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Nana’s Strawberry Pretzel Salad

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  • Prep Time: 1 hour 15 minutes
  • Cook Time: 10 minutes
  • Total Time: 1 hour 25 minutes
  • Yield: 12 squares 1x


A delicious salad/dessert with a pretzel crust, a cream cheese layer and strawberries!



3 Cups pretzels – stick or mini-pretzels work best

1 stick – 8 Tablespoons Butter – melted

2 Tablespoons sugar

1 –  8 ounce package cream cheese – softened

1 Cup Sugar

1 – 8 ounce tub frozen whipped topping – some call it the whip that is cool

16 ounce container strawberries or 1 bag frozen strawberries – sliced

1 – 6 ounce package of instant strawberry jello


Preheat oven to 350

Crush the pretzels, I have a big marble rolling pin I use, my sister uses a food processor, I have to say we have even put them in gallon food storage bags and had the kids stomp on them (we won’t do that again)

Combine the crushed pretzels with the melted butter and press into a 9 x 13 pan.

Sprinkle the 2 Tablespoons of sugar over the top

Bake for 8 – 10 minutes

Let cool completely!  This is really important! I stick it in the refrigerator, my sister the freezer

While the crust is cooling, using a hand mixer beat the cream cheese in a medium bowl until fluffy.

Fold in the whipped topping, a rubber spatula works best

I put this in the refrigerator while I make the strawberry layer

Bring 1 1/2 cups of water to a boil

Mix the box of jello with the boiling water until all dissolved.

Add 1 cup of ice and stir continuously until the it begins to gel

Add the sliced strawberries

Chill for an hour until it is soft set

Get the chilled crust

Spread the cream cheese mixture onto the pretzel crust

Top the cream cheese with the strawberry mixture

Refrigerate until ready to serve