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Zesty Italian Seasoned Pretzels

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Zesty Italian Seasoned Pretzels are addictive! With a zippy garlic flavor and a bite of spiciness you'll keep going back for more. A perfect party snack.

These zesty Italian seasoned pretzels are an addictive snack that is so easy to make, but hard to stop munching on.Zesty Italian Seasoned Pretzels

 I’ve found a million seasoned pretzel recipes online in the last few months, but almost all of them have ranch and dill weed.  While I love those flavors, that just wasn’t what I wanted for my pretzels. I had a specific pretzel craving that needed solved. I blame the grocery store sample ladies.Zesty Italian Seasoned Pretzels

My grocery store has the best free sample ladies. They are sweet older ladies who know me by name and pull me in for a hug when I’m in the store. They always give me the full scoop when it comes to the samples they are sharing, so I knew when Eileen told me the pretzels she had were good, that they would be. And boy, oh boy, were they good. The pretzels were full of flavor with a bit of garlic and a zippy and zesty, almost spicy finish. She looked at my face and said, see I knew you’d like those! But I was not prepared for the price tag on the little bag of pretzels- $5.

 We immediately started our research on how we could make these awesome pretzels ourselves! (Read: we ate the whole darn bag) It took several tries and recipe variations to nail these zesty Italian pretzels, but I’ve finally come up with a copycat recipe that I think it every bit as good as the original. You’re going to love this one, but be warned. It’s hard to stop once you’ve started.Zesty Italian Seasoned Pretzels

Zesty Italian Seasoned Pretzels

Zesty Italian Seasoned Pretzels

Yield: 20
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 1 hour
Total Time: 1 hour 5 minutes

Zesty Italian seasoned pretzels are an addictive snack with a zippy garlic flavor and a bite of spiciness to them. 


  • 1 (15 ounce) bag pretzels
  • 1 (.7 ounce) packet Italian dressing mix
  • 3/4 teaspoon garlic salt
  • 1 teaspoon cayenne pepper
  • 1/2 teaspoon dried parsley
  • 1/4 cup butter, melted
  • 1/3 cup vegetable oil


  1. Place the pretzels in a large resealable ziplock bag. Mix together the seasonings with the oil and butter and pour over the pretzels. Shake the bag to coat all the pretzels. 
  2. Let the pretzels sit for 15 minutes and then shake the bag and flip it over to the other side. Let it sit another 15 minutes. 
  3. Preheat the oven to 250 degrees. After 30 minutes of marinating the pretzels, spread the pretzels evenly on a large cookie sheet and bake at 250 degrees for 30-45 minutes, stirring halfway through the baking time. You'll know the pretzels are done when no more oil seems to appear on the pretzels and they look well dried. 
  4. Let cool. Store in an airtight container. 
Nutrition Information:
Yield: 20 Serving Size: 20 Servings
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 145

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These pretzels are a great snack to take to a party or a picnic. Add some Cuban ham salad sandwiches and a strawberry lemonade shandy with it and you’re set! Cuban Ham Salad


Wednesday 11th of December 2019

I’m wondering if I could substitute more oil in this recipe in place of the butter?

Amy D

Thursday 12th of December 2019

Hi Carmen. If you did substitute more oil in this recipe I would try something that solidifies at room temperature like coconut oil. That will give you a texture the most similar to butter and not leave you with greasy pretzels. Hope that helps!


Wednesday 30th of October 2019

They seemed a little too salty to us. Next time will use garlic powder instead of garlic salt. Great snack!

Julie W

Monday 14th of January 2019

Were the original pretzels you tasted Dot's Homestyle Pretzels? We love those and can't wait to make these.

Amy D

Monday 14th of January 2019

Yes, the original pretzels were! Hope that you guys will love this recipe then.


Wednesday 19th of December 2018

About how long will they keep fresh in an air tight container? Thank you

Amy D

Wednesday 19th of December 2018

Diane, I wish I had a better answer, but I've never had them last long enough to worry about going stale! My guess would be around 7-10 days.


Friday 28th of September 2018

I can’t live without these! Thank you so much! I love how spicy they are and I can never eat pretzels the same way! Thank you so much for this recipe!!!

Amy D

Tuesday 2nd of October 2018

Once you try them, you get hooked! Glad to find another pretzel fiend Katlyn :)

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