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Pretzel Jello Dessert Recipe

Pretzel Jello Dessert Recipe

This is one of my mom's favorite desserts. The salty crust tastes so good with the sweet cream cheese filling. —Erin Frakes, Moline, IL
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 30 min. + chilling YIELD:12-16 servings


  • 2 cups crushed pretzels
  • 3/4 cup butter, melted
  • 2 tablespoons sugar
  • 1 package (8 ounces) cream cheese, softened
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1 carton (8 ounces) frozen whipped topping, thawed
  • 2 packages (3 ounces each) strawberry gelatin
  • 2 cups boiling water
  • 1/2 cup cold water


  • 1. In a large bowl, combine the pretzels, butter and sugar. Press into an ungreased 13-in. x 9-in. baking dish. Bake at 350° for 10 minutes. Cool completely.
  • 2. In a large bowl, beat cream cheese and sugar until smooth. Stir in whipped topping. Spread over pretzel crust. Cover and refrigerate until chilled.
  • 3. For topping, in a small bowl, dissolve gelatin in boiling water. Add cold water; chill until partially set. Carefully pour over filling. Cover and refrigerate for 4-6 hours or until firm. Cut into squares. Yield: 12-16 servings.

Nutritional Facts

1 serving: 299 calories, 16g fat (11g saturated fat), 39mg cholesterol, 316mg sodium, 35g carbohydrate (25g sugars, trace fiber), 3g protein

Reviews for Pretzel Jello Dessert

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Reviewed Oct. 11, 2015

"Had this while in Pittsburgh at a family gathering it was good I got home made it for my family and they LOVED IT ! I poured the jello over it and it ran down in the preztles and set it was still great next time I will let the jello set some before pouring .Will be trying with other flavors too .If you use graham crackers just make a cheese cake the preztles make it unique .This is now apart of our desert menu for life !"

Reviewed Jul. 5, 2015

"Used 3 c. Pretzels before crushing, 2 T. Sugar, 1 stick butter for crust. 1/2 c. Sugar for filling (cool whip and cream cheese same). Mixed watermelon and strawberry/kiwi jolly rancher brand jellos. Turned out fabulous. Was a Big hit! Note: watch the jello. It sets totally solid too quickly!"

Reviewed Jun. 22, 2015

"This is so delicious! I just made it for the second time today and can't wait to serve it at my ladies luncheon tomorrow. The pretzel crust is the best! Thanks for sharing!"

Reviewed Jun. 11, 2015

"Add the frozen strawberries and you have the world renowned PRETZIL SALAD!!

Everybody knows this! Cheats!!"

Reviewed Mar. 11, 2015


Reviewed Oct. 19, 2014

"Too salty for me. But otherwise everything was good. I think I would like graham crackers instead of pretzels."

Reviewed Sep. 20, 2014

"I used 2 cups of graham cracker crumbs instead of pretzels. Did not have. I did add strawberries . Turned out great."

Reviewed Aug. 22, 2014

"Very tasty! It reminds me of the pretzel crust dessert my mother makes. However, next time I make it I might cut back on the sugar. It was a little too sweet for me. I would probably add more pretzels for a thicker crust. My guests did not seem to mind. It was gone in and instant!"

Reviewed Aug. 12, 2014

"I make a similar version using a 6-oz pkg of Raspberry Jello and adding about 20-oz of frozen red raspberries. The frozen berries set-up the Jello fairly fast . This is a simple dessert for a potluck but won't withstand warm weather functions outdoors."

Reviewed Aug. 11, 2014

"So quick and simple! We love this for a great summer treat."

Reviewed Aug. 11, 2014

"Dont forget to add strawberries to the jello. Great recipe."

Reviewed Jul. 15, 2013

"Great tasting. Really like the saltiness of the pretzel crust. However, DO NOT try to travel anywhere and bring this dessert along. The jello topping will shift and crack and open up the middle layer to melt relatively quickly. I made this mistake trying to bring it to a grill-out."

Reviewed Jul. 8, 2013

"This recipe tasted great and easy to make; however, 2 cups of crushed pretzels didn't quite cover the bottom of my baking dish so I probably used a total of 3 cups and a little more butter and sugar to balance it out."

Reviewed Nov. 22, 2012

"I made this a little different. I used a 9 inch pie crust and put the jello, sliced strawberries, sugar, and cornstarch boiled together poured Into the pie crust. I chilled for two hours. Then beat whipped topping with cream cheese with sugar and vanilla extract. I "frosted" the pie with that and then sprinkled the top with crushed pretzels. Yummy. It was a variation of the above recipe and it was fantastic."

Reviewed Sep. 7, 2012

"Where do I begin!! The pretzel mixture started out fine,the cream cheese mixture had way to much sugar in it and the jello took 4 ever to partially set up.I used regular jello but after 1 hour I had to add ice cubes to speed up the process.After it was done the pretzel mixture was soggy,cream cheese was too sweet and the jello firmed up too fast and was lumpy looking on top. When I would try to cut a piece, the jello would slide off. What a waste. I spent close to $10 bucks on this recipe for nothing.I read sll the reviews before I started, but still no luck."

Reviewed Mar. 5, 2012

"I would use real whipped cream instead of topping and cut the sugar with WheyLow (real sugars but 1/4 the calories) and probably cut it to 3/4 cup; I think the Jello has plenty of sweetness for this"

Reviewed Oct. 27, 2011

"I have used sugar free jello and strawberries. I have also served as a congealed salad."

Reviewed Nov. 25, 2010

"I made this dessert recipe a couple of weeks ago just to try it. I took some to work and had my co-workers requesting me to make them one for them. I have since made six of these desserts. I would say that qualifies this dessert as a keeper!"

Reviewed Sep. 2, 2010

"My Grandmother used to make this and our whole family loves it!!!"

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