Photo: Johnny Autry; Styling: Cindy Barr
Hands-on Time
20 Mins
Total Time
34 Mins
Serves 16 (serving size: about 1/3 cup)

Set a timer to remind you of the nuts toasting in the oven.

How to Make It

Step 1

Preheat oven to 350°.

Step 2

Combine brown sugar, 1 teaspoon thyme, salt, cinnamon, and red pepper in a small bowl.

Step 3

Combine pecans and almonds on a jelly-roll pan. Bake at 350° for 10 minutes or until the nuts begin to brown. Combine the pecan mixture and butter in a medium bowl, stirring until butter melts. Gently stir in pretzels, cereal, and syrup. Sprinkle the sugar mixture evenly over pretzel mixture; toss gently to coat. Spread pretzel mixture in a single layer on jelly-roll pan. Bake at 350° for 10 minutes, stirring once. Sprinkle with the remaining 1 teaspoon thyme. Cool completely.

Ratings & Reviews

bettydpizza's Review

August 24, 2013
LOVE this YUMMY recipe and it lends itself to re-invention. I have used fish pretzels (perfect size) and Bran Chex (more nutritious). Cashews are also yummy. Always double - goes so fast! You can really change up content volume to taste, e.g. more pretzels, more nuts. Have added dried fruit (cranberries, cherries) after baking. Have sent this recipe to everyone who tastes it - very popular!!

BethCooks4U's Review

December 25, 2012
This is something that belongs in the "make often" category! I used 1/4 teaspoon of cayenne, too, and it was just right. I blanched the almonds myself because I couldn't find whole blanched almonds. That only took a few minutes, and directions are easy to find on the Internet.

Can't stop eating!

February 25, 2017
This is absolutely delicious.  I changed the ratio of chex, nuts, and prezels (more chex and nuts, many fewer pretzels) because that's my preference. But the magic of this recipe and true flavor comes from the butter, spices, and maple syrup and that's what makes this recipe so delicious.  Great job!  I made 4X the recipe for a large crowd.  Good thing because I keep sneaking tastes before tomorrow's event.

natb71's Review

December 18, 2012

jhoward0145's Review

June 24, 2014

sukeedog's Review

November 02, 2013

Kathy611's Review

February 04, 2013
This is a great snack mix - the flavor combination is great! I didn't use the thyme, used 2 cups pretzels & 2 cups cereal (cinnamon flavored Quaker Oat Squares) along with walnuts (what I had in pantry). Will definitely make again. Very yummy!

greenspace1's Review

December 19, 2012

MarshaBwi's Review

December 30, 2012
This is a great recipe and a nice alternative to the standard chex mix. I used dried thyme (half the amount of fresh) and whole unblanched almonds. This is a new favorite recipe and very easy to scale up for large batches.

Shelly95's Review

November 20, 2012
Just made this and it is delicious! Trying to keep from eating it all before it cools! I used 1/4 tsp of red pepper and it has a bit of kick, but not so hot to make it uncomfortable to eat. My 9 year old liked it too.