Tuesday, June 30, 2015

Strawberry Pretzel Dessert Recipe

Oh, sweet strawberries, salty pretzels and cream cheese dessert......where have you been all these years since the 80's?

Apparently these days on Pinterest!

I made this dessert a lot in the 1980's as a young mother with a passion for baking and making desserts. It was a favorite go-to recipe and a real crowd pleaser.

Apparently it still is!

I lost track of my recipe and just how good this dessert is until I had it again recently at a graduation party.

Since it is strawberry season right now, there is no better reason than that to make it for our church picnic.

Not a very pretty dish for a picture but I put it in a foil pan
to take to church and not worry about my dish. I am very protective
of my baking dishes!
After finding this long lost love of mine after so many years, I really don't want to share the eating of it! But, it is for church after all :-)

I do want to share it with you though, in case you have never heard of this fabulous dessert!

I had to cheat and get a pic online because I couldn't cut into mine!

Strawberry Pretzel Dessert Recipe
Prep time: 
Cook time: 
Total time: 
Serves: 12
  • 2 cups crushed pretzels
  • ¾ cup butter, melted
  • 3 tablespoons white sugar
  • 1 (8 ounce) package cream cheese,
  • softened
  • 1 cup white sugar
  • 1 (8 ounce) container frozen whipped
  • topping, thawed
  • 2 (3 ounce) packages strawberry
  • flavored Jell-O®
  • 2 cups boiling water
  • 2 (10 ounce) packages frozen
  • strawberries
  1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees F (200 degrees C).
  2. Stir together crushed pretzels, melted butter and 3 tablespoons sugar; mix well and press mixture into the bottom of a 9x13 inch baking dish.
  3. Bake 8 to 10 minutes, until set. Set aside to cool.
  4. In a large mixing bowl cream together cream cheese and 1 cup sugar. Fold in whipped topping. Spread mixture onto cooled crust.
  5. Dissolve gelatin in boiling water. Stir in still frozen strawberries and allow to set briefly. When mixture is about the consistency of egg whites, pour and spread over cream cheese layer. This part took awhile to set for me. Refrigerate until set.
Some tips from my source*
1.  Be sure to use a food processor to chop those pretzels nice and fine if you don’t like the taste of crunchy pretzels. 
2.  For easier layering, try to let the layers chill in the freezer before adding the next layer.
3.  Be sure to go all the way to the edge of your dish with the cream cheese mixture.  This will keep the jello layer from seeping through and making the crust soggy.



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  1. Oh I love that dessert! I have only made it a time or two, and that was some time ago! I think you have inspired me to make it again! Yum!
    Have a great July 4th week!

  2. I love sweet & salty...this dessert is always so good! We always had this dessert at parties or outdoor events back in the day. It's funny how pinterest brings back stuff! I need to make this soon, thanks for the inspiration! That picture looks so delicious!

    Alexis @ www.chemistrycachet.com

  3. I've made this dessert before and it is so yummy! I won a strawberry dessert contest with it at work. :) Wish I had some right about now! Hope you're having a wonderful week so far!

    Blessings, Vicky

  4. I have seen this dessert, like you said, in years gone past, but never made it. think now is the time to try it, I have frozen berries in the freezer!

  5. Mmmm...this looks so yummy!!!
    Mary Alice

  6. Oh I need some of this tonight...starting tomorrow I am cutting out all sweets. Thanks for sharing this yummy recipe at my party.


  7. This sounds and looks delicious.


  8. OMG, this is one of my most favourite yellow desserts! I haven't made it in awhile so thanks for reminding me about it. It's got everything one would want in an dessert.

  9. Yum! I have never made it before, but have enjoyed it when someone else made it. Could handle a serving about now. :)

  10. This looks so delicious, I love sweet and saltiness together, thanks for sharing.Have a blessed day!

  11. A pretzel crust is totally new to me and really sounds good, especially with cream cheese and strawberries! A must try!

  12. AnnMarie, this looks absolutely delicious!! I love strawberries and I wouldn't want to share it either! ;-) I don't know how you kept from cutting into it...for just a small bite! I don't know that I would have been able to resist!! LOL

  13. Oh, yummy in my tummy! This is one of my favorite recipes! Now you have me craving this.... :) Happy 4th of July, sweet friend. Hugs!

  14. Hi AnnMarie, This looks so good and easy to prepare. Thank you for sharing and Happy 4th of July!!
    Hugs, cm

  15. Wow...that looks amazing! I have never heard of it, but I will be making this now!

  16. AnnMarie,
    Such a beautiful dessert, just look at this list of ingredients! Each one of them a winner, I do remember this recipe and it seems there might have been a similiar one with pineapple...
    Pinning too!
    Happy 4th of July!

  17. I think I need this for dinner. It looks delicious!

  18. This is our families favorite jello! Sometimes I make it with raspberries. Just made it for Father's Day and there was none left over. I love it when I can have a piece the next day, but our family is growing. lol! Thanks for sharing with SYC.

  19. Wow! That looks so amazing. I bet it's tastes fantastic. I love pretty much anything with strawberries. Hope you have a great 4th weekend!

  20. Oh my mom used to make this and boy was it great!
    Have a spectacular, safe and Happy Fourth of July!

  21. Hello, I just love summer! I recall having this years ago, but I never did make it ;o( The pretzels are the best part We all have so much to be thankful for! And we all love blogging for inspiration, such as yummy long forgotten ones. And the support we get from one another! Have a wonderful season of summer and new memories! Gods Blessings to you and yours! HUGS

  22. this is a favorite at our house! thanks for sharing!

  23. This looks so yummy! I've never come across this desert and I imagine the pretzels would keep it from being too sweet. Pinned!

  24. YUM! Thank you so much for linking up at Tasty Tuesday! This post has been pinned on the Tasty Tuesday Pinterest board! I love having you and can't wait to see you next week!

  25. I never heard of that dessert! Looks absolutely yummy! Thanks for sharing at Thursday Favorite Things!

  26. It looks yummy and I'd like to try making it! Thanks for sharing.

  27. Wow--this looks so delicious! I wouldn't have thought of a pretzel crust but I bet it's yummy ;)

  28. I have never heard of this type of dessert, it sounds absolutely amazing! Thanks so much for sharing your recipe AnnMarie, I can't wait to give it a try!

  29. It sure does look delish! I guess the sweet and salty (and the creamy) compliment each other... I will copy your recipe into my file and see if I can make it this summer. Thanks for sharing!


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