Mom’s Recipe for Strawberry Pretzel Salad

Mom’s Recipe for Strawberry Pretzel Salad

An old-fashioned recipe for Strawberry Pretzel Salad that is perfect for the summer bbq, holidays, and get-togethers. Easy to make, refreshing, and delicious.

strawberry pretzel salad

Strawberry Pretzel Salad

I grew up with this dessert as a staple in my mom’s kitchen and always served at Thanksgiving and Christmas. She made it for every summer picnic. Now, it’s my turn to surprise everyone with this delicious dessert. The flavor is just as good as I remember it. I’m happy to report that the family still dives in for seconds and thirds. But, why is it called a salad? Does anyone know?

If you are looking for easy dessert ideas that are easily transported, check out my recipes for Blonde  Brownies, Peach Cobbler, and Coconut Dream Bars

strawberry pretzel salad

Tips and Tricks for making this Strawberry Pretzel Jell-O Salad

  • use softened cream cheese and softened cool whip (whipped topping)
  • cool the layers completely before adding the next layer
  • spread the cream cheese layer all the way to the edges of your pan so it seals the edges and your Jell-O layer won’t creep down
  • spoon the Jell-O mixture over the cream cheese mixture or you can pour it very gently to avoid mixing the two layers together
  • using a blender or a food processor is an easy way to crush the pretzels but to have more control over the size of the pretzel pieces, you can place them into a large zip-tight back and use a rolling pin to crush the pretzels

strawberry Jell-O pretzel salad

Make-Ahead and Storage:

  • Strawberry pretzel salad should keep well when covered and placed in the refrigerator for up to a couple of days. After that, the pretzels might get soggy

Are you ready to make this delicious Jell-O Salad? Let’s make sure you have everything you’ll need:

Ingredients

  • coarsely chopped pretzels
  • granulated sugar
  • melted unsalted butter
  • granulated sugar
  • softened cream cheese – I use 1/3 less fat, but original cream cheese would be delicious
  • Cool Whip
  • strawberry Jell-O (strawberry gelatin)
  • water
  • sliced strawberries – I use fresh strawberries, but I’ve seen other recipes that use  sliced frozen strawberries

How do you make Strawberry Pretzel Salad

Instructions

  • Preheat the oven to 350 degrees
  • In a medium bowl, stir to combine the crushed pretzels, sugar, and melted butter.
  • Press mixture  into a 9×13 inch baking dish
  • Bake the pretzel crust in the oven for 10 minutes
  • Let it cool. While that cools off, in a large mixing bowl, cream the sugar and cream cheese together
  • Fold in the Cool Whip (whipped cream), and spread that over the cooled pretzel crust
  • Place in the refrigerator to chill
  • Add the strawberry jello to the 2 cups of boiling water or water hot enough to dissolve the Jell-O crystals
  • Add the sliced strawberries
  • Place the Jell-O mixture in the refrigerator to chill – for about 20 minutes – (It should still be liquid, just cold now)
  • Pull the pan out of the fridge and gently pour or spoon the chilled strawberry jello mixture over the cream cheese spread
  • Let the dessert chill in the refrigerator for a couple of hours so the jello can set up
  • slice and serve

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Here’s the printable recipe for this Strawberry Pretzel Salad Recipe

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Strawberry Pretzel Salad

  • Author: Melissa
  • Prep Time: 15 minutes
  • Cook Time: 2+hours of refrigeration
  • Total Time: 52 minute
  • Yield: 10-12 servings 1x

Ingredients

Scale
  • 2 cups of coarsely chopped pretzels
  • 3 tsp. of sugar
  • 1/2 cup of melted unsalted butter
  • 1 cup of sugar
  • 8 oz. of softened cream cheese
  • 8 oz. Cool Whip – softened
  • 6 oz. of strawberry jello
  • 2 cups of hot water
  • 2 lb. of sliced strawberries

Instructions

  • Preheat the oven to 350 degrees
  • In a medium bowl – Combine the pretzels, the 3 tsp. of sugar, and melted butter
  • press the pretzel crust into a 9×13 (or smaller) pan
  • Bake the pretzel crust in the oven for 10 minutes
  • Let it completely cool
  • While that cools, use a large mixing bowl to cream the sugar and cream cheese together
  • Fold in the Cool Whip
  • Spread that over the cooled pretzel crust
  • *tip – spread the cream cheese all the way to the sides so the Jell-O does not seep down
  • Place in the refrigerator to chill
  • Now, add the strawberry jello to the 2 cups of  water that is hot enough to dissolve the Jell-O crystals, and stir to dissolve
  • Add the sliced strawberries to the Jell-O
  • Place the Jell-O and strawberry mixture into the refrigerator to chill – for about 20 minutes – (It should still be liquid, just cold now)
  • Pull the 9×13 pan out and use a large ladle or spoon to spoon the chilled strawberry jello mixture over the cream cheese spread
  • Let the dessert chill in the refrigerator for a couple of hours so the jello can set up

Notes

Tips –

  • Spoon the Jell-O mixture over the cream cheese mixture…

I’ve made this Jell-O dessert several times and I’ve messed it up several times. If you pour the Jell-O mixture directly onto the cream cheese mixture, sometimes you’ll get chunks of cream cheese mixture flying all over your Jell-O dessert.

  • cool each layer completely
  • use softened cream cheese and cool whip

Storing:

This dessert is best served within two days of making it. The pretzel crust can get soggy after too long

 

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Adapted form Calvin Christian School Cookbook

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