Pretzel Jell-O Dessert Recipe

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Pretzel Jell-O Dessert Recipe
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Pretzel Jell-O Dessert Recipe

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This is one of my mother's absolute favorite desserts. The salty pretzel crust is the perfect compliment to the sweet cream cheese filling. —Erin Frakes, Moline, Illinois
MAKES:
12 servings
TOTAL TIME:
Prep: 30 min. + chilling
MAKES:
12 servings
TOTAL TIME:
Prep: 30 min. + chilling

Ingredients

  • 2 cups crushed pretzels
  • 3/4 cup butter, melted
  • 2 tablespoons sugar
  • FILLING:
  • 1 package (8 ounces) cream cheese, softened
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1 carton (8 ounces) frozen whipped topping, thawed
  • TOPPING:
  • 2 packages (3 ounces each) strawberry gelatin
  • 2 cups boiling water
  • 1/2 cup cold water
  • Fresh strawberries and additional whipped topping, optional

Directions

Preheat oven to 350°. Mix crushed pretzels, melted butter and sugar; press onto bottom of an ungreased 13x9-in. baking dish. Bake 10 minutes. Cool completely.
For filling, beat cream cheese and sugar until smooth. Stir in whipped topping; spread over crust. Refrigerate, covered, until cold.
In a small bowl, dissolve gelatin in boiling water. Stir in cold water; refrigerate until partially set. Pour carefully over filling. Refrigerate, covered, until firm, 4-6 hours.
Cut into squares. If desired, serve with strawberries and additional whipped topping. Yield: 12 servings.
Originally published as Pretzel Dessert in Test Kitchen Favorites 2004 2005, p244

Nutritional Facts

1 piece: 401 calories, 22g fat (14g saturated fat), 50mg cholesterol, 401mg sodium, 48g carbohydrate (37g sugars, 1g fiber), 4g protein.

  • 2 cups crushed pretzels
  • 3/4 cup butter, melted
  • 2 tablespoons sugar
  • FILLING:
  • 1 package (8 ounces) cream cheese, softened
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1 carton (8 ounces) frozen whipped topping, thawed
  • TOPPING:
  • 2 packages (3 ounces each) strawberry gelatin
  • 2 cups boiling water
  • 1/2 cup cold water
  • Fresh strawberries and additional whipped topping, optional
  1. Preheat oven to 350°. Mix crushed pretzels, melted butter and sugar; press onto bottom of an ungreased 13x9-in. baking dish. Bake 10 minutes. Cool completely.
  2. For filling, beat cream cheese and sugar until smooth. Stir in whipped topping; spread over crust. Refrigerate, covered, until cold.
  3. In a small bowl, dissolve gelatin in boiling water. Stir in cold water; refrigerate until partially set. Pour carefully over filling. Refrigerate, covered, until firm, 4-6 hours.
  4. Cut into squares. If desired, serve with strawberries and additional whipped topping. Yield: 12 servings.
Originally published as Pretzel Dessert in Test Kitchen Favorites 2004 2005, p244

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fhquilting User ID: 2569371 272480
Reviewed Aug. 31, 2017

"Wonderful dessert...especially with raspberries and raspberry jello. I have also made it on a corn flake crust.

I think Rinty's problem is anger and she probably strikes out often. Her review was tasteless and unnecessary."

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[email protected] User ID: 2044675 272399
Reviewed Aug. 29, 2017

"Great go to salad for something cool and refreshing. I have done variations of this salad with different fruit flavors peaches, raspberries or no fruit and different flavored jello."

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ms11145 User ID: 1604521 269818
Reviewed Jul. 22, 2017

"This is one of my favorite summertime salads. My mom and I have been making this for eons. Putting frozen strawberries in the jello is a must."

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Mailegirl User ID: 8708805 269031
Reviewed Jul. 5, 2017

"Rinty - what is your problem?"

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rinty User ID: 3890614 268969
Reviewed Jul. 4, 2017

"Same as the old recipe of cherry pretzel dessert featured in Taste Of Home. Copy cat! Don't mind that you changed an older recipe, just that you claim it as yours and it's all that. Faker"

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Ohoyo User ID: 8977655 257547
Reviewed Dec. 1, 2016

"SO GOOD. We had this at Thanksgiving. Was a great mix of slightly salty crunch, smooth creaminess and fun wiggly Jello. We added crushed pecans to the base and sliced strawberries on top within the Jello. Big pan. Only 4 pieces left. Dibs!!!!"

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avonlady54555 User ID: 198076 251921
Reviewed Jul. 27, 2016

"This recipe is very east to lighten up. I used fat free cream cheese and sugar free Jello. I didn't cut the butter in half this time but next time I will. Very tasty and good for a diabetic."

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Nancy5252 User ID: 7193424 251819
Reviewed Jul. 25, 2016

"Have been making this for years. Always use the frozen strawberries in the jello, that makes it all so more special! A friend from work made this one time using raspberry jello and the frozen mixed berries. WOW! I make it like this all the time now. One of my favorite desserts!"

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Mesojody User ID: 8565927 234365
Reviewed Oct. 11, 2015

"Had this while in Pittsburgh at a family gathering it was good I got home made it for my family and they LOVED IT ! I poured the jello over it and it ran down in the preztles and set it was still great next time I will let the jello set some before pouring .Will be trying with other flavors too .If you use graham crackers just make a cheese cake the preztles make it unique .This is now apart of our desert menu for life !"

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homemaker27 User ID: 6063773 229000
Reviewed Jul. 5, 2015

"Used 3 c. Pretzels before crushing, 2 T. Sugar, 1 stick butter for crust. 1/2 c. Sugar for filling (cool whip and cream cheese same). Mixed watermelon and strawberry/kiwi jolly rancher brand jellos. Turned out fabulous. Was a Big hit! Note: watch the jello. It sets totally solid too quickly!"

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