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Makeover Strawberry Pretzel Dessert

Total Time

Prep: 30 min. + chilling


18 servings

This trimmed-down treat has just half the fat, a quarter of the cholesterol and a third fewer calories and carbohydrates, but it still tastes terrific.—Taste of Home Test Kitchen, Greendale, Wisconsin


  • 2 cups crushed pretzels (8 ounces)
  • 3/4 cup butter, melted
  • 3 tablespoons plus 1/2 cup sugar, divided
  • 1 package (8 ounces) reduced-fat cream cheese
  • Sugar substitute equivalent to 1/2 cup sugar
  • 1 carton (8 ounces) frozen reduced-fat whipped topping, thawed
  • 1 can (20 ounces) unsweetened crushed pineapple
  • 2 packages (.3 ounce each) sugar-free strawberry gelatin
  • 2 packages (10 ounces each) frozen sliced sweetened strawberries, thawed


  1. In a large bowl, combine the pretzels, butter and 3 tablespoons sugar. Press into a 13-in. x 9-in. baking dish coated with cooking spray. Bake at 400° for 18-20 minutes or until set. Cool on a wire rack.
  2. In a large bowl, beat the cream cheese, sugar substitute and remaining sugar until smooth. Fold in whipped topping. Spread over cooled crust. Refrigerate until chilled.
  3. Drain pineapple, reserving juice; set pineapple aside. Add water to pineapple juice if necessary to measure 1 cup; pour into a saucepan. Bring to a boil. Pour into a large bowl; stir in gelatin until dissolved.
  4. Drain strawberries, reserving juice; set strawberries aside. Add water to strawberry juice if necessary to measure 1-1/2 cups; stir into gelatin mixture. Refrigerate until partially set.
  5. Stir in reserved pineapple and strawberries. Carefully spoon over filling. Cover and refrigerate for 3-4 hours or until firm.
Editor's Note: This recipe was tested with Splenda No Calorie Sweetener. Look for Splenda in the baking aisle of your grocery store.

Nutrition Facts

1 slice: 244 calories, 12g fat (8g saturated fat), 29mg cholesterol, 262mg sodium, 34g carbohydrate (21g sugars, 1g fiber), 3g protein.

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