Strawberry Pretzel Dessert Recipe is the perfect combination of sweet and salty. The creamy filling is so decadent and the strawberry topping is sweet and delicious. 

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Strawberry Pretzel Dessert Recipe

This layered dessert is so delicious and very simple to make. I love to make it a day ahead and just grab it from the fridge for everyone to enjoy. Strawberry Pretzel dessert recipe is one of my go to recipes to bring to potlucks, cookouts and more.

If you love strawberry pie, you will love this easy to make recipe. Lots of fresh strawberries make this the perfect Summer dessert and the pretzel crust is amazing. 

We love the salty sweet crust, creamy filling and strawberries all together, you will know why this is a hit. This recipe never gets old and everyone loves it.

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What’s in Strawberry Pretzel Salad Recipe?

The pretzel crust is perfect with the salty and sweet combination. The middle layer is so creamy and decadent with the cream cheese mixture. 

The top is so amazing with fresh strawberries blended into a gelatin layer.

This all combines for 3 layers of an amazing dessert. It is really so creamy and delicious and easy to make.

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Why is it called Pretzel Salad?

There are many people that have question why this Strawberry Pretzel Salad has salad in its name. When clearly it is a dessert. This Strawberry Jello topping combined with the cream cheese filling can be called whatever you like.

Maybe it a southern thing for long ago, but we love it just the same. The crunchy pretzel crust really completes this strawberry dessert.

Ingredients needed  - pretzels, butter, sugar, cream cheese, cool whip, jello

Ingredients:

Pretzel Crust

  • Crushed Salted Pretzels
  • Melted Butter
  • Sugar

Creamy Filling

  • Cream Cheese – Softened
  • Sugar
  • Cool Whip – Defrosted

Strawberry Jello Layer

  • Strawberry Jell-O
  • Boiling Water
  • Sliced Strawberries
A slice of strawberry pretzel dessert on a white plate.

How to Make Strawberry Pretzel Dessert:

  • Step 1 – Prepare Oven – Preheat oven to 350°F.
  • Step 2 – Make Salty Pretzel Crust – Combine crushed pretzels, 3 tablespoons sugar and butter in a bowl.
Close up image of the ingredients for the Pretzel Crust in a clear bowl.
  • Step 3 – Press into baking dish – Then press into the bottom of a 9×13 pan. You may need to use a rolling pin to cover the baking dish. Bake 10 minutes and cool completely.
Pretzel Crust after it has baked in a baking dish.
  • Step 4 – Prepare Cream Cheese Layer – In a medium bowl, mix cream cheese and ¾ cups of sugar. Then with a electric mixer on medium speed mix until fluffy.
  • Step 5 – Fold in Whipped Topping – Gently fold in whipped topping. Spread the cream cheese mixture evenly over the cooled crust and refrigerate at least 1 hour.
  • Step 6 – Mix Jello – Next, use a large mixing bowl and combine Jell-O and boiling water until jello is dissolved. Allow mixture to sit at room temperature until completely cooled.
Strawberry jello being mixed in a bowl.
  • Step 7 – Top cream cheese filling with strawberries – Place sliced strawberries over the cream cheese mixture. Pour cooled Jell-O over top. 
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  • Step 8 – Place in Refrigerator – Refrigerate until firmly set at least 4-6 hours to set.
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Can I substitute Cool Whip?

When preparing this Strawberry Pretzel Dessert, we recommend using Cool Whip. It holds up really well with the pretzel crust keeping from getting soft and soggy.

You can make Homemade Whipped Cream, if you prefer. But it is possible that it could soften the crust making it not as crisp. Especially if you make it ahead of time.  

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Can I use Frozen Strawberries?

Yes, if you do not have fresh strawberries and all you have is frozen, they will work too. We recommend defrosting the frozen berries completely. Then drain the strawberries, making sure that there is no extra liquid.

If you do not drain them, then the strawberry layer may not set up correctly.

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What kind of Pretzels are Best for Pretzel Strawberry Dessert?

We recommend using the small salty pretzels. You can either use the sticks or the pretzel twist. Fresh, salted hard pretzel are going to provide you with the best crust.

It gives that salty flavor and when combine with the sweetness of the strawberry it makes it the perfect combination.

Recipe for Strawberry Pretzel Dessert Tips:

  • Cool Complete – Allow the pretzel crust to cool completely before putting the cream cheese mixture. Making sure that it is cool completely allows the dessert to set properly.
  • Refrigerate – Once the cream cheese mixture is on the crust, it is important to refrigerate for at least 1 hour.
  • Fully Set – The dessert needs time to fully set. Don’t try cutting it early, or partially set. You will have a mess and will not get the pretty squares.
  • Use Cool Whip – While we love homemade whipped cream, you need to use cool whip in this recipe. You need something stable to mix into the cream cheese and keep that layer together.  
  • Make Ahead – This recipe is really best made a day ahead. I love this because it makes it even easier if you are taking it to an event. All you have to do is grab and go.
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How to Store Leftovers?

Store you leftover dessert in the refrigerator. If stored properly, it will last up to 3 days. Make sure to place plastic wrap over the baking dish to help the dessert to stay fresh.

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Strawberry Pretzel dessert

4.82 from 11 votes
Strawberry pretzel dessert recipe is the perfect combination of salty and sweet. The creamy filling is so decadent and the strawberry topping is delicious.
Prep Time 1 hour
Cook Time 10 minutes
Refrigerate 4 hours
Total Time 5 hours 10 minutes
Servings 9
Cuisine American
Course Dessert
Calories 499

Ingredients

  • Pretzel Crust:
  • 2 cups crushed pretzels
  • 3/4 cup butter melted
  • 3 tablespoons sugar
  • Creamy Filling:
  • 8 oz cream cheese softened
  • 3/4 cup sugar
  • 8 oz Cool Whip defrosted
  • Strawberry Topping
  • 6 oz Strawberry Jell-O
  • 2 cups boiling water
  • 4 cups sliced strawberries

Instructions

  • Preheat oven to 375°F.
  • Combine crushed pretzels, sugar and butter in a bowl and press into the bottom of a 9×13 pan. Bake 10 minutes and cool completely.
  • In a medium bowl, mix cream cheese and sugar with a hand mixer on medium until fluffy. Gently fold in Cool Whip. Spread mixture evenly over the cooled crust and refrigerate at least 1 hour.
  • Large mixing bowl combine Jell-O and boiling until jello is dissolved. Allow mixture to sit at room temperature until completely cooled.
  • Place sliced strawberries over the cream cheese mixture. Pour cooled Jell-O overtop.
  • Refrigerate until firmly set at least 4-6 hours or overnight.

Nutrition Facts

Calories 499kcal, Carbohydrates 64g, Protein 6g, Fat 26g, Saturated Fat 15g, Cholesterol 72mg, Sodium 548mg, Potassium 189mg, Fiber 2g, Sugar 45g, Vitamin A 863IU, Vitamin C 38mg, Calcium 70mg, Iron 1mg

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  1. 5 stars
    My family requests that I bring this pretzel salad to family BBQ’s and holiday dinners! It is amazing. I have used different fruit and flavors of jello to change things up a little bit and have never had one that wasn’t a hit! It is a must have!