This past weekend I made glazed pretzel sticks for a get-together. I’ve had the recipe for years, and have made them multiple times, but I decided to play with the recipe a bit this time around. The directions are ridiculously easy. Combine some honey, melted butter, onion powder and chili powder, pour over and stir into pretzels sticks, and then bake for a few minutes. This time, though, I decided to substitute Chipotle powder in place of the chili powder, for a spicier, smokier flavor. The result is much spicier and much smokier than I had in mind, and Justin has coined them “dragon pretzels.” While he is thoroughly addicted to the zippier blend, they are a little too hot for my taste. I love the sweet component to them, and that is what you taste first, but then the fiery chipotle takes over. I’ll definitely make them again, and use the chipotle powder, but I’m thinking I will cut back the amount, just a little!
Here is the recipe I used for this batch:
1 bag (about 8 cups) pretzel sticks
1/2 cup honey
1/4 cup melted butter
1 teaspoon onion powder
1 teaspoon chipotle powder (using chili powder results in a much milder finished product)
Combine the honey, butter, and spices. In a large bowl, combine the pretzels with the honey mixture. Line two rimmed cookie sheets with aluminum foil and spray foil with non-stick cooking spray. Divide pretzels between cookie sheets and spread out a bit. Bake at 350 degrees for about 8 minutes, stirring pretzels halfway through cooking time. Allow to cool, stirring every few minutes to keep pretzels from sticking together (they will be very sticky!).