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Peach Pretzel Salad

Peach pretzel salad features a buttery pretzel crust, creamy cheesecake filling, and a jello topping loaded with peaches.
Prep Time 20 mins
Cook Time 10 mins
Chill Time 2 hrs
Total Time 2 hrs 30 mins
Course Dessert
Cuisine American
Servings 12
Calories 477 kcal

Ingredients
  

  • 2 ½ cups pretzels crushed
  • 1 ½ cups granulated sugar divided
  • ¾ cup butter melted
  • 12 ounces cream cheese
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 12 ounces Cool Whip
  • 6 ounces peach gelatin
  • 2 cups water boiling
  • 2 cups ice water
  • 4 cups fresh peaches peeled and diced (about 4 to 5 large peaches)

Instructions
 

  • Preheat the oven to 350°F. Lightly butter the bottom and sides of a 9×13 pan.
  • In a medium bowl, combine crushed pretzels, ¾ cup sugar, and the melted butter. Press into the bottom of the 9×13 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. Fold in the Cool Whip until the mixture is evenly combined.
  • Spread the cream cheese mixture on top of the cooled 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 diced peaches. Refrigerate for 15 minutes or until the jello is just starting to thicken but has not yet set.
  • Carefully pour the peaches and jello over the cream cheese layer. Cover and refrigerate for two hours or until the jello is set. Slice into squares to serve.

Notes

PRO TIP: Make sure there aren’t any large pieces of pretzels, be sure to crush them very well – if you would like, you can use a food processor to crush them.
 
PRO TIP: Be sure to really seal the cream cheese mixture all the way to the edges over the pretzels so that when the gelatin is added, it doesn’t seep into the pretzel crust and make it soggy.
 
PRO TIP: Place the peach pieces into the gelatin while it is hot and as soon as you dice them to prevent discoloration to the fruit. Also, you can tell when the mixture is ready to transfer to the casserole dish because the fruit will stay suspended more evenly in the gelatin when it is just starting to thicken.
 
PRO TIP: If the Cool Whip is your favorite ingredient in this dessert, you can add a little more on top of each serving.

Nutrition

Calories: 477kcalCarbohydrates: 64gProtein: 6gFat: 23gSaturated Fat: 14gPolyunsaturated Fat: 1gMonounsaturated Fat: 6gTrans Fat: 1gCholesterol: 66mgSodium: 494mgPotassium: 196mgFiber: 1gSugar: 47gVitamin A: 952IUVitamin C: 3mgCalcium: 71mgIron: 1mg