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Pretzel Jell-O Dessert Recipe

Pretzel Jell-O Dessert Recipe

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
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 30 min. + chilling YIELD:12 servings


  • 2 cups crushed pretzels
  • 3/4 cup butter, melted
  • 2 tablespoons sugar
  • 1 package (8 ounces) cream cheese, softened
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1 carton (8 ounces) frozen whipped topping, thawed
  • 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.

Nutritional Facts

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

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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."

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

"Rinty - what is your problem?"

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"

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!!!!"

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."

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!"

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 !"

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!"

mywrapstoo User ID: 5633708 228384
Reviewed Jun. 22, 2015

"This is so delicious! I just made it for the second time today and can't wait to serve it at my ladies luncheon tomorrow. The pretzel crust is the best! Thanks for sharing!"

LadyJustice User ID: 2130105 227796
Reviewed Jun. 11, 2015

"Add the frozen strawberries and you have the world renowned PRETZIL salad!!

Everybody knows this! Cheats!!"

Sususd User ID: 8273336 222557
Reviewed Mar. 11, 2015


toothwarriorprincess User ID: 5187964 139355
Reviewed Oct. 19, 2014

"Too salty for me. But otherwise everything was good. I think I would like graham crackers instead of pretzels."

redmonc1 User ID: 3906907 54441
Reviewed Sep. 20, 2014

"I used 2 cups of graham cracker crumbs instead of pretzels. Did not have. I did add strawberries . Turned out great."

havingfunwithmyfamily User ID: 7043692 139354
Reviewed Aug. 22, 2014

"Very tasty! It reminds me of the pretzel crust dessert my mother makes. However, next time I make it I might cut back on the sugar. It was a little too sweet for me. I would probably add more pretzels for a thicker crust. My guests did not seem to mind. It was gone in and instant!"

Julietparadise User ID: 7929801 58573
Reviewed Aug. 12, 2014

"I make a similar version using a 6-oz pkg of Raspberry Jello and adding about 20-oz of frozen red raspberries. The frozen berries set-up the Jello fairly fast . This is a simple dessert for a potluck but won't withstand warm weather functions outdoors."

kaly_ab User ID: 1070646 58571
Reviewed Aug. 11, 2014

"So quick and simple! We love this for a great summer treat."

franmpierce User ID: 7349155 134249
Reviewed Aug. 11, 2014

"Dont forget to add strawberries to the jello. Great recipe."

joshkle9 User ID: 7338630 69405
Reviewed Jul. 15, 2013

"Great tasting. Really like the saltiness of the pretzel crust. However, DO NOT try to travel anywhere and bring this dessert along. The jello topping will shift and crack and open up the middle layer to melt relatively quickly. I made this mistake trying to bring it to a grill-out."

keeblersgirl User ID: 6010256 54435
Reviewed Jul. 8, 2013

"This recipe tasted great and easy to make; however, 2 cups of crushed pretzels didn't quite cover the bottom of my baking dish so I probably used a total of 3 cups and a little more butter and sugar to balance it out."

jwre1608 User ID: 6989453 206117
Reviewed Nov. 22, 2012

"I made this a little different. I used a 9 inch pie crust and put the jello, sliced strawberries, sugar, and cornstarch boiled together poured Into the pie crust. I chilled for two hours. Then beat whipped topping with cream cheese with sugar and vanilla extract. I "frosted" the pie with that and then sprinkled the top with crushed pretzels. Yummy. It was a variation of the above recipe and it was fantastic."

teiko User ID: 6850305 113275
Reviewed Sep. 7, 2012

"Where do I begin!! The pretzel mixture started out fine,the cream cheese mixture had way to much sugar in it and the jello took 4 ever to partially set up.I used regular jello but after 1 hour I had to add ice cubes to speed up the process.After it was done the pretzel mixture was soggy,cream cheese was too sweet and the jello firmed up too fast and was lumpy looking on top. When I would try to cut a piece, the jello would slide off. What a waste. I spent close to $10 bucks on this recipe for nothing.I read sll the reviews before I started, but still no luck."

DavetteB User ID: 6233909 54186
Reviewed Mar. 5, 2012

"I would use real whipped cream instead of topping and cut the sugar with WheyLow (real sugars but 1/4 the calories) and probably cut it to 3/4 cup; I think the Jello has plenty of sweetness for this"

Malissia User ID: 4631177 206116
Reviewed Oct. 27, 2011

"I have used sugar free jello and strawberries. I have also served as a congealed salad."

rumy6e1 User ID: 1435884 134243
Reviewed Nov. 25, 2010

"I made this dessert recipe a couple of weeks ago just to try it. I took some to work and had my co-workers requesting me to make them one for them. I have since made six of these desserts. I would say that qualifies this dessert as a keeper!"

tracy197600 User ID: 3040337 54185
Reviewed Sep. 2, 2010

"My Grandmother used to make this and our whole family loves it!!!"

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