Set a timer to remind you of the nuts toasting in the oven.
3 tablespoons brown sugar
2 teaspoons chopped fresh thyme, divided
3/4 teaspoon kosher salt
1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1/4 to 1/2 teaspoon ground red pepper
1/2 cup pecans
1/2 cup blanched almonds
1 1/2 tablespoons butter
3 cups tiny unsalted pretzels
1 cup crispy rice cereal squares (such as Rice Chex)
2 tablespoons maple syrup
How to Make It
Preheat oven to 350°.
Combine brown sugar, 1 teaspoon thyme, salt, cinnamon, and red pepper in a small bowl.
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.
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!!
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.
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.
The only problem with this recipe is that it isn't enough! Made it according to the recipe, except didn't have blanched almonds. I used regular whole almonds and can't imagine how it could be any better. The fresh thyme is a very nice touch, especially when the thyme hits the hot mix and sends up its beautiful fragrance. I used the smaller amount of red pepper and it was just enough kick for me. There is a lot of sweetness to offset the hotness. will definitely make this again.
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!
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