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Strawberry Pretzel Salad

Strawberry Pretzel Salad Recipe

Strawberry Pretzel Salad 

A classic summer and spring inspired, this dessert features a sweet and salty crunchy pretzel crust, a creamy cheesecake center with fresh strawberry and jello topping.

If you love strawberries, you will love this recipe.  With strawberry season right around the corner it makes sense that this recipe is a popular summer dish.  Bring this dish along to potlucks, BBQ’s, birthdays, holidays, summer picnics, graduations and parties.  Serve as a side dish, appetizer or dessert. Not only is it great to cool off to in summer but it often served during end of year holiday season.  Of course, this recipe is great year-round and can jazz up any food menu when served.

This recipe can’t get any easier to make and requires just 10 minutes of baking time.  It’s great to make during the summer with it’s cold and creamy center and topping that is sure to cool anyone down.  Minimal oven use means that this is a recipe to be enjoy over and over again.

Strawberry Pretzel Jello Salad

 

This recipe can’t get any easier to make and requires just 10 minutes of baking time.  It’s great to make during the summer with it’s cold and creamy center and topping that is sure to cool anyone down.  Minimal oven use means that this is a recipe to be enjoy over and over again.

Prepare a 9 X 13 inch baking dish by lightly greasing it.  Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.

Now, for the fun part.  crush pretzels until smooth with no big chunks.  I placed mine in my Ninja for about a minute and blended until it was finely ground.  If you don’t have a blender, place pretzels in a sealed bag and using a rolling pin, crush the pretzels.  Add sugar to pretzel mixture.  Next, melt butter in microwave and pour over sugary pretzel mix.  Butter should be fully incorporated and mixed.  Use a little more butter until mixture can hold together slightly.  Press into prepared baking dish and place in oven for about 10 minutes.  Remove from oven and allow dish to completely cool before moving to the next step. I waited about 30-45 minutes.

Strawberry Pretzel Salad Recipe

 

To make the whipped cream cheesecake center, whip cream cheese and sugar then fold in whipped cream topping. Using a spatula, spread mixture over the pretzel crust.  Make sure to cover the corners so strawberry liquid does not leak to the bottom of the pretzel crust right away.

For the strawberry topping, bring water to boil in a medium saucepan.  Pour gelatin mixture into pan, stirring until mixture is dissolved.  Stir in thawed strawberries in sugar (syrup).  Allow mixture to cool for a few minutes.  Carefully pour mixture over the top of the cheesecake center.  Place freshly sliced strawberries on the top to garnish (see above).  Refrigerate salad for at least 4 hours or until jello sets.

The Recipe 

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Strawberry Pretzel Salad

A classic holiday and summer inspired dessert features a sweet and salty crunchy pretzel crust, a creamy cheesecake center with fresh strawberry and jello topping.
Course Dessert
Prep Time 30 minutes
Cook Time 4 hours
Total Time 4 hours 30 minutes
Servings 18 -24
Author Jessica Knott

Ingredients

  • For the Crust
  • 2 cups pretzels , finely crushed
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 3/4 cup butter , melted
  • For the Filling
  • 1 - 8 ounce package cream cheese , softened
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1 - 8 ounce container frozen whipped cream topping , thawed
  • For the Topping
  • 20 ounces strawberries in syrup - thawed
  • 2 - 3 ounces packages strawberry-flavored gelatin
  • 2 cups boiling water

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Lightly spray bottom of pan with baking oil spray; set aside. In a blender, place pretzels and blend/crush until very smooth. Place crushed pretzels in bowl with butter and sugar and mix until well incorporated. Press mixture into the bottom of a 9 X 13 inch pan. Bake in oven for 10 minutes. Transfer pan to a cooling rack to allow to cool faster.
  2. In a large bowl fit with a mixer, beat softened cream cheese and sugar on medium speed until combines. Fold in whipped cream topping and mix well to combine. Cool topping in refrigerator for about 15 minutes. Spread over pretzel crust.
  3. In a medium saucepan, bring 2 cups water to a boil. Pour in gelatin and stir until dissolved, about 2 minutes. Add strawberries with sugar syrup and stir well making sure gelatin is dissolved. Carefully pour over the top of the whipped cream mixture. Slice any whole strawberries and place them on the top if desired. Place in refrigerator for about 4 hours or until set.

Recipe Notes

Garnish top with a few freshly sliced strawberries before jello sets.

 

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    Shamene@sayitwithcake
    03/31/2015 at 12:26 pm

    This looks so good, I am making it this week! pinned too!

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    Leia @ Eat It & Say Yum
    04/02/2015 at 9:56 am

    Yummy! I love Strawberry Pretzel Salads. Yours looks delicious. Pinning.

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      Jessica Knott
      04/02/2015 at 12:49 pm

      Thank you, Leia! Can’t go wrong with this salad!

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    Sadhna Grover
    04/02/2015 at 11:19 am

    This strawberry pretzel salad is really tempting, I would love to try. Came through “full plate Thursday”.

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    Bev
    04/02/2015 at 1:36 pm

    I love this salad. I don’t see strawberries in the ingredients. How much/many pkgs?

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      Jessica Knott
      04/02/2015 at 1:58 pm

      Bev, 20 ounces strawberries in syrup. Thanks, just edited it and added it to post!

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    Allie
    04/02/2015 at 7:45 pm

    I’m so excited to find this! A restaurant I used to go to in Dallas served it. My mom, sister and cousin will be thrilled. Thanks for sharing!

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      Jessica Knott
      04/02/2015 at 10:50 pm

      Sounds like my kind of restaurant, thanks Allie!

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    Julia | JuliasAlbum.com
    04/02/2015 at 8:13 pm

    I really love this idea! I love that it can easily be converted to a gluten free strawberry salad by using gf pretzels. So pretty and colorful!

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    Cathy
    04/03/2015 at 8:10 pm

    The recipe states ‘two (10 oz.) packages of gelatin.’
    Is this correct?

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      Jessica Knott
      04/04/2015 at 11:41 am

      No! It’s corrected now, I was thinking of the frozen strawberries, thanks!

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    Miz Helen
    04/06/2015 at 4:12 pm

    I really love this recipe, it is a great salad to have for a special day or just any day. Thanks so much for sharing with Full Plate Thursday and have a wonderful week.
    Come Back Soon!
    Miz Helen

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    Miz Helen
    04/10/2015 at 12:13 pm

    Congratulations!
    Your recipe is featured on Full Plate Thursday this week. Hope you have a great weekend and enjoy your new Red Plate!
    Miz Helen

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