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Strawberry Pretzel Salad Recipe

This tangy, sweet, salty and creamy dessert is always a family favorite! A dessert with the funny name of strawberry pretzel salad but a surprisingly WONDERFUL taste like strawberry cheesecake! 

The layers of the easy strawberry pretzel salad from the side.

Easy strawberry pretzel salad

Here’s How It’s Done

STEP 1. Make the Crust!

Crush the pretzels, melt the butter, add the sugar, mix together and press into the 9×13 pan. Bake for 10 minutes. 

Crushed pretzels with measuring cup, rolling pin and cutting board

STEP 2. Make the Cream Cheese Center!

Mix cream cheese, cool whip and sugar together and spread onto the crust. 

Cool whip mixture spread out smooth on top of the crust in a 9x13 pan

Easy Strawberry pretzel salad

STEP 3. Make the Jello Top! 

Mix up the jello and add the strawberries. 

bowl pouring the jello mixture on top of the cool whip mixture in baking dish

Easy Strawberry pretzel salad

STEP 4. Refrigerate until ready to eat! 

Put it all in the fridge until you are ready to DEVOUR! 

 

Pan of strawberry pretzel salad in baking dish ready for the fridge

Lovely strawberries floating on top

What To Serve with Strawberry Pretzel Salad? 

This works GREAT as a dessert following a cookout! Try Hangry Hamburgers, Bacon Wrapped Hot Dogs, Corn on the Cob and Potato Salad!

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ’s)

Can I use Sugar Free Jello? 

Yes, absolutely! Just remember that using sugar free jello does not remove all the carbs from this jello salad.

How Do I Keep The Jello from Seeping Down Into the Cream Cheese Mixture

You will want to spread the cream cheese mixture evenly over the dish and try to seal out any places where the jello could seep down. 

Cool the whole pan for at least 30 minutes before adding the jello mixture to help it congele more quickly. 

Can I Use A Different Type of Fruit?

Yes, but then it won’t be a strawberry jello salad. 

How Thick Do I Cut the Strawberries? 

You will want the strawberries to be about ¼ of an inch thick. 

How Long Does Strawberry Pretzel Salad Last? 

The completed recipe will last in the refrigerator very well for about 5 days. Do not allow to sit out for more than 2 hours. 

Can Strawberry Pretzel Salad Be Made Ahead? 

Yes, that gives everything time to gel and be super cold for a FUN dessert! 

Can I Make This Dish Low Carb or Keto? 

Yep, you sure can! Go check out my friend Logan’s page for Keto Strawberry Pretzel Salad

A single slice of pretzel salad with strawberries on top.

Pretzel salad

Tips and Tricks for Strawberry Pretzel Salad Recipe

  • Cut the strawberries no more than ¼ inch thick.
  • Make sure the strawberries are all about the same thickness.
  • Crush the pretzels as small as you can make them.
  • Use a rolling pin or a soup can turned on its side to smash the pretzels. 
  • It is OK to substitute butter substitutes for the melted butter. 
  • You will want the cream cheese and the cool whip to be room temperature.
  • If you want to substitute REAL whipped cream for this recipe, then add 1 heaping tablespoon of sour cream to the whipped cream to help stabilize the whipped cream. Do understand that the pretzel salad will not last as long as the cool whip version. 
  • Spread the cream cheese mixture as well as you can into the corners and onto the sides to create a barrier against the jello. An offset spatula works well for this job. 
  • Make sure to allow the jello the resting time in the fridge so that it can cool off and won’t melt the cream cheese mix when you spread it on top. 
  • Keep the finished dish in the refrigerator and covered. 
  • Terrific dish for a pot luck!

 

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Strawberry Pretzel Salad Recipe

This tangy, sweet, salty and creamy dessert is always a family favorite! A dessert with a funny name but a surprisingly WONDERFUL taste. Reminds you of strawberry cheesecake.
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Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American
Keyword: strawberry pretzel salad recipe, strawerry pretzel salad
Prep Time: 30 minutes
Cook Time: 10 minutes
Total Time: 40 minutes
Servings: 18 servings
Calories: 254kcal
Author: Wendi Spraker

Ingredients

  • 2 Cups Crushed Pretzels about ½ a standard sized bag
  • ¾ Cup Butter melted
  • 3 Tablespoons granulated white sugar
  • 8 oz cream cheese - room temperature
  • 1 Cup granulated white sugar
  • 8 oz cool whip room temp
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1 tsp almond extract
  • ¼ tsp salt
  • 2 Cups boiling water
  • 2 3 oz packages of strawberry jello - 6 oz total
  • 1 lb fresh strawberry slices

Instructions

  • Preheat the oven to 350 degrees.
  • Prepare a 9x13 baking dish with cooking spray.
  • Crush the pretzels in a gallon size resealable bag with a rolling pin until the pretzels are a fine powder.
  • Melt butter and mix in a medium sized bowl with sugar and then add the crushed pretzels. Mix well. Spread into the bottom of a 9x13 baking dish and pack down.
  • Bake the pretzel crust at 350 degrees for 10 minutes.
  • While the crust is baking, using a mixer, mix the cream cheese, sugar, cool whip, vanilla, almond and salt.
  • Once the pretzel crust has cooled (about 10 mins), spread the cream cheese mixture onto the pretzel crust. Seal as well as you can to the corners and sides so that a barrier will be created between the jello mix and the pretzel crust. Set the entire dish into the refrigerator while you finish the rest of the instructions.
  • While the pretzel crust is cooling, mix the boiling water in a medium bolw with the 2 3 oz packages of strawberry jello. Mix with a whisk until the jello dissolves in the water. Set this mixture into the refrigerator for at least 5 minutes.
  • Slice the strawberries and add those to the jello mixture. Pour this mixture onto the cream cheese mix and spread evenly. Place back into the refrigerator to cool for at least 2 hours.

Notes

  • Cut the strawberries no more than ¼ inch thick.
  • Make sure the strawberries are all about the same thickness.
  • Crush the pretzels as small as you can make them.
  • Use a rolling pin or a soup can turned on its side to smash the pretzels.
  • It is OK to substitute butter substitutes for the melted butter.
  • You will want the cream cheese and the cool whip to be room temperature.
  • If you want to substitute REAL whipped cream for this recipe, then add 1 heaping tablespoon of sour cream to the whipped cream to help stabilize the whipped cream. Do understand that the pretzel salad will not last as long as the cool whip version.
  • Spread the cream cheese mixture as well as you can into the corners and onto the sides to create a barrier against the jello. An offset spatula works well for this job.
  • Make sure to allow the jello the resting time in the fridge so that it can cool off and won’t melt the cream cheese mix when you spread it on top.
  • Keep the finished dish in the refrigerator and covered.
  • Terrific dish for a potluck!
PRO TIP:  Make the day before you plan to serve and this allows all the flavors to marry and meld! 

Nutrition

Nutrition Facts
Strawberry Pretzel Salad Recipe
Amount Per Serving
Calories 254 Calories from Fat 117
% Daily Value*
Fat 13g20%
Saturated Fat 8g40%
Cholesterol 36mg12%
Sodium 299mg12%
Potassium 84mg2%
Carbohydrates 33g11%
Fiber 1g4%
Sugar 24g27%
Protein 3g6%
Vitamin A 431IU9%
Vitamin C 15mg18%
Calcium 34mg3%
Iron 1mg6%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.
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A VERSE TO SHARE

The last few weeks have been hard, I’ll admit it right now. Very hard. Reading John 16 gives me peace.

Maybe you need it to? Read the whole passage, but this is one of the best lines…

John 16: 33

I have told you these things, so that in me you may have peace. In this world you will have trouble. But take heart! I have overcome the world.

 

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Tuesday 10th of September 2019

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