Cinnamon-Sugar Pretzels {Gluten-Free} & A Cute, Printed Bag To Put Them In!

cinnamon sugar pretzelsHave 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!

Cinnamon-Sugar Pretzels


2/3 cup vegetable oil
1/2 cup sugar
2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
1 package pretzel twists (large or small work, I made both)

cinnamon sugar pretzels


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.

cinnamon sugar pretzels

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,

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. :-)

cinnamon sugar pretzels


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.


cinnamon sugar pretzels

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!


cinnamon sugar pretzels


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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  1. Sue Coates says

    The recipe sounds so, so good. But…vegetable oil is so bad for you. All the fb pages are focusing on olive oil and coconut oil now for use in cooking…I am not trying to be mean, but I want your page/recipes to be successful, so thought I would ask you if you could try these pretzels with a healthy type substitute for the vegetable oil? I know you are more into doing the “homemade things” which is awesome and you are not trying to be a healthy eating/organic food type page, but just thought I would pass that on, as in trying to be helpful – not trying to be mean..thanks :) Seriously, I don’t want this to come across as bitchy….just trying to be helpful..

  2. Shannon says

    Ok, first it was the common love of roasted almonds… and now C&S?! :) I can’t wait to make these! The terms commonly used in my neck of the woods when trying to communicate paper orientation for a printer is “face up” or “face down” and “head first” or “feet first”. That visual language usually helps!

  3. says

    ok…so I too had to RUN to my kitchen to make these. I did however switch the oil to butter. My southern roots are deeply attached to the roots of the butter trees…hehe…they are AMAZING. As soon as they came out of the oven I was sending everyone in my phone a pic and a link to your page. Thank you so much for all of your posts…I have used so many of them!!!

  4. CTY says

    Love the brown bag touch, it’s like being in NYC and buying roasted nuts from a vender in Central Park. As an added thought– you can choose any shape for your template border, you can even remove the border line after you have completed your design and so it won’t print.

  5. Shala Glennon says

    You are such an incredibly talented lady. I pin so many of your ideas on Pinterest. I don’t know if I’ll do these, but I really appreciate and admire your creativity. God bless you.

  6. Niina says

    It’s sad that we don’t have gluten-free pretzel here in Finland in the stores so I can’t make these so easily. :( I just have to make up a recipe for those and then cover them in cinnamon and sugar. :)
    I was just thinking… Do you or someone in your household have celiac disease? If the answer is no, why to buy/make the more expensive gluten-free products?

    (And if someone out there reading this too-long post is thinking that gluten-free food helps you to lose weight, I can tell you that it doesn’t. I have eaten gluten-free food for about half a year now, my sister has been eating it for over a year and two of my aunts about ten years, because of celiac disease and not one of us has lost weight because of gluten-free diet. I’ve been working out just like I did before the diagnose and I haven’t lost a single pound.)

  7. A.C. Hegeman says

    I read this post the day I was getting ready for Halloween. I grabbed 60 brown paper lunch bags; I printed labels (leftover stock) and stickered the bags. Stuffed the bags and was ready for handout — it worked so well. Neat; quick and easy. Had more time to admire the costumes of the goblins.

    I will be using decorated goody bags for my B&B too. Decorated makes all the difference.

  8. megan says

    OMG i love these but quick question im making these but have leftover sauce cause i dipped thm is it possible i can leave it in the fridge for use in a few days or freeze it and then dethaw it for use again later ??

  9. says

    Very Nice. I like your idea of packaging them. It’s the small touches that make things special. I made them and then added some chocolate fudge as a gift to a friend. Thank You.

    Ps. I made my own chubby, fat, fresh soft pretzels~ but now I’m just being a show off : )


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