Jello Pretzel Salad is a family favorite for bbqs and potlucks. A buttery pretzel crust topped with a cream cheese and jello layer. You can make this dessert with strawberries or raspberries. Either way, it’s delicious.
JELLO PRETZEL SALAD
Confession #1: John usually makes the Jello portion of this. For some reason simple things like making Jello are a challenge for me.
Confession #2: John and I finished half of this by ourselves last night.
Let’s face it. There’s nothing about this dessert that is a salad. I don’t know why it’s called that but it is.
Imagine buttery brown sugar pretzels that form a crust topped with a cream cheese layer and strawberry Jello on top!
HOW TO MAKE JELLO PRETZEL SALAD
Press the pretzel crust into the pan and bake!
Once it’s cooled, spread the cream cheese whipped cream layer on top making sure to make a sealed layer. The recipe calls for Cool Whip which I’m not a fan of so I usually use 2 cups of this fresh whipped cream.
Usually with Jello you dissolve ice cubes into the warm Jello liquid. In this case, the frozen strawberries are used as the ice.
You can even make a patriotic version. Someone, ahem (my husband), cut out a piece so I filled it with blueberries.
Thanks to my old roomie Lisa for another winner. It sounds weird but the combination of the salty pretzels with the sweet Jello and cream cheese is so good!
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Yield: 16 servings
Jello Pretzel Salad is a family favorite for bbqs and potlucks. A buttery pretzel crust topped with a cream cheese and jello layer. You can make this Jello Pretzel Salad with strawberries or raspberries. Either way, it’s delicious.
- 2 cups pretzels (crushed fine)
- 3 tablespoons brown sugar
- 3/4 cup butter, melted
- 1 (6 oz pkg) strawberry jello
- 2 cups boiling water
- 1 (16 oz) pkg. frozen strawberries, slightly thawed and sliced in half.
- 1 (8 oz pkg) cream cheese, softened
- 1 cup granulated sugar
- 8 ounces cool whip (thawed) or 2 cups fresh whipped cream
Preheat oven to 350 degrees and grease a 9×13 pan.
Combine pretzels, brown sugar, and melted butter and press into prepared pan for 10 minutes.
Dissolve the Jello in the boiling water, stirring for 2 minutes or until Jello is completely dissolved and then stir in the strawberries and chill. Refrigerate until partially set. *If it is not set enough it will leak through your cream cheese layer and make your pretzels soggy.
Beat cream cheese and sugar until smooth. Fold in cool whip or whipped cream. Spread over cooled crust make sure you spread completely to the edges to create a seal so your jello doesn’t leak through. Pour jello over cream cheese layer. Refrigerate until serving.