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Strawberry Pretzel Salad Recipe

a close up shot of Strawberry Pretzel Jello Dessert Salad on plate with a bite taken out of it
A simple pretzel crust is topped with a sweetened cream cheese and Cool Whip middle layer and then finished off with a strawberry jello layer for this delicious dish.
Prep Time 15 mins
Cook Time 10 mins
Chill Time 2 hrs
Total Time 2 hrs 25 mins
Course Dessert
Cuisine American
Servings 12
Calories 471 kcal

Ingredients
  

  • cups crushed pretzels (You’ll need five cups of whole pretzels. After you crush them, you’ll have about two and a half cups.)
  • cups sugar, divided
  • ¾ cup butter, melted
  • 12 ounces cream cheese
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla
  • 12 ounces Cool Whip
  • 3 to 4 cups fresh strawberries, sliced
  • 6 ounces strawberry gelatin (2 packages)
  • 2 cups boiling water
  • 2 cups cold water

Instructions
 

  • Preheat your oven to 350°F. Lightly butter the bottom of a 9x13-inch pan.
  • In a medium bowl, combine crushed pretzels, ¾ cup sugar, and melted butter. Press into the bottom of the prepared pan. (You can crush pretzels by putting them in a Ziploc bag and using a rolling pin, wooden spoon, or your hands to crush them.)
  • Bake the pretzel base for 10 minutes. Remove from the oven and allow to cool completely.
  • In a large mixing bowl, beat the cream cheese, the remaining ¾ cup of sugar, and the vanilla until well combined. Next, carefully fold in the Cool Whip.
  • Spread the cream cheese mixture on top of the pretzel crust. When adding the cream cheese mixture to the pan, make sure that it goes all the way to the edges. This creates a barrier to prevent the jello from seeping down into the pretzel base and making it soggy.
  • In a medium bowl, dissolve the jello in two cups of boiling water. Once it is completely dissolved, add two cups of ice water and stir. Stir in the sliced strawberries. Refrigerate for 15 minutes or until the jello is just starting to thicken but has not yet set.
  • Carefully pour the strawberry jello over the cream cheese layer. Cover and refrigerate for two hours or until the jello is set. Slice into squares to serve.

Notes

  • Be sure to crush the pretzels very well to make sure there aren't any large pieces of pretzels. If you would like, you can use a food processor to crush them.
  • When making the jello, don’t leave it in the fridge for too long. If it sets too much, it will have chunks and won’t pour evenly. If you just can’t get enough of jello, you can add an extra 3-ounce box of gelatin and an extra two cups of water.
  • If the Cool Whip is your favorite ingredient in this dessert, you can add a little more on top of each serving.
 

Nutrition

Calories: 471kcalCarbohydrates: 63gProtein: 6gFat: 23gSaturated Fat: 14gPolyunsaturated Fat: 1gMonounsaturated Fat: 6gTrans Fat: 0.5gCholesterol: 64mgSodium: 478mgPotassium: 166mgFiber: 1gSugar: 45gVitamin A: 789IUVitamin C: 22mgCalcium: 75mgIron: 1mg