Strawberry Pretzel Salad

Chances are, if you live in the US -you have had this delicious dessert. It is a staple at all my family get togethers. Let me tell you, there are NEVER leftovers of this! I have had many requests to make this on the Comfy blog…so here it is Ladies!!! The pretzel crust along with the cream cheese and strawberries offers a sweet and savory mixture that is SURE to please everyone in your family!

I made this for our bible study…but I knew I had to make a small extra one for my family or I would be in BIG trouble.

By the way- my recipe has a thicker pretzel crust than most…it’s better that way, oh yumm!!! 

Make Jell-O with water according to package directions. Then, take off burner and add frozen strawberries. I do the Jell-O part first so that it is nice and cooled when I am ready to use it. The frozen strawberries help cool it down as well.

Crush your pretzels in a large Ziploc bag with a mallet

Add butter and sugar and stir with spoon. Bake in a prepared 9×13 pan for 7 mins in a 400 oven.

Beat cream cheese and sugar together with mixer

FOLD in cool-whip until well incorporated…this is IMPORTANT!

 Line up all of your ingredients. Crust should be completely cooled (don’t cheat), Jell-O should be cooled (don’t cheat)

Spread cream cheese mixture onto your pretzel crust

 Make sure to spread it evenly and all the way over to the edges!!! If you don’t your Jell-O will spill over and go under your crust.

Pour on the Jell-O /strawberry mixture. Place in refrigerator until well set.

A VERY special treat!

5.0 from 3 reviews
Strawberry Pretzel Salad
Recipe type: Dessert
Serves: 12-15
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A delicious dessert that is sweet, savory, creamy and crunchy. When in doubt, make is a favorite in our family.
  • 3 cups crushed pretzels
  • 1 cup melted butter
  • 4 tablespoons sugar, plus ¾ cup sugar
  • 1 (8-ounce) package cream cheese
  • 1 (8-ounce) container whipped topping
  • 2 (3-ounce) packages strawberry gelatin dessert mix
  • 2 cups boiling water
  • 2 (10-ounce) packages frozen strawberries
  1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees
  2. Make Jell-O with water per package instructions.
  3. Take off burner and add strawberries. Set aside to cool.
  4. For the crust, mix the pretzels, butter, and the 4 tablespoons of sugar.
  5. Press pretzel mixture into a 9 by 13-inch pan and bake for 7 minutes.
  6. Set aside on wire rack to cool.
  7. In a mixing bowl, beat together cream cheese and ¾ cup sugar
  8. Fold whipped topping into the cream cheese mixture.
  9. Once crust and Jell-O is cool you are ready to put your salad together!
  10. On pretzel crust, spread cream cheese mixture evenly then pour Jello with strawberries on top
  11. Refrigerate for 3-4 hours until well set.
Please be sure to spread cream cheese mixture evenly and up against the edges of the pan...this will ensure that the Jell-O will not seep to the bottom under the pretzel crust.



  1. You know where this post is headed…to WLW!!!! 🙂 I love this salad – I’ve never made it but I”ve eaten it at least a dozen times and have always said – I need to get this recipe lol! Now I have it! Thanks! 😉

  2. Where have I been? I’ve never heard of this recipe but it looks DELICIOUS!!!!! Can’t wait to try it!

  3. Oh now I can not WAIT to try this one. This looks SO yummy!!! This will forsure be featured next Tuesday. Thanks Janelle for ALL your yummy easy recipes!!! love ya girl

  4. YUM!!! Anything with pretzels has to be good:) It looks scrumptious!!! If you put blueberries on top too, it would be perfect for the 4th of July..LOL.

    Happy Cooking, Janelle!


  5. tis is one of our family favorites! it HAS to be at any get together:) and i eat it for breakfast too….fruit right?

  6. Oh Janelle, Guess whats for dessert here tonight??? Yep, Strawberry Pretzel Salad. YUM!! I am so glad I stumbled onto your website. I love simple and easy!!!

  7. I think I have made this recipe in a cooking class in high school. I also may have had this at few pot luck gatherings. It is really good.

  8. I have had this many times before and it is always good I have a ladys group meet on the 15th and CAN NOT wait to make it for them myself. Thank! New follower been a lurker but now can’t wait to get the updates. Just never saw the follow button before, guess I missed it.

  9. This salad is AWESOME! I have a very difficult time with the crust though. I prepared as written and it never firms up. It crumbles when I spread the cream cheese mixture on top. Any suggestions?

    • Hi Susan!
      Yes..of course! Make sure your pretzels are crushed a little finer next time, let the crust cool completely before spreading the cream cheese mixture on. I always spread the cream cheese very delicately with a butter knife. Hope this helps!!!

  10. We L.O.V.E. this recipe! It’s a must at every family get together. Except I could never find 2 10 oz. packages of frozen strawberries, so my sister in law suggested substituting a 16 oz. package of frozen berries and a 4 oz. can of crushed pineapple (drained! very important!) to get to the 20 oz. of fruit needed for this and it was amazing! I even tried adding a layer of melted dark chocolate on top of the pretzel layer once, and I can’t believe I’m actually saying this about chocolate but it wasn’t quite as good as the original recipe.

  11. I put this in the fridge at 4:30 today and it is kill-ing me to wait 3-4 hours for it to set up. I have “checked” on it 4 times, just in case. torture. 🙂

  12. This recipe looks so yummy! I live in Australia, and we dont have “Cool Whip” here… would this work with whipped cream???

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