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Strawberry Pretzel Salad

The forces of nature came together for this one:

  • a foreign teacher gave us whipped cream & cream cheese since she was leaving on vacation
  • we had exactly 3 cups of strawberries in our freezer left over from summer
  • pretzels were in-stock in the international section of our grocery store
  • my sister had sent a package of strawberry jell-o last summer

Thus, in the middle of a snow storm in January, we ate Strawberry Pretzel Salad.

Chilled outside, of course.


  • 3/4 cup butter, softened
  • 3 tablespoons brown sugar
  • 2 1/2 cups crushed pretzels
  • 1 (6 ounce) package strawberry flavored gelatin
  • 2 cups boiling water
  • 3 cups strawberries, chilled
  • 1 (8 ounce) package cream cheese
  • 1 cup white sugar
  • 1 (8 ounce) container frozen whipped topping, thawed


  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C).
  2. Cream butter or margarine with the brown sugar. Mix in the pretzels and pat mixture into the bottom of one 9×13 inch baking pan. Bake at 350 degrees F (175 degrees C) for 10 to 12 minutes. Set aside to cool.
  3. In a medium bowl, dissolve the gelatin in the boiling water and stir in the strawberries. Chill until partially thickened.
  4. In a small bowl beat the cream cheese and white sugar together until smooth. Fold in the whipped cream. Spread mixture over the top of the cooled crust, making sure to seal the edges. Chill then pour the gelatin mixture over the cream cheese layer. Chill until firm.

6 comments to Strawberry Pretzel Salad

  • Oh my goodness. This has to be one of my MOST favorite “salads”! 🙂 Does it really count as a salad. Anyway I love it. I am quite impressed that you came up with all of the ingredients. Mine is almost exactly the same. I do not put the brown sugar in the crust, but I may have to add that little feature. Why not add a few more calories where you can? I use pineapple juice with my jello instead of water. Also this Christmas my mom made it without the strawberries. I always pick around them unless they are fresh, and not from the freezer at the grocery store! Sad, I know. It was really good. I think I might have to make some now.

  • Patti

    sounds so yummy…it is low fat right?? tee hee

    schafer is such cute kid…I love all the pics.

  • heather

    Yummy! I may have to try this with some sort of Cool whip substitute…they just don’t have that here. They have Dream topping (a powder that you mix with milk and whip up) or regular heavy whipping cream. What would you use?

  • We buy regular heavy whipping cream and blend it with a blender or whisk.

  • heather

    Oh my goodness! This is SOOOO good! I just made it yesterday…because strawberries are on sale. I remember having this at some potluck somewhere in my life but I am so pleased to have a recipe now.

    I want to make everything with pretzel crust now! 🙂

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