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Strawberry Pretzel Dessert

This Strawberry Pretzel Dessert is one of the most requested desserts to make with three layers of sweet, creamy and crunch that everyone loves and will disappear before you know it!

Strawberry Pretzel Dessert

This classic dessert that never gets old and is perfect for potlucks, summer cookouts and get togethers! It’s so easy to make with just a few ingredients and can be made ahead of time. Some people call it strawberry pretzel salad, I call it strawberry pretzel dessert. However you call it, you will find that it will be the most requested for either a dessert or side dish.

how to make Strawberry Pretzel Dessert

Recipe Tips & Variations

  • Try this recipe with a different flavors of Jello and fruits such as cherry Jello with cherries, raspberries with raspberry Jello or mixed berries with strawberry Jello.
  • If you’re not a fan of pretzels, substitute the pretzel crust with Graham, Ritz or Saltine crackers.
  • Seal the edges of the pretzel crust with the cream cheese layer to prevent the pretzels from getting soggy.
  • Follow the recipe directions for dissolving the Jello and not the package instructions for best results.

strawberry pretzel salad

Can I Use Fresh Strawberries in Pretzel Salad?

Yes, you can use fresh strawberries if you don’t have frozen on hand. Make sure they are ripe and washed before using in the recipe.

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Can you Make Strawberry Pretzel Salad Ahead of Time?

Yes, this is a great recipe to make ahead of time and perfect for when you don’t have a lot of time but need to bring something to your gathering. It needs to set for at least 4 hours so you can make this the night before and it will be ready the next day. 

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Strawberry Pretzel Dessert Ingredients

For the Crust:
2 cups pretzels, crushed
2 tablespoon sugar
1 stick butter, melted

For the filling:
1 8oz package cream cheese, softened
1 cup sugar
1 8oz Cool Whip, thawed

For the topping:
2 packages strawberry Jello
2 cups boiling water
2 small packages frozen strawberries (unthawed)

How to Make Strawberry Pretzel Dessert

Preheat oven to 375 degrees F.

Place pretzels in a ziploc bag and crush with a rolling pin. In a bowl, mix crushed pretzels, sugar and butter. Press the crust into a 13X9 baking dish. Bake for 10 minutes. Allow to cool completely. 

In a bowl, beat cream cheese and sugar until fluffy. Add Cool Whip to the bowl and mix together. Spread the filling onto the cooled pretzel crust.

In a bowl, mix Jello and boiling water until Jello dissolves. Stir in frozen strawberries until mixture begins to thicken. Pour on top of cream cheese layer and chill in fridge for about 4 hours.

Slice and serve alone or with a dollop of whipped cream.

If you have any leftovers, make sure to cover it and place in the fridge for up to 3 days.

 

Strawberry Pretzel Dessert

Strawberry Pretzel Dessert

Yield: Serves 12
Prep Time: 20 minutes
Cook Time: 10 minutes
Total Time: 30 minutes

This Strawberry Pretzel Dessert is one of the most requested desserts to make consisting of three layers of sweet, creamy and crunch that is loved by everyone and will disappear before you know it!

Ingredients

For the Crust:

  • 2 cups pretzels, crushed
  • 2 tablespoon sugar
  • 1 stick butter, melted

For the filling:

  • 1 8oz package cream cheese, softened
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1 8oz Cool Whip, thawed

For the topping:

  • 2 packages strawberry Jello
  • 2 cups boiling water
  • 2 small packages frozen strawberries (unthawed)

Instructions

    1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees F.
    2. Place pretzels in a ziploc bag and crush with a rolling pin. In a bowl, mix crushed pretzels, sugar and butter. Press the crust into a 13X9 baking dish. Bake for 10 minutes. Allow to cool completely. 
    3. In a bowl, beat cream cheese and sugar until fluffy. Add Cool Whip to the bowl and mix together. Spread the filling onto the cooled pretzel crust.
    4. In a bowl, mix Jello and boiling water until Jello dissolves. Stir in frozen strawberries until mixture begins to thicken. Pour on top of cream cheese layer and chill in fridge for about 4 hours.
    5. Slice and serve alone or with a dollop of whipped cream.

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