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Cinnamon Praline Pretzels

What do you get when you cross salty pretzels with sweet praline and cinnamon? Simply the most irresistible snack around! Cinnamon Praline Pretzels will keep you coming back for more!

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Cinnamon Praline Pretzels are deliciously addictive. You can either thank me or curse me out! I’d understand both reactions. HaHa!

 

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This recipe was originally shared in 2015. This post has been updated with additional information, including a recipe card, but the recipe itself has remained unchanged.

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The ingredient list:

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Kitchen tools and equipment needed:

How this recipe came to be:

Often as I lay awake in the middle of the night, I think about recipes. Doesn’t everyone?

This one came to me during one of those restless nights, and it just goes to show that sometimes sleep is overrated. LOL! NOT!

It’s a good thing I like to keep paper and a pen on the nightstand beside my bed. Otherwise, I might not have remembered this idea for Cinnamon Praline Pretzels.

My original thought was that they’d be great for tailgating, but let’s not fool ourselves. They’re crazy good anywhere, and anytime!

When to serve cinnamon praline pretzels:

They’d be an absolute hit no matter where you served them. Their salty, sweet taste will keep folks coming back for more and more.

So much so that there needs to be the following warning attached to them:


HIGHLY ADDICTIVE! PLEASE PROCEED WITH EXTREME CAUTION!

Serving suggestions:

  • bring them to tailgating events
  • serve them at holiday parties
  • pack them in the kid’s lunchboxes
  • crush them and serve as an ice cream topping (crushed)
  • serve them at a cocktail parties
  • put them out at backyard BBQs
  • chomp on them around a bonfire
  • munch on them on a hayride
  • pack them for long car rides
  • serve them at sporting event festivities
  • give them as gifts
  • bring them work meetings
  • serve them at game nights
  • crunch them and sprinkle as a topping for cobbler and crisps
  • crumble them and sprinkle on to of baked apples
  • crush them and serve on top of oatmeal (when you’re feeling decident)
  • crumble them and mix into cookie dough
  • forget all of the above and eat them straight off the cookie sheet 😉

A football bowl filled with Cinnamon Praline Pretzels along with some football accessories in the background.

What is the best way to store these praline pretzel snacks?

They’ll keep fresh for up to 3 weeks if stored in an air-tight container in the pantry.

How to make cinnamon praline pretzels:

  • Spread the pretzels in an even layer on a parchment-lined baking sheet that has been sprayed with baking spray. Set aside.
  • In a medium-size heavy-bottom saucepan toast the pecans for 2-3 minutes over medium heat stirring frequently.
  • Add the butter and allow it melt.
  • Stir in the granulated sugar, brown sugar, and maple syrup.
  • When the sugar has dissolved, stir in the half and half, salt, and cinnamon.
  • Increase the heat to medium/high and occasionally stir the mixture until it reaches a hard-ball temperature of 200-230 degrees on a candy thermometer.
 
how to make Cinnamon Praline Pretzels
how to make Cinnamon Praline Pretzels
  • Remove the saucepan from the heat and stir in the vanilla extract.
  • Pour the cinnamon praline caramel as evenly as possible over the pretzels on the baking sheet.
  • Carefully stir the pretzels with a spatula or wooden spoon to thoroughly coat the pretzels with the praline.
  • Sprinkle the coated pretzels evenly with a pinch of salt (if desired).
  • Allow the pretzels to set and cool completely. The praline caramel will harden slightly as the pretzels cool.
  • Once cool, break the pretzels into pieces and serve.
how to make Cinnamon Praline Pretzels

Additional cooking temperatures for the praline topping:

Note – if you’d like your praline coating harder, feel free to take the temperature up when making the caramel. The following are the temperatures for the stages of candy making:

softball stage – 234 241 degrees F

firm ball stage – 244 – 248 degrees F

hardball stage – 250 – 266 degrees F

soft crack stage – 267 – 289 degrees F

hard crack stage – 289 – 309 degrees F

Additional snacks recipes:

*Everything Seasoned Oyster Crackers (pictured below)

Everything seasoned oyster crackers only take only minutes to make, and you’ll love how each little cracker packs such a huge hit of flavor.

A bowl of everything oyster crackers on a black and tan checked tablecloth

*Skillet Roasted Rosemary Hazelnuts (pictured below)

Move over popcorn… there’s a new snack kid in town! Roasted Rosemary Hazelnuts are as addicting as popcorn, and they’re good for you too.

A white bowl filled with Roasted Rosemary Hazelnuts with fresh rosemary for garnish

*Homemade Honey and Sesame Seed Crackers (pictured below)

When you’re in the snacking mood but still want something healthy and delicious, reach for a handful of these homemade honey sesame seed crackers.

Overhead photo of a black bowl filled with homemade honey sesame seed crackers

*Cinnamon Praline Pretzels (pictured below) THIS IS THE PLACE!!

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Below is the printable recipe card along with the exact ingredient measurements and nutritional information for making today’s sweet and salty snack recipe.

If you’ve made this recipe, or are excited to make this recipe, I’d appreciate it if you’d take a moment to leave it a star rating in the recipe card, along with a comment if you’re so inclined. I thank you most sincerely! 🙂

 
Yield: 8 cups

Cinnamon Praline Pretzels

A football bowl filled with cinnamon praline pretzels along with Bears mugs in the background

Cinnamon Praline Pretzels are simply the most addicting sweet and salty snacks that are perfect for munching and crunching!

Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Total Time 30 minutes

Ingredients

  • 1 bag of small pretzel knots, or square grid pretzels (shown)
  • 1 stick butter
  • 1 cup chopped pecans
  • 1 cup granulated sugar
  • ½ cup brown sugar
  • ¼ cup pure maple syrup
  • 3 tablespoons half and half
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
  • pinch salt

Instructions

    1. Spread the pretzels evenly on a baking sheet lined with a sheet of parchment paper and sprayed with baking spray. Set aside.
    2. In a medium-size saucepan, over medium heat, toast the pecans for 2-3 minutes, stirring occasionally.
    3. Add the butter, granulated sugar, brown sugar, and maple syrup, stirring well to combine.
    4. When the sugar has dissolved, stir in the half and half, salt, and cinnamon.
    5. Increase the heat to medium/high and occasionally stir the mixture until it reaches a hard-ball temperature of 200 - 230 degrees on a candy thermometer.
    6. Remove from heat and stir in the vanilla extract.
    7. Pour the cinnamon praline caramel as evenly as possible over the pretzels on the baking sheet, and carefully stir the pretzels with a spatula or wooden spoon to thoroughly coat the pretzels with the praline.
    8. Sprinkle the coated pretzels evenly with an additional pinch of salt (if desired).
    9. Allow the pretzels to set and cool completely. The praline caramel will harden slightly as the pretzels cool.
    10. Once cool, break the pretzels into pieces and serve.

Notes

Kitchen tools and equipment:

a candy thermometer, parchment paper, baking spray, baking sheet, heavy-bottom saucepan, wooden spoon or spatula.

Note - if you'd like your praline coating harder, feel free to take the temperature up when making the caramel. The following are the temperatures for the stages of candy making:

softball stage - 234 241 degrees F

firm ball stage - 244 - 248 degrees F

hardball stage - 250 - 266 degrees F

soft crack stage - 267 - 289 degrees F

hard crack stage - 289 - 309 degrees F

Nutrition Information

Yield

8 cups

Serving Size

1 cup

Amount Per Serving Calories 398Total Fat 22gSaturated Fat 9gTrans Fat 0gUnsaturated Fat 12gCholesterol 32mgSodium 203mgCarbohydrates 51gFiber 2gSugar 43gProtein 2g

The nutritional information and calorie count provided is intended as a guideline only and has been provided by third-party software.

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Maureen

Saturday 26th of September 2020

The temp on the candy thermometer has a wide range 200- 230. I made these and took the temp to 220' and they are soft - did not harden to break apart. Mine are more like a caramel - taste wonderful, but I don't know what I did wrong - any ideas ??

Renée

Sunday 27th of September 2020

Hi, Maureen! You did nothing wrong. It was I who used the wrong wording. I should have never said "hard" and "break apart," since that's not the exact consistency. I'm glad you called me out on it because I'm going back into the recipe now to change my wording, and the recipe card. I'm happy you enjoyed the taste. That's really what it's all about. BTW, if you do want to harder caramel coating, you can always take your praline to a higher temperature (either 132-143 degrees for soft crack, or 146-154 degreed for hard crack). Thank you for this question. I appreciate it. Take good care, Renee

Sarah Caron

Thursday 24th of September 2015

Oh wow, these look incredible. I mean they'd be great for game day, but I want a baggie of these for snack today too!

Nancy Piran

Wednesday 23rd of September 2015

Great idea keeping the paper and pen around for when ideas pop into your head! We have made something similar for the last two christmas holiday and the family loves it!

Kim Bee

Wednesday 23rd of September 2015

I want to shove copious amounts of this in my face. This looks so good. Love when ideas hit at night. I need a notebook, stat.

Erin Dee

Tuesday 22nd of September 2015

Yes, yes, yes! I sometimes have troubles getting to sleep at night because of that and then if I wake up at 4 or 5 to go to the bathroom, then it's highly likely I'll be up for a few hours because I can't stop thinking about recipes. It's not cool. :( But these pretzels looks worth it! So addictive looking.

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