Tuesday, July 10, 2012

Fun Summer Treat: Strawberry Pretzel Jello Recipe

This summer has already proven to be very H-O-T. It's only early July, and in MD, that means the heat and worse, humidity, are just getting started!

There are a few summer treats that I just adore, and a certain few that remind me of my childhood. This recipe is one of those. I can remember eating this 'jello salad' every summer at my Aunt's house, and it was always a crowd pleaser. So, what better than to share it here with all of you?

Strawberry Pretzel Jello 'Salad' Recipe


2 cups crushed pretzels
3 Tbsp. sugar
3/4 cup melted butter (although my Mom and Aunt recommend 1 cup for better crust!)
1 cup sugar
1 bar cream cheese, softened
1 small container frozen whipped topping (I used an 8 ounce container of Cool Whip)
1 6 ounce package strawberry Jell-O
2 cups boiling water
2 10 ounce containers of frozen strawberries (I used one 24 oz. container)
1 can crushed pineapple

First, preheat your oven to its lowest temperature. In my case, that was 175, but you can do as low as 100 if you'd like. Begin by prepping crust. I eyeballed an amount of pretzels that I thought would equal about 2 cups when crushed, tossed it in a large Ziplock bag, and used a rolling pin to crush them. 

Once your pretzels are crushed, combine them with your melted butter and 3 Tbsp. of sugar until the pretzels are well coated. Then, press the mixture into the bottom of a 13x9 inch greased pan. 

Then, bake for 10 minutes. Allow to cool for about 10 minutes.

In the meantime, blend together softened cream cheese, 1 cup of sugar and whipped topping. Spread this mixture on top of cooled crust and CHILL (I chilled this for about 35 minutes).

Next, boil your 2 cups of water. Once the water reaches a boil, dissolve the jello into the water, stirring continuously. Once the jello is dissolved, add the pineapple and thawed strawberries and mix well. 

Pour fruit mixture on top of cream cheese layer and then CHILL overnight.

I think this is the perfect summer treat for any BBQ, and can be served as both a sweet side dish or a dessert!



Shannon Dew said...

I love this recipe! Love it! I've made it and people are like "what?!" and then they eat it and love it too!

Ashley said...

Oh MY!!! This looks sooo Yummy....I am always looking for new sweet treat recipes and this one is going to be next on my list. Thanks for posting

Erin said...

YUM!!! My grandma used to make something like this and I'd forgotten all about 'til I saw this post!! AHH, I seriously can't wait to make this now :) Thank you soo so much for sharing!

Darby Hawley said...

I've never heard of this, but it looks great and refreshing for the summer! Thanks for sharing this recipe!

Ann said...

I just made this last week. It was a favorite that my Mom made when I was younger. I used fresh strawberries and blueberries this time around and it turned out great!

Julie said...


Visiting you from one of your guest posts. Hope you don't mind me visiting again :)

Unknown said...

This is my favorite summer recipe of all time and I haven't made it in forever! Thanks for the reminder :)

xo Shane

Cajun Cowgirl said...

I've seen this before and have always wondered. Now you've got me ready to give it a try! Thanks girl!

Emily said...

i pinned a similar recipe on pinterest a little while back, but have yet to make it. i think i'm definitely gonna have to try it now!