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Oooooooh I’ve got something special for you today! Something for Super Bowl…or this afternoon, if you can’t wait until Super Bowl. Baked Cheesy Pretzel Poppers with hot melty cheese, dipped in spicy Chipotle Ranch Dressing. This is a game-changer for your party menu this year.

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Imagine…

Super Bowl Sunday is here. Everyone is arriving with chips and dips, or maybe some take-out hot wings.

But not you.

You have prepared the mother-of-all Game Day Snacks, Baked Cheesy Pretzel Poppers with Chipotle Ranch Dressing. Oozing cheesy goodness packaged in tiny bite-sized pretzel wrappings. Crispy and loaded with flavor.

You have suddenly become the star quarter back of the Super Bowl Party. The crowds roar as you shimmy across the end zone (i.e. kitchen.)

It’s possible.

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But even if it doesn’t happen like that, exactly, I can promise these will be a big hit on game day. And you will be happy to know these fabulous little poppers are healthier than most Super Bowl snacks out there.

Using reduced-fat cheese cubes and Sourdough Cheddar Pretzels from Nature Box, you can bake up a seemingly decedent snack that’s easy on your waistline.

Nature Box Snacks

I love having Nature Box Snacks show up on my door step each month. I can always trust the snacks we receive will be much healthier than most of the snacks I can find at the grocery store, with NO artificial sweeteners, flavors, or colors, no high fructose corn syrup, and no partially hydrogenated oils. Ever.

Plus the kids love them! Actually, we all love them. I have to hide the Sriracha Cashews and Sour Cream & Onion Almonds from Lt. Dan if I want to get a bite!

You can serve Nature Box Snacks as they are, at your Super Bowl Party, or use them to create something marvelous, like these baked cheesy pretzel poppers.

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Freeze reduced-fat cheddar cheese cubes until they are hard. Then roll the cheese cubes in egg wash and flour before rolling them in crushed Nature Box Sourdough Cheddar Pretzels.

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Once baked, the crispy sourdough crust and hot cheesy centers of the Baked Cheesy Pretzel Poppers are too much to bear.

They are fabulous to pop as-is all throughout the game, or dunk in rich creamy Chipotle Ranch sauce.

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Baked Cheesy Pretzel Poppers

Yield: 8-10 servings

Prep Time: 20 minutes

Cook Time: 10 minutes

Ingredients:

  • 9-10 ounces reduce-fat cheddar cheese cubes (Buy precut or use cheese sticks and cut each one into 5 pieces)
  • 5 ounces package Nature Box Sourdough Cheddar Pretzels
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1/4 cup water
  • 1/2 cup Gold Medal all-purpose flour
  • 3/4 cup low-fat ranch dressing
  • 2 canned chipotle peppers (in adobo sauce)

Directions:

  1. Cut the cheese sticks into 3/4 inch segments (if needed) and lay out on a narrow baking sheet. Freeze for at least one hour. (This helps them to keep their form in the oven.) Meanwhile, finely chop two chipotle peppers and mix into the ranch dressing. Cover and refrigerate until ready to serve.
  2. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F. Line 2 baking sheets with parchment paper and spray them with non-stick cooking spray. Pour the Nature Box Sourdough Cheddar Pretzels in the food processor and pulse until ground into small pieces.
  3. In a small bowl, whisk the eggs and water together. Then pour the pretzel crumbs in larger bowl, and the flour in a third bowl. Remove half the cheese cubes from the freezer. Taking 3-5 at a time, dunk them in egg wash, then flour, then egg wash again. After the second dunk in egg wash, roll in the crushed pretzels and lay them on a baking sheet. Repeat with the remaining cheese cubes out of the freezer.
  4. Spray the tops of the pretzel poppers with non-stick cooking spray and bake for 10 minutes. While they are baking prepare the other half of the cheese cubes for baking, and repeat.
  5. Once out of the oven, cool for 2-3 minutes, then serve warm with the Chipotle Ranch Dressing.

Also try coating with Nature Box Guacamole Bites and Baked Peppery Potato Fries!

Making this recipe? Why not take a quick shot and share it on Instagram! Make sure to tag it #ASpicyPerspective so we can see what you're cooking!

Disclosure: This post is sponsored by Nature Box. All opinions are my own.

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37 Responses to “Baked Cheesy Pretzel Poppers”

  1. Jenny Flakeposted January 13, 2014 at 7:48 am

    How fun are these?! Need these cute little pretzel poppers ASAP!!

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  2. Kevin @ Closet Cookingposted January 13, 2014 at 7:49 am

    These sound so tasty!

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  3. Julie @ Table for Twoposted January 13, 2014 at 7:54 am

    These are perfect little bites for game day!

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  4. Jeanette | Jeanette's Healthy Livingposted January 13, 2014 at 7:57 am

    What a fun idea for football Sundays or anytime! Little bites are always fun!

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  5. Melanie @ Carmel Momentsposted January 13, 2014 at 8:01 am

    Yummy. I love everything pretzel. Add cheese to it and it’s twice as good. :)

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  6. Mariaposted January 13, 2014 at 8:17 am

    I’ve trie those pretzels. So good! Great game day snack!

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  7. Erin | The Law Student's Wifeposted January 13, 2014 at 8:19 am

    I love creating super crunchy crusts in the oven, and think the idea of breading with pretzels is, in a word, fabulous. Cheddar pretzels on cheddar cheese? Sold!

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  8. Sandy @ ReluctantEntertainerposted January 13, 2014 at 8:54 am

    Looks fun and fantastic for Game Day, Sommer!

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  9. marlaposted January 13, 2014 at 8:54 am

    Not sure I could ever get enough of these!

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  10. Homecleanerposted January 13, 2014 at 8:56 am

    These look soooo delicious! I’m going to try them asap!

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  11. naomiposted January 13, 2014 at 9:06 am

    Game day food for sure! LOVE!!

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  12. Stephanie @ Girl Versus Doughposted January 13, 2014 at 9:15 am

    I don’t know if I can even wait til game day to make these! SO YUM.

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  13. Gabyposted January 13, 2014 at 10:16 am

    Love that you baked these awesome little bites! I could snack on these anytime!

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  14. Anna @ Crunchy Creamy Sweetposted January 13, 2014 at 10:23 am

    I could easily eat a whole plate of these! Pinned!

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  15. Marian (Sweetopia)posted January 13, 2014 at 11:18 am

    Mmmm! These look sooo good!

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  16. RavieNomNomsposted January 13, 2014 at 11:23 am

    Those look super nommy!

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  17. Liz @ Virtually Homemadeposted January 13, 2014 at 11:31 am

    So creative! Love these.

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  18. Lauren @ Climbing Grier Mountainposted January 13, 2014 at 12:39 pm

    These look insanely good, Sommer! Perfect for gameday….okay, really any day! :)

    Reply

  19. Gwen @simplyhealthyfamilyposted January 13, 2014 at 5:49 pm

    This is a no brainer!i have to have these…. For the children of course. ;p

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  20. Nicole Lindstrom | Simply Happenstanceposted January 13, 2014 at 5:30 pm

    Holy yum! These pretzels look amazing and the chipotle ranch dip…wow! I think that this would be a football hit at my house.

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  21. Miss @ Miss in the Kitchenposted January 13, 2014 at 6:02 pm

    These look so good! My boys would love them for sure!

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  22. Stephanie @ Eat. Drink. Love.posted January 13, 2014 at 11:26 pm

    I love so many things about this, I don’t know where to start!

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  23. Sylviaposted January 14, 2014 at 11:20 am

    Wow! These little cheesy pretzel bites looks fantastic. Can’t wait to try them. I may not be a fan of football, but I do love making treats for everyone. Thanks for the suggestion.

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  24. Megan {Country Cleaver}posted January 14, 2014 at 11:25 am

    I can’t wait for SuperBowl just for the snackage!! I mean, unless the Seahawks make it, then I’ll watch it for the game hahah But mainly, the snackage!! These would be top of my list :)

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  25. Gintare @Gourmantineposted January 14, 2014 at 11:53 am

    These are so cute and would be such a hit at any party!

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  26. Paula – bell’alimentoposted January 14, 2014 at 4:59 pm

    Perfect for game day!

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  27. Laura (Tutti Dolci)posted January 14, 2014 at 8:34 pm

    Perfect for game day, such a crowd pleaser!

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  28. Sylvie @ Gourmande in the Kitchenposted January 15, 2014 at 4:13 am

    Those would definitely be a crowd pleaser for Super Bowl or any party.

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  29. Carolynposted January 15, 2014 at 7:01 am

    Wow, serious yumminess!

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  30. Heather Christoposted January 15, 2014 at 11:33 am

    I feel like I could pop about a hundred of those puppies in my mouth! yum!

    Reply

  31. Jenn L @ Peas and Crayonsposted January 16, 2014 at 8:23 am

    Is this real life? Haha I need these in my face!

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  32. Shainaposted January 16, 2014 at 10:11 am

    Love these cheesy bites.

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  33. Deborahposted January 16, 2014 at 5:03 pm

    These are definitely drool worthy! What a perfect football snack.

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  34. Marlyposted January 19, 2014 at 11:32 pm

    So delicious!

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  35. Nutmeg Nannyposted January 27, 2014 at 9:15 am

    Sheer perfection :) such a fabulous idea, I can’t wait to try it myself!

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  36. Liz @ Virtually Homemadeposted January 27, 2014 at 10:16 am

    These look so yummy!

    Reply

  37. Danielle | Krafted Kochposted January 23, 2015 at 2:07 pm

    These look amazing! The sourdough cheddar pretzels from NatureBox are already one of my favorites and this just takes them over the top. YUM!

    Reply

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