Cheddar Pretzels – these cheese pretzels are such a fun, easy, and addictive snack to make! No more buying the ones at the store, these are so much better!
Pretzels are one of our go-to snacks in this house. And we love them all. Just the regular pretzels are often used as a dip, some of the flavored ones are a must for road trips, and my husband loves the big hard sourdough pretzels.
The one problem with the flavored ones is sometimes they are lacking. You can taste the flavor, but know they would be so much better with more. Well, now you can make your own and have all the cheddar flavor you want!
What You Need To Make These
- Butter or Butter flavored oil
- Cheese Powder
- Jalapeno Powder (optional)
If you like things spicy or love the flavor of jalapeno and cheddar together adding jalapeno powder to the mix is such a great option. It can be a little hard to find though, so leaving it out is just fine. You can order it on Amazon here.
How To Make Cheddar Pretzels
- Mix together cheddar cheese powder and but melted butter or butter flavored oil until it is nice and smooth. Add in the jalapeno powder if using.
- Pour mixture over pretzels and toss until they are evenly coated.
- Arrange them in an even layer on a baking sheet.
- Bake for 60 minutes, giving them a good stir every 15 minutes.
- Remove from the oven and let them cool completely before serving.
These will last for about a week in an air tight container. No need to refrigerate, just store them at room temperature.
This is going to sound really strange, but if you can’t find cheese powder use the packet that comes with macaroni and cheese. Seriously, it works and is probably a fraction of the price of the stuff you can buy on Amazon.
What Pretzels To Use
You can use any shape pretzels you want. I like to use one that has lots of little spaces for the cheese mixture to get stuck, so it really sticks and gives them lots of flavors. But you can use the traditional ones or even the little sticks…anything works.
Do These Have To Be Baked
Technically no, you could just let them sit out and stir every so often until the oil is absorbed, but I think it is just faster and easier to bake them. Pretzels are very porous, so the oil will absorb into them either way. So if you don’t have an oven, you can let these sit at room temperature for about 4 hours, stirring every 30 minutes until they are dried out.
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- Walnut Protein Bars
- Frozen Yogurt Cups
- Spicy Popcorn
- Chocolate Hummus
Jalapeno Cheddar Pretzels - these cheese pretzels are such a fun, easy, and addictive snack to make! No more buying the ones at the store, these are so much better!
- 4 cups pretzels
- 1/3 cup Butter, melted or butter flavored oil
- 2 rounded Tbsp cheddar cheese powder
- 1/2 tsp Jalapeno Powder (optional)
- Preheat oven to 200 degrees. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper or a silicon liner.
- Mix together melted butter or butter flavored oil with the cheese powder and jalapeno powder if using.
- In a bowl toss pretzels with cheese mixture and mix until well coated.
- Spread on prepared baking sheet. Bake for 60 minutes, stirring every 15 minutes.
- Remove and let cool completely. Let sit for at least 4 hours before serving, best served the next day.
- Store in an air tight container for up to one week.
Can't find cheddar cheese powder? Use the cheese packet in macaroni and cheese.
Amount Per Serving Calories 186Total Fat 11gSaturated Fat 6gTrans Fat 0gUnsaturated Fat 4gCholesterol 22mgSodium 383mgCarbohydrates 20gFiber 1gSugar 1gProtein 3g
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Becca from ItsYummi.com says
I love the cheddar jalapeno combo. These sound awesome!
What a great flavor combo, I love snacks like this!
I’ll have to make these for my husband he loves the spicy stuff.
Where do you find cheddar cheese powder?!! I don’t buy cheese flavored snacks anymore because, well they aren’t that great for you but I would love to make it myself. These pretzels are awesome.
Erin S says
The popcorn cheddar seasoning would work too. I bought straight cheddar cheese powder at The Spice Shop. Penzey’s or anyone of those spice shops should have it too!
amanda @ fake ginger says
Sounds like you guys had an awesome weekend! I need to find a corn maze around here. Love these pretzels! I want some!
Stephanie @ Eat. Drink. Love. says
These look so addicting! Any chip or pretzel with jalapeno flavor is my kind of snack!
This is such a great snack idea
Amy @Very Culinary says
We’re doing our local pumpkin patch/corn maze this weekend! Might need to make up a batch of these pretzels to munch on, while we find our way out. Love STAR!
I love this snack! Seems like an easy way to dress up pretzels!
Wow! These are definitely better than store-bought!
So crunchy and flavorful! The perfect snack
The perfect snack for our movie night that we organize twice a week! Yum!
This is the perfect snack for family movie night and game night! We added a bit more jalapeno powder and so addicting! Definitely our new favorite snack!
katerina @ diethood.com says
Pretzels are my favorite snack!! I can’t wait to try these Cheddar Jalapeno Pretzels!!
Beti | easyweeknightrecipes says
My new favorite snack! These are SO YUMMY!!
I love the combination of flavors! This is totally addictive!