Sweet & Spicy Holiday Pretzels

I’m out of breath.


We rolled back the clocks, and I feel like I’ve been chasing the light all day to photograph this recipe.


Despite being out of breath and in need of a bath, it got me thinking. Am I chasing the light in my life each and every day?


I love Charles Simic’s perspective…”Inside my empty bottle I was constructing a lighthouse while all the others were making ships.”


From that I ponder, are we  focused on fueling our internal flame as opposed to just building up our external world?


As the days get shorter and shorter, use it as a reminder to feed your soul, look outside your material world and chase the light. You will then have your lighthouse built and ready for the inevitable dark storms of life.


Description: The smell of the spices boiling will tickle your holiday taste buds and elicit childhood memories of snowy dinners at Grandma’s house. The sticky, warm and crunchy baked pretzels feel sweet at first, but then deliver a playful kick of naughty spice right at the end which will awaken all your senses and keep you reaching for more!


Sweet & Spicy Holiday Pretzels

1/2 cup light corn syrup
2 tablespoons unsalted butter
1/4 teaspoon cinnamon
1/4 teaspoon ground red pepper
1/4 teaspoon paprika
1/4 ground nutmeg
1 1/2 cup slim pretzels (I used Trader Joe’s)
Sugar for sprinkling

1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
2. Heat corn syrup and butter on medium heat in a small sauce pan.
3. While heating, spread pretzels out on cookie tray with raised edges.
4. Add spices to mixture and bring to boil.
5. Pour mixture over pretzels and bake immediately for 5 minutes.
6. Remove from oven, sprinkle with sugar and serve warm.

“Begin challenging your own assumptions. Your assumptions are your windows on the world. Scrub them off every once in awhile, or the light won’t come in. “

-Alan Alda



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