- 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
- Additional whipped topping and mandarin oranges, optional
- 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. Yield: 12 servings.
Reviews forOrange Gelatin Pretzel Salad
"Made this for Thanksgiving it was delicious."
"Will try blueberries and lemon gelatin next time...stay tuned."
"This recipe is OUT. OF. THIS. WORLD. I am a baking heroine at my church because of this recipe! I have successfully substituted the pretzels with 2 & 3/4 cups of graham cracker crumbs. I have also used Strawberry gelatin with 2 cups of frozen, chopped strawberries. HINT: Using frozen or freezer chilled fruit will help your gelatin to set up more quickly; use the mixer to break up the gelatin and distribute the fruit, if necessary."
"This is delicious made with raspberry jello and using frozen raspberries!!"
"This is, without a doubt.....the bomb! You can't go wrong with this. No joke! I love it. I had it for breakfast!"
"I made this to bring to church and while the jello was firming up in the fridge, my little sister (6) happened to catch a glance of it and... unfortunately she couldn't keep herself from digging in. It didn't look quite as pretty when I brought it to church, but it was gone before everyone had gone through the line to get food! I would definitely make this again (but hide it so my lil sis stays out! :)"
"This is my new go to recipe for all my special occasions. I have experimented and used strawberries instead of oranges with strawberry gelatin and for Christmas this year I am going to substitute it with cherries and cherry gelatin. So far the oranges have been my favorite but we will see how it is with cherries. :-) The combination of the textures with the pretzels and the cool whip and the tart of the cream cheese all just fit together so perfectly. It doesn't last long at our house!"
"Update: I didn't realize it at the time, but I had erred in my sugar measurement. I've made this recipe several times now, and everything turned out fine."
"Wonderful summer salad!"
"I've been making the strawberry version of this for years--I don't know why I didn't think of trying a different flavor (for variety). This is so refreshing---could easily be served for dessert. The only issue I had was that the pretzel crust did not hold together well--it just fell apart when I served this. I am going to compare the pretzel crust here to the recipe I already have on file, and perhaps adjust the amount of sugar and/or butter. My family really enjoyed the orange flavor theme. I'm also going to try this using peach gelatin and peaches. Very versatile! Thanks!"