Stinky Pretzels

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This seasoned pretzel recipe is a crowd pleaser, and we lovingly refer to them as Stinky Pretzels!

So yeah, these are neither a dessert nor sweet.

And as per the title they are the opposite of sweet, actually.

They’re stinky.

Is stinky the opposite of sweet?  Ok, maybe it isn’t, but we’ll pretend it is today.


But between all the sugar, sometimes you just need a little salty crunch.

I mean, I have tried my best to combine sweet and salty in a lot of my recipes….but this one is all salty.  No sweet.

And stinky?  Did I mention that?


Don’t be put off by the title.  They aren’t any stinkier than a handful of Cool Ranch Doritos.

Ok, yeah, that’s a little stank.

But beyond garlicky, ranchy-ness…these little nuggets are totally addictive.


And I thought they might be the perfect balance this holiday season to all the cookies that you surely will be consuming.

Meet Stinky Pretzels.

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I got this recipe from my neighbor who makes these pretzels quite frequently.

It’s a recipe from her family…and after a quick google search, it looks like a lot of you indulge in Stinky Pretzels.  Who knew you guys were so gross?


They are super easy, and the longer they sit, the better they get, so make sure to make them AT LEAST a day in advance…I might even say 2 days.


Grab a bag of the hard sourdough pretzels.  You know, the ones you can break a tooth on?

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Break those guys into pieces.  Small little pieces…

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Then grab your seasoning.  You’ve got Ranch mix, garlic powder, dill and lemon pepper…

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My recipe differs from my neighbors’ because she uses this Butter Flavored Oil from Orville Redenbacher, but I had some trouble finding it, so I adapted.

I used light olive oil and a little melted butter, and then whisked in the seasonings!

My kiddo loves to whisk…

Stinky Pretzels | | #pretzels #recipe #snackJust pour that right on top of your pretzels..

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And stir it up really well, coating all the pieces in the seasoned oil.Stinky Pretzels | | #pretzels #recipe #snack

Cover that and let it sit.  Like I said, at least overnight, but a few days is even better.  It will give the pretzels a chance to soak up the oil and seasonings and it won’t be greasy!Stinky Pretzels | | #pretzels #recipe #snack

Finally when it’s time to eat…dig in!

And have a breath mint handy!

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Stinky Pretzels



  • 16 oz – 18 oz Sourdough Hard Pretzels, broken into small pieces
  • 3/4 cup light olive oil
  • 1/4 cup butter, melted
  • 1 pkg Ranch salad dressing mix
  • 3/4 tsp garlic powder
  • 3/4 tsp dill weed
  • 3/4 tsp lemon pepper


  1. Place pretzel in a large bowl.
  2. IN small bowl whisk together oil, butter and all seasonings.
  3. Pour mixture over pretzels, stirring to coat.
  4. Cover bowl and let sit AT LEAST overnight. Shaking or stirring pretzels often.


Store airtight for up to a week.

**Original recipe from my friend uses Orville Redenbacher in place of olive oil and butter. If you can find it, feel free to sub in 1 cup in place of oil and butter.

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Hi! I’m Shelly and I’m an addict. Of the buttercream sort. I started this site a few years ago as a way to justify my sugary, buttery obsession with desserts. It has worked out well for me so far, because as it turns out you guys all love sugary, buttery desserts too! It feels good to know you're not alone, doesn’t it?

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February 1, 2015 4:16 pm

This was so great! I ended up using some soft bake pretzels I had left over from the kids school fundraiser. I cut them up, mixed the stuff and threw them in the oven @400 for about 25 mins.. Sooooo yummy! And my house smelled great too!

February 1, 2015 2:30 pm

my family loves these but instead of letting them sit for days we spread them on baking sheets and bake them for 1 hour in a 200 oven I take them out every 20 min and mix them up a bit and put them back in they are the best!!!

January 29, 2015 10:12 pm

Does all of that oil soften the pretzels or am I still likely to break a tooth?

December 19, 2013 8:47 pm

Haha – love the name! Very welcome snack with all the sugar in the air!

December 17, 2013 10:19 pm

Everyone knows that stinky is where it’s at. Hello, Corn Nuts anyone? Can’t wait to try these!!

December 17, 2013 9:46 pm

I definitely need a few savory snacks to balance out all the sweet! I feel like these would be a once you pop, you just can’t stop situation.

December 17, 2013 9:34 pm

I don’t care how stinky they are, I want them desperately!!

December 17, 2013 9:05 pm

hehe, these are adorable! Amazing photo, too! I think I would eat a shoe covered in ranch dressing mix.

December 17, 2013 8:34 pm

I’m sure these taste great, but I think they need a new name 🙂

December 17, 2013 6:57 pm

I bet these are SO amazing. And I’m not afraid of a little garlicky ranch stank. Will try! 🙂

December 17, 2013 5:47 pm

Who cares if they’re stinky with all these flavors! These look like a perfect snack!

December 17, 2013 4:48 pm

Hi Shelly! Not only are your recipes amazing, your food photography is outstanding. If you don’t mind me asking, what camera are you currently using? Thanks! 🙂

December 17, 2013 3:18 pm

They sound so savory! There are lots of sweets during the holidays so this is sure to be a welcome addition.

December 17, 2013 2:50 pm

OMG I totally love pretzels like these! I’m pretty sure that either my mom or my grandma used to make them when I was growing up, because I remember eating them. SO good! Gotta have a stinky savory snack to go with all of those Christmas cookies!

Mary Lynn
December 17, 2013 2:22 pm

It has been years since I made these. We didn’t let them sit overnight, we baked them in the oven. Can’t wait to try your recipe.

Shelly Hi! I’m Shelly and I’m an addict. Of the buttercream sort. I started this site a few years ago as a way to justify my sugary, buttery obsession with desserts. It has worked out well for me so far, because as it turns out you guys all love sugary, buttery desserts too! It feels good to know you're not alone, doesn’t it?

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