Strawberry Pretzel Dessert

Strawberry Pretzel Dessert is spectacular. No kidding. You will love this fabulous dessert–uh, salad! The original recipe actually called this a salad! It has a wonderful pretzel crust, a lusciously smooth cream cheese layer, followed by a delicious strawberry Jello layer and finally topped with whipped cream. Oh, yum! The question about this recipe is whether or not it should even be classified as a salad!! It seems more like a dessert to me!

My dear friend, Mimi Pownall gave me this recipe in the very early 1980s, and I love the recipe for its versatility. You can use frozen or fresh strawberries. One time I decided to make it with strawberry pie filling instead of all the Jello goop. That was yummy, too.

This recipe has been all over the Internet for years and I’m not sure who the originator of this recipe is. I would not be surprised if this recipe originated from the makers of Jello or someone else selling a product.

You will love this fantastic Strawberry Pretzel Dessert. Try it at a potluck sometime and see everyone swoon. This is such a marvelous recipe for holidays or Valentine’s Day with it’s beautiful colors and light creamy taste. It’s wonderful to serve after a large meal because it’s so light and fluffy. Add this to your holiday dessert list. You won’t be sorry.

When I initially posted this recipe right after I started my blog in June 2012, my pictures were blurry and just not very good! I was using an iPhone for a camera back then which wasn’t particularly good to show exciting pictures of food!

Besides all that, I made the mistake of using plastic wrap instead of foil to wrap the dish before refrigerating it one last time. The plastic wrap fell into the dish and pulled off the beautiful sheen from the Jello that it originally had. I’ve made those corrections in the notes for the recipe so you can avoid my mistakes.

I recently remade Strawberry Pretzel Dessert (October 2016) for a potluck for our Sunday school class. This is one of those recipes that’s great to freeze during the stages (and to speed up the process), but after that it’s better to keep the dessert refrigerated. This is always a crowd pleaser even if it is a little high maintenance for a dessert. It is so good you will find it is gone before you blink your eyes! 🙂

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Strawberry Pretzel Dessert is a yummy dessert!

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This lovely layered Jello salad is amazing.

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Strawberry Pretzel Dessert has a delicious pretzel crust, a cream cheese layer, and finally a strawberry Jello layer. Swirl whipped cream on top if desired.

 

Here’s what I did.

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I used these ingredients.

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It is actually easier to work with pretzel sticks rather than regular shaped pretzels, but that’s all I had. Crush pretzel sticks – about 10-oz.  will yield 2 cups crushed pretzels. That’s all you’ll need.

You can crush the pretzels by putting them through a food processor. Otherwise, place pretzels in a zip lock bag and crush with a rolling pin.

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Add brown sugar and melted butter and mix ingredients together.

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Press pretzel mixture into a greased 9×13″ baking dish. 

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Bake the crust for 10 minutes at 350. Cool the crust COMPLETELY before adding the next layer. I usually cool about 10 minutes on counter than put the dish in the freezer for about 30 minutes.

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Meanwhile, soften cream cheese in mixing bowl. Add sugar and 8-oz. cool whip. Cream all the ingredients together with an electric mixer until smooth.

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Smooth the cream cheese mixture over top of cooled pretzel crust, and freeze again while preparing strawberry mixture.

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Meanwhile, boil water. Stir in 1 large or 2 small packages of strawberry gelatin. Dissolve the gelatin in boiling water. 

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Stir in thawed strawberries. Allow mixture to thicken. I usually put it in the freezer about 30 minutes to allow it to thicken.

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Spread thickened strawberry mixture over top of cream cheese layer. I usually place the mixture back in the freezer another 30 minutes to set the topping.

Remove dessert from freezer and cover with foil (NOT PLASTIC WRAP)!!! Plastic wrap will adhere to the strawberry mixture and ruin the surface. Refrigerate about 6 hours or overnight before serving.

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Serve with Cool Whip or whipped cream.

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You can cover the whole strawberry surface with cool whip or just dollop whipped cream on top like the picture.

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Time for a spoonful of this luscious gelatin salad – really more like a dessert!

 

Here’s the recipe.

STRAWBERRY PRETZEL DESSERT

(Recipe from Mimi Pownall, when we attended First Baptist Church Indian Rocks, Largo, FL)

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Festive and beautiful dessert-type salad with a pretzel crust, a cream cheese layer, and a strawberry jello layer. Amazing and delicious.
Strawberry Pretzel Dessert | Can't Stay Out of the Kitchen | this classic favorite #dessert has a #pretzel crust, #creamcheese layer & a #strawberry jello layer. It's a light dessert that's great for the #holidays.
Course Dessert
Cuisine American
Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Servings
Ingredients
Course Dessert
Cuisine American
Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Servings
Ingredients
Strawberry Pretzel Dessert | Can't Stay Out of the Kitchen | this classic favorite #dessert has a #pretzel crust, #creamcheese layer & a #strawberry jello layer. It's a light dessert that's great for the #holidays.
Instructions
  1. Mix crushed pretzels, brown sugar and butter.
  2. Press into greased 9x13” baking dish and bake at 350° for 10 minutes.
  3. Cool completely. (I place in freezer for about 30 minutes to speed cooling time).
  4. Mix sugar, cream cheese and half the cool whip and place on cooled crust.
  5. Bring water to a boil.
  6. Add jello and stir until dissolved.
  7. Then add strawberries.
  8. Stir until thick.
  9. If necessary put in freezer for a half hour or so until mixture thickens.
  10. Spread over cream cheese layer.
  11. Freeze until firm – about 30-45 minutes.
  12. Cover with foil (NOT PLASTIC WRAP!!!) Plastic wrap will adhere to the frozen surface and take off the beautiful finish.
  13. Refrigerate overnight before serving.
  14. If desired, serve with remaining cool whip—either spread over the strawberry layer or dollop on individual servings.
Recipe Notes

NOTE: May substitute cans of pie filling for strawberry mixture, although this is really good. I have used raspberry and blueberry pie filling as a substitute for the strawberry-Jello mixture. But I bet you could use fresh blueberries or blackberries and Jello to match and it would be fantastic, too.

NOTE: The original name for this recipe calls it a salad. This is really a dessert, NOT a salad!

NOTE: Don't use plastic wrap to cover this salad/dessert. It will adhere to the strawberry topping and make a mess. Cover with lid or foil instead.

 

[b]Strawberry Pretzel Salad (Dessert)[/b]
Recipe Type: Salads and Salad Dressings/Dessert
Cuisine: American
Author: Teresa Ambra adapted from Mimi Pownall, when we attended First Baptist Church of Indian Rocks, Largo, FL
Prep time:
Cook time:
Total time:
Serves: 15
Festive and beautiful dessert-type salad with a pretzel crust, a cream cheese layer, and a strawberry jello layer. Amazing and delicious.
Ingredients
  • 2 cups crushed pretzels
  • ¾ cup butter, melted
  • 3 tbsp. brown sugar
  • 8-oz. pkg. cream cheese, softened
  • 16-oz. container cool whip, divided
  • ¾ cup sugar
  • 1 large pkg. strawberry gelatin (or two small pkgs.)
  • 2 cups boiling water
  • 3 cups frozen strawberries
Instructions
  1. Mix pretzels, brown sugar and butter.
  2. Press into greased 9×13” baking dish and bake at 350° for 10 minutes.
  3. Cool completely.
  4. Mix sugar, cream cheese and half the cool whip and place on cooled crust.
  5. Bring water to a boil.
  6. Add jello and stir until dissolved.
  7. Then add strawberries.
  8. Stir until thick.
  9. If necessary put in freezer for a half hour or so until mixture thickens.
  10. Spread over cream cheese layer.
  11. Freeze until firm – about 30-45 minutes.
  12. Cover with foil (NOT PLASTIC WRAP!!!) Plastic wrap will adhere to the frozen surface and take off the beautiful finish.
  13. Refrigerate overnight before serving.
  14. If desired, serve with remaining cool whip—either spread over the strawberry layer or dollop on individual servings.
Notes
May substitute cans of pie filling for strawberry mixture, although this is really good. I have used raspberry and blueberry pie filling as a substitute for the strawberry-Jello mixture. But I bet you could use fresh blueberries or blackberries and Jello to match and it would be fantastic, too.[br][br]The original name for this recipe calls it a salad. This is really a dessert, NOT a salad![br][br]The original name for this recipe calls it a salad. This is really a dessert, NOT a salad![br][br]Don’t use plastic wrap to cover this salad/dessert. It will adhere to the strawberry topping and make a mess. Cover with lid or foil instead.

Strawberry Pretzel Dessert | Can't Stay Out of the Kitchen | this classic favorite #dessert has a #pretzel crust, #creamcheese layer & a #strawberry jello layer. It's a light dessert that's great for the #holidays.

Here’s another look at this wonderful dessert. Take this dessert along to your next party and there won’t be a smidgen left!

Strawberry Pretzel Dessert | Can't Stay Out of the Kitchen | this classic favorite #dessert has a #pretzel crust, #creamcheese layer & a #strawberry jello layer. It's a light dessert that's great for the #holidays.

Here’s a piece for you! Doesn’t Strawberry Pretzel Dessert look yummy? Your family, friends, and company will love this wonderful dessert–salad! This is a great dessert to take to holiday parties. The colors are so festive.

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