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Strawberry Pretzel Salad Recipe

This is the best strawberry pretzel salad recipe that produces a creamy, luscious and decadent dessert.  I love it not only during the summer months, but any month.

The flavor of sweet and salty is what makes it.  The buttered and baked pretzel crust is so delicious, I even use it for my no bake cheesecake - with fruit topping it's a winner.

If raspberries are your favorite fruit, please feel free to use them with raspberry Jell-O.

Just make certain you leave it in the refrigerator and the Jello is completely set.  Enjoy this refreshing strawberry dessert.

I've heard folks call it the strawberry whip cream jello dessert too. Whatever you call it - I say it's fresh and delicious

Strawberry Pretzel Dessert (for a crowd) and Strawberry Pretzel Pie.  An addicting dessert salad that will be requested often.  First dish gone - every time. #misshomemade

Strawberry Pretzel Salad Recipe

1-1/2 cups crushed pretzels (use a blender)
4 TBS white sugar
3/4 cup butter, melted (may add more)

1/2 cup confectioners sugar 
2 (8oz) pkgs cream cheese, softened
1 cup heavy whipping cream, whipped
1 tsp vanilla extract


6 oz pkg strawberry Jell-O
1-1/2 cups hot water
3 cups sliced fresh strawberries (mixed with 1/4 cup sugar to make juice)

PREHEAT the oven to 350 degrees.

Mix the crushed pretzels, 4 TBS white sugar and melted butter together and press into a pie pan that has been sprayed with oil. Bake for 8-9 minutes or until lightly toasted. Set aside and cool completely.

In a bowl, beat together the sugar, cream cheese and vanilla for 2 minutes.  Fold in the whipped cream.  Spread cream cheese mixture all the way to the edges on top of the cooled crust to form a seal so the Jello mixture that follows doesn't make the crust soggy.  Place in the refrigerator for two hours to chill.

Meanwhile, mix the hot water, Jell-O and strawberries (with juice) together and  stir until dissolved.  Let cool down to room temperature (or freeze for a few minutes; stirring often) and pour over the chilled cream cheese mixture.  Spread out to the edges so everything is sealed.  Refrigerate another 3 hours or preferably overnight.

Individual Servings?

Okay, instead of having this strawberry pretzel salad in "pie form" what about serving it individually?  You certainly can.

1.  Bake the crust as specified in the recipe above and cool.

2.  Make the Jell-O and place in a bowl in the refrigerator until almost set.

3.  Make the filling in a bowl and chill until the items above are ready.

Bring the crust out of the refrigerator and break into bite-sized pieces.  This is the first layer in your parfait - you may build this in a glass or in small bowls.  Place some of the crust in the bottom.

Place a layer of cream cheese filling on top and then spoon some of the Jell-O over that.  Repeat.  Store in refrigerator until ready to serve.  I end with the cream cheese layer and top with sliced strawberries for a lovely presentation.  

Feeding a Crowd?

Strawberry Pretzel Dessert (for a crowd) and Strawberry Pretzel Pie.  An addicting dessert salad that will be requested often.  First dessert gone - every time. #misshomemade

Strawberry Pretzel Salad Recipe
(for a crowd)

2-1/2 cups crushed pretzels (use a blender)
1/2 cup white sugar
1-1/2 cups melted butter (may add more)

1  cup confectioners sugar
3 (8oz) pkgs cream cheese, softened
1 cup heavy whipping cream, whipped
2 tsp vanilla extract

two 6 oz pkgs strawberry Jell-O
2-1/2 cups hot water
4 cups sliced fresh strawberries mixed with 1/4 cup sugar to make juice

See above for instructions.   

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