Nothing screams summer more than our Strawberry Pretzel Dessert! Of course, the Packs march to their own beat and we don’t wait until summer to make this family favorite! There are tons of versions out there but this is our tried and true recipe. The crunchiness, the salty, the sweet, the creamy center, the cool Jell-O, the strawberry chunks…yep, this is to die for! This is a family favorite that never lasts more than a few hours in the Pack household. Give this one a try and you can thank me later…or better yet, I’ll just say “you’re welcome” right now!
Printable Recipe: Strawberry Pretzel Dessert
2 cups of crushed pretzels (see directions on how to crush the pretzels)
1.5 sticks of butter/margarine melted
3 tablespoons sugar
8oz block of cream cheese, softened
8oz tub of whipped topping, thawed
1 cup sugar
1.5 cups boiling water
6oz box of strawberry Jell-O
2 – 10 oz packages of frozen strawberries
Preheat oven to 425 degrees.
Place pretzels in a Ziploc bag. Using a rolling pin or a meat tenderizer, crush the pretzels.
Mix together the melted butter/margarine, 3 tablespoons of sugar and crushed pretzel sticks. Yep, the butter isn’t completely melted but extremely softened. Either way will work.
Dump pretzel mix into a 9 x 13 glass or metal dish. Press down the mix into a smooth layer.
Bake for 10 minutes. Remove and allow to completely cool.
In a large bowl using a hand mixer, mix together cream cheese, 1 cup sugar and whipped topping until smooth.
Spread over the cooled pretzel mix.
Place in fridge to firm up for 15-20 minutes. Place the contents of the Jell-O into a medium-sized bowl. Pour the boiling water over the Jell-O.
Once all crystals are completely dissolved, add the frozen strawberries to the bowl. Place the bowl in the fridge until the Jell-O and strawberries mix thickens.
Once slightly thickened, pour over the cream cheese mix.
Return the glass or metal dish to the fridge until Jell-O is firm.
Serve cold. Keep leftovers in the fridge. I promise, you will make this a gazillion times more after your first bite…yep, it’s that GOOD! Enjoy!