Strawberry Pretzel Dessert Recipe
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Strawberry Pretzel Dessert Recipe

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Need to bring a dish to pass this weekend? This make-ahead layered salad will disappear quickly at any potluck. —Aldene Belch, Flint, Michigan
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 20 min. Bake: 10 min. + chilling
MAKES:12-16 servings
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 20 min. Bake: 10 min. + chilling
MAKES: 12-16 servings


  • 2 cups crushed pretzels (about 8 ounces)
  • 3/4 cup butter, melted
  • 3 tablespoons sugar
  • 2 cups whipped topping
  • 1 package (8 ounces) cream cheese, softened
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 2 packages (3 ounces each) strawberry gelatin
  • 2 cups boiling water
  • 2 packages (16 ounces each) frozen sweetened sliced strawberries, thawed
  • Additional whipped topping, optional

Nutritional Facts

1 piece: 295 calories, 15g fat (10g saturated fat), 39mg cholesterol, 305mg sodium, 38g carbohydrate (27g sugars, 1g fiber), 3g protein.


  1. In a bowl, combine the pretzels, butter and sugar. Press into an ungreased 13x9-in. baking dish. Bake at 350° for 10 minutes. Cool on a wire rack.
  2. For filling, in a small bowl, beat whipped topping, cream cheese and sugar until smooth. Spread over pretzel crust. Refrigerate until chilled.
  3. For topping, dissolve gelatin in boiling water in a large bowl. Stir in strawberries with syrup; chill until partially set. Carefully spoon over filling. Chill for 4-6 hours or until firm. Cut into squares; serve with whipped topping if desired. Yield: 12-16 servings.
Originally published as Strawberry Pretzel Dessert in Reminisce Extra June 1994, p45

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Nancy5252 User ID: 7193424 256929
Reviewed Nov. 18, 2016 Edited Dec. 1, 2016

"Been making this for years! Everyone loves it. A friend at work made it with raspberry jello and used the frozen mixed berries. That is my new favorite!"

hughesbambi User ID: 2603719 254799
Reviewed Sep. 29, 2016

"This is a really good recipe. I made it exactly as given with the addition of one teaspoon of vanilla to the cream cheese layer. I might use two teaspoons next time. I used an 11" x 8.5" pan because my 9 x 13 inch pan had something in it. Everything fit but the gelatin layer, had enough extra for four ramekins of strawberry Jell-O. Changes I would make next time: add a full cup of butter to the pretzels, add a teaspoon of unflavored gelatin to the Jell-O to make it firmer (I was worried it might melt in transit), it didn't. The ladies at church told me I could bring this again, anytime!"

dunnk46 User ID: 4718129 253448
Reviewed Aug. 31, 2016

"Great dessert"

ladyraine User ID: 2109005 253322
Reviewed Aug. 29, 2016

"We use this for a senior party we have each month. They love it!"

LindaS_WI User ID: 7202558 252763
Reviewed Aug. 16, 2016

"I've been making this for about 10 years now and it's always been a winner. I think the people that are saying the cream layer is too thin are beating the mixture too much. I just fold my ingredients together and it stays nice and fluffy and is plenty to cover a 13x9 pan. I've also had an issue with the jello mixture leaking through to the pretzel layer but I know each time it happened, I didn't make sure the cream layer went all the way to the edges. That is important. But if it does leak through, it's still pretty darn tasty."

TARHEEL304 User ID: 5108462 250068
Reviewed Jul. 4, 2016

"This is a delicious dessert! Made recipe as is and the jello strawberry layer did not set and was soupy. It was suggested next time, to layer fresh sliced strawberries on top of cool whip layer and then once the jello mix has sighty set to carefully pour over strawberries. If you make the recipe "as is" I would suggest using a packet or two of the Knox gelatin or draining some of the syrup from the strawberries. No one complained about the taste or it being soupy so it was a win regardless. Next time I'll read the other reviews before jumping in"

sweetpeamrsc User ID: 8774979 248941
Reviewed Jun. 1, 2016

"This is definitely a make again! My family and I loved it. Made exactly as directed and turned out perfect. Everyone was disappointed when it was gone."

mjvig3 User ID: 8870734 248732
Reviewed May. 28, 2016

"I've enjoyed this dessert before, and wanted to try to make it myself. I think the numbers here are a bit off. As recommended in the comments, I used a larger dish. There is a problem with the amount of pretzels used. The cream cheese layer is delicious and super sweet and very, very thin (and would be just very thin in the smaller pan.) It would also make a good dip for fresh berries. Speaking of berries, 32 ounces of frozen strawberries??? I think that might be a mistake too. I'm not pleased with this outcome, and hope I have time to shop and redo it before the picnic tomorrow."

rivera1544 User ID: 2381359 248688
Reviewed May. 27, 2016

"Favorite in our household

I use the 11x7"

Toboggan User ID: 8813540 248667
Reviewed May. 26, 2016

"I have made this recipe for over 25 years. I make it upside down. I was tired of soggy pretzels on the bottom if the Cool Whip layer was not sealed precisely. I also liked to take this to school pot lucks in a disposable pan (the sides of the aluminum pan are never smooth) .I put the jello/strawberry combo in the bottom of the pan and let that set up firm. Then I spread the Cool Whip layer. I put the pretzels on right before serving to ensure they stay crunchy. If you want, you can leave the pretzels on the side in case someone does not like pretzels."

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