Cup Parmesan cheese.
One more option is to swap out the pretzels for crackers, Ritz Crackers, or a butter cracker works nicely with this ranch mix.
Christmas Crack Pretzels
They are so addictive and sometimes, you just need a special treat. Our friends make this every year during the Holidays for snacking and bringing to parties throughout the season. They call it Christmas Crack Pretzels.
Tips for Recipe Success
Ensure each pretzel is evenly coated with both the popcorn oil and the seasoning mix. This guarantees a burst of flavor in every bite.
If you decide to bake yours, low and slow baking is key. The low oven temperature might seem unusual, but it’s crucial for allowing the flavors to infuse without burning the pretzels. Be patient, the result is worth it.
To maintain freshness, store the seasoned pretzels in an airtight container at room temperature. They should stay crisp and delicious for several days up to a week.
Ranch Seasoned Pretzels Simple Recipe with Popcorn Oil
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No Bake Method
- In a small bowl, combine the ranch dressing mix and the butter flavored popcorn oil.3 Tablespoons Ranch Dressing Mix, 12 Ounces Butter Flavored Popcorn Oil
- Pour the mixture over the mini pretzels and store in an airtight container. Shake well every few hours (or whenever you remember) until the seasonings are well coated and the oil is mostly absorbed. The pretzels will absorb all the oil in 2 hours.32 Ounces Mini Pretzels
- Pro Tip. It is easier to mix if you pour everything into a large plastic bag. Sometimes the oil and seasonings will stick to the bottom of the bowl and this bag method works nicely. Just smush the bag and toss the pretzels around in the bag. Lay flat on your counter. Every hour or so smush around and turn over.
- Preheat your oven to 200°F (93°C). This low temperature will help the pretzels absorb the flavors without burning.
- In a small bowl, whisk together Orville Redenbacher’s Butter Flavored Popcorn Oil and Hidden Valley Ranch powdered salad dressing mix.3 Tablespoons Ranch Dressing Mix, 12 Ounces Butter Flavored Popcorn Oil
- Pour the pretzels into a large bowl. Pour the mixture over the pretzels in the and stir to coat. Mix well to ensure an even distribution of flavors.32 Ounces Mini Pretzels
- Spread the seasoned pretzels evenly on baking sheets and bake in the preheated oven for 1 hour, stirring every 15-20 minutes. The low heat allows the flavors to meld without overcooking the pretzels.
- Once the pretzels are golden brown and crisp, remove them from the oven and let them cool completely. Store in an airtight container to maintain freshness.
Your Own Private Notes
Tips for Recipe SuccessEnsure each pretzel is evenly coated with both the popcorn oil and the seasoning mix. This guarantees a burst of flavor in every bite. If you decide to bake yours, low and slow baking is key. The low oven temperature might seem unusual, but it’s crucial for allowing the flavors to infuse without burning the pretzels. Be patient, the result is worth it.
Store ProperlyTo maintain freshness, store the seasoned pretzels in an airtight container. They should stay crisp and delicious for several days.
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