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Strawberry Pretzel Salad

Strawberry Pretzel Salad
Strawberry Pretzel Salad
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Perfect for a family party or a potluck dinner, recipes with jello are always crowd-pleasers.  Strawberry Pretzel Salad is layered with strawberry Jell-O, cream cheese and a crunchy, yet salty pretzel bottom.  Altogether, it is a mouthful of joy and is great during the hot summer months. Creamy desserts with fruit Jell-O can't be beaten, and this twist on an old-fashioned Jell-O mold is perfect for summer picnics and outdoor parties.

Preparation Time10 min

Cooking Time20 min

Easy

Ingredients

  • 1/2 cup butter or margarine, melted
  • 1 1/4 cup sugar
  • 2 cups pretzels broken into small pieces
  • 1 (8-ounce) package of cream cheese
  • 1 cup whipping cream, whipped and sweetened (or 8-ounces Cool Whip)
  • 1 cup boiling water
  • 1 (6-ounce) large package raspberry Jell-O
  • 1 (10-ounce) package frozen strawberries and juice (defrost 2 hours prior to use)

Strawberry Pretzel Salad

This recipe really takes us back to family potlucks in the summer. One editor's aunt used to make a version every year, and it was always hard to wait until the desserts came out because everyone knew that this treat was in the lineup. There's something about the sweet and salty crust and the creamy, fruit-filled topping that just make it irresistible. Enjoy!

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.

  2. Mix together butter, 1/4 cup of sugar, and pretzels and press into an 8x8-inch pan. Bake for 10 minutes.

  3. Mix cream cheese, whipped cream and 1 cup sugar at room temperature. Spread over cooled crust.

  4. Mix boiling water, Jell-O, and strawberries. Pour on top of cream cheese mixture and refrigerate until firm. Cut into squares and serve. 

Note:

Drained and crushed pineapples can be added to the Jell-O mixture if desired. (about 5 oz.) 

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Pretzels are something I always seem to have on hand but I never really know what to with them other than to eat them straight out of the bag. This sounds like an interesting combination and I think I'd definitely have to try it with the pineapples for a little zing but will probably use fresh strawberries instead of frozen.

My grandma makes this all the time, and it's SO delicious!

I had to look this up to see how jello and pretzels go together! Then I saw it has cream cheese in it too. I want to try this. I do like all of these ingredients on their own and I am a fan of the salty/sweet tastes. This certainly does look tasty and I would like to try it.

I was intrigued by the name of this recipe, since strawberries and pretzels seems a strange combination, but this recipe looks delicious and I can't wait to try it! I love the combination of sweet and salty and I bet the pretzels give a nice crunchy texture to the crust! I would add the pineapple too as that's always yummy in jello. I'd like to make a bigger portion in a 9 x 13 pan - I would if doubling the recipe would work? Has anyone tried that?

Yum! My grandma made something almost exactly like this for Easter this past weekend! I can't wait to try this recipe out and see if I can make mine just like hers

I've never had a salad like this, and I was surprised at how tasty it was. I like the juxtaposition of sweet and salty, and would happily bring this to a gathering.

If you use the Cool Whip, do you still need to add all the sugar?

Personally, I would as it's used for the pretzel crust.

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