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Buttery Ranch Pretzels (Dot’s Pretzels Copycat)

Buttery Ranch Pretzels are sprinkled with Ranch seasoning and a little spicy. They taste like Dot’s pretzels, and are a delicious and addictive snack!

Remember that Homemade Ranch Seasoning I made a couple months ago? Turns out I have an idea of how you can use it today!

Of course, if you don’t want to make your own ranch seasoning from scratch, don’t let that stop you from trying this recipe. Simply buy a package of ranch seasoning next time you’re shopping, and you’ll be ready to make these delicious Buttery Ranch Pretzels!

How do you make Buttery Ranch Pretzels?

These flavorful pretzels couldn’t be easier to make. They need only a few simple ingredients:

  • Butter twist pretzels (or regular pretzels or gluten free pretzels)
  • Ranch seasoning (homemade or storebought – find it in the salad dressing aisle)
  • Butter
  • Canola oil
  • Tabasco or other hot sauce

Simply toss the ingredients together, then bake for a few minutes and you’re left with buttery flavored pretzels that are coated in a tangy, slightly spicy coating.

These pretzels are modeled after Dot’s pretzels, which are delicious and addictive, but can be hard to find in some parts of the country.

Serve these pretzels for the big game, when you’re having friends over to play cards, or simply when you’re just craving a salty snack.

Buttery Ranch Pretzels Nutrition Notes:

The nutrition information shown below depends on the brand of pretzels you choose, as well as the ranch seasoning. The nutrition facts I have calculated use regular pretzels (which are nutritionally very similar to butter flavored pretzel twists) and Homemade Ranch Seasoning.

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Buttery Ranch Pretzels (Dot’s Pretzels Copycat)

Prep Time5 mins
Cook Time10 mins
Total Time15 mins
Servings: 12
Calories: 135kcal


  • 2 Tablespoons unsalted butter
  • 1 Tablespoon canola oil
  • 3-5 shakes Tabasco sauce
  • 12 ounces (1 bag) butter braid pretzels (they may also be called "butter spindles" or use Gluten Free pretzels if you need this recipe to be Gluten Free
  • 2 Tablespoons homemade or packaged ranch dressing mix


  • Heat oven to 250Β°F. Melt butter in a large bowl in microwave in 30 second intervals. Once melted, whisk in the canola oil and Tabasco sauce until mixed.
  • Add pretzels to the butter mixture and toss until all the pretzels are coated evenly. Sprinkle the ranch dressing mix over the pretzels, and toss again until the ranch mix is evenly distributed.
  • Spread the pretzels on a baking sheet, and bake until the pretzels are dry to the touch, about 10 minutes, stirring once during the cooking time. Cool for 5 minutes before serving, or cool completely and store in an airtight container at room temperature for up to 3 days.


Serving: 1ounce | Calories: 135kcal | Carbohydrates: 23g | Protein: 3g | Fat: 4g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 5mg | Sodium: 440mg | Potassium: 40mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 1g | Iron: 1mg
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  • Reply
    Roni Rawlins
    January 29, 2020 at 12:12 PM

    5 stars
    I am eating Dot’s right now and have tried to recreate the recipe hundreds of times. I have noticed that many recipes online end up having way more calories then hers which I assume come from excess canola oil. I also learned that the less oil you use, the stronger the seasonings are. So I think your recipe has come the closest to hers by far. You reduced the oil as well as the seasonings making yours 135 calories and hers 130. I say this not because I’m worried about the calories bc I will knock out a 1 lb bag of these with no issue lol but i say it bc i want the same exact recipe and taste she uses. I have also thought recently to soak the pretzels in the oil then season (rather than mix the seasonings and oil to coat) which is what you do. Her method is to soak for 10 min and bake at 200 for 20 min so that is what I’m going to do. I think the only difference is she doesnt use hot sauce but some kind of spice I cant figure out maybe cayenne. But the tang from the hot sauce ain’t gonna hurt lol. Cant wait to make your recipe I was so excited to see it as I think it comes closer than any. Do you think she uses white pepper?

    • Reply
      January 29, 2020 at 3:13 PM

      Well I can’t say that my recipe is the exact same as Dot’s, but I thought it was a pretty good substitute coming from a home kitchen.

      I haven’t had “real” Dot’s pretzels in a few months, so I’m not sure if there is white pepper in them. The last time I had them, I definitely got more of a cayenne vibe. I chose to use hot sauce instead of cayenne, because I like the vinegary tang, and I also find it easier to control the heat. It’s easier to go overboard with cayenne.

      When you try making these, don’t make the mistake I did the first time I tried which was mixing the butter/oil and the seasoning together. I thought that would save me a step, but it just clumped together in a curdled mess and I ended up having to throw it out!

      I hope the recipe works out well for you! πŸ™‚

  • Reply
    March 25, 2020 at 4:15 PM

    5 stars
    Loved this recipe! I used a gallon sized ziploc bag and shook the butter/oil onto the pretzels and then the seasoning. Mess free and easy!

  • Reply
    September 30, 2020 at 12:39 PM

    4 stars
    Thank you for the recipe. These are really addicting , definitely not dots but good.

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