Prep 30 mins
Cook 1 hr
I got this recipe from a friend Lynn when we hosted a BBQ for our families (we shared an apartment a few years after college). My family loved this recipe. It's perfect for summer and eating outside, but wait to bring it out into the heat until you are ready to eat.
- 1 1⁄2 cups thin pretzels, crushed (crush them before you measure)
- 3 tablespoons sugar
- 1⁄2 cup butter, melted
- 8 ounces light cream cheese
- 12 ounces Cool Whip (light or fat free is fine)
- 3⁄4 cup sugar
- 2 cups boiling water
- 1⁄2 cup cold water
- 6 ounces strawberry Jell-O gelatin dessert
- 20 ounces strawberries, sliced (fresh or frozen, I used closer to 10 oz)
- Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
- Place pretzels in ziplock bag and crush into small pieces using rolling pin. Measure pretzels after crushing.
- Mix together pretzels, 3 tbsp sugar, and butter.
- Pat pretzel mixture into a 9 x 11 pan and bake for 10 minutes.
- When the crust is cool, mix cream cheese, 3/4 cup sugar and Cool Whip together and spread on crust.
- Bring 2 cups water to a boil and stir in strawberry Jello. Add cold water and mix well.
- Add strawberries.
- Let mixture set until slightly thickened, then pour over cream cheese mixture.
- Refrigerate until jello is firm.
Not strictly a salad in my books, but really nice and refreshing dessert. I used only 1/2 cup of sugar, perfect for us. Because it's not a berry season, I made it with peach jello and canned peaches, not bad!
I wish that the recipe had mentioned that you need to refrigerate the pretzel and creamy layers for about 1/2 hour before adding the jello portion, which you also needed to let coagulate in the refrigerator for probably about 1/2 hour as well. All layers were room temperature and when I poured the jello and strawberries over the cream layer, the jello drained straight to the bottom pretzel layer and it was a mess. I'm not going to lie, I still popped it in the refrigerator and had some the next day because I'm addicted to this dish, which was always made by my mother and I never witnessed the creation of it. Now I know better and I hope you do not make the same mistake because this is a great crowd pleaser!
I love this salad/dessert. The salty sweet pretzel crust goes so good with creamy cheese layer and the jello layer. THank you for sharing with us, I couldn't quit eating it.