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Jello Pretzel Salad

So I’ll admit that “jello,” “pretzel,” and “salad” aren’t usually words that you hear together nor do they sound very appetizing but this is one of the tastiest jello recipes I’ve ever made. The salty pretzels, the smooth cream cheese, and the sweet jello is so, so good.

I’ve seen various versions of this recipe pop up from time to time in recipe books and online but I decided to use this recipe to start from.

Jello Pretzel Salad

1 1/2 cups of finely crushed pretzels (mine weren’t that finely crushed and it worked out fine)

3 tablespoons brown sugar

3/4 cup of butter

1-6 oz. box of Strawberry Jell-O

2 cups of fresh sliced strawberries

1-8 oz. package of cream cheese

1 cup of sugar

1 cup of Cool Whip


First, grease a 9×13 inch pan (I only made half a batch so I used a smaller pan in my photos). Then melt the butter and mix in the crushed pretzels and brown sugar. Press the pretzel mixture into the pan and bake at 350 degrees for 10 minutes.

Pretzel Layer

Next, dissolve the package of Strawberry Jell-O into 1 cup of boiling water and then slowly stir in 2 cups of cold water. Add the sliced strawberries and put the jello in the fridge to firm up a bit. You don’t want it to be runny but definitely still stir-able. Got it? Good.

On to the creamy layer. Beat the cream cheese with the sugar until smooth. This is important! You don’t want a lumpy layer. Blend in the Cool Whip and then spread the mixture on top of the cooled pretzel layer. Make sure this layer extends all the way to the edge! You need to create a “seal” between the pretzels and jello. The last thing you want is soggy pretzels. Blech.

Strawberry Jello Layer

Carefully pour the jello and strawberry mixture onto the creamy layer and refrigerate at least a few hours. This dish is best served within 48 hours or the pretzels start to get a little…soggy. And like I said before, the last thing you want is soggy pretzels.

Did any of you eat this delightful salad growing up? I want to hear your family recipes!

Happy molding!

5 Comments leave one →
  1. Liz permalink

    Oh man, this was delicious! Definitely high up on my list of favorite Jello recipes…

  2. Martha Ashton permalink

    Celeste, I think I’ll try this for Easter – sounds uniquely delicious!

  3. CPY permalink

    every time i look at it, it looks so delicious! i want to try.

  4. Even with soggy pretzels its not bad! (I put the jello in first, and that was a mistake)


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