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Strawberry Pretzel Dessert

Strawberry Pretzel Salad

This strawberry pretzel salad is a classic summer dessert. It's sweet, crunchy, creamy, and a little salty and perfect for a hot day!
4.56 from 9 votes
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Prep Time: 30 minutes
Total Time: 7 hours 20 minutes
Servings: 12
Calories: 382kcal

Equipment

  • Medium pot
  • 13''x9'' baking dish
  • Electric hand mixer

Ingredients

Strawberry Topping

  • 6 ounces strawberry jello 2 3-ounce packages
  • 2 cups water
  • 16 ounces fresh strawberries sliced (or use frozen, thawed strawberries)
  • 3 tablespoons sugar

Pretzel Crust

  • 2 cups crushed pretzels or Ritz crackers
  • ¾ cup butter melted
  • 3 tablespoons sugar
  • Butter cooking spray optional

Cream Filling

  • 8 ounces Cool Whip
  • 8 ounces Neufchâtel cheese or use cream cheese
  • 1 cup sugar

Instructions

Prepare the Strawberry Topping:

  • First, macerate the strawberries. Toss the sliced strawberries with sugar in a large bowl and set aside.
  • Bring 2 cups of water to a boil in a medium pot. Dissolve the gelatin in the boiling water and turn off the heat.
  • Pour the water and gelatin mixture over the strawberries and transfer to the fridge to partially set for 1 hour 30 minutes.

Prepare the Crust:

  • Preheat oven to 350ºF. Combine the pretzels, butter, and sugar in a bowl. Grease a 13x9'' baking dish with cooking spray. Transfer the pretzel mixture to the pan and use your hands to evenly press the crust over the bottom of the baking dish.
  • Bake for 10 minutes and cool the crust as the jello continues to set up.

Prepare the Cream Filling:

  • During the last 10 minutes of the jello setting up, prepare the cream filling. Combine the Cool Whip, Neufchâtel cheese, and sugar in a bowl and mix with a hand mixer until smooth.

Assemble the Pretzel Salad:

  • Spoon the cream filling over the cooled pretzel crust and gently spread over the crust. Spoon the partially set strawberries and jello mixture over the cream filling.
  • Chill the pretzel salad for at least 6 hours before serving.

To Serve:

  • Cut into slices and serve with more fresh strawberries or whipped cream, if desired. Enjoy!

Nutrition

Calories: 382kcal | Carbohydrates: 54g | Protein: 5g | Fat: 17g | Sodium: 415mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 41g | Vitamin C: 22mg
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