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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.

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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 |

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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  • 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. Hey there,
      There is no ranch dressing in this recipe, please follow the recipe as is. Let me know if you have any other questions! xTieghan

    1. Hey Shelbey,
      I would use a couple tablespoons of each. I hope you love this recipe, please let me know if you give it a try! xTieghan

    1. Hey Rose,
      You will want to follow the measurements for the parsley, chives, dill, onion powder, and garlic powder. Please let me know if you have any other questions! xTieghan

  1. I’m confused. How long is this supposed to be baked? 30-35 minutes like the recipe states or 15-25 like you say in the comments?

    1. Hey Liz,
      You will want to follow the instructions and bake for 30-35 minutes. I hope you love the recipe, please let me know if you give it a try! xTieghan

  2. 5 stars
    This was delicious! I accidentally semi-burnt half of it because one tray was in a hotter part of my oven so start watching closely around the 25 min mark but otherwise this recipe is the bombb. I was worried the sesame and poppy seeds wouldn’t stick but I didn’t have issues with this and it turned out better than I hoped. Also I went with white cheddar cheez its because why not!

  3. 3 stars
    I baked at 300° for 30 minutes mixing halfway and the seasoning itself burnt. I’m probably doing something wrong. I can tell the flavors are good, just wonder why mine burnt the seasoning.

    1. Hey Kristin,
      So sorry about this, but per the instructions, you only want to bake for 15-25 minutes. I would try that next time:) xTieghan

      1. Hi Tieghan! The recipe states 30-35 minutes, but your comment here says 15-25 minutes. Is the recipe incorrect? I’m excited to make and try this!

        1. Hey Jessica,
          You will want to follow the recipe as is and bake for 30-35 minutes. I hope you love this recipe, please let me know if you give it a try! xTieghan

  4. Hello,
    I made this recipe a few weeks ago and I loved it! It’s so delicious. I am going to make it for Super Bowl Sunday and I’m wondering if you have any tip on how to help the sesame and poppy seeds stick to the crackers. It seemed when I made it, the seeds gathered at the bottom of the container. Thank you!

    1. Hey Rob,
      I am delighted that this recipe was enjoyed, thanks so much for making it! I would just sprinkle them over the crackers once they are on the pan. xTieghan

  5. 4 stars
    I was disappointed that most of the yummy seeds and herbs fell to the bottom of the bowl instead of sticking to the snacks. I only stirred twice during baking, so not sure why this happened. I also found it quite salty! Otherwise the flavors are great.

    1. Hey Lexy,
      So sorry you had issues with the herbs sticking, was there anything you may have adjusted? Let me know if I can help in anyway. Thanks for trying the recipe! Happy New Year! xTieghan

  6. Like others who made this, I agree that the poppyseeds and sesame seeds don’t stick to any of the crackers or pretzels. I would leave them out given the cost and minimal flavor they add. These had good flavor, but my husband (and I agreed) said that he definitely couldn’t taste the ranch flavor. I also agree with another commenter that it tasted a bit too salty.

  7. No idea why this doesn’t have 5 stars!! We loved and my kids are picky about chex mix. I did add a little more butter because I added some peanuts and maybe a bit more goldfish because it reminds us of old times when kids were little!! Thank you! Great recipe!