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Makeover Strawberry Pretzel Dessert Recipe

Makeover Strawberry Pretzel Dessert Recipe

This trimmed-down treat has just half the fat, a quarter of the cholesterol and a third fewer calories and carbohydrates, but it still tastes terrific.—Taste of Home Test Kitchen, Greendale, Wisconsin
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 30 min. + chilling YIELD:18 servings


  • 2 cups crushed pretzels (8 ounces)
  • 3/4 cup butter, melted
  • 3 tablespoons plus 1/2 cup sugar, divided
  • 1 package (8 ounces) reduced-fat cream cheese
  • Sugar substitute equivalent to 1/2 cup sugar
  • 1 carton (8 ounces) frozen reduced-fat whipped topping, thawed
  • 1 can (20 ounces) unsweetened crushed pineapple
  • 2 packages (.3 ounce each) sugar-free strawberry gelatin
  • 2 packages (10 ounces each) frozen sliced sweetened strawberries, thawed


  • 1. In a large bowl, combine the pretzels, butter and 3 tablespoons sugar. Press into a 13-in. x 9-in. baking dish coated with cooking spray. Bake at 400° for 18-20 minutes or until set. Cool on a wire rack.
  • 2. In a large bowl, beat the cream cheese, sugar substitute and remaining sugar until smooth. Fold in whipped topping. Spread over cooled crust. Refrigerate until chilled.
  • 3. Drain pineapple, reserving juice; set pineapple aside. Add water to pineapple juice if necessary to measure 1 cup; pour into a saucepan. Bring to a boil. Pour into a large bowl; stir in gelatin until dissolved.
  • 4. Drain strawberries, reserving juice; set strawberries aside. Add water to strawberry juice if necessary to measure 1-1/2 cups; stir into gelatin mixture. Refrigerate until partially set.
  • 5. Stir in reserved pineapple and strawberries. Carefully spoon over filling. Cover and refrigerate for 3-4 hours or until firm. Yield: 18 servings.
Editor's Note: This recipe was tested with Splenda no-calorie sweetener.

Nutritional Facts

1 slice: 244 calories, 12g fat (8g saturated fat), 29mg cholesterol, 262mg sodium, 34g carbohydrate (21g sugars, 1g fiber), 3g protein.

Reviews for Makeover Strawberry Pretzel Dessert

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gunslinger User ID: 544392 214081
Reviewed Dec. 5, 2014

"So delicious and a very pretty low calorie dessert. I make this often!"

maandpa User ID: 1191621 54380
Reviewed Jul. 4, 2013

"I have made this recipe for over 20 years. The grandchildren love it ."

jacee23 User ID: 1279488 54378
Reviewed Apr. 25, 2011

"This was so good. I'd use any sugar, just splenda and it turned out great. No one guested it was healthy."

charmars User ID: 2521542 53915
Reviewed Jan. 16, 2008

"I was making this for a diabetic and used only Splenda. Also found frozen strawberries sweetened with Splenda. Everyone at work loved it. The jello didn't have a chance to get soft."

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