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strawberry pretzel dessert

Strawberry Pretzel Dessert

Also known as strawberry pretzel salad, this recipe needs 2-4 hours to set in the fridge, so prepare ahead of time.

Course Dessert
Cuisine American
Keyword dessert, strawberry
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 13 minutes
Refrigerate 2 hours 30 minutes
Total Time 2 hours 58 minutes
Servings 8 people
Author My Boys & Their Toys


2 1/2 cups pretzels, crushed, 1/2 stick butter unsalted, melted 3 tbsp sugar, 1 box strawberry Jell-O (8 1/2 serving size), 2 cups boiling water, 1 pound fresh strawberries, sliced, 2-(8oz) packages cream cheese, softened, 1 tsp vanilla extract, 1/2 lemon zest, 3/4 cup sugar, 1-(8oz) container cool whip, thawed


1. Preheat oven 350°F 2. In a ziplock bag add pretzels, make sure bag is sealed tightly. Using a rolling pin crush pretzels. 3. In a bowl, add crushed pretzels, melted butter, and sugar. Mix together, then press into a 9×13 glass dish. Make sure you press the pretzel crust evenly over the bottom of the dish. (I use the bottom of a measuring cup to press crust) Bake for 10-13 minutes or until lightly toasted. Set aside to cool. 4. While crust is baking start Jell-O, do not make according to box directions. Instead, in a mixing bowl add strawberry Jell-O and 2 cups boiling water and whisk until gelatin is dissolved. Set aside to cool. 5. In a large mixing bowl add softened cream cheese, vanilla extract, lemon zest, and sugar. Using an electric hand mixer on med/high, mix until it is smooth. Then, gently fold in cool whip with a spatula. Spread cream cheese mixture evenly over cooled crust. Place pan in refrigerator for 30 minutes. 6. Next, slice strawberries and add them to the cooled Jello-O mixture, gently stir. Spoon Jello-O mixture over cream cheese mixture and spread out evenly. 7. Place in refrigerator for 2-4 hours until Jello-O is set or overnight.