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Thursday, December 16, 2010

Cinnamon Pretzels

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When you find yourself at a party full of appetizers, do you reach for the sweet stuff or the salty stuff? For me, it's always, always the sweet stuff. Put a bag of chips in front of me and I won't look at it twice but anything with sugar is doomed. Despite my affinity for the sweet stuff, there are two salty snacks that I happen to love: pretzels and popcorn. When my mom mentioned a recipe for Cinnamon Pretzels that she pulled out of a magazine, I knew I'd struck gold. My favorite salty snack, with the addition of sugar?! Now we're talking!

In just over half an hour, you can have a huge batch of cinnamon pretzels at your disposal. They make your house smell like Auntie Anne's at the mall and that's exactly what they taste like, just with mini hard pretzels instead of the giant soft pretzels. I plan to make tons of this stuff over Christmas, both to serve  and to give away. This makes an easy, inexpensive food gift if you don't have time to make cookie trays, or want to add a little saltiness amongst all your super sweet treats.

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Cinnamon Pretzels
from Midwest Living December 2010
-2/3 cup vegetable oil
-1/2 cup sugar
-2 tsp ground cinnamon
-1 16 oz. package small pretzel twists

1. In a large roasting pan, stir together vegetable oil, sugar, and cinnamon.
2. Add pretzels to the pan and toss to coat completely with cinnamon-sugar mixture.
3. Bake, uncovered, at 300F for 30 minutes, stirring at 10 minutes and 20 minutes.
4. Spread on waxed paper to cool and store in an airtight container.