Honey Mustard and Onion Pretzels


These honey mustard and onion pretzels taste EXACTLY like the ones you know and love. Recipe on

Ohhhh, these pretzels.

You know them, have seen them, and probably have gotten addicted to them.

When I first discovered these as a kid, I was utterly hooked on them. Something about these pretzels; I just couldn’t stop eating them! My dad was equally hooked on them as I was.

Granted, they did give you pretty bad breath, but there’s nothing mint or gum can’t fix.

These honey mustard and onion pretzels taste EXACTLY like the ones you know and love. Recipe on

Talking about these honey mustard and onion pretzels just makes me want to go whip up a whole new batch.

I think I cracked the recipe to them. They taste EXACTLY like the ones you know and love and they’re so easy to make at home.

I really honestly think they’re PERFECT. I had my coworker try them, who knew exactly what I was talking about because he would buy bags of them at the store.

He said my version tasted EXACTLY like them and was very impressed. You really don’t need to go buy the pre-made ones anymore and just make them yourself from scratch!! :)

These honey mustard and onion pretzels taste EXACTLY like the ones you know and love. Recipe on

Since I came up with this recipe in 2014, I have had numerous feedback and one of the comments I got was that they come out soggy.

You have to make sure you use these big sourdough pretzels and not the thin pretzels that you’re used to eating. You also have to make sure they’re in an even layer on the baking sheet otherwise they’re just kind of steaming each other, you know? They’re like overcrowding each other like how when you fry too many things in a skillet, they don’t really get super crisp.

You also have to let it sit before you eat them straight from the oven. They harden up a bit more after coming out of the oven.

Hopefully with these tips, you’ll be able to make a successful batch of these honey mustard and onion pretzels that I love so much!

These honey mustard and onion pretzels taste EXACTLY like the ones you know and love. Recipe on

You’re going to want to make a triple batch. Everyone will devour these!

Honey Mustard and Onion Pretzels
Prep Time
5 mins
Cook Time
30 mins
Total Time
35 mins

These honey mustard and onion pretzels taste EXACTLY like the ones you know and love.

Servings: 6 -8
Calories: 359 kcal
  • 12 oz sourdough hard pretzels, the pounder
  • 1/3 cup vegetable oil
  • 3 tablespoons honey
  • 2 tablespoons yellow mustard
  • 1 teaspoon onion powder
  1. Preheat oven to 275 degrees Fahrenheit and line a large baking sheet with silicone baking mats or parchment paper.
  2. In a large bowl, whisk together vegetable oil, honey, yellow mustard, and onion powder.
  3. Smash the sourdough hard pretzels against your countertop into bite-size pieces.
  4. Pour the pretzels into the mixture and toss well to coat every piece.
  5. Pour the pretzels onto the baking sheet and spread them out in an even layer.
  6. Bake for 30 minutes, tossing/turning the pieces halfway through baking.
  7. Remove from oven, let cool, then store in an airtight container.

Recipe Video

Recipe Notes

Nutrition Facts
Honey Mustard and Onion Pretzels
Amount Per Serving (1 serving)
Calories 359 Calories from Fat 117
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 13g 20%
Total Carbohydrates 55g 18%
Dietary Fiber 3g 12%
Sugars 9g
Protein 6g 12%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

*Nutrition facts are an estimate and not guaranteed to be accurate.


Posted on May 22, 2018

dinner for two by julie wampler



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  1. Sharon
    04/15/2015 at 8:52 pm

    The kind of Honey Mustard and Onion pretzels that one can buy in the store are one of my favorite snacks so I was excited to see this recipe. I made them today. I followed the recipe to the letter..except I didn’t have parchment paper on hand. I am a bit disappointed in these. They aren’t like the store bought at all. They are edible, but there’s something lacking in the flavor. I’m not sure what yet. I will tinker with the ingredients before I completely write it off.

    • cindy
      07/21/2015 at 8:34 pm

      The store bought also has horseradish, and I would add some garlic salt.

    • Himalayan Chef
      02/28/2017 at 8:08 am

      I suspect the store-bought ones also have MSG, which has a way of tickling the taste buds, leaving you wanting more in the short term and leaving you feeling a bit off in the long run

    • Susana
      07/18/2017 at 12:27 pm

      Made them and love them however indeed not like shopbought ones. For me it is the sourness missing. Am thinking on how to achieve this. Maybe with middle easterb spuce sumac orbit of sour cream.

  2. Judy
    12/11/2015 at 2:39 pm

    Haven’t made your pretzels yet, will be adding garlic salt I think…
    As to your dog situation…how about offering to dog sit for a friend over a weekend? You’ll kind of figure out a potty/poo schedule and what their needs are. Also small dogs are great when trained on potty pads…either washable or disposable…esp. With the snow….! Good luck with the doggy!
    Wish me luck with the pretzels!

  3. Seriously?
    12/24/2015 at 11:27 pm

    Are you fucking kidding me? You try to keep people from copying your work like this? Get over yourself? You’re a fucking recipe blogger among thousands. The way you put honey and pretzels together isn’t going to win you fucking Pulitzer, you retard. Just let me copy the fucking instructions without viewing the source.

    Jesus. Get some fucking perspective.

    • Julie
      12/25/2015 at 11:40 am

      Merry fucking Christmas to you, too!

      • CariLee
        01/21/2017 at 7:26 pm

        Bahahaha!!!! Thank you for the great recipe and for the Best “Laugh Out Loud” I’ve had all Week! Love, love your response Julie!!

    • Don
      02/27/2018 at 9:33 pm

      Did you try copy/paste? Worked for me here, as it has for decades. Imbecile!

  4. Jillian
    01/12/2016 at 8:13 pm

    Hi! So I love this flavor of pretzels and I know that pretzel crisps has their version of them and I was wondering if you had any idea if I could use the original pretzel crisps with this recipe? Thanks for sharing!

    • Julie
      01/14/2016 at 6:48 am

      I don’t think it would work with pretzel crisps since they’re so thin!

  5. Susan
    01/30/2016 at 1:04 pm

    Have you tried this recipe with butter rather than the oil?

    • Julie
      01/30/2016 at 5:42 pm

      No, I haven’t, sorry!

  6. Anna
    03/29/2016 at 4:09 pm

    After nearly an hour in the oven, they came up soft, Do I do something wrong? Which mustard do you use?

    • Julie
      03/30/2016 at 12:20 pm

      Hi Anna, that’s so strange! I’m not sure how hard pretzels can turn soft in the oven? If anything they would get harder. How much of the ‘sauce’ did you put on the pretzels and did you buy hard pretzels? Sorry for all the questions – just trying to help figure this out! I used regular yellow mustard that comes in a squeeze jar.

  7. Adelaide
    04/23/2016 at 9:27 pm

    Mine came out soft too! But they were still delicious!!

    • Lisa
      07/08/2016 at 8:47 pm

      Yum! I made as hot honey mustard, adding sriracha!! Btw, they won’t soften if you don’t cover while still warm, people! Thank you for great recipe! Glad I found your blog!

    • Mollie
      01/21/2017 at 7:00 pm

      Mine seemed soft too, but I let them cool for quite a long time while still on the pan- occassioanlly pushing them around with my silicone spatula. Hopefully this helps you!

  8. smurf
    08/07/2016 at 3:01 pm

    did anyones’ turn out a little sticky from the honey? Mine did, so i put them back in oven for 15 min. not only were they still sticky but thet had a burnish taste. (:>((

  9. Footballmom
    09/03/2016 at 12:31 pm

    When you say yellow mustard, is that the ground or the liquid?

    • Julie
      09/04/2016 at 7:41 am

      It’s the liquid yellow mustard that you typically put on hot dogs :)

  10. Mollie
    01/21/2017 at 6:53 pm

    These are really pretty good! I bought a bag of the “sourdough nibblers” that was 16oz, so I increased the quantities: 3/4c canola oil, 4tbsp honey, 3tbsp Dusseldorf mustard, a heaping tsp onion pwd, 1/2tsp garlic pwd (for good measure). I love Copy Cat recipes b/c you usually get to miss out on all the weird ingredients. I did some research.. my batch was made WITHOUT palm oil, maltodextrin, dextrose, whey, modified corn starch, hydrolyzed soy protein, turmeric(i could use that next time), citric acid, horseradish pwd, and “natural flavors”. Next time I think I will double the onion pwd for personal preference, use turmeric for better color, and maybe throw in a tsp of horseradish! If you can find the pretzels for cheap, then overall I think making them yourself will be cheaper than buying an equal quantity of the regular brand. Thanks for the great recipe, Julie!

  11. Thomas Walther
    01/22/2017 at 2:19 pm

    You can buy 4.5# of sourdough pieces from Wege for $6.99 they are in 18oz bags. What would the recipe for this be?

    • Julie
      01/23/2017 at 4:39 pm

      I would multiply this recipe by 1.5 then.

  12. Phil
    06/12/2017 at 11:00 pm

    Made these to the T. They were crunchy inside, but the outside was soft/soggy. Too much honey/sweet and they were all sticky. This didn’t have nearly the flavor I was hoping for. We are talking about Snyders of Hanover right?? The outside should have a little stickiness, but mostly a granular cheeto like residue with oniony mustardy goodness. Needs more of the mustard/horseradish tang. I think oil was a poor choice of carrier. It soaks in like when you fry something when the frying oil isn’t hot enough. I’d almost think you might want to use a water based sauce that you could dehydrate off and leave a nice powder coating with a little sweet sticky from the honey, but mostly mustard and onion.

    I’ll try something else. Definitely overhyped. Super overhyped. I love these stupid pretzels and I am left with a hole in my soul due to the expectation I had created about being able to make them by the pool-full and gorge myself. :( :( :(

  13. Susana
    07/18/2017 at 1:03 pm

    Following the comments on soggy result. I used diced spelt pita bread dried in the oven, then covered with the sauce and baked according to the recipe. Although slightly increased the oven temperature the last 10 minutes. Keep an eye on them to avoid burning. Nice and crunchy!

  14. Carol
    08/25/2017 at 5:39 pm

    I’m so happy to find recipe. Very good. My next batch I will add more mustard and onion powder. But overall i think they are yummy. Thanks.

  15. Sebastian
    11/06/2017 at 5:18 am

    I just wanted to ask for some clarification. I have 32 oz pretzel pieces and would need to multiply the recipe roughly by 3 or a little less. This would make roughly 2 cups of oil. Are you sure? Am I wrong???

    • Julie
      11/06/2017 at 1:36 pm

      Your calculations aren’t wrong. That is definitely a lot of oil, haha – I also just did some searching and I’m thinking maybe my recipe is outdated b/c I can only find 16 ounce pretzel pieces/pounders. I’m wondering if 12 ounce was discontinued and 16 ounce is now what they offer. If that’s the case, you could just double my recipe instead of tripling it and perhaps add 1 tbsp. more honey and 1 tbsp. more mustard and more garlic powder as well. Keep the oil the same b/c you really don’t need to up that much.

  16. Tom abbott
    03/02/2018 at 7:38 pm

    Your recipe is pretty much bogus. I followed it as posted. I ended up with swampy pretzels.
    Followed the recipe as posted.
    Thanks for nothin.

  17. Tracy
    05/25/2018 at 7:07 pm

    They are in my oven now & smell heavenly. I tasted a tiny piece….so yummy! Thanks

    • Julie
      05/26/2018 at 7:17 am

      Enjoy!! Good luck trying to not eat them all! Haha :)

  18. Em
    05/26/2018 at 10:12 am

    Hi Julie!
    I just found this recipe and am dying to make it, as these pretzels have been my addiction since I was a teen!
    I do have a few questions:
    1) have you ever used olive oil instead of vegetable oil? Wasn’t sure how that would work, but I don’t love vegetable/canola oil and was hoping for a substitute, and thought I would ask.
    2) Reading others comments, I was also curious if you had also tried the addition of garlic powder and/or horseradish?
    Thank you so much for sharing this recipe, and for your time reading this!

    • Julie
      05/29/2018 at 7:19 am

      Hi! I haven’t used olive oil before but it would likely have a slight flavor to it. I haven’t tried the addition of garlic powder and horseradish but I bet adding the garlic powder along with the onion powder would be a great addition!

  19. Daisy
    06/28/2018 at 4:47 am


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