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Strawberry Pretzel Dessert

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
  • Total Time
    Prep: 20 min. Bake: 10 min. + chilling
  • Makes
    16 servings

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
  • Optional: Additional whipped topping and pretzels

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 sweetened strawberries; chill until partially set. Carefully spoon over filling. Chill until firm, 4-6 hours. Cut into squares; if desired, serve with additional whipped topping and pretzels.

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 crust's edges so the gelatin stays put.
  • Instead of whipped topping, try fresh whipped cream.
  • Nutrition 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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    • Katarina
      Jun 29, 2020

      In regards to happycamperd comment about it being really sweet, I used fresh strawberries (that I froze) and sugar free jello and it tastes just as good!

    • happycamperd
      Jun 27, 2020

      I want to be fair with this one as some people may like it so here goes..I made this in a glass pyrex 9 x 13 dish. I bought all of the ingredients as written, but did end up with 2 1/2 cups of coarsely crushed pretzels as I did not want to toss them. It still worked fine and amply covered the bottom of the dish. The crème cheese layer worked best by beating the crème cheese and sugar and then folding in the whip topping, as another reviewer recommended. I was skeptical about the jello layer but followed instructions exactly and it worked fine. I put in fridge after first layer for about 30 minutes. Second layer a bit longer and def spread to edges, as another reviewer wisely recommended. Jello layer chilled for a few hours. Sliced beautifully. Looked pretty on a plate. Did not top with additional whip cream, and honestly it did not need any extra sugar, so that would have mainly been for plating. This is where I have to say, it was way too sweet. no way around it either but I may remove the syrup filled strawberries with fresh. The other steps could perhaps be reduced in sugar, but not eliminated as the sugar serves more than one purpose. SO, aside from being overly sweet, this would be a very nice desert. I would never name this a salad or serve WITH a meal though.

    • Nanette
      Jun 25, 2020

      So delicious...I have made this many, many times. Everyone loves it!

    • Sue
      Jun 21, 2020

      Nice cold dessert

    • Patti
      Jun 17, 2020

      Have been making this for many years and always requested at our potlucks. The last one I did was a frozen bag of strawberries, blueberries, blackberries , and raspberries. I used raspberry jello. Thank you for great recipes and this is another... fool proof recipe and have one in the fridge right now..

    • lucyhockey
      Jun 11, 2020

      I've had this many times but it is the first time making it. I added a little bit of vanilla to the cream cheese. I also used fresh strawberries, sliced and added some sugar. After sitting for 1 hour I stirred well then drained before adding to the gelatin. Topped the dessert with chopped pecans.

    • Karen
      Mar 16, 2020

      My son requested this recipes. So easy to make, so delicious. Everyone enjoyed a second helping, although one person would have preferred the more traditional graham cracker crust. I did add a layer of fresh sliced strawberries before pouring on the jello mixture, which really increased the great strawberry taste. I will be making this again very soon.

    • Niki
      Feb 22, 2020

      I was given a recipe very similar to this by a friend, she called it Strawberry Salad. All the ingredients are the same except for brown sugar in the crust and only 1 box of jello. I make it without the pretzels, I use graham crackers instead. This is my absolute favorite dessert!! I love every variation and make it every couple weeks. My grandma always makes what she calls pretzel cake it is another variation made with dream whip and cherry pie filling instead of the strawberries and jell-o. All of them are great and worth making for get togethers.

    • Katherine
      Feb 4, 2020

      I grew up without any idea of jello salads etc... I actually thought I hated jello because it was so blahhh. My sweet friend Pam made this for a Bible Study and my mouth came alive. Perfect blend of sweet

    • Jan
      Jan 26, 2020

      Bez, my Mom's recipe does not use jello. Crust is the same except 2 1/2 cups coarsely crushed pretzels. Filling cream cheese and sugar only blended into 2 envelopes of whipped Dream Whip. Topping is canned fruit pie filling. Maybe this is close to your grandma's. My mom passed a few years back so this is the best I can do. Hope it helps.