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Raspberry Delight

When I was a young man, I taught in a one-room schoolhouse and lived in the bachelor's quarters. At lunchtime, I'd often trade my store-bought cookies for the students' homemade goodies. Of course, nothing tastes as good as homemade, and that inspired me to do more cooking for myself. Pretzels are the surprising "secret ingredient" in this tasty dessert.—Warren Knudtson, Las Vegas, Nevada
  • Total Time
    Prep: 25 min. + chilling
  • Makes
    12-16 servings


  • 2 cups fiinely crushed pretzels
  • 2 tablespoons sugar
  • 1/3 cup chopped pecans
  • 3/4 cup butter, softened
  • 1 package (8 ounces) cream cheese, softened
  • 3/4 cup sugar
  • 1 carton (8 ounces) frozen whipped topping, thawed
  • 1 package (6 ounces) raspberry gelatin
  • 2 cups boiling water
  • 2 packages (10 ounces each) frozen unsweetened raspberries


  • In a large bowl, combine the pretzels, sugar, pecans and butter. Press into an ungreased 13x9-in. baking pan. Bake at 350° for 10 minutes or until lightly browned; cool.
  • In a large bowl, beat cream cheese and sugar until smooth. Fold in whipped topping; spread over crust. In a large bowl, dissolve gelatin in boiling water. Stir in frozen raspberries until gelatin is almost set. Spread over filling. Chill several hours or overnight.
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  • tcavman15
    Sep 17, 2012

    This dessert was a hit at a potluck recently. Too bad there's no photo to go with the recipe. It's beautiful, especially after serving the first piece, then you can see all the layers. I could only find 12 ounce packages of frozen raspberries at the store, but it still turned out great. I recommend really making sure the cream cheese and sugar are super smooth, before folding in the Cool Whip in three increments to avoid any lumps. I'm going to try making this with low fat and sugar ingredients next time and see if it turns out as good. Very tasty!

  • tcelica25
    May 29, 2010

    My family has enjoyed this dessert since we first saw it in TOH! Always a winner and a great idea for those hot summer months!