Have I ever mentioned how much I really, really LIKE cinnamon and sugar? It’s a fairly intense obsession of mine. Somewhere between the passionate love I have for frozen grapes and the strong like I have for roasted almonds, that’s where the cinnamon-sugar obsession resides. :-)
I have a container of cinnamon-sugar mixed up and at the ready in my cupboard at all times because I have apparently passed down this obsession to my kids. (Is obsessiveness hereditary? It must be.)
So needless to say, when I saw this idea for Cinnamon-Sugar Pretzels at Midwest Living I was completely….obsessed. ;-) It was one of those things where you see it and you immediately go to your kitchen and make it. Not only because it sounds SO GOOD, but because you already have everything on hand! I love when that happens….the best of both worlds!
I actually ended up making TWO batches. One gluten-free made with Glutino Gluten Free Pretzels and one traditional made with Rold Gold Classic Thin Pretzels. The gluten-free pretzels are pretty pricey, so I don’t buy those for the entire household. (Note to self…learn to make gluten-free pretzels!)
As you can see, it’s not a very difficult recipe to master. :-) The most “difficult” thing about it is tossing the pretzels twice during the 30 minutes baking time. But if you are like me and love SALTY and SWEET together, this recipe is worth the effort!
2/3 cup vegetable oil
1/2 cup sugar
2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
1 package pretzel twists (large or small work, I made both)
Spread pretzels out on a large baking sheet. Combine oil, sugar and cinnamon and pour over pretzels. Toss well to combine. Bake, uncovered, in a 300 degree F oven for 30 minutes, stirring twice. Allow to cool. Store in an airtight container.
After I recovered from the frenzy that overtook me when I discovered these sweet and salty delights….I realized these would make a great food gift! For Christmas or ANYTIME!
And I had just the bags to put them in. I bought a BUNCH of little brown kraft bags online quite awhile ago. I think I bought them on Etsy. But you can find them lots of places, like your local craft store and, of course, Amazon.com.
I decided to give this simple tutorial that I found on Design Editor a try. I have managed to figure out how to print on Post-It Notes in the past. (Check out this post and this post for more on that.) But I hadn’t yet figured out how to do bags and such. Every time I tried it was a BIG FAIL. But I followed these instructions to the “T” and it worked out perfectly the very first time and I didn’t destroy 10 bags trying to figure out how to print ONE! Success!
Here’s how I did it:
Step One: Measure the item that you want to print on. Like my fancy ruler? lol. I could not find a ruler in this house to save my life! So I used the next best thing. :-)
Step Two: On your computer (I used Photoshop, but you could easily do it in Illustrator, InDesign, Publisher or Word too) create a document that is U.S. Letter Sized (that’s 8.5 x 11 inches to us Yanks), and then draw a box that is the same dimension as your item. Mine was 5 inches wide and 7.5 inches tall. This will be your template.
Step Three: Print out your template, making sure to UNCHECK the “Scale to Print Media” box. We don’t want any scaling here…we want it to print the exact same size at the item we are going to print on.
Step Four: Put a small piece of double-sided tape inside the template box on the piece of paper you just printed out, and then align your item inside the template and stick it. Now, IDEALLY you would use some REMOVABLE adhesive here (or the technical term would be “repositional tape”) but I didn’t have any of that and was too anxious to wait to get some before trying this out. The double-sided tape worked just fine. It took just the SLIGHTEST amount of paper off the bag when I peeled it off, but you honestly would not be able to tell where the tape was. Honest.
Step Five: Go back to your computer and add the words or graphic you want printed on your item into the box you created, then delete or hide the box so it doesn’t end up printing on your item. (I forgot to do this…but it worked out ok.) NOTE: the font I used is called Centeria Script and you can download it FREE for personal use here.
Step Six: Put the template that you printed with your item taped to it, into your printer. Depending on your printer, you will put it in upside down, or right side up. Mine I have to put upside down, with the print side on top. (Does that make any sense at all?) I am having hard time putting this into words…but I’m pretty sure you all get my drift on this one.
Step Seven: PRINT! (Once again making sure the “Scale to Print Media” box is unchecked in the print dialogue box.)
I was actually quite shocked that this worked perfectly the very first time I tried it! I have a very inexpensive HP printer that I got on clearance at Walmart after Christmas and it handled printing on the bag with NO problem. Of course when putting “non-traditional” items in your printer, you will want to stick with things that are fairly thin. Don’t go trying to put a padded envelope through your printer! I’m pretty sure your printer will not be amused!
Well, I hope you enjoyed this tutorial wrapped around a recipe! I’m off to experiment with this fun idea some more! I think I’ll tackle tags next! What about you?
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