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Strawberry Pretzel Salad

This Strawberry Pretzel Salad features salty-sweet crust, fluffy cheesecake layer and fresh strawberries and jello top. Festive, delicious and easy to make, this dessert is perfect for get-togethers, cookouts and celebrations!

Course Dessert
Cuisine American
Keyword strawberry pretzel salad
Prep Time 1 hour 15 minutes
Cook Time 7 minutes
chilling 4 hours
Servings 10 servings
Calories 412 kcal
Author Anna


for the crust:

  • 2 cups crushed pretzels
  • ½ cup unsalted butter
  • ¼ cup granulated sugar

for the filling:

  • 8 oz cream cheese softened
  • ½ cup granulated sugar
  • 8 oz whipped topping such as Cool Whip, thawed

for the topping:

  • 6 oz strawberry jello I used two 3oz packages
  • 2 cups boiling water
  • 4 cups sliced strawberries fresh


to make the crust:

  1. In a medium bowl, combine crushed pretzels, sugar and melted butter.
  2. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.
  3. Press the pretzel mixture into the bottom of a 13" x 9" baking pan. Bake for 7 minutes. Cool completely before adding filling.

to make the filling:

  1. In a large mixing bowl, mix cream cheese with an electric mixer for 30 seconds.
  2. Add sugar and whip until fluffy, about 3 to 4 minutes.
  3. Add 1/3 of whipped topping and fold in gently with a spatula. Repeat until all whipped topping is folded in.
  4. Spread the filling over cooled crust. Place pan in the fridge and chill for 30 minutes.

to make the topping:

  1. Add jello to boiling water. Stir until it dissolves. Cool to room temperature.
  2. Arrange strawberry slices over filling. Slowly pour cooled jello over slices.
  3. Place the dessert in the fridge to set, for at least 4 hours.

Recipe Notes

  • To crush pretzels: place pretzels in a food processor and pulse until crushed into small pieces, but not ground OR place in Ziploc bag and crush with a rolling pin.
  • Keep in mind that each layer needs time to set; the estimated total prep time is about 6 hours; it’s best to make this dessert one day ahead.
  • Don't want to bake the crust? Chill it for at least 30 minutes!
  • Please note, that the nutrition value can vary depending on what product you use. The information below is an estimate. Always use calorie counter you are familiar with.
  • The total time is an estimate.
Nutrition Facts
Strawberry Pretzel Salad
Amount Per Serving
Calories 412 Calories from Fat 189
% Daily Value*
Fat 21g32%
Saturated Fat 13g81%
Trans Fat 1g
Polyunsaturated Fat 1g
Monounsaturated Fat 5g
Cholesterol 50mg17%
Sodium 375mg16%
Potassium 168mg5%
Carbohydrates 54g18%
Fiber 2g8%
Sugar 39g43%
Protein 5g10%
Vitamin A 612IU12%
Vitamin C 34mg41%
Calcium 55mg6%
Iron 1mg6%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.