This Strawberries n’ Cream Pretzel Salad Dessert Recipe has been in our family for the past 30-years. My mom has made this recipe for the 4th of July, Christmas, and sometimes Valentine’s day! It’s one of the most delicious desserts and a total crowd pleaser! I love making this for friends, or potlucks.
Strawberries n' Cream Pretzel Salad
This is the perfect dish to make for a potluck, summer party, or any holiday occasion. It's always a big hit with guests, and so easy to make. My mom has been making this recipe for us for the past 30 years.
- 6 Ounce Strawberry Jello Box
- 2 Cups Boiling Water
- 10 Ounces Frozen Strawberry Halves
- 3 Cups Salted Pretzel Sticks Crushed
- 3/4 Cup Unsalted Butter
- 4 Tbsps Granulated Sugar For the Crust
- 8 Ounces Cream Cheese
- 1 Cup Granulated Sugar For the creamy filling
- 12 Ounces Whipped Cream Topping Defrosted
Heat oven to 350-degrees
Prepare the jello. Mix the jello packet with the two cups of boiling water. Add the frozen strawberries to the jello mixture (do not pre-defrost.)
Place the strawberry jello in the refrigerator (about one hour)
Crush the pretzels (see photos for size reference)
In a microwave-safe bowl, melt the butter. Mix in the four tablespoons of sugar. Add the crushed pretzels to the butter bowl and coat.
Pack the pretzels down in a 9x13 baking dish. Bake for ten minutes.
Place in the refrigerator to speed up cooling process if the jello is starting to firm.
Using an electric mixer, combine the cream cheese with one cup of sugar. Beat on a high speed until there are no lumps. Once you get a creamy texture, mix in the whipped topping.
Once the pretzel crust has completely cooled, spread the cream filling evenly on top of the pretzel layer.
Pour the semi-firm jello mixture on top of the creamy layer.
Refrigerate for 2-3 hours.
You can easily make this recipe gluten-free and dairy-free by swapping the pretzels for gluten-free pretzels, and by using dairy-free cream cheese and whipped topping!
I added blueberries this year for the 4th of July! We had all of our friends over, and there wasn’t a bite left! I included a video into the post so you can see how easy this recipe is to make! I hope you enjoy it as much as we do.