Cinnamon Sugar Pretzels

I found this recipe in the November/December Midwest Living magazine about 6 years ago and knew my family would love it. I was right. They devoured it and I’ve made these Cinnamon Sugar Pretzels every Christmas since then. If you like sweet and salty tastes together, these pretzels are perfect for you.


This post is part of the 31 days of Christmas Ideas series. Click over to the main page to see all of the 31 Christmas posts (they will be added daily).



2/3 cup vegetable oil
1/2 cup sugar
2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
1 16-ounce package small pretzels

Hubby bought the pretzels for me and I forgot to tell him to buy small pretzels so he bought the regular ones. They turned out fine, I just like the smaller ones better for snacking. You could also use gluten free pretzels and they taste delicious.

I like to double or even triple the recipe. You can never have too much and it’s always good to have some to give away or for a snack if visitors drop by.


In a large roasting pan combine vegetable oil, sugar, and cinnamon.


Stir together then add the pretzels and toss well to coat with the cinnamon sugar mixture.


Bake uncovered in a 300 degree oven for 30 minutes. Stir twice during cooking time to thoroughly coat pretzels with cinnamon sugar mixture.


Spread on waxed paper to cool. We always sample a few (or more) at this time too. They taste pretty amazing warm.


We packaged some of the Cinnamon Sugar Pretzels to give as gifts. Place some in a clear bag and attach a kitchen towel. Twist the towel and form it into a circle and pull the end through the center to make a flower. Tie the bag with a ribbon then attach the towel to the bag with a sewing pin.


Here are a few more ideas of how to package them for gift giving.


Or just store them in an air tight container and eat them yourself (you should probably share some with your family too).


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{ 25 comments… add one }
  • Staci November 7, 2010, 7:20 pm

    These sound great!! I have everything already – bonus!
    I will whip some of these up tomorrow!

  • Jessa {aHolidayHaven} November 7, 2010, 9:33 pm

    Holy Cow!! These are great! Love that you did them up as a gift, amazing idea.

  • Lisa November 8, 2010, 6:41 am

    YUM! I know I would love these! I’m more of a sugar person than salt so these would be fabulous!

  • Michelle T November 8, 2010, 6:59 am

    I am very excited about these! I am looking for an inexpensive Christmas food idea for my three year old and I to do together. We are going to give them as gifts this year to many people, and this will be soooo perfect! Going to try them soon, thanks 😀

  • Gina November 8, 2010, 8:48 pm

    Oohh…these would be good with hot cocoa!

  • cyndi November 8, 2010, 11:37 pm

    yummy! and so easy. love the thankful jar!

  • Chantel November 9, 2010, 8:10 pm

    Those sound delicious! I think I need to make those for Christmas gifts. Thanks for sharing the recipe!

  • Katrina November 10, 2010, 12:51 pm

    I actually know the person who submitted this to Midwest Living! I’ll let her know her recipe is making serious rounds – she’ll be glad everyone enjoys it!

  • lisa November 14, 2010, 4:17 pm

    thank you thank you thank you for sharing this with us, this is WHAT I NEEDED

  • Bonnie November 14, 2010, 5:33 pm

    This sounds so yummy….I also think it’s something I can do! I can’t wait to try it!

  • It's A Priceless Life November 14, 2010, 7:24 pm

    I plan to make these this year for gifts!! Thanks for the inspiration!

  • Christy November 15, 2010, 10:58 pm

    These sound so good! I will have to make them soon!

  • RC November 18, 2010, 1:33 pm

    BEST pretzels ever! I baked them flat on a cookie sheet for 10 mins rather than a roasting pot. Thank you for the new recipe addition to my holiday line up! Can’t wait to give these out as gifts!

  • Gina December 3, 2010, 7:02 am

    Thanks for the great recipe! These were a hit at my house (:

  • Carrie December 13, 2010, 10:59 am

    This is just what I was looking for. Thank you for posting this!!!!!

  • Kerri December 28, 2010, 2:38 pm

    These are delicious! I didn’t have any vegetable oil, so I used real butter instead. I also used brown sugar in place of the white sugar…wow! It was caramelized and yummy, reminicisent of caramel popcorn butter better!

  • Calvin Green January 4, 2017, 3:48 am

    This dessert is perfect for a cup of hot chocolate!

  • Cheri January 16, 2019, 1:02 pm

    ?❤️ THANK You For Great Ideas ! I JUST Found YOUR page ! I wanted to Save separate items. ARE You Going To Have a Library For people that SIGN UP ? It KEEPS saying I saved Pretzels ? maybe ITs My Phone ? G-d Bless ❤️

  • Donna Kearns December 15, 2020, 10:15 pm

    They are so good and easy. Can’t wait to give some to my friends.

  • Jude December 18, 2020, 12:10 pm

    Just made these. They are delish!

  • Machelle April 7, 2022, 8:19 am

    These r great I have made them multiple times !

  • Jamie December 13, 2022, 10:16 am

    I definitely plan on making these..I bought some Christmas shaped pretzels!

  • Sherry December 16, 2022, 12:20 am

    Could you use melted butter instead of oil?
    Thank you

  • leanneja December 16, 2022, 10:47 am

    I haven’t tried it with butter. I’m concerned it might burn.

  • leanneja December 16, 2022, 10:49 am

    Those are going to turn out so cute and delicious!

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