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Strawberry Pretzel Salad

This Old Fashioned Strawberry Pretzel Salad starts with a buttery crushed pretzel crust topped with sweetened cream cheese layer and strawberry Jell-O filled with fresh strawberries.

These individual strawberry pretzel desserts combine the flavors and textures of sweet, salty, creamy, and crunchy! This small batch recipe makes a great side dish or dessert for two.

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Old Fashioned Strawberry Pretzel Salad

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You can swap out the flavors if you don’t want strawberry. Use orange Jello mix with drained mandarin oranges, or pineapple Jello mix with drained chunk pineapples, raspberry Jello mix and fresh halved raspberries, etc.

How to make Strawberry Pretzel Dessert:

Preheat the oven to 375 degrees F.

Finely crush the pretzels to fill 1/3 cup.

crushed pretzels in a bowl

In a small bowl, combine the crushed pretzels and melted butter.

crushed pretzels and melted butter mixed in a bowl.

Press the pretzel mixture onto the bottom of two 10-oz. oven safe glass custard cups. Click for 10 ounce oven safe custard cups.

two custard cups filled with crushed pretzel and butter mixture.

Bake 6 – 8 minutes.

Cool on a wire rack.

two custard cups filled with crushed pretzel and butter mixture cooling on a rack.

In a small bowl, combine the softened cream cheese and sugar until smooth.

softened cream cheese and sugar mixed in a bowl.

Gently fold in the whipped topping.

cream cheese mixture and whipped cream mixed together in a bowl.

Spread the cream cheese mixture over the pretzel crust.

cream cheese mixture spread on top of pretzel crust in custard cups.

Chill in the fridge for 30 minutes.

At the same time, boil the water in a small sauce pan.

Dissolve the strawberry gelatin in the boiling water.

red strawberry jello in a sauce pan.

Cover and refrigerate for 15 minutes.

While the Jell-O chills, slice the strawberries.

sliced strawberries on a cutting board.

When the Jell-O is done chilling, fold the sliced strawberries into the gelatin.

sliced strawberries stirred into red strawberry jello in a sauce pan.

Carefully pour the gelatin and strawberries over the cream cheese filling.

strawberry jello mixture layered on top of cream cheese layer in custard cups.

Cover and chill in the fridge at least 2 – 3 hours.

two bowls filled with strawberry pretzel dessert in two bowls.
Strawberry Pretzel Salad in a bowl

Optional – top each with whipped cream and a pretzel twist.

strawberry pretzel salad in two bowls.
Strawberry Pretzel Salad Small Batch Recipe for Two

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Yield: Serves 2

Old Fashioned Strawberry Pretzel Salad

Prep Time: 12 minutes
Cook Time: 8 minutes
Chill Time: 2 hours 30 minutes
Total Time: 2 hours 50 minutes

This Strawberry Pretzel Salad starts with a buttery crushed pretzel crust topped with sweetened cream cheese layer and strawberry Jell-O filled with fresh strawberries.

Ingredients

  • 1 1/3 ounces mini pretzel twists (about 20 mini pretzels)
  • 2 Tablespoons butter (melted)
  • 2 ounces cream cheese (softened)
  • 1/4 cup sugar
  • 3/4 cup whipped topping
  • 1 cup fresh strawberries
  • 3 Tablespoons strawberry Jello mix
  • 1/3 cup water
  • Optional: extra whipped topping and pretzel twists for garnish

Instructions

  1. Preheat the oven to 375 degrees F.
  2. Finely crush the pretzels to fill 1/3 cup.
  3. In a small bowl, combine the crushed pretzels and melted butter.
  4. Press the pretzel mixture onto the bottom of two 10-oz. oven safe glass custard cups. Click for 10 ounce oven safe custard cups.
  5. Bake 6 - 8 minutes.
  6. Cool on a wire rack.
  7. In a small bowl, combine the softened cream cheese and sugar until smooth.
  8. Gently fold in the whipped topping.
  9. Spread the cream cheese mixture over the pretzel crust.
  10. Chill in the fridge for 30 minutes.
  11. At the same time, boil the water in a small sauce pan.
  12. Dissolve the strawberry gelatin in the boiling water.
  13. Cover and refrigerate for 15 minutes.
  14. While the Jell-O chills, slice the strawberries.
  15. When the Jell-O is done chilling, fold the sliced strawberries into the gelatin.
  16. Carefully pour the gelatin and strawberries over the cream cheese filling.
  17. Cover and chill in the fridge at least 2 - 3 hours.
  18. Optional - top each with whipped cream and a pretzel twist.

Notes

  • You can swap out the flavors if you don't want strawberry. Use orange Jello mix with drained mandarin oranges, or pineapple Jello mix with drained chunk pineapples, raspberry Jello mix and fresh halved raspberries, etc.

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Nutrition Information:

Yield:

2

Serving Size:

1

Amount Per Serving: Calories: 562Total Fat: 31gSaturated Fat: 20gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 8gCholesterol: 59mgSodium: 610mgCarbohydrates: 69gFiber: 3gSugar: 40gProtein: 6g

Nutrition information is a guideline only, is calculated automatically by third party software, and absolute accuracy is not guaranteed.

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