Strawberry Pretzel Dessert
Total TimePrep: 20 min. Bake: 10 min. + chilling
- 2 cups crushed pretzels (about 8 ounces)
- 3/4 cup butter, melted
- 3 tablespoons sugar
- 2 cups whipped topping
- 1 package (8 ounces) cream cheese, softened
- 1 cup sugar
- 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
- 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; serve with additional whipped topping and pretzels if desired.
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Nutrition Facts1 piece: 295 calories, 15g fat (10g saturated fat), 39mg cholesterol, 305mg sodium, 38g carbohydrate (27g sugars, 1g fiber), 3g protein.
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.
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 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.
Dec 22, 2019
I was looking for the recipe my grandma used, and while this is close, it’s not the right recipe. The jello layer is too thick and the middle layer is too loose. However, out of all the recipes my relatives have tried since my grandma passed away, this is the closest. I think I will use one box of jello and one package of strawberries next time and for the filling, 1 1/2 cups of cool whip and powdered sugar instead. I’ll let you know how it goes! Still a tasty dessert with this recipe.
Dec 19, 2019
Sarah, gelatin has a working temperature range and heating it too high will denature it effectively removing its gelling capabilities. The recipe says to boil water then dissolve the jello in a bowl. That doesn't cook it any further and the bowl actually brings the temperature down. Did you dissolve it in the pot while still simmering/boiling? I wouldn't even boil the water. Just get it hot enough to dissolve the jello. Hope this helps and is in time for you to try again. Cheers.
Dec 19, 2019
@Sarah (from Dec. 16, 2019): What the recipe doesn’t explain very well in step 3 is that you follow the jello recipe on the box for the amount of boiling water to add, but you DO NOT add the cold water according to the box, and you instead add in the thawed berries. Otherwise the jello gets too runny. That’s what I think may have happened to your dessert.
Dec 16, 2019
I made this recipe yesterday. I followed everything the recipe says. I had it in the fridge over night, i went to cut into it today and the jello part is completely soupy. Can anyone tell me what went wrong? P.s. very disappointed
Nov 18, 2019
I use this recipe at Thanksgiving; but instead of strawberries, I add 2 cans of whole berry cranberry sauce to the strawberry gelatin. It is so good!!
Oct 25, 2019
At any potluck, this recipe is the first to go. The sweet salty is divine!
Sep 28, 2019
I have a question...can you make this with any flavor gelatin and fruit? I was thinking about peach/peach or orange with mandarin oranges, or lime/pineapple. Thoughts??