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Pretzel Dessert Recipe
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Pretzel Dessert Recipe

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Save both time and money with a big batch of this sweet and salty, creamy and crunchy treat. Any dessert that is left over is super the next day, too. —Rita Winterberger, Huson, Montana
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 20 min. + chilling
MAKES:16 servings
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 20 min. + chilling
MAKES: 16 servings


  • 2 cups crushed pretzels, divided
  • 3/4 cup sugar
  • 3/4 cup butter, melted
  • 1 package (8 ounces) cream cheese, softened
  • 1 cup confectioners' sugar
  • 1 carton (8 ounces) frozen whipped topping, thawed
  • 1 can (21 ounces) cherry pie filling


  1. In a large bowl, toss 1-1/2 cups pretzels with sugar and melted butter. Press into an ungreased 13x9-in. dish.
  2. In a large bowl, beat cream cheese and confectioners' sugar until smooth. Fold in whipped topping.
  3. Spread half of the mixture over pretzel layer. Top with pie filling; spread with remaining cream cheese mixture. Sprinkle with remaining pretzels. Refrigerate, covered, overnight before serving. Yield: 16 servings.
Originally published as Pretzel Dessert in Taste of Home August/September 2001, p13

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Reviewed Jul. 16, 2015

"We thought it was delicious! The only thing I did was less sugar in the pretzel crust because I don't think it needs to be that sweet. I probably put in a big 1/4 cup."

Reviewed Nov. 13, 2014

"I like your recipes, BUT I like to copy and paste them in word, so I can get two recipes on one page- Your ingredients come out in a mess??? Why is that?"

Reviewed Jan. 9, 2014

"Something better than zip-lock bags to crush pretzels, crackers, tortilla chips , etc. ForyearsI have been saving the bags from cereal boxes to crush pretzels, crackers, chips, etc. They are made of nylon and I don't remember every having the sharp edges poke through. You can use a rolling pin and get quick results. This pretzel dessert is a winner."

Reviewed Jan. 8, 2014

"The picture shows this dessert in dessert glasses. How would you prepare it to look like that?"

Reviewed Jan. 8, 2014

"I have always loved this recipe, however we use Cool Whip"

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