Jello Pretzel Salad Recipe

Salads · September 5, 2013

JELLO Pretzel Salad - a class holiday and summer treat with a pretzel crust, cream cheese layer and strawberry jello topping!

The recipe I’m sharing today is a CLASSIC summer and holiday dessert. It has a pretzel crust, cream center and a nice jello layer on top. It comes from Kraft Recipes and is one that you may not have tried, but if you haven’t you may have been living under a rock for the last 20 years – lol!

Not sure how you feel about these layered desserts, but they are some of my FAVORITES!!! They are always served cold which makes them especially appealing in the summer time. Plus, they have Cream Cheese and Cool Whip which means that they have to be good, right? πŸ˜‰

I’m still melting a bit here in Houston (hoping the cooler weather comes sooner than later) and could go for a piece of this Jello Pretzel Salad right about now.

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The pretzel and cream cheese layers are my favorite!

Although this recipe takes a bit of time to make to allow for the jello to thicken, it is really easy and always good. πŸ™‚

Here’s the Jello Pretzel Salad recipe:

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Jello Pretzel Salad Recipe
 
Ingredients
  • 2 cups pretzels crushed
  • ½ cup sugar divided
  • ⅔ cup margarine melted
  • 1½ 8 z. Cream Cheese Bars softened
  • 2 TB milk
  • 1 cup Cool Whip
  • 2 cups boiling water
  • 1 6 oz. Strawberry JELL-O box
  • 1½ cups cold water
  • 4 cups strawberries sliced
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 350.
  2. Mix chopped pretzels, ¼ cup sugar and butter together. Press into the bottom of a 9x13 pan. Bake for 10 minutes and let cool.
  3. Beat cream cheese, ¼ cup sugar and milk together with a blender. Fold in Cool Whip and spread over the crust. Refrigerate until ready to use.
  4. Place boiling water in a large bowl. Add gelatin mix and stir for 2 minutes until dissolved. Stir in cold water. Refrigerate for 1 - 2 hours or until thickened.
  5. Stir strawberries in with your jello and spoon over your cream cheese layer.
  6. Refrigerate for another 3 hours. Keep refrigerated until serving. ENJOY!

JELLO Pretzel Salad - a class holiday and summer treat with a pretzel crust, cream cheese layer and strawberry jello topping!JELLO Pretzel Salad - a class holiday and summer treat with a pretzel crust, cream cheese layer and strawberry jello topping!JELLO Pretzel Salad - a class holiday and summer treat with a pretzel crust, cream cheese layer and strawberry jello topping!

This dessert just screams SUMMER time (and Christmas time in our family)!! Better make it and enjoy it now before fall hits. πŸ˜‰

For more Summer-y desserts be sure to check out:

Gelatin Poke Cake. A white cake mix with raspberry jello & a cool whip topping!! So good!

Gelatin Poke Cake

Strawberries N Cream Sugar Cookie Bars. A sugar cookie bottom with a cream cheese & strawberry middle with cool whip on the top!!

Strawberries N Cream Bars

Kansas City Dirt Cake. Delicious crushed oreos on the top & bottom with a cream cheese, cool whip & pudding middle!

Kansas City Dirt Cake

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ENJOY!

Pictures for this recipe were taken by contributor, Alicia, of The Baker Upstairs.

JELLO Pretezel Salad - a class holiday and summer treat with a pretzel crust, cream cheese layer and strawberry jello topping!
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Sam

My boyfriend’s mom makes this and it’s one of my favorite desserts! We always ask her to bring it when we have a BBQ!

Elizabeth @ Confessions of a Baking Queen

I’ve never had this before! Always see it but never tasted it!! Looks gorgeous πŸ™‚

Brenda @ SweetSimpleStuff

Many years ago my friend made this salad and asked us to guess what the crust was made from … I remember being shocked! BTW, how is this called salad anyway? It’s dessert in my book πŸ™‚

    Lil' Luna

    LOL – I know… definitely more a dessert than salad, but that’s what we always called it. I think Jello Pretzel CAKE may be better. πŸ˜‰

Liz

Sounds refreshing. Thank you.

    Lil' Luna

    You’re welcome, Liz. Let me know if you ever give it a try. πŸ™‚

Crystal

I love jello pretzel salad! It is so yummy!! It is both sweet and salty.

    Lil' Luna

    You’re right, Crystal! And we all know how great sweet and salty can be. πŸ™‚

Mary

Ooo-la-la
Looks so delicious!

    Lil' Luna

    Thank you, Mary! It really is so good and very easy to make. πŸ™‚

Kathy Mader

Hi, I want to make this. Can I substitute real whipped cream for Coolwhip? Thank you. It looks gorgeous!

Denise

I have fond memories of this recipe from over 40 years ago when my aunt would bring it to family reunions. Thanks for sharing!

    Lil' Luna

    I love recipes that bring up fond memories! Thanks so much!

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