Strawberry Pretzel Dessert Recipe

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Strawberry Pretzel Dessert Recipe
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Strawberry Pretzel Dessert Recipe

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Need to bring a dish to pass this weekend? This make-ahead strawberry pretzel salad will disappear quickly at any potluck. —Aldene Belch, Flint, Michigan
MAKES:
16 servings
TOTAL TIME:
Prep: 20 min. Bake: 10 min. + chilling
MAKES:
16 servings
TOTAL TIME:
Prep: 20 min. Bake: 10 min. + chilling

Ingredients

  • 2 cups crushed pretzels (about 8 ounces)
  • 3/4 cup butter, melted
  • 3 tablespoons sugar
  • FILLING:
  • 2 cups whipped topping
  • 1 package (8 ounces) cream cheese, softened
  • 1 cup sugar
  • TOPPING:
  • 2 packages (3 ounces each) strawberry gelatin
  • 2 cups boiling water
  • 2 packages (16 ounces each) frozen sweetened sliced strawberries, thawed
  • Additional whipped topping and pretzels, optional

Directions

In a bowl, combine the pretzels, butter and sugar. Press into an ungreased 13x9-in. baking dish. Bake at 350° for 10 minutes. Cool on a wire rack.
For filling, in a small bowl, beat whipped topping, cream cheese and sugar until smooth. Spread over pretzel crust. Refrigerate until chilled.
For topping, dissolve gelatin in boiling water in a large bowl. Stir in strawberries with syrup; chill until partially set. Carefully spoon over filling. Chill for 4-6 hours or until firm. Cut into squares; serve with whipped topping if desired. Yield: 16 servings.

Test Kitchen Tips
  • Punch up the flavor by adding chopped toasted nuts to the crust.
  • Want a crisp crust and fluffy filling? Cool baked crust completely.
  • Nobody likes gelatin that wanders.Using an offset spatula or the back of a spoon, spread cream cheese all the way to the edges so the gelatin stays put.
  • Instead of whipped topping, try fresh whipped cream.
  • Originally published as Strawberry Pretzel Dessert in Reminisce Extra June 1994, p45

    Nutritional Facts

    1 piece: 295 calories, 15g fat (10g saturated fat), 39mg cholesterol, 305mg sodium, 38g carbohydrate (27g sugars, 1g fiber), 3g protein.

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    • 2 cups crushed pretzels (about 8 ounces)
    • 3/4 cup butter, melted
    • 3 tablespoons sugar
    • FILLING:
    • 2 cups whipped topping
    • 1 package (8 ounces) cream cheese, softened
    • 1 cup sugar
    • TOPPING:
    • 2 packages (3 ounces each) strawberry gelatin
    • 2 cups boiling water
    • 2 packages (16 ounces each) frozen sweetened sliced strawberries, thawed
    • Additional whipped topping and pretzels, optional
    1. In a bowl, combine the pretzels, butter and sugar. Press into an ungreased 13x9-in. baking dish. Bake at 350° for 10 minutes. Cool on a wire rack.
    2. For filling, in a small bowl, beat whipped topping, cream cheese and sugar until smooth. Spread over pretzel crust. Refrigerate until chilled.
    3. For topping, dissolve gelatin in boiling water in a large bowl. Stir in strawberries with syrup; chill until partially set. Carefully spoon over filling. Chill for 4-6 hours or until firm. Cut into squares; serve with whipped topping if desired. Yield: 16 servings.

    Test Kitchen Tips
  • Punch up the flavor by adding chopped toasted nuts to the crust.
  • Want a crisp crust and fluffy filling? Cool baked crust completely.
  • Nobody likes gelatin that wanders.Using an offset spatula or the back of a spoon, spread cream cheese all the way to the edges so the gelatin stays put.
  • Instead of whipped topping, try fresh whipped cream.
  • Originally published as Strawberry Pretzel Dessert in Reminisce Extra June 1994, p45

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    shirleypollard55 User ID: 6668421 287951
    Reviewed May. 18, 2018

    "Excellent. My family loves this dessert. They beg for it"

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    Jesse User ID: 9464432 287863
    Reviewed May. 16, 2018

    "I had this years ago very good I'm glad I could find the recipe again ewill be making next weekend"

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    s_pants User ID: 174050 287714
    Reviewed May. 12, 2018

    "We love the flavors together...the sweet and salty. I had to make 1 1/2 crusts in order to completely fill my 9x13 pan. I think it would be better to have a thicker cream cheese filling. It was definitely not as thick as the picture. Seemed to take quite awhile (at least 2 hours) for the gelatin layer to partially set. Then again, maybe it set too much because it seemed to slide off the cream cheese layer once it was cut. I like the idea of using a 16 oz. container of fresh strawberries instead of the frozen."

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    jderck User ID: 3247777 287541
    Reviewed May. 6, 2018

    "I have made this for years (recipe passed down from my dear mother). Here is a wonderful tip for making this even better. Instead of "crushing" pretzels to make 2 cups I break regular size pretzel sticks into thirds to make 2-2/3 cups. It takes a little more time but isn't so salty and gives it a little more texture for the crust. Recipe is requested everywhere I have ever taken it. Yummy!"

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    pbarstad User ID: 4041287 287436
    Reviewed May. 3, 2018

    "I've been making this for years. It's one of my son-in-law's favorites. He likes it best made with raspberries."

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    Reno127 User ID: 4905868 287426
    Reviewed May. 3, 2018

    "I have made this wonderful dessert several times and people keep asking me to please make it again! It has the most savory taste a sweet blend of strawberries with the nutty and salty taste of the pretzels. This is one dessert you won't regret making and I'm sure you'll be asked to bring it again!"

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    bluesamcat User ID: 8172566 287417
    Reviewed May. 2, 2018

    "Just made it. After reading the reviews, I cut the sugar in the cream cheese mixture to a half cup, instead of the full cup. Delicious and gone very quickly. Will definitely make again soon."

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    Kris User ID: 9434961 284865
    Reviewed Mar. 10, 2018

    "Perfect. I wouldn't change a thing."

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    Ellen User ID: 9417811 282919
    Reviewed Jan. 29, 2018

    "High hopes with so many great reviews. Unfortunately, this is way too sweet. On the bright side - the kids love the sugar rush and candy bar like sweetness, so 2 stars for that. Cool whip and 1 cup of sugar with the cream cheese, then jello and the sweet syrup strawberries. Next time I'll find another version of this with a lot less sugar and using heavy whipping cream."

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    PfaffR User ID: 8322660 282437
    Reviewed Jan. 21, 2018

    "My man loved this dessert. Was easy to make and tastes great."

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