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Pretzel Dessert Recipe

Pretzel Dessert Recipe

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 YIELD:16 servings

Ingredients

  • 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

Directions

  • 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.

Nutritional Facts

1 piece: 314 calories, 16g fat (11g saturated fat), 38mg cholesterol, 290mg sodium, 40g carbohydrate (19g sugars, 1g fiber), 2g protein.

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Chinn4909 User ID: 6680862 245128
Reviewed Mar. 8, 2016 Edited Apr. 5, 2016

"I love this recipe. It's my 'go to' for pot luck functions. The crust sticks because the butter solidifies after it has been refrigerated. You could use parchment or waxed paper to lift the dessert out of the pan it's made in if you'd like. I no longer make this dish in multiple layers. First I put in the pretzels, then the cream cheese mix and add the cherry pie filling on top. No one has noticed; they just want to eat it!! Feel free to add a drop or 2 of almond extract to the cream cheese mixture. It really enhances the flavor."

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Ironcast User ID: 8253715 245112
Reviewed Mar. 8, 2016

"Question? I have made this a lot. Its great. Does anyone have trouble with the crust sticking? Hard to get out."

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hellie0h User ID: 1980556 244933
Reviewed Mar. 5, 2016

"Very straightforward recipe, no idea why some of the reviewers had questions. I made this with apple pie filling, added some cinnamon and drizzled on some caramel and a small bit of flaked sea salt. Nice refrigerated dessert. For the poster that wanted to put this recipe in a dessert glass, like a parfait, spoon fresh whipped cream , or cool whip in bottom, spoon on dessert and repeat with layers."

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KimberlyRL User ID: 4851499 243487
Reviewed Feb. 8, 2016

"Great summer recipe!"

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momio User ID: 2526647 229665
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."

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cheffran User ID: 5298640 49164
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?"

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EllEss User ID: 2708687 88072
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."

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tinafizz User ID: 6809260 124194
Reviewed Jan. 8, 2014

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

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douglas1 User ID: 3874712 32871
Reviewed Jan. 8, 2014

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

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SuzBrinkman User ID: 4499086 37469
Reviewed Jan. 7, 2014

"We used strawberry pie filling since that was what we had on hand and made it in a trifle bowl...delicious!!! Brought it to a church picnic and every last bit of it was gone! Definitely a keeper!!!"

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dovecanyon User ID: 6559068 90345
Reviewed Apr. 14, 2013

"@sue311- the easiest way to crush the pretzels is to put them in a zip-lock bag and wack them with a wine bottle. (After a couple glasses of wine, this is kinda fun.) I wasn't sure about the cubed butter, as one other person said- so I got the butter while cold and cut it up in very small bits; by the time it was all mixed up it had softened and mixed in quite well, and the pressing into the pan finished it nicely- no lumps of butter to bite into. This was delicious made as written, and we will be having it often."

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piticap User ID: 5480741 204417
Reviewed Feb. 25, 2013

"I MADE IT WITH WHIPPED CREAM INSTEAD OF THE WHIPPED TOPPING (1-1/2 CUPS CREAM MEASURED BEFORE BEATING) AND ADDED SOME EXTRA WHITE SUGAR (1/2 CUP). IT WAS A SUCCESS!!!! WILL DO IT AGAIN AND AGAIN!!!"

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pamalbright7162 User ID: 4541722 105930
Reviewed Feb. 6, 2013

"This was a huge hit!!! Very yummy!"

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zoeynoel User ID: 6652504 80800
Reviewed Jan. 31, 2013

"I am making for first time. Do you melt butter for crust? Does it stay crunchy? Do you bake the crust? I don't think I would like to eat a cube of butter. Please help as I am making for a baby shower on Saturday!"

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lkfc User ID: 6546484 105929
Reviewed Jan. 24, 2013

"Great dessert. Use pretzels without salt and you'll get a great crust."

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mommyray04 User ID: 1754582 88059
Reviewed Jan. 18, 2013

"This was great, will make again. I melted the butter for the crust, so I'm not sure if it is supposed to have a crunchy crust or not, but it is really good. Especially liked that my son will eat this, since he doesn't like chocolate!"

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wombie User ID: 5672227 73547
Reviewed Jan. 14, 2013

"My family loved this, we will be making it again very soon!"

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ldaiello User ID: 6177187 204416
Reviewed Jan. 10, 2013

"took it to a meeting and it was gone in no time. thanks for recipe"

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krazykrisy User ID: 4475315 36446
Reviewed Jan. 10, 2013

"I make a similar dessert to this one using coolwhip and creamcheese, with a touch of lemon juice or zest. The topping is strawberry jello with strawberries. I imagine this is just as good. It is an always requested dessert at gatherings."

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Mercilee User ID: 6539419 31000
Reviewed Jan. 10, 2013

"This sounds soooo delicioius but makes more

than I would want. Has anyone frozen the
amount leftover? If so is it as good when
defrosted? Thanks for the reply"

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redhead4101 User ID: 6143010 32869
Reviewed Jan. 10, 2013

"If I were to use Cool Whip, a regular sized tub, would this take place of 2 envelopes Whipped topping and milk along with vanilla? This sounds so great and really want to make this for this weekend but I always use the low fat Kool Whip. Thanks!"

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bleewkerr User ID: 96621 89143
Reviewed Jan. 9, 2013

"Has anyone tried this using Cool Whip instead of Dream Whip? If so what are the proportions?

Thanks. Barbara"

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evilnmean User ID: 5383329 88056
Reviewed Jan. 9, 2013

"I put my crackers, nuts and cookies (pretzels work too) in a sealable sandwich or   quart bag.  I can crush them to my desired amount and then all I have to do is throw away the bag or if there are leftovers seal them up and store them"

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Sue Zappa User ID: 1094741 73521
Reviewed Jan. 9, 2013

"The easiest way to crush pretzels is to put them in the blender or food processor. No mess, although you have to clean the appliance. I used my blender to finely chop pecans for Christmas cookies this year & everyone was very pleased with the results."

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sue311 User ID: 2068611 49157
Reviewed Jan. 9, 2013

"I too have been enjoying this recipe for many years. It is really good with peaches & peach jello and also blueberries with strawberry or raspberry jello in place of the pie filling. Does anyone have a good way to way to crush the pretzels? I end up with them all over the place!"

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thomsmom User ID: 2041371 80799
Reviewed Jan. 9, 2013

"This brought back memoriies of a desert a neighbor made. Any one with specific health problems can benefit from the alternatives given the rest can enjoy. Remember moderation in all things including moderation - any expert in nutrition will tell you a little splurge is good now and then."

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idolovedessert User ID: 6793905 124109
Reviewed Jan. 9, 2013

"I am also a super dessert lover, and I don't think sweet desserts should always be a big concern to our health. That's why I try my best, most of the time, to search and make healthy and delicious desserts for myself and my family. I think that's the true love to my family."

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cojon User ID: 1314238 124091
Reviewed Jan. 9, 2013

"If you must watch your salt intake, but love the crunch of pretzels, use no-salt pretzels, that's what I do, and my grandson, who is very picky eater, loves the no-salt pretzels. Great recipe!"

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jackofalltrades User ID: 6344852 80798
Reviewed Jan. 9, 2013

"I'm not bragging, just admitting that I am a salt addict. This is not too salty and I do not limit my carbs. I eat everything in moderation. Please don't criticize this normal dessert. It is very tasty and guiltless for normal people. I'm 64, I know these things."

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freeasafart User ID: 6089975 105829
Reviewed Jan. 9, 2013

" Can't wait till the Grandchildren visit so we can make this together."

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jmpearce User ID: 2990168 124090
Reviewed Jan. 9, 2013

"Great recipe!"

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eyeball4 User ID: 2602555 90342
Reviewed Jan. 9, 2013

"i make this with graham crackers--cut down on the salt, which I need to watch-- but this was yummy. "

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patscooking User ID: 1069729 90338
Reviewed Jan. 9, 2013

"I have been making a similar recipe with a graham cracker crust for years and it is always a hit. I can't wait to try this with the pretzel crust.  I think everyone knows that this has carbs in it and sometimes it's alright to eat them as long as you don't eat the entire dessert yourself."

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Durbymom User ID: 6073830 105827
Reviewed Jan. 9, 2013

"This is very good and a treat! Certainly not to eat everyday!"

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Lovepeto User ID: 3286045 30999
Reviewed Jan. 9, 2013

"I've always made a version of this w/strawberries and strawberry jello. Can't wait to try this version. A few carbs now and then are good !"

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Haman User ID: 337932 31326
Reviewed Apr. 8, 2012

"I love the pretzel and cherry combination. I used Cool Whip in place if the topping mix. The next time I make it, I will cut the sugar to 6 tablespoons, the confectioners sugar to 1/2-cup and use 2 cans of cherry pie filling. I don't like things very sweet which is why I will cut the sugar."

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kmccullah77 User ID: 5712299 73519
Reviewed May. 5, 2011

"This is a family dinner favorite. Easy and yummy."

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katinahall User ID: 5628909 30998
Reviewed Nov. 24, 2010

"My Grandmother made this for me Christmas 2000, I have made it for my Family every year. When she passed I Received Her Copy of 2002 Taste of home, Annual Recipe book! That Book is my Cooking Bible, An being an Army Wife of 10years,I have cooked almost every thing out of it, an never once, have i had an unhappy camper!! :)"

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merricrocker User ID: 1613752 36445
Reviewed Jul. 19, 2010

"I took this to a church potluck dinner and it was the hit of the dessert table! It was easy to make, but looked like I went to a lot of trouble. Many people (guys & gals!) wanted the recipe. It is definitely a keeper with my bunch!"

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