Strawberry Pretzel Salad

Posted: November 3

Time: 2 hours 30 minutes - 4 hours 30 minutes

Yield: 12 servings

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It's called a salad, but it tastes like no salad you've ever tried before. Strawberry Pretzel Salad is a perpetual party favorite, with a sweet and salty pretzel crust and a creamy filling that's fruity, sweet, and light. Fluffy and topped with fresh strawberries, it's a refreshing side to go with your holiday spread or your next potluck!


• 1 (6-ounce) package strawberry jello • 2 cups water, boiling • 2 1/2 cups salted pretzels • 8 tablespoons unsalted butter • 3/4 cup granulated sugar, divided into 1/4 cup and 1/2 cup • 1 (8-ounce) package cream cheese, softened • 1/2 cup granulated sugar • 1 (8-ounce) container cool whip, thawed in the fridge • 1 pound fresh strawberries, hulled and sliced


Step 1

Set your oven to 350 degrees F.

Step 2

Add the strawberry jello to the boiling water and stir until it's completely dissolved. Then set it aside to cool at room temperature.

Step 3

Crush the pretzels in a sturdy resealable bag using a rolling pin. Set aside.

Step 4

In a medium-sized saucepan, melt the butter. Add 1/4 cup of the sugar to the butter and then stir. Add in the crushed pretzels.

Step 5

Transfer the pretzel/butter mixture into a 9x13-inch glass baking dish. Press the pretzel mix into the bottom of the dish, forming a crust.

Step 6

Bake the pretzel crust in the oven for 10 minutes, then remove the crust from the oven and let it cool.

Step 7

Once the pretzel crust has cooled, use a mixer to beat the cream cheese and the 1/2 cup of sugar on medium-high speed until it is fluffy and white. Then fold in the cool whip until there are no streaks of cream cheese left.

Step 8

Spread out the mixture over the cooled pretzels, spreading to the edges of the dish to create a tight seal. Refrigerate for 30 minutes.

Step 9

Stir the sliced strawberries into the cooled jello. Spoon the strawberry jello mixture evenly over the cooled cream cheese layer.

Step 10

Refrigerate until the jello is set, about 2-4 hours.

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