Feb 8, 2011

Strawberry Pretzel Salad

Years ago, I spent part of the Summer w/ my Aunt Charlotte, She made this amazing strawberry pretzel salad/dessert thingie, and it has been a family favorite ever since!

The pretzel crust MAKES this dish!
Crush them fine and your guests will keep wondering what it is!

 Strawberry Pretzel Salad


    • 2 cups crushed pretzels
    • 3/4 cup butter, melted
    • 3 tablespoons white sugar
    • 1 (8 ounce) packages cream cheese, softened
    • 1 cup white sugar
    • 1 (8 ounce) cartons frozen whipped topping, thawed
    • 2 (3 ounce) packages strawberry gelatin
    • 2 cups boiling water
    • 2 (10 ounce) packages frozen strawberries


  1. Preheat oven to 400°F.
  2. Stir together crushed pretzels, melted butter and 3 tablespoons white sugar; mix well and press mixture into bottom of 9x13-inch baking dish.
  3. Bake 8-10 minutes, until set; set aside to cool.
  4. In a large mixing bowl cream together cream cheese and 1 cup white sugar.
  5. Fold in whipped topping.
  6. Spread mixture onto cooled crust.
  7. Dissolve gelatin in boiling water.
  8. Stir in frozen strawberries and allow to set briefly.
  9. When mixture sets a little bit (to about the consistency of  egg whites) pour and spread over cream cheese layer.
  10. Refrigerate until set.

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  1. I have ejoyed looking through your recipes so much I'm adding your blog to my "sites of interest" in my sidebar.
    Thanks for sharing so much yummy goodness.

  2. This looks so delicious. I like the strawberries that are present.

  3. I stumbled upon one of your recipes on Pinterest and now I am addicted to your blog. I had to comment on this particular recipe, not because it is something new to me, but because it is the single greatest thing I've ever eaten. I call it Delight instead of Salad though, because calling this a salad is just a cruel joke on my bmi. Thanks for being awesome.

  4. This was heavenly! Here are a few mistakes I made and it turned out fine: 1) forgot to thaw/soften cream cheese and cool whip ahead of time. (used microwave to thaw) 2) forgot to let pretzel layer cool 3) used whole frozen strawberries instead of sliced 4) let the jello sit too long and it firmed up in the bowl (just spooned it over the cream cheese layer). So my point is that this recipe is forgiving if you have a two year old helping!

  5. Question, does the pretzels stay crunchie or do they get soft? I have not tried this recipe but have others and I can't seem to keep the crunch to the pretzels.

  6. So for those of you that have never had this recipe, this is a winner. My Mom has been making this for us for years and now it's my brother's birthday request recipe every year and he is now 34. This recipe rocks my world. Thanks for sharing.

  7. Oh, my gosh! I have been making this for over 30 years as well! This is one of our family's favorites! In fact, they get mad if I don't make it, especially at Christmas time! I think I have given away this recipe more than any others.

    One hint on the pretzels for those who've never made it: don't use the skinny pretzel sticks. They don't work. Use regular dark pretzels. But don't pulverize them in the blender. So happy to see someone sharing this!

  8. this is an awesome recipe, my sister in law used to make it

  9. This is my favorite. I ask for it every year on my birthday!


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