Strawberry Pretzel Dessert

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I haven’t had this dessert since high school and none of you get to ask how long THAT’S been. Yikes! I remember it being so good and I was hoping that my memory served me right. Fortunately, it did. This strawberry pretzel dessert is easy to make and delicious. It’s a great way to use up some of those strawberries you picked this year.

Crush pretzels. If you have a food processor use that to turn your pretzels into a fine crumb. If not, use a rolling pin and crush the pretzels using that. As you can see I had to use the rolling pin. It was a good workout for my arms.

Add sugar to your crumbs and mix completely.

Add melted butter to the crumb/sugar combo. This was a tricky photo to take. Pouring with my left hand while shooting with my right. Alan usually helps me, but he was sleeping in–I tend to get up bright and early even on the weekends. Bake your crust for approx. 7 minutes.

Press the crumb mixture into a pan. I only made a 1/2 recipe so I’m using a smaller pan. It’s just Alan & I home this week so I didn’t want to make much.

While the pretzel crust is cooling. Mix up the cream cheese filling.

After the crust is completely cooled. Spread the cream cheese filling on top.

Dissolve the jello in some hot water.

Add the strawberries. Since I was using fresh strawberries that were chilled, but not frozen, I added an ice cube to make sure the jello would set.

Pour the jello mixture on top of the filling.

Place in fridge and let chill until set. Serve with whipped topping.


2 cups crushed pretzels
3/4 cups melted butter
3 Tablespoons + 3/4 cups of sugar
8 ounces cream cheese
8 ounces cool whip
2-3oz packages of strawberry jello
2 cups boiling water
20 ounces of frozen strawberries

Preheat oven to 400 degrees F.

CRUST: Mix crushed pretzels, 3 tablespoons of sugar, and melted butter together. Press into a 9×13 pan and bake for 7 minutes.

FILLING: Beat cream cheese with 3/4 cups of sugar until creamy, fold in cool whip. Spread over cooled crust.

TOPPING: Dissolve jello in 2 cups boiling water, cool slightly, mix in strawberries. Pour over filling.

Refrigerate until set.



  1. says

    Oh my gosh! Can you believe I’ve never had this. I heard about it though and felt totally deprived that my mama never served this during my childhood! I gotta make this ASAP! Thanks for sharing it!