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Strawberry Pretzel Salad Recipe

Course Dessert
Cuisine American


  • 2 cups pretzels, crushed (small pretzel sticks or mini twists work best)
  • 3 tablespoons brown sugar
  • 3/4 cup butter, melted

For the Filling:

  • 12 ounces cream cheese, softened
  • 12 ounce tub of whipped topping, such as Cool Whip®, thawed
  • 1 cup white granulated sugar

For the Topping:

  • 2 3 ounce packages of strawberry gelatin dessert
  • 2 cups water, boiling
  • 2 cups sliced strawberries, fresh (in summer) or frozen (in winter, no sugar added)


  • Prepare Crust: Place the pretzels in a resealable bag and crush them with a rolling pin. Make sure to crush the pretzels until they’re still a little bit coarse. Pour into a large bowl. Stir in the brown sugar to coat the pretzels and then pour the melted butter over the top, making sure to mix well.
  • Press the crust mixture into a lightly greased 9×13 baking pan and bake for 8 to 10 minutes, or until it is lightly toasted and firm. Cool completely before adding the filling. This is very important!
  • To Make Filling:  Beat the cream cheese and sugar until the mixture is smooth and creamy. Fold in the whipped topping and spread the mixture over the cooled crust, ensuring to cover the pretzel crust completely to seal out the gelatin layer. Allow cream cheese mixture to chill and set up in the refrigerator for at least 30 minutes before adding the topping.
  • As the crust and filling are chilling, slice strawberries (if you’re using pre-sliced frozen strawberries, simply add them directly to the dissolved gelatin. Just be sure they are not in sweetened liquid).
  • For the Topping: Dissolve the strawberry gelatin in the boiling water. When dissolved and it has reached room temperature, add the strawberries and coat completely in the liquid (note: if using frozen strawberries, reduce boiling water by 1/4 cup). Chill briefly for about 10 minutes until partially set but still runny. 
  • Once the crust and filling are chilled, pour the strawberry topping over the cream cheese mixture and refrigerate until completely set, about 2 hours, or overnight. Slice into squares, garnish with sliced strawberries and mint sprigs, if desired and serve! Makes 12 servings.
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