Betty’s Strawberry Pretzel Salad (Recipe from Viewer)

Betty demonstrates how to make refreshing Strawberry Pretzel Salad. This recipe was sent in by Luann Benge. It is a beautiful layered salad that can be made all year around, since it uses frozen strawberries.

Strawberry Pretzel Salad

2 cups crushed pretzels (I used the mini twist.)
4 tablespoons white sugar
¾ cup butter, melted
1 cup white sugar
(2) 8-ounce packages cream cheese, softened
12 ounces Cool Whip topping, thawed
(1) large package strawberry JELL-O (I used the sugar-free variety.)
2 cups boiling water
16-ounce package frozen strawberries, thawed

Mix the crushed pretzels, 4 tablespoons sugar, and melted butter together. Pour into a 9-inch by 13-inch sprayed baking dish and bake at 350 degrees (F) for about 9 to 10 minutes. Cool completely.

Next, blend together 1 cup of sugar with the cream cheese. Fold in whipped topping. Spread evenly over the cooled pretzel crust and place in refrigerator to firm up while you prepare the next layer.

Mix the package of JELL-O with 2 cups boiling water and stir until JELL-O is dissolved. Mix in thawed strawberries, along with their juice, and stir to combine. Place in refrigerator and chill until mixture is beginning to set up. Pour strawberry mixture over the cream cheese mixture. Cover with plastic wrap and place in refrigerator to set for several hours or even overnight.

Once the JELL-O layer is set, cut Strawberry Pretzel Salad into desired serving portions and serve. You can place an extra dollop of Cool Whip on top if you’d like.

Thanks, Luann Benge, for this great recipe. I hope everyone enjoys it! –Betty


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  • I am getting confused with all of these different recipes for this dessert. Amy's calls for only 1 cream cheese and 8 0z cool whip but everything else was the same?????????????????? Also hers calls for 20 2z frozen berries and this one is 16. I do not know what to do. I am making this for my daughters birthday in a couple of weeks.

  • Looks great betty,,,,,,,,,,,yum…….will try

  • Oooooo have you ever made "better-than-you-know-what" cake? It's basically the same recipe but instead of pretzels you make a crust of pecans (about a cup), butter (a lot, like 3/4th of a stick), flour (less than you might think like maybe two cups), a good pinch of salt, and a little sugar (it's not even needed, the crust should taste nutty, toasted and salty more than anything), you press it into the bottom of the bowl and bake it until you can smell the pecans, then, after you let it cool, you top it with the exact same cream cheese mixture, then a layer of chocolate pudding with a big scoop of Nutella blended into it and finally plain cool whip on top of that with a few pecans dotted over it. It's the only dessert I've ever seen people be astounded over. Truly better than the sum of it's parts.

  • I made this today, it's really good. Almost reminds me of strawberry cheesecake.

  • Betty,
    I really love the the pretzel idea.

  • Thanks for making this Betty! I had made the mistake of putting the liquid jello on it and it was a big mess! Thanks for the tip I can't wait to try this again ( the right way haha) Also, when you went on the dinner train ride is that still running? Much love Marie & Tim

  • My aunt tammie makes this! It's delicious! Definitely my favorite! Thank you for featuring it!!!

  • Your strawberry pretzel salad looks delicious. I have never seen a crust made with pretzels. I imagine it would go great with a caramel/ choc filling too. Thank you Betty.

  • Love this! We have it as a side year round and you can make individual ones in.mason jars and I have even.changed the fruits and jello to pineapple, peach, cherry and blueberry

  • My mom makes this salad on special occasions. She uses canned crushed pineapple in juice and mixes sugar-free lemon jello in. Tastes great!

  • I've had these types of Pretzel salads before, but why the heck do they call them a 'salad'?? It's more of a cheese cake than a sald. LOL! :-P

  • Your strawberry pretzel SALAD looks fabulous. I've been enjoying the jello SALADS you have been demonstrating. Jello and fruit go with everything….the cream cheese and pretzel crust are an added bonus. When I serve this, I'm going to call it a SALAD, because that's what they call it, where it is popular. 😀

  • My mom has made this every summer for a light dessert as far back as I can remember, except we called Strawberry Pretzel Delight. 🙂 the fun thing about this dessert is that it is fun to experiment with different jello flavors with other fruit toppings. My husbands grandmother often made it with apricot fruit and orange jello. So yummy!

  • Omg red white and blue I'm going to make sense for the 4th of July can't wait

  • I love pretzel salad, especially in the summer time. Yours looks yummy. . Oh gosh now I have to go to the store and get the ingredients. Would love to know the calories and serving size. I guess I can google. 🙂 Have a great day.

  • Love the video Betty. I can always tell you really love a dish because you take a second bite.

  • As for the recipe here, it looks pretty good.

  • One of my favorites Betty!  This time of year, sliced, fresh strawberries are so good in this.  Thanks for sharing!   Sally :)