Wednesday, June 19, 2013

Pomegranate Chipotle Pretzels

A little sweet with a spicy finish, these pretzels are super fun and really tasty.  They were a crowd pleaser during a recent get-together with friends.  And Dave enjoyed the leftovers for afternoon munchies. The flavors are really interesting, starting out as a sweet, almost candy coated pretzel and then finishing with a flavorful heat that's just a touch spicy, but not overly seasoned and hot.

Inspired by last week's Buffalo Pretzels and an open bottle of Tastefully Simple's Pomegranate Chipotle Sauce, I concocted a small batch of these pretzels just to see if they'd turn out ok.  I'm kind of disappointed I didn't make more from the beginning.  These pretzels are really good with a cold beer on a hot summer day.  Maybe watching a baseball game or for movie night.  Or just hanging out with friends.  I added a little sugar to balance out the extra chipotle powder, and a little rose salt that I got from my Foodie Pen Pal last month.  It took a little longer to bake than the Buffalo Pretzels, but only another 15 minutes.  I love the way everything came together and since I still have a bit of the pomegranate chipotle sauce left, I'll whip up another batch soon.  After all, there's still a lot more beer drinking to be done this summer.

Pomegranate Chipotle Pretzels


6 cup pretzels
4 Tablespoons butter
2 Tablespoons Pomegranate Chipotle Sauce
1 teaspoon sugar
1/4 teaspoon rose salt
1/4 teaspoon chipotle powder

Measure pretzels into a bowl and set aside.

In a microwave-safe bowl, melt butter then stir in pomegranate chipotle sauce, sugar, rose salt and chipotle powder.

Pour butter mixture over pretzels and stir to coat evenly.

Spread out coated pretzels on a parchment or Silpat lined baking sheet or roasting pan.  Alternatively, you can use a stoneware sheet pan.

Bake at 250 degrees F for 45-60 minutes, stirring every 10-15 minutes, until sauce is absorbed and pretzels are dry and crisp.

Cool completely on baking sheet, then transfer to an airtight container.

Makes 6 cups.

Happy Baking,
The Cookie Princess

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