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Strawberry Pretzel Dessert


  • 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
  • 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 until firm, 4-6 hours. Cut into squares; serve with additional whipped topping and pretzels if desired.

Nutrition Facts

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


Average Rating:
  • mrscowboy
    Feb 7, 2019
    My family has enjoyed this for years. I recently lost my recipe and failed to remember proportions. Thanks for printing them again.
  • jderck
    Jan 30, 2019
    I have made this delicious recipe for years. It has always turned out wonderful, receives great reviews and many requests for the recipe! I prefer a coarser chop on the pretzels (rather than totally crushed and use 2 2/3 c because of this). Do let it cool completely. Cream the softened cream cheese and sugar we'll before folding in the whipped topping. This makes it easier to spread. Be sure to seal all of the edges to the side of the pan and the partially set jello/strawberry mix will not soak into the other layers. Yummy!
  • No_Time_To_Cook
    Jan 24, 2019
    Always a favorite! I sometimes do raspberry as well.
  • Michael
    Dec 31, 2018
    I used about 21/2 cups of pretzels to fit the 9x13 dish to get enough base to cover bottom of dish. I found it interesting that it only called for the boiling water to make the jello but it worked. The Jello box calls for two cups boiling and two cups ice cold water. My guess is person who commented they had too much jello followed recipe on Jello box and not this recipe. I sliced up frozen strawberries as I didn’t have pre-sliced and added them when not completely thawed to act as substitute for cold water and it worked. The jello doesn’t look as pretty as picture but that may be because I let it sit too long to gel in freezer.
  • amehart
    Dec 18, 2018
    This came out wonderful and everyone enjoyed it. Very simple to make but I could not find the frozen sliced strawberries at any of our markets, so used fresh that I sliced up and added a touch of sugar to bring out the juice and added that to the Jell-O. Was very fresh tasting and will definitely make again.
  • Trisha
    Dec 9, 2018
    Recipe was easy! The hardest part was waiting on each step to chill. It fit PERFECTLY in a 9x13 pan. None left over at all. The grandkids loved it and I will definitely make again! I followed the instructions exactly EXCEPT my frozen strawberries were not sweetened. I did not add sugar and it was still wonderful.
  • ggblib11
    Oct 8, 2018
    This recipe is great except it does not fit a 9 x, 13 x 2 inch pan. When I poured the gelatin mixture on top,, I had the jello mixture on the floor. Was not happy to be washing a sticky mess off my kitchen floor at 5:30 AM. Does anyone know of a source for a 4, 13,9 in pan.
  • Jenyfer
    Oct 8, 2018
    I used only half the sugar in the filling and it was absolutely delicious! Cool the crust thoroughly, and eat within a day of making this.
  • Liz
    Jun 24, 2018
    My grandmother used to make this all the time - it’s so good! However, she used to have the strawberry’s in the middle, and the whipped cream mix on the top with (additional) crushed pretzel pieces on top of that. I’m so glad I found this.
  • Natasha
    Jun 14, 2018
    This was the sweetest thing I’ve ever eaten in my entire life. I could have completely skipped the sugar and it would have been fine. Unless you’re using unsweetened whipped cream and Jello, I promise you it’s going to be WAY too sweet for you. The consistency was also nothing like the above photo. You HAVE to let the pretzel mixture cool COMPLETELY before adding the filling or the whipped cream just melts and there’s no texture. I would even recommend putting it in the fridge to get super cold before putting the filling on it. I had a headache after eating this because of the sugar, so, like i said before, skip the sugar!!!
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