Cinnamon Praline Pretzels

What do you get when you cross salty pretzels with sweet praline and cinnamon? Simply the most addicting sweet and salty snack, that's perfect for munching while cheering on your favorite team.

Cinnamon Praline Pretzels

Often, as I lay awake in the middle of the night, I think about recipes. Doesn't everyone? This one came to me during one of those restless nights and goes to show that sometimes sleep is overrated. NOT! LOL

Cinnamon Praline Pretzels

It's a good thing I like to keep a some paper and a pen on the nightstand beside my bed. Otherwise, I might not have remembered this idea for Cinnamon Praline Pretzels.

My original thought was that they'd be great for tailgating, but let's not fool ourselves! They'd be an absolute hit no matter where you served them. Their salty, sweet taste will keep folks coming back for more and more. So much so that there needs to be a warning attached to these:

Cinnamon Praline Pretzels

*Note - It's best to use smaller pretzels (like the ones shown, or mini pretzel twists), so the praline caramel has enough pretzel surface to stick to, but the holes will still allow the praline caramel to pass through.

Yield:   8-10 cups       Prep Time:  30 minutes

1 bag of small pretzel knots, or square grid pretzels
1 stick butter
1 cup chopped pecans
1 cup granulated sugar
½ cup brown sugar
¼ cup pure maple syrup
3 tablespoons milk
pinch salt
1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
kosher salt (optional)
candy thermometer
parchment paper
baking spray
baking sheet

-Spread the pretzels evenly on a baking sheet that has been lined with a sheet of parchment paper and sprayed with baking spray. Set aside.

-In a medium size sauce pan, over medium heat, toast the pecans for 2-3 minutes stirring occasionally. Add in the butter, granulated sugar, brown sugar and maple syrup. Stirring well to combine.

-When the sugar has dissolved, stir in the milk, salt, and cinnamon. Increase the heat to medium/high and stir the mixture occasionally until it reaches a temperature of 200 - 230 degrees on a candy thermometer.

-Remove from heat and stir in the vanilla extract. Pour the cinnamon praline caramel as evenly as possible over the pretzels on the baking sheet. Carefully stir the pretzels with a spatula or wooden spoon to thoroughly coat the pretzels with the praline. Sprinkle the coated evenly with salt (if desired).

-Allow the pretzels to sit and cool completely. The praline caramel will harden slightly as the pretzels cool. Once cool, break the pretzels into pieces and serve.

Cinnamon Praline Pretzels

Cinnamon Praline Pretzels

Since this post and recipe revolves around games and game days, I thought these cute Clue glasses would be the perfect items to coordinate with these Cinnamon Praline Pretzel snacks. Enjoy!

Set of 6 Clue Character Glasses

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Until we eat again, I hope you have a delicious day!

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