Makeover Strawberry Pretzel Dessert

Total Time
Prep 30 mins
Cook 10 mins

This has been a family favorite recipe for many years. I believe it was one of the first recipes I made when I first got married 24 years ago. I was so happy to come across a low-fat version in a Light and Tasty magazine.

Ingredients Nutrition


  1. In a bowl, combine the pretzels, margarine and 3 Tablespoons sugar.
  2. Press onto the bottom of a 13 x 9 x 2 inch baking dish coated with nonstick cooking spray.
  3. Bake at 400 degrees for 18 to 20 minutes or until set.
  4. Cool on a wire rack.
  5. In a small mixing bowl, beat cream cheese, sugar substitute and remaining sugar until smooth.
  6. Fold in whipped topping.
  7. Spread over cooled crust.
  8. Refrigerate until chilled.
  9. Drain pineapple, reserving juice; set pineapple aside.
  10. Add water to pineapple juice if necessary to measure 1 cup; pour into a saucepan.
  11. Bring to a boil.
  12. Pour into a large bowl, stir in gelatin until dissolved.
  13. Drain strawberries, reserving juice; set strawberries aside.
  14. Add water to strawberry juice if necessary to measure 1 1/2 cups; stir into gelatin mixture.
  15. Refrigerate until partially set.
  16. Stir in reserved pineapple and strawberries.
  17. Carefully spoon over filling.
  18. Cover and refrigerate for 3-4 hours or until firm.
  19. This recipe was tested with Parkay Light stick margarine and Splenda No Calorie Sweetener.


Most Helpful

I saw this in Light & Tasty too. Good to meet another reader!

GloriaAnn January 15, 2003

I had to come up with a desert for a potluck and this is a WINNER! To fit it in my cooler I used a 5X9 plastic container. I cut the pretzel crust in half but it was still too thick and a little heavy. I did use the full cheese filling and all the fruit and gelatin. If you read the side of the gelatin box it warns about using fresh pineapple so make sure you use canned. Thanks Audrey for a keeper and sure fire hit all summer long.

Lauren4372 May 24, 2009

wow!!! i made this for a very large family picnic today. used fat free cool whip and cream cheese. used splenda- no sugar, and no cal spray butter. everyone was amazed that it was healthy for them! you definately can not tell that it's made with fat free/sugar free ingredients. thanks so much for posting. i will be making this again!

KristenErinM June 18, 2005

Join the Conversation

  • all
  • reviews
  • tweaks
  • q & a