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Strawberry Pretzel Squares


I really have come to respect and enjoy things that are truly homemade and from scratch. That being said, I LOVE THIS DESSERT. I started eating this sometime in high school when my mom would make this every Christmas Eve. I immediately fell in the love with the combination of salty and sweet and would have to restrain myself from eating the whole pan. In all the time that has passed, this is the first time that I have ever made this myself and having leftovers in the house = pure heaven!

The ingredients to this dessert are really simple and this doesn’t take much time to throw together, and can be made a day in advance and left to set in the refrigerator (I actually think it’s better this way). The crust consists of crushed pretzels, sugar, and melted butter. On top of that sits a combination of whipped cream cheese and sugar, with Cool Whip folded in. And on top of that, a layer of strawberry jello with fresh sliced strawberries floating throughout. The result is a dessert that tastes light and refreshing, and is also something that can be modified to suit individual tastes. Switch up the Jello flavor and berries, or the crumbs that are used as a base. Whatever you do, TRY THIS! It’s definitely one of my all-time favorite desserts.

Strawberry Pretzel Squares

2 cups finely crushed pretzels
½ cup sugar, divided
2/3 cup butter or margarine, melted
1½ pkg. (8 oz. each) PHILADELPHIA Cream Cheese, softened
2 Tbsp. milk
1 cup thawed COOL WHIP Whipped Topping
2 cups boiling water
1 pkg. (8-serving size) JELL-O Brand Strawberry Flavor Gelatin
1½ cups cold water
1 qt. (4 cups) strawberries, sliced

PREHEAT oven to 350°F. Mix pretzel crumbs, 1/4 cup of the sugar and the butter. Press onto bottom of 13×9-inch baking pan. Bake 10 min. Cool.

BEAT cream cheese, remaining 1/4 cup sugar and the milk until well blended. Gently stir in whipped topping. Spread over crust. Refrigerate until ready to use.

MEANWHILE, stir boiling water into dry gelatin mix in large bowl at least 2 min. until completely dissolved. Stir in cold water. Refrigerate 1½ hours or until thickened (spoon drawn through leaves definite impression). Stir in strawberries. Spoon over cream cheese layer. Refrigerate 3 hours or until firm. Cut into squares to serve. Store leftovers in refrigerator.

Julie-Keller Julie-Keller 3 years 35 weeks
You are welcome denverluv! Let me know how it turns out! :o)
denverluv denverluv 3 years 35 weeks
Thank you so much for posting this! I recently was thinking about this recipe and I was sad I had forgotton it and didn't know where to find it. I made this in 6th grade for a boy I liked when we invited he and his mother over to dinner. I now have children (not with him LOL) and I wanted to make it for them. This stuff is YUMM- the way the butter and pretzels mix together with the cream cheese, strwberries and whipped cream - oh my gosh I am making it tomorrow- thank you for posting this!
Julie-Keller Julie-Keller 3 years 35 weeks
You are so welcome! There are other great recipes that are on my blog on here as well. http://whiskandspoon.onsugar.com/ :o)
fuzzles fuzzles 3 years 35 weeks
It's been AGES since I've had these. They are incredibly yummy! Thanks for the recipe!