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.

jhoward0145's Review

June 24, 2014

daneanp's Review

May 30, 2014
Fabulous. I am so glad I made a double batch.

mousepotato's Review

February 01, 2014
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.

ajvinande's Review

November 17, 2013
Delicious! Before starting the recipe, I wondered if it would be too sweet, but the salt and spices balanced it out. Salted pretzels worked fine. Easy & tasty.

sukeedog's Review

November 02, 2013

snewtonc21's Review

March 16, 2013
I brought this to a Super Bowl party and an office party. Big success At both events. I use 1 teaspoon dried thyme in place of the fresh thyme.

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!