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Game-day snacking is made better with this Everything Ranch Cheese and Pretzel Snack Mix. Kind of like a Chex Mix…but with a whole new flavor. Made with pretzels, cheese crackers (Cheez-Its and Goldfish too) plus a mix of homemade everything bagel spice AND homemade ranch seasoning. This mix is oh so GOOD! Each bite of this mix is perfectly seasoned, buttery, crunchy, and cheesy. It’s seriously better than the original…and I’m warning you now, highly addicting.

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First, things first, happy first official day of autumn!! I know I’ve been talking all things fall for at least the past week, but now that’s it official, I’m ready to share all the fall recipes I can think up. Let’s just say the pumpkin recipes are coming soon…

And if you’re looking to satisfy your pumpkin fix now…I’m suggesting this cream cheese swirled pumpkin bread, these pumpkin coffee cake muffins. If you’re looking for something more savory, try these pumpkin and pesto cheese stuffed shells. Yes, I love a good pumpkin recipe…and I LOVE fall. Sorry, I’m beyond cheesy and just way too excited.

Anyway, on to today’s recipe. It’s not pumpkin, but it sure is fun and delicious.

I’m switching it up today and sharing a snack/appetizer/highly addicting crunchy cracker mix that you will not be able to stop eating. That’s overly dramatic, but also 100% the truth. This salty, cheesy mix is good. Oh so good.

OK, taking it back down a notch. In all seriousness, this is such a different kind of recipe for me, but also one of my favorites. It’s not classy, and nowhere near sophisticated. Instead, it’s just fun finger food that everyone will enjoy. I believe I’ve had this snack mix idea on my running list of recipes since early summer. But I knew this recipe needed to be saved for the fall, once both football and school had started back-up.

To me, this mix just screams Sunday game day eats, or happy after school snacking. It’s fun, it’s so easy, and trust me, everyone will be asking for another batch.

prep photo of snack mix before baking

The details.

As you might guess this is pretty easy.

Let’s talk about the crackers. I’m using a mix of pretzels, Cheez-Its, and Goldfish. Now, I will not lie, I don’t tend to use things like store-bought cheese crackers in recipes. But sometimes they have their time and place. My advice…live a little…and then maybe eat a salad with dinner.

I also tossed in some Chex cereal, but not too much since I really wanted the pretzels and crackers to shine.

So that’s the base.

Everything Ranch Cheese and Pretzel Snack Mix after baking on baking sheet

Now, that seasoning…

Which is the heart of the recipe and really what inspired me to create this snack mix.

I love everything bagel spice and I love ranch dressing. The sound of the two together has always been a combination that has intrigued me. But until today I’d never put the two together.

I took homemade everything bagel spice and mixed it together with homemade ranch seasoning. This is KEY. It’s a blend of sesame seeds, poppy seeds, parsley, dill, garlic, onion, and chives. Seems so simple, but I really cannot tell you how good this blend is when mixed with this snack mix.

I tossed the seasonings together with a splash of Worcestershire sauce and melted butter. Added the pretzel/cracker mix. Then baked everything together at a low temp until the mix became warm and toasted. As this bakes the scents coming from the oven will immediately get you excited.

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I like to think of this as my favorite Christmas Eve Chex Mix, but with a twist. It’s not that it’s better per se, just completely different…and still so delicious.

It’s made with the best seasoning blend, plus the addition of cheese crackers, and minus all the other “stuff” that’s sometimes added to Chex mix (you know, the stuff you pick around). No picking around here!

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Serve this salty, cheesy snack mix up…

On game-day, at gatherings with friends, and even looking ahead at upcoming holiday gatherings. We might be entertaining in smaller groups this year, but we still need all the snacks! 

My biggest tip? Make a double batch. This mix gets eaten fast.

Whether it’s game-day snacking (hello Monday/Thursday/Sunday night football) or a holiday party, this is about to become your new go-to. Even my brothers agree…this mix is pretty darn good. And the added bonus? It’s the easiest to throw together. Plus, I usually have all the ingredients stashed away in my pantry. 

Perfect for last-minute snacking. Have fun with this one guys, and enjoy!!

Everything Ranch Cheese and Pretzel Snack Mix | halfbakedharvest.com

Looking for other fun autumn appetizers? Here are a few ideas: 

Pastry Wrapped Baked Brie with Maple Butter Roasted Apples

Baked Sweet Potato Parmesan Tater Tots

Garlic Parmesan Herb Butter Polenta Fries with Lemon Aioli

Pumpkin Beer Pretzels with Chipotle Queso

Lastly, if you make these Everything Ranch Baked Cheese and Pretzel Snack Mix,  be sure to leave a comment and/or give this recipe a rating! Above all, I love to hear from you guys and always do my best to respond to each and every comment. And of course, if you do make this recipe, don’t forget to tag me on Instagram! Looking through the photos of recipes you all have made is my favorite!

Everything Ranch Cheese and Pretzel Snack Mix

Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 30 minutes
Total Time 40 minutes
Servings: 8
Calories Per Serving: 302 kcal

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Ingredients

Instructions

  • 1. Preheat oven to 300 degrees F. 
    2. In a large bowl, combine the butter, Worcestershire, sesame seeds, poppy seeds, parsley, chives, dill, garlic powder, onion powder, salt, and pepper. Add the pretzels, cheese crackers, and Chex, tossing well for 3-5 minutes or until the mixture is evenly coated. Spread the mix evenly over a rimmed baking sheet.
    3. Transfer to the oven and bake 30-35 minutes, Toss 1-2 times throughout cooking. Serve, or store in an airtight container for up to 1 week.
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  1. 2 stars
    This is why quality control is extremely important. Not sure if this was tested more than once but a professional kitchen tests their recipes 10-20 times before releasing it. This was obviously not done because the mix was way too salty & started burning after only 18 minutes. When a cook has multiple comments from posters talking about burning something at said temperature & time listed in the recipe & the mix being too salty, the cook (Tiegan) needs to go back to the kitchen & retest/ adjust the recipe. This is why I pretty much stick with recipes from professional cooks/chefs who do their homework & are well known/have a great reputation. Last recipe I’m making from Half Baked Harvest.

    1. Hey Molly,
      So sorry you did not enjoy this recipe. While you may not think it, I test my recipes multiple times before releasing them to my readers. I work extremely hard to only share the best of the best of my recipes. If it’s something that didn’t work or I didn’t love, I would never share it. If there is anything I can do to help please let me know! If not, I hope you have a fabulous day! xTieghan

  2. 5 stars
    I’m such a huge fan of your recipes & once again the everything bagel ranch chex mix did not disappoint! I made it for a football party & it was a huge hit with adults & kids alike. Every morsel gone!! I agree make a double batch!!!❤

    1. Hey Jamie,
      Fantastic!! I am thrilled to hear that this recipe was a winner, thanks so much for making it! xTieghan

  3. Can’t stop making this!! Everyone loves it and is always requested. So good and easy. Making it tonight for the Green Bay Packer playoff game party.

    1. Hey Allyson,
      Happy Sunday! I am thrilled to hear this recipe was enjoyed, thanks so much for making it! xTieghan

      1. Could toasted cheez-its be used and also I have a jar of everything bagel spice. Could I use that instead of the spices for the everything ranch and pretzel receipe?

        1. Hi Karen,
          Yes, the recipe calls of cheez its and sure that seasoning will work well for you! Let me know if you give the recipe a try, I hope you love it! xx

    1. Hi there,
      Nope, you will want to use a total of 3 cups:) I hope you love this recipe, please let me know if you have any other questions! xTieghan

  4. 5 stars
    I just made this for Christmas and it turned out so good!!! The flavour was delish and I liked it was nut free. I’ll be making this one again for sure!!
    Thank you!!!

    1. Hi Karen,
      Happy Holidays! Thank you so much for making this recipe, I love to hear that it was enjoyed!🎄🎁 xTieghan

  5. 3 stars
    I really wanted to love this. It smelt amazing while baking, but the flavour just didn’t quite come through as much as I had hoped. And it did get a bit burnt (left in for 32 min at 300 degree). I had hoped for the ranch flavour to pop more. The recipe is still solid, I may try again and just add some extra seasoning and lower the temp a bit.

    1. Hey Sarah,
      Thanks so much for trying this recipe out, I am thrilled to hear that it was enjoyed. Happy Holidays! xTieghan

    1. Hi Elizabeth,
      I am so glad that this recipe was enjoyed, thanks a bunch for trying it out! Happy Thanksgiving! xTieghan

  6. Am I missing something? You said mix it with the ranch dressing mix and everything but the bagel spice….but I don’t see either of those in the ingredients list?

    1. It’s a “homemade EBTB” and “homemade ranch”, so it has ingredients like poppy seeds and sesame seeds and onion powder for EBTB and then ranch seasoning ingredients 🙂 You could probably substitute EBTB if that’s what you have on hand and just reduce or omit salt

    1. Hi Lisa,
      Sorry, I would not recommend using olive oil here. Please let me know if you give the recipe a try! xTieghan