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Strawberry Pretzel Dessert Recipe
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Strawberry Pretzel Dessert Recipe

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A salty pretzel crust nicely contrasts cream cheese and gelatin layers in this strawberry dessert that's perfect for potlucks. —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 serving (1 piece) equals 295 calories, 15 g fat (10 g saturated fat), 39 mg cholesterol, 305 mg sodium, 38 g carbohydrate, 1 g fiber, 3 g 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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Reviewed Mar. 28, 2016

"One of my favorite dishes that I feel is always good. I took the suggestions of using a smaller dish and put it in 11 x 9 dish (one reason, was because I used my bigger dishes for other things). It was full! I ended up spilling the jello on the way to the fridge (partly because I don't think it was set enough before hand). I used fresh strawberries instead of frozen. I suggest making sure you leave ample time between steps so layers have time to set."

Reviewed Mar. 12, 2016

"I make this recipe out of a local recipe book that uses raspberries instead of strawberries. I'm hungry for strawberries so gonna use them instead (making this for our family lunch tomorrow). I always double the pretzels because that's the best part. But I don't double the butter. This recipe is AWESOME!"

Reviewed Feb. 12, 2016


Reviewed Jan. 21, 2016

"Best desert ever! I used fresh strawberries and it tasted amazing. Ever time I make it it's gone in minutes. It's always a request for any gathering I go to."

Reviewed Jan. 2, 2016

"This dish is a tradition for every one of our family gatherings. It is one of the most requested dishes. We don't wait for dessert; we serve it as a part of the meal! The combination of sweet and salty is perfect."

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