Orange Gelatin Pretzel Salad
Total TimePrep: 20 min. + chilling Bake: 10 min. + cooling
- 3/4 cup butter, melted
- 1 tablespoon plus 3/4 cup sugar, divided
- 2 cups finely crushed pretzels
- 2 cups boiling water
- 2 packages (3 ounces each) orange gelatin
- 2 cans (8 ounces each) crushed pineapple, drained
- 1 can (11 ounces) mandarin oranges, drained
- 1 package (8 ounces) cream cheese, softened
- 2 cups whipped topping
- Optional: Additional whipped topping and mandarin oranges
- Preheat oven to 350°. Mix melted butter and 1 tablespoon sugar; stir in pretzels. Press onto bottom of an ungreased 13x9-in. baking dish. Bake 10 minutes. Cool completely on a wire rack.
- In a large bowl, add boiling water to gelatin; stir 2 minutes to completely dissolve. Stir in fruit. Refrigerate until partially set, about 30 minutes.
- Meanwhile, in a bowl, beat cream cheese and remaining sugar until smooth. Fold in whipped topping. Spread over crust.
- Gently spoon gelatin mixture over top. Refrigerate, covered, until firm, 2-4 hours. To serve, cut into squares. If desired, top with additional whipped topping and oranges.
Nutrition Facts1 serving: 400 calories, 21g fat (13g saturated fat), 50mg cholesterol, 402mg sodium, 51g carbohydrate (38g sugars, 1g fiber), 4g protein.
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Apr 24, 2019
This is the best gelatin salad I have ever made! It was a big hit at our Easter dinner. I made it just like the recipe reads except I used sugar-free jello, Neufchatel cheese, and a 15 oz. can of mandarin oranges. The three layers balanced each other out well and were all delicious, especially the pretzel layer.
Jan 17, 2019
I had made this with the strawberry version before but I love the orange!! It was a big hit at the party I took it to over the holidays! Will definitely make it again!
Jul 7, 2018
I've made the strawberry version with low sugar ingredients for years and like one of the other's commented, people thought that the pretzels were nuts. ONE important step was left out. To keep the jello from making the pretzels soggy, be sure to seal the edges of the cream cheese layer to the side of the dish. I'm going to try the orange version at our next gathering. Thank you.
Jul 3, 2018
I've been making the strawberry version and this one for years now, This recipe is a keeper but I did make a few tiny changes that I'm sure you will like. I use diet jello and put it on the bottom of a sprayed cake pan and let it set up. Next, I spread on the cream cheese layer using only 1/2 cup sugar and lite cool whip and last of all I sprinkle on the pretzels which I have toasted (instead of pressing the pretzels on the bottom of the pan spread out a little bit on a cookie sheet and Bake at 350 for 8 minutes. Take out of oven and cool , then break the mixture up and sprinkle on top.) I do it this way because then the pretzels don't get soft so soon. When making the orange version I also use pineapple tidbits so there isn't so much juice and the jello sets up better. We also like the texture better than all that crushed pineapple. I hope you like the changes but either way the recipe is a winner.
Jul 2, 2018
I have also been making the strawberry version for years. One of the girls I worked with made it with raspberry jello and the frozen mixed berries (raspberry, blueberry etc). That one is my new favorite! However, I do need to try the orange one, sounds yummy! Don't think you can wrong with any fruit version, always a hit!
Jun 26, 2018
Extremely good, just as the recipes calls to make it. I also love the strawberry pretzel gelatin salad so I am sure there are other other fruit and gelatin combinations that are just as good.
Dec 20, 2017
Loved the strawberry pretzel "salad" recipe and this one is wonderful, too. Plan to try the variations suggested by other reviewers. I also used a large can of mandarin oranges. Yummy!
Dec 15, 2017
I thought this was going to be sweeter than it was but it still had a great flavor. this would also be good in a graham cracker crust instead of the pretzel crust.
Dec 12, 2017
Delicious!. I made this for our yearly family Christmas party and it was a hit. I only had one little square left, to enjoy the next day. Several people were surprised when I shared that the crust was crushed pretzels, they thought it was some type of nut. Definitely a keeper.
Dec 2, 2017
This is an excellent recipe!! Everyone loved it for our Thanksgiving dessert. I can't wait to make it for a church potluck dinner. I'm sure it will be a big hit there too! I did add more mandarin oranges than what the recipe called for.