No scoffing now, y’hear? I mean it. You have to have one bite before saying anything about the ridiculousness of putting strawberries and pretzels together in one dish. But you’d better make it a big bite, because you’re going to need energy for all the crawling and groveling and apologizing you’ll do later for even THINKING those scoffy thoughts.
This is hands-down my favorite “what can I bring” dessert.
Strawberry Pretzel Salad
- pretzels, crushed to equal 2 cups
- 1 stick butter, melted
- 3 tablespoons sugar, plus 3/4 cup sugar
- 1 (8-ounce) package cream cheese
- 1 (8-ounce) container whipped topping
- 1 (6-ounce) package strawberry Jell-o
- 2 cups boiling water
- 20 ounces frozen strawberries
Crush pretzels, measure to fill 2 cups, and add to melted butter and 3 TBSP sugar. Press into 9 x 13 pan and bake 8 minutes @400 degrees. Let cool.
In a mixing bowl, beat together softened cream cheese and 3/4 cup of sugar. Fold in the whipped topping, and spread over the cooled crust, being sure to completely seal every bit of the edge. This will keep the pretzel crust from getting soggy. Refrigerate until well chilled.
In a small bowl, dissolve the Jell-o in the boiling water. Slice frozen strawberries into bite-sized pieces and add to the Jell-o, stirring and checking to make sure it starts to thicken, but not get so thick that it isn’t spreadable. Pour over the cream cheese mixture and refrigerate until serving time.
What do you think?
Arline Stone says
Thank you Shannon. Someone brought this dessert to a CCOH 4th of July picnic a few years ago – it is Fabulous! I have wanted the recipe. Now I know what I am taking on Monday. Good timing.
It does sound strange, but soo good!
Great, Arline! I might be bringing it to a picnic on Monday too … I haven’t decided for sure yet. But if I do, I’ll probably sprinkle some blueberries on top to make it red, white and blue. 🙂
thud. seriously thud ….. okay, and swoon.
this stuff is amazing.
Oh boy. Does that picture ever bring back childhood memories for me! We almost always had that “salad” (we called it “jello salad”) at our family gatherings! And, by the way, it can also be consumed as a salad, not necessarily dessert. 🙂
No that I am gluten free, I am contemplating making this using chopped dry roasted almonds instead of pretzels. Hm, I think I might just be on to something here…
trying this weekend!!!
You are SO funny! Can’t wait to try this recipe too. I just made your make ahead turkey gravy. And can’t wait to make the “Better than banana bread” recipe for Christmas! Thanks for blessing us so much with this site!
I was funny? I’m going to have to go read the post now … lol! 🙂 I’m so glad you made your gravy, Laurie! 🙂